(two one behind the other)
gleaming in the evening sun
beckoned me off of the porch swing
where I had been slowly rocking and slowly recovering from my 50k run the day before
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
My 50k run ended, as I told my friends, like this:
I was yelling "I,m going to have a bath!" (loudly) as my mantra to make it to the end of my 50k run on Saturday - after TEN hours on the trail. So tired going in, barely made the cut off time, a humbling experience and a wonderful one! Great people, volunteers and other runners - ruby throated sapsuckers, dragonflies and butterflies swooping over the path, gorgeous vistas and weather, all worth the price of 4 toenails!
and I was lucky enough to do through land that looked like this:
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
on one of our first really gorgeous, warm spring days
my friend and I decided to cut my son's hair
out on her deck
he was fine with the idea
the only thing is
he wanted to eat watermelon
while we were doing it
the watermelon became less appetizing
as clipped bits of hair began to stick to it
but I think it made a pretty picture
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
having so much fun with the toyphone application still
- this was the view outside the restaurant window
still taking pictures with the other cameras
but enjoying myself by pushing myself to make good pictures this way too.
Slowing down a little on the photo business and learning stuff otherwise,
at least until after the weekend!
Uploaded by gawdessness on 27 May 09, 8.55PM PDT.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
found: wings on road
fairly sure previous owner cannot claim
made me think of how many of us think we have broken wings when we really don't.
sleeping/ napping as much as possible before the 50k this saturday
hope my "wings" will be in the right shape to fly me over the woodland trail
Monday, May 25, 2009
if you live at our house - you get used to the idea that Dad has a forge and anvil in the garage and that when the homeschool Medieval Day comes around, you get to help make a real sword, hammering the iron into shiny, pointy submission - to take with you.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
ove the unexpected results I am getting with the toyphone app on my iphone -
vivid areas of sudden saturation , eyes bluer and shirts deeper lemon than they could ever be, contrast strikingly with the glaring washed out spots - all to wonderful effect - at least in my mind.
Though I love the idea of film and the look of film and the possibilities of it, I do not have the time or energy for it -
so as much as the Holga plastic cameras do beckon to me - I am really enjoying playing with this digital version - and I love pushing the iphone camera to see what I can make it do, what pictures I can make with it.
I read today that "the best camera is the one that you have with you" and I think that is true.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
found earlyish in the morning
dropping the kids off for pottery class
giving me a chance to have fun with the Toy Camera app for iphone
slowly catching up on sleep and energy
did a volunteer shoot of a child dedication yesterday afternoon
learning more and more but really want to focus on lighting
and depth of field issues for a little while and soon
so I feel like I have some real mastery over it
After May 30th I may have a little more time and zip
because my big run will be done then
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
"Find a person you consider interesting and take a series of portraits of this person, concentrating on capturing an authentic expression."
Assignment 1 from Photoworkshop - Portrait and Candid Photography by Erin Manning
I am very happy with how this one turned out - Although I have been in the same circles as this young man for the past 5 years - but he has been elusive when it comes to chatting or having pictures taken - so he has been very much a challenge to me, in a photographic sense.
So I am currently reading two photoworkshop books and trying to do the assignments and working my way through the lessons in the Aperature manual - looking for a workshop on lighting (that isn't the same day as my 50k run!) and looking very hard for a name for my soon to be fledgling photography business.
the name thing is very annoying...
I have a few, a very few, in mind but many of the obvious ones (and not so obvious ones) are taken -
and I need one before I get business cards and a website.
Yes my name would work but my name is NOT a rolling off the tongue sort.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
trying to keep her joy in playing
even when the coach can't see what the team does well
and some of the parents LOUDLY grumble
"you aren't winning because you don't want to badly enough!"
of course they don't
they are ten
their job is to run hard, play hard, try hard, laugh hard with their friends and sleep hard afterwards.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
first "flower" of spring in the garden
spring is again slow to come this year
we are expecting snow on Monday
traditionally the date when it is considered
"safe" to put in bedding plants
despite the chill
did do a 33km bike ride last night
and a 5k run today - chasing behind the two youngest kids on their bikes - so glad my energy is coming back, if slowly
Thursday, May 14, 2009
getting a game of homeschool soccer going on a weekday isn't as easy as it might sound - almost all usable fields are attached to regular public schools and so are being used -
but this school, a massive edifice that is at least 50 years old was closed last year and sits empty - don't know what will happen to it - it was a junior high in the recent past - right now my kids are running and playing in the grass beside it, at least once a week.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
from a few days ago
found this blossom
on the roof of the van
lit up by the morning sun
slowly moving my way through Aperture, the program and the very thick manual that we got with it - finding my way -
and coming back from over training for my 50km run (on May 30 eeek!)
note to self and anyone else -
DO NOT get so tired you forget to and don't care about eating while still packing on the training run miles - this does not go anywhere good!
have a shoot lined up for Saturday - publicity stills for a play for the Theatre festival - looking forward to that -
and for shooting a large rainbow banner at my church in conjunction with Pride Week which is fast approaching ....and.....
if I get to it soon, sending my friend some examples of what kind of web site I would like for my photography business -
among other things....
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I am working my way through the book Photographing Children by Ginny Felch and Allison Tyler Jones - and I am liking it very much.
At the end of each chapter there is an assignment. This one is the first -
"Now that you are more aware, create a children's portrait that reflects some of who you are and your style."
I thought about that a lot and when I saw my own daughter lying on the warm earth, breathing in the new grass and soaking up the sun - I was flung back into my own ten year old body doing exactly the same thing, eyeing a horizon that was both so close and yet so distant - and I threw myself down to take a picture that was really all about me!
iso 100 - f2.8 - 1/2000 - 70mm
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
swinging in the sun
horizontal to the ground below
and still posing for his Mama!
not enough time for all I am doing and want to do -
photography is being pushed back,
down below kids, sleep, running and life in general.
fighting my way through Aperature and learning how to use it and still playing with Tv (shutter priority) - hence this image today.
Had to shake myself out of a negative mind set yesterday about
picture taking -
how could it not be with faces like this one around me?
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
orange soda, root beer and even
cream soda poured over scoops of vanilla ice cream
then bubbling up in a froth of both
and then remembered
sitting on the orange vinyl and silver chrome stool
as I pushed with my hand against the formica counter
and spun my 10 year old self around and around
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
a leaf that falls into a pond
will be eaten away
until there is nothing left
learning so much
while trying to squeeze enough time out of each day
bought some books
eeeeeeek! have a new macbook pro and learning the full version of Aperature
and checking out workshops to take....
to learn more, more, more
oh and latest name I came up with that was rejected out of hand by my 15 year old?
Magpie Photography - finding the SHINY everywhere!
she said, and I quote "it sounds like you are a demented entertainer who works children's birthday parties!"
so the search continues!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Click! Other People
- Ampersand & Boogieman 365 +1
- Anastasia 365
- Angelfeet's 365
- Barbara's 366
- Bright Star's 365
- Create Art Every Day
- From Away 365
- Frozen In Time
- m2h project 365
- Madeleines Child
- Nikki 365
- Not By A Long Shot
- Parts n Pieces 365
- Playing with Pixels
- Rev.Dr.Mom 365
- Sandy 365
- sandycovetrail 365+1
- strawberry creek studios
- Yankee T 365+1
- Mariglowed, May 31
- I Ran, I ran so far away....
- polaroid polaroid (May 29)
- Hairy Watermelon (May 28/09)
- crayon world outside (iphone/toyphone)
- take these broken wings
- iron into sword May 25
- pile of kids (iphone/toy camera app)
- startling (iphone)
- soccer field action
- authentic expression
- loving to play
- old car nostalgia
- tagging in the trees
- seed flurries
- the play is the thing
- Roar in the Garden
- prison for some
- unexpected grace
- mirror mirror
- the magic of mother and child
- Running weiner dog of May
- as beautiful as he is
- spin the coin for me
- Float back in time
- bird behind a wire
- lacy leaf
- something I didn't know
- the morning is made even brighter
- mayday head wreath
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