Category Archives: Photography

The Cop Out Instagram Post

So there’s another bandwagon that I’ve jumped on and it’s Instagram.  I can’t help it; it’s cool.  I’ve always liked photography and there’s something fun about taking good pictures with your phone.  I mean, I love my dSLR but it’s not exactly the easiest thing to lug around when I’m on the go. And we won’t even talk about how I took it to a food & wine festival last summer and the mode dial still sticks.

I do find, however, that while food pictures look good on instagram, it’s the scenery photos that really shine.  And yes, in this cop out of a post, I’m going to post my favorite instagram pictures.

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Obviously, I take about 50 million pictures of my dog every day.  I mean, he is really cute, you have to admit.

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Mid-afternoon Kombucha break.  I really like the chia flavors even though I know a lot of people find them to be pretty gross.  What I don’t like, however, is how they have double the calories as the regular flavors.  Oh well, chia is good for you.

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I wasn’t lying when I said the King of Pops is at every festival.  I wonder how many Kings there are now.  It started out as three people, but now I bet it’s more like 15.

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We went to the Decatur Square last Saturday and found out that they have free music throughout the month of May.  Tons of families brought picnic baskets, blankets and chairs.  It was really cool.  I want to go back.  With a picnic basket, blanket and chair.

Is there any way to take instagram pictures but not bombard my feed with them?  Sometimes I just like using the filters but I don’t necessary need anyone to see them?

October Photography Challenge

I’ve decided to participate in the October Photography Challenge. Each day in October, there is a different theme and you have to take a picture of that theme. Here they are:


Instead of posting my pictures daily, I thought I’d do a weekly post instead. So here goes:

Day 1: Self Portrait

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I actually really like this picture even though I’m making a funny face and I look like I have a ton of wrinkles. I think it’s because you can see my freckles. I’m one of those people who you’d never think had a lot of freckles but when you actually look, you realize that I have a ton.

Day 2: What You Wore Today

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Jeans and red Toms aka my Friday and weekend wardrobe.

Day 3: Clouds

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Even though this was taken with my iphone, I really love this picture. I love how it’s dark in the sky at the top, but light in the mirror behind me. I have to confess, this wasn’t taken on Day 3 though. There were absolutely no clouds in the sky that day, so I had to wait a while. I think it was worth it.

Day 4: Something Green

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It’s a little blurry. I had my camera set at an ISO of 200 and I probably should have bumped it up to 400. The bokeh is cool though.

Day 5: From a High Angle

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You can’t really tell that this is from a high angle, but I was standing on a bench and Murphy was sitting. The key, by the way, to getting dogs to pose like this for photos is to hold a treat in your hand while taking the picture. If I don’t do that, Murphy will either run away from the camera or try to lunge at it.

Day 6: From a Low Angle

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Fend For Yourself + Photo Final

Jason and I went to the gym after work and got home around 7. I had it in my mind all day that I would make veggie lasagna but I knew that it wouldn’t be ready for another hour and I was hungry. When I’m hungry, I have a very hard time not snacking and oftentimes, I’ll snack and snack and then by the time dinner is ready, I’m not necessarily even hungry anymore but I ended up eating it anyway, you know, because I made dinner. Waiting for dinner to be ready is a bit of a struggle for me, especially when I’m really hungry. Jason, on the other hand, had eaten a snack right before the gym, so he wasn’t hungry at all. Between the two of us, the idea to make lasagna was quickly scrapped and we had a “fend for yourself” night.

Here’s what was fended:

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Shockingly, there were no refried beans in this meal. I know, I’m as surprised as you are. Instead, I sauteed a yellow squash, some frozen peppers and some Morningstar Farms Chik’n strips and put them on a bed of romaine topped with some black olives and goat cheese.

Tomorrow is my final photography class. We have two final projects; we can either do one or both. Last Saturday, we had a field trip to the Southeast Railway Museum which is this random museum with old trains. Despite the fact that I had never heard of it, there were a lot of people there. Lots of kids. I guess kids like trains. The first part of the final project was to show 6-10 images of the train museum. The second part, which was optional, was to take 6-10 pictures with a common theme. I did both, but I didn’t stretch too far for the second one. I took pictures of produce. Regardless, I’m happy with how everything came out. I need to take them to work so I can color correct them (I have Photoshop at work, I use iphoto at home, but I’m thinking of buying Lightroom.) but here are some of my favorites.

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Produce:

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Do you use any programs to “process” your pictures? I am actually pretty decent at Photoshop (I’m a graphic designer) but I don’t have it at home. Like I said before, I use mostly just use iphoto.

The Day that Got Away

This day really got away from me. Here it is, 9:45 pm and I’m just sitting down to dinner. If I had it my way, I’d be eating the early bird special every night, so this is really, really late for me. I had to work about an hour and a half late and then I went straight to a yoga class. I’ve been going to a different studio (Decatur Hot Yoga) and I really like it a lot better. I’m not quite sure why but there is a big difference to me.

This is going to be sort of a cop out post but I wanted to share something fun that I learned in my photography class last week called zoom bursts. If you have a dSLR camera, you can do this and it’s a cool effect.

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It’s really easy to do. All you do is put the camera on shutter priority (TV on Canon, like I have) and set it to a slow shutter speed. I think I used 1/10. You need to have a zoom lens on the camera. I just used the kit lens. Press the shutter down and while the picture is being taken, zoom the lens all the way out (or in, depending on how you focused). Some of my pictures were completely blurry and some didn’t look warped at all, but I got a few, like the ones above, that I thought looked pretty cool.

How is it almost bedtime? Argh. Although, it means that we’re closer to the weekend, right? Any Memorial Day plans?

Digital 102

I have a degree in Studio Art. In order to get that degree, I took several photography classes and really enjoyed them. After I graduated, I didn’t have access to a darkroom (this was 2000, so pre-digital camera days) so I put my hobby on hold for several years. Fast forward to Christmas 2009, when I got a DSLR for a present.

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It had been many years since I’d picked up a manual camera so I had to refresh my memory about things like ISO, f-stops and aperture. I bought a Canon Rebel for Dummies book (don’t laugh!) but I wanted to learn more. So I signed up for a Digital 101 class at a local photography store. That was Spring of last year. I really enjoyed the class but life got busy for a while.

Taking those dog pictures at work really renewed my interest again and I signed up for the intermediate class – Digital 102. I had my first class last week. Every week, we have homework that’s due the following week. Our homework for tomorrow was to take pictures illustrating 4 words out of a list of words. I chose the words:

Together

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Wild

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Color

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Alone

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I didn’t color correct them because I didn’t know if we were supposed to. I’m excited to pursue my hobby more. Sometimes, I feel like I focus so much on food and running and stuff and it’s nice to have another hobby that has nothing to do with those things. Makes me feel like a more well-rounded person.

What are your hobbies that aren’t food/workout related?

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