Project 366 – Week One

Project 366 – Week One

In my last post I was talking about spending 2016 rediscovering myself, and one of the things I want to do in 2016 is explore my photography hobby. I bought a Canon 7D this last year to replace the Rebel XT I had since 2007 hoping that would rekindle my love. I was super excited when I bought it and once I got it I was overwhelmed when I realized how different it was from my camera. I played with it a little but ultimately it has been collecting dust. I’m inherently lazy, you guys! So, I’ve decided I’m going to attempt Project 365/366 again; I’ve created an album on Flickr for it. I’ve tried Project 365/366 a few times and failed miserably. I do have the best intentions but I get discouraged when some days aren’t very interesting. In the past I would look at other people who’ve completed their projects and be jealous of where they lived (NYC, San Francisco, Europe) and all the sights they could photograph and keep things interesting. Then I look at where I live and what I see on a daily basis. I’m trying to remind myself that we get so used to […]

Chicago

Chicago

A couple weekends ago we visited Chicago for my birthday. I’ve only visited Chicago once before (aside from passing through the airport), and remembered enjoying it aside from the fact we visited on SPRING BREAK, which is really still Winter for Chicago. We didn’t do a whole lot of research for this trip, which is unusual for both of us, and so the bulk of our first day there was walking around aimlessly. That weekend I didn’t want to research every little thing we did before going; especially food. The restaurants we picked were not picked out for their excellent Yelp reviews. It was interesting going into a restaurant and not knowing what to expect or what the food might look like. One interesting meal we had was in the back of a jewelry store. It was a very small, very out of place, Mediterranean restaurant that was pretty good. The other restaurants we visited were pretty meh but that’s OK. We did randomly stumble upon Shake Shack! We had already eaten lunch an hour or so ahead of that so we got dessert; Cory got a peanut butter shake and I got the Shack Attack. It was just OK. […]

Memories in 8-megapixels

Sometimes I like to open up iPhoto (or as Apple calls it now Photos) and wander back through my past. This isn’t because I’m longing for anything in particular from my past, simply wanting to take a trip down memory lane or see when an event happened, and then I end up going down a rabbit hole. My interest in digital photography started sometime during my junior or senior year of high school. I was starting to pick up a couple of small web design jobs thanks to a very influential computer teacher I had who always pushed me even when I didn’t want to be pushed. I remember one day, I took our school’s digital camera out with me to take some photos for a client and I knew I wanted one of my own eventually. This was back in 2001 or 2002 so this fancy Sony digital camera used floppy discs as storage. Can you imagine?! I’ve had a couple of small cameras since high school and in 2007 I purchased my first DSLR camera: a Canon Rebel XT. I played with it a little after I got it but I found myself frustrated by how many features […]

American Sign Museum

American Sign Museum

Last weekend Cory and I went to Cincinnati for a low-key mini vacation. We haven’t been anywhere since Europe and we were needing to get away and do little-to-nothing. One of the few plans we had while in Cincinnati was to use a Groupon he bought for the American Sign Museum. I’m so glad he found it because I wouldn’t have went otherwise . . . and it was amazing! It was a tiny museum; like three rooms, but it was nicely done and very photo-worthy. Don’t believe me? Check out some of these photos: Or in color? Hmmm… While we were there I was inspired to take some photos that I could later edit with the Party Party App from the amazing people over at A Beautiful Mess and I think they turned out well for what they are. I really hate to admit it but my iPhone is replacing my DSLR but I’ll never part with it. It’s so easy to do fun things (quickly) with the iPhone and it’s super portable. I took some photos with my DSLR while at the sign museum, but from what I could see on my tiny screen I liked the photos […]

Fall is my favorite

After a very hot summer that I thought was never going to end, fall is finally here! Fall is definitely my favorite seasons because of the changing leaves and the cool nights and morning. I haven’t been getting out like I used to take pictures of the fall foliage especially with my DSLR. I hope to change that as Cory and I are headed to Cincinnati this weekend so I hope to bring back some non-iPhone photos with me. These photos were all taken with an iPhone 6, using the apps Camera+ and VSCOcam for editing. The first image/featured image was edited using A Beautiful Mess’ Mini Action Pack; it’s so worth $10.

European Adventures

European Adventures

We recently returned from a trip to Europe; London and Amsterdam specifically. This wasn’t my first overseas trip; I visited Japan a few years back. This trip, however, was definitely stressful in terms of traveling. Long story short (in case we’re not friends on Facebook): we had several layovers and our first flight ended up being cancelled after spending almost three hours (!!!!) on the tarmac. The travel gods were on our side that day and thankfully we caught a direct flight to London from Chicago. London We had one full day in London without travel and it feels like we didn’t walk very far but we covered a lot of ground in that one day. We visited the London Eye, Big Ben/Palace of Westminster (MY FAVORITE!), Westminster Abbey, St. James Park, and Buckingham Palace. I was a little apprehensive about spending a lot of money on things but the London Eye is worth getting on. We paid extra for the fast pass and got on almost instantaneously and it wasn’t crowded in the capsules which made taking photos easy. I expected it to be touristy but it showed off breathtaking views of the city. I would do it again! […]

Project 31 begins… again!

Back in May 2011 I decided to do a month long photo project. I’m very happy I did that project even though I went well over into June to get all 31 photos. There were days when life was mundane and the photo reflected that, so I thought I’d rather get quality images out. The project helped me get out when I normally wouldn’t, and as a result I got photos I really liked in the process. I’m not entirely sure why I chose May a couple of years ago but I’m missing my camera, and so I’ve decided to do it again for this month. May seems like a good month to do it since it’s not in the heart of a Kentucky summer (when I usually want to hibernate) and shouldn’t be as busy as other months. Now that I’m out of school for the summer, work and my own projects are the only things keeping me busy. I’m excited to see what photos I come up with during this project especially since Cory and I are going to the Grand Canyon this weekend… and the project will be (unintentionally) ending on our one year anniversary! I hope […]

Vintage cameras

I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything here; 2011 in fact! Sheesh! In case you didn’t know, I’ve been blogging a little more frequently over at Geek to Fit. I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with this site in the future, but I wanted to post a recent find… My Aunt passed away at Christmas and my Mom has been going through all of her stuff and cleaning out her home. It’s a weird feeling going through someone else’s stuff when they’re not there. It’s sobering that one day someone will be going through my stuff. If someone knew me or didn’t know me, would they be shocked by what they found? It’s something to think about. Mom did bring home two cameras she found in the house: a Polaroid Colorpak II and an Imperial Insta-flash. None of these are worth much and it appears that film for the Imperial Insta-flash is no longer available, however, it’ll be nice to display whenever I have a home of my own.

Project 31

I’m happy to report that Project 31 is finally complete! I wish it only took me 31 days to complete but it took me about 50 days. This is the first photo project I’ve completed so it’s better late than never. I’ve tried Project 365 in 2008 and 2009 and failed miserably. I think the furthest I got my first year was in the early 100s. In 2009, I attempted

Published!

If we’re friends on facebook and/or twitter you’ve already seen this but one of my photos has been published in a magazine! Over spring break while I was visiting Andy in NJ, I received a message on flickr from someone at Food Network. They were wanting to use my photo Casino Pier in a special feature they were doing but needed a larger photo. Since I was out of town, I didn’t have my external hard drive with me, and I wouldn’t be able to get back to them before their deadline. I ignored the message and the several messages that followed up until the deadline. Until this morning I had forgotten all about that. I bought the June ’11 issue of Food Network’s magazine a couple weeks ago because I was attracted to the cover. I had already flipped through the magazine but this morning a photo from Seaside Heights caught my attention. “Hey, that looks like my photo!” then I noticed over in the right margin my name was credited for the photo. How exciting! I’ve had other photos show up on other websites but I’ve never seen my photo in print before. What a nice way to […]