Yes, I again took out my 1000mm lens and took pictures of the moon. I guarantee that I take other shots than the moon with it, but my friend & fellow photographer Mark Florence threw out a "go get the moon" to me, so I did. Turned out pretty good. I highly recommend checking out Mark's photos. They are amazing.
I'm going to admit that I like the TV show Bones on Fox. Recently, there was an episode in which they found a hellebore on the victim's boots. Well, I was quite surprised to find this at my favorite picture taking spot. I like the brightness of the flower even though its pointing down & I was quite happy with the bokeh. It's really fun to find something unexpected, even though I probably have better photos from today, this is what stuck with me.
There is a lot of family involvement in my photos. Its not just me, because me taking photos takes time out of my family's time; and that is something we don't have a lot of. With me at back at school taking 12 hours and starting this weekend working almost 20 hours a week, plus homework. You get my drift. So we can spend a few minutes perusing the photos of the day and talking about what we like, what we don't like and why. Hopefully it gives my kids and little art education and my husband a little appreciation of it.
Well this afternoon, my kids and I took off after school to the Dallas Arboretum, took a ton of shots and everyone liked this one. What we didn't agree on was the processing. So I'm going to ask you guys. Which one do you prefer and why. Don't hesitate to offer your opinion - be specific. I won't tell you which one I preferred, but I will tell you NO ONE agreed with my processing.
Last week with 12.5" of snow - Dallas lost a ton of trees, limbs etc. I went to the park today for a minute before picking up the kids. I found this big old tree broken, but the wood was such a beautiful color I had to shoot it. Who knew it would be the photo of the day.
This is really one giant pile of limbs and trees from the snow storm out for bulk trash pick up. The problem, the birds - they are EVERYWHERE. My white car looks like it has polka dots because of these things. My husband will be scrubbing my cars for days.....
It's not every day I get to drive down the highway and take photos. Well, I do sometimes, but its so much safer to do with someone else at the wheel. After an overwhelming weekend of homework, the family & I took off for a 1st birthday party. Instead of posting the obligatory kid pictures, I am posting my highway photos. WHEE! So much more fun right? My husband and I disagreed on the after dark photos. So mine is on the left, his is on the right. You decide.
I'm going to be honest and fess up. I did not take this today. I didn't. I did however take 130 photos for a movie project for a media class I'm taking then decide that the idea was too labor intensive and decided to look through some old photos and see what else I could do. I came across a series of shots of this sailboat at sunset it went back and forth across my line of vision. I never moved my camera. I just sat there and took 157 shots of this sailboat and sunset. It was so peaceful. I have to set a piece of music up as a story. My story is the sailboat and its path across the lake at sunset.
Peace and tranquility. You can't get better than that. By the way, I'm using E-Minor from Other Lives as my song. Check it out - if it turns out good, I'll post the movie.
Today was one of those busy, busy days - I had a booked calendar from 9 am till 3 pm. Then it really got nuts. Knowing this, I took a pro-active stance to make my day start a little nice. I took a little time to watch the sunrise. I would do it everyday if it didn't happen so early....
I'm doing a layering project in Photoshop for my New Media arts class, it was on Transportation. This was one of the photos I took in preparation for the design. I wish I could have used it in the project, as it was the best photo of the day.
I've been certain, that I will never be warm again. I can't stop blowing my nose. There is still snow on the ground from last Thursday and this is Texas. BUT....I found hope in this picture. Hope that eventually, it might get warm, there might be something green....something blooming in our future.
This would have been much better if the water was still, however of the million and one pictures I took I liked this one best. Although today's shoot has inspired a new series. I've got a couple coming up.....look for them.
I'm working on a school project that has just drained my creativity. I must compose an image of at least 5 layers regarding Transportation using my own images/drawings & use line, shape & space. Talk about BLOCKED. I'm a photographer, not some artist who's going to layer images for something different. Well, while running around in the car today to come up with Transportation stuff, I took this. Not really exciting, but nice and clear. Maybe I should do a series of what I see in my rearview mirror.
I am off to read my manual now. I am having so much fun with my classmates photos in my Photography based Multi-Media class. So I am still looking at my images, even if I'm not always posting. And if you have any ideas on this Transportation thing - feel free to pass them on.
So if you have been following my Twitter or Facebook accounts you will know that I lost power and didn't get it back for 57 hours. 57 hours is a long, long time to be without power when you have a foot of snow. It was 45 degrees inside my house at one point. Now, I may have exaggerated a little bit about how horrible it actually was and while my house was without power and 45 degrees - I was not at my house; I was staying at the house above. Yes, this is the backyard of the house I was staying in. The tree is what you see off the 2nd floor balcony. Below is the house to the left and across the street - and while I wouldn't normally post this it is NBA All-Star weekend and that is the gate of the house of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. So technically its relevant.
I am now comfy in my own little 2 bedroom house with electricity thanks to the Jerry & his gang at Oncor Electric who fixed the stuff in the alley after I chased him down and refused to leave him until he fixed it. Its good to be home.
Thursday morning, a transformer blew in my neighborhood and left me and my boys without power. I went up to the school to warm up before the kids got out of school and found the school to be without power too. So I got the kids out of class an hour early and we went to the park. While this picture looks beautiful and white - we had at least 6 more inches fall before it was over and pretty much a foot of snow. White powdery fluffy snow. The fun kind - we don't get that in Texas very often.
This was seriously taken less than 24 hours after the last picture. Unbelievable.
Well, somedays we just have to try something different. I'm not done with this type of experiment either. I put my camera on the gorilla pod, and put it on my dashboard and went driving. A 5 second exposure netting me this - after a little Lightroom. Its not exactly what I wanted, but not exactly a wash either. I think in the near future some long exposures or a movement photo series is in the works.
Images: Jose Goncalvas - OMG have you looked at his portfolio? Unbelievable.
See it really is my name. One thing I want to clarify - I didn't paint this. There was a street artist in SF that did it when I went with my parents in 1993. My husband and I went to SF on our honeymoon in 1995 and found the artist's brother who did one for my husband. I love my name and how each letter is its own separate painting. My husband and I have them nicely framed and on the wall of our bedroom.
I struggled for inspiration today on my photo. I worked all day on my New Media class project - OH MY, what a struggle. So my creative juices were not exactly flowing, they were drained. Trying to come up with something before the season premier of LOST - well, that seemed impossible. Surprise it was starting right up at me. What do you see.
I see the first letter in my name. Its from a painting I had done in San Francisco more than a decade ago. D is for Dijea. Ultimately, today, its all about ME.
The weather called for freezing fog this morning. Its an odd forecast, but when I left the house this morning to drop off the kids at school & head off to school myself I made sure I packed the camera. I took off to my favorite picture taking spot - White Rock Lake and took a few shots. Grey and dreary, but a beautiful site to behold. A side note: If you remember my shot from yesterday the Filter Building sign - that is the Filter Building in the background with the smoke stack.