Sunday, March 27, 2011

2011 86/365 Zonked

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After a week filled with dress rehearsals and late night performances, Emma finally zonked out yesterday in between her "bright and early" morning color guard practice and the color guard competition that followed into the night.
We're letting her sleep late today!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

2011 85/365 Wonka!

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Emma performed in her middle school's production of Willy Wonka this week.
Today's photo is a shot of the flowers we gave her for good luck.  You can also just make out the playbill for the show.
It was incredible!  Everyone was fabulous.  Bravo!
Emma had such a great time and hopes to participate next year as well.
Emma played a Candy Kid...
DSC_0122-1 Oompa Loompa...
...and she shrunk Mike T.V.
Shooting the action in low light without a flash was a real challenge!  
I did get some "keepers" though 
(I have to make an adjustment to get them to appear clear here, but am running out the door to a camera workshop - so for now, you have to click each photo to go to the flickr page to see these clearly.)
Charlie finds a ticket!

Charlie and Mr. Bucket thinking positive!
Willy Wonka takes their ticket.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

2011 83/365 Barefoot in the Snow!

Barefoot in the Snow!
Barefoot in the Snow!
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Early spring in New England means we still may get snow - it just melts quicker!
Annie enjoyed a quick barefoot venture out on our deck yesterday as snow began to fall.
Thankfully the heavy precipitation missed us and hopefully we can quickly 
return to the business of warming up.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2011 82/365 Crocus


Crocus, March 2011
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Welcome back, sweet harbinger of Spring!
Crocus, March 2011

No self-respecting 365-day project photographer can miss a 
good early Spring crocus shot!

Crocus, March 2011

Such hope in this little flower.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

2011 81/365 Swish!

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I was able to take some photos of Emma at this past weekend's Color Guard competition.
She's having a ball!

The whole guard is doing great in this their first year of competition!

Monday, March 21, 2011

2011 80/365 Travelling Tulips

Travelling Tulips
Travelling Tulips
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Happy Spring!
Travelling Tulips
Tulips, mmmm, so nice!
I picked these babies up at the Whole Foods I passed on my recent trip to acquire this:
Promaster Adventure 3 Camera Bag
My new camera/purse bag.  
Which I found at Milford Photo.
And, which I love.
And, that should be it (for now) on the camera spending!
Belly-button lint weaving would have been a MUCH cheaper hobby!
Think of it ~ 365 days of belly-button lint creations!
OK, well, maybe don't think about that.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

2011 79/365 Full Moon Fun

Full Moon Fun
Full Moon Fun, March 18 2011
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Just playing with the new camera...getting to know it's settings and such. 
The other night there were wispy clouds which added to the scene.
I think the moon looks like a pearl in these photos.

It's such a treat to be taking photos of such beauty!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

2011 78/365 Poised

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These sneakers captured my eye, as they wait on the deck ~ showing the marks of last year's playful moments and sitting poised for fun in the warmer weather to come.

In this shot I'm playing with depth of field, something I learned about at the last 
Mid-CT Photography Meetup meeting.  This photo achieves a quality that I had noticed in other people's photos, but was yet unable to make happen with mine.  There's a crisp/popping-ness and a "roundness" to the subject -- like I can start to see around the sides, there's more dimension.  Is that the depth of field?  Or something else?  
Is it something I did or is it this camera's abilities over my point and shoot's abilities?
Could it be focusing on the subject in the foreground and blurring out the background?
I'm enjoying having more questions than answers and having new things to explore!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

2011 76/365 View from a Migraine

View from a Migraine
View from a Migraine
My new BFF, Nikko*, arrived yesterday.
I was home sick.
Luckily, in addition to modes such as "landscape", "portrait", and "night time", 
Nikko also has a "migraine" setting.
I was able to snap the bedcovers and the drawn curtains before falling back to sleep.
Already this morning, I can tell this migraine has loosened its grip on me.  
It was a doozy!
I'm looking forward to rejoining the world - although I'm a bit nervous about triggering another episode.  I don't get boring old headaches, I get these fancy numbers that convince me and and those around me that I'm dying.
I'll be happy when this one is far behind me.

*Nikko: pronounced "knee-co"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

2011 75/365 Goosed

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No camera to use in the morning + debilitating migraine headache in the afternoon/evening/night = a run of the mill photo 
I snapped earlier in the month for the blog.
The migraine part was so bad, I'm just so happy to be alive today!

Hope to be back in the saddle tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

2011 74/365 Flaky


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While camera shopping, we stopped at La Palette Bakery.
This photo is of the croissant Paul enjoyed ~ gorgeous, gluten-filled, and delicious.
Oh, new camera shipped today!
Maybe I will indeed have it for the weekend.
And, it's gluten-free!

Monday, March 14, 2011

2011 73/365 Watertown Town Hall

Watertown Town Hall
Watertown Town Hall
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Pssst....I'm getting a new camera.
I took this photo on the way back from a fun trip with Paul to the camera shop; 
although in the end my camera is coming in the mail.
Stay tuned!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

2011 72/365 Grounded

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Whew, I have been feeling a bit too much "unraveling" and  "whirling about" 
these past couple weeks.
So, I laid down on the living room floor to help get some grounding.
Ahh, that's better!  
What a simple, yet powerful way to soothe the 
feeling of unraveling and whirling about.
While I was there, lying on the floor, I shot this photo.
And, I'm liking it!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

2011 71/365 Getting to know you

Getting to know you
Getting to know you
Flickr Project 365/ Creative Every Day 2011
So, it seems I've taken to this photography hobby.  After 14 months of continuous shooting, I've decided it's time to start learning more, connecting to other photographers, and broadening my horizons.  Although, I am aware that I need to be careful not to overwhelm myself right out of it.  Baby steps, I love baby steps!  This month, I baby stepped into a workshop at a local camera shop and then, a couple of nights ago I attended a Meetup of local photographers - the topic of which was "macros" for which I have a great affinity.
So, good.  Great!  Moving along.  The Meetup was, in particular, an incredible experience.  I was on cloud nine the whole ride home.  I even stopped to take a photo or two on the way home, just for fun and fooling around.  And, then, in the driveway, as I gathered my bags, my camera came out of its and was launched into midair.  
Down it came with a crash.
And, that was that.
So, now we are investigating how to go about replacing it.  I may even step up to a DSLR.
In the meantime, I'm borrowing Paul's Canon Powershot.
Getting to know you Yesterday was the first day I fooled with it - getting to know it.  I was also fooling with some of the tips and tricks I was shown at the Macro Meetup, specifically depth of field.  
I expect to find that my broken camera opened a door to a new chapter 
in this hobby of mine.

Steven Wright - "I bought a new camera, it's very advanced.  You don't even need it."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

2011 68/365 Goddess in the Grasses

Goddess in the Grasses
Goddess in the grasses
Flickr Project 365/ Creative Every Day 2011
This photo is a digital variation of an original intuitive, touch painting 
I created on Monday afternoon.
I needed to process some "stuff" and this just felt right.
It is a large canvas and I haven't been able to catch 
the whole of it with my camera just yet.
So today's photo is a preview of sorts, while I continue to work out issues of 
the light and the glare, the angle and the capture.
Do you see her?
There's a goddess in there, among the grasses, sitting with Spring.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2011 67/365 Quack

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Lots of rain and melting snow has brought flooding to the Northeast this week.

It is a good time to be a duck.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

2011 65/365 Getting there

Getting there
Getting there
Snow's been melting!
This morning, I overheard Annie excitedly calling to her sister (in whispers as Paul and I were still sleeping), to come see the grass in the front yard!
It's been a slow melt, but we're getting there!
Today's photo was shot on the rail trail in Cheshire, CT.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

2011 64/365 Ouch!

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An unexpected turn of events occurred yesterday.  
Emma was selling ads for her middle school play ad book when she was bit by a horse!
The bite broke the skin, nail, and tippy bone in her finger.  
Oy vey!
Her pediatrician's office and Yale Children's Hospital Emergency Room staff did an amazing job with us.  Every single person we encountered was wonderful.
Ouch! She's splinted and bandaged for now - no flag twirling, horse back riding, or chores (lol) for awhile.  We'll know more after we see the hand specialist early next week.
This certainly falls in the "could have been so much worse" category!
Poor punkin.

Friday, March 4, 2011

2011 63/365 Atop Mount Laundry

Atop Mount Laundry
Atop Mount Laundry
Flickr Project 365/ Creative Every Day 2011
I found Karma nestled in the pillows and clean laundry on my bed last night.
I'm sure if she had thumbs she would have put all those clothes away!
Atop Mount Laundry
Ok, maybe not!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011