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Monday
Dec272010

Cold River

76.365 18mm f8 1/1000 ISO 800When a girl has to leave Colorado for North Carolina in order to see snow fall, you know something's wrong with the climate.  But there it was, the monochrome of winter turning from brown to silver overnight.  My husband and I walked out onto the long Haw River bridge for a wide view over the cold river. 

It's an unusual scene where I want to crank the aperture down to a pinpoint and keep everything in the frame super-crisp, but I did that here.  The other thing I really like about this scene is how it's in full color, but it looks like black and white.

Thursday
Dec092010

Space and Rime

58.365 165mm f5.3 1/250 ISO 200Yesterday I decided there is no fighting the 55-200mm lens.  If I must zoom, then let me zoom in on something with lots of detail. 

Here is one thing I really love about taking pictures:  it forces you to keep an open mind.  I often go into a location with a specific idea of the image I'd like to capture.  Yesterday, when I stopped at this creek I had ideas of overexposed morning sun reflected off a meandering stream of ice.  And I sort of made that picture. 

But then, as I looked a little more closely I noticed this gorgeous rime on the grass on the creekbanks.  Oooh, yeah.  So I slowed down and framed that up.  And as I combed the bank looking for a patch of rime lit the way I would have liked it, I started to notice the little islands of frosted leaf debris.  Click, click click

So I love that this practice forces me to be flexible and to slow down enough to notice the details.  I may shoot out my car window sometimes and I almost never have more than five or ten minutes to give to a photo op.  But in that five minutes I have to slow down and keep my eyes (and mind) open if I want to have any hope of noticing something worth capturing. 

I would have easily taken another half-hour in this park yesterday morning to work the area if I had the time.  But even if the slow, open moments only come in increments of five, I'll take them.

Thursday
Nov252010

Giving Thanks

44.365 55mm f5.6 1/160 ISO 200Ah, Thanksgiving.  My favorite holiday of them all.  So I'll take a minute to put in writing my gratitude for having an amazing community of family and friends.  For a husband and child who are healthy and beautiful and helping me become a more fully realized human being.  I am so thankful to be sharing my path with them. 

I am grateful for my eyes, which I am happy to be using more consciously these days and for the space which is opening in my life for the expression of my vision.  I had no idea when I embarked on this project the profound way in which committing to making one image a day would make me more present in my life.  I am so delighted with the support and encouragement which is materialized around this effort from friends and strangers alike.

Many many blessings abound, and I'm thankful for being able to recognize them.

P.S.  I am also really looking forward to the pumpkin pie that's coming up.  So thanks in advance for that.

Sunday
Nov212010

Monochrome Morning

40.365 18mm f5.6 1/100 ISO 400When I turned on the radio yesterday morning I heard there was a fog advisory for Denver and I immediately started thinking about all the cool places I could go with my camera.  If I didn't have a million other things to do, that is.  I had plans to host a baby shower brunch at my house mid-morning so instead of leaving on a photo safari I loaded my son in the car and headed to pick up a few last-minute things at the grocery store.

I couldn't possibly resist pulling over and firing off a couple shots of the misty lake in my neighborhood on the way.  I could have stayed there for an hour finding some deliciously moody composition, but with a two-year-old waiting in the back seat and a party to get to I gave myself the wide angle and permission to stop for 90 seconds. 

Monday
Nov082010

Thanks, Officer

27.365 18mm f5.6 1/1250 ISO 200My husband's probably going to kill me for telling the Internet this part of the story, but yesterday while we were blithely going about a few errands he got pulled over for speeding.  Since I was assiduously avoiding eye contact with both the cop and my husband (in the interest of not provoking conflict with either of them) I looked out the window of our souped-up Prius to discover that sky.  THAT SKY!

I swear that only two minutes earlier the sky over Denver had been utterly cloudless in that almost-periwinkle-blue kind of way that you only see in Colorado.  And suddenly there was some sort of massive front pushing ominous, winter-foreshadowing clouds over us.  Luckily the cop didn't take my excited dash from the car as a threatening gesture.

Anyway, the parking lot of the Pepsi Center is perhaps not the most appealing foreground but when I'm being detained by the law I take what I can get.  The upside was getting to play with the miracle of the wide angle lens, which I came to appreciate in Costa Rica.  That and being home in Denver, of course.  I'll take unpredictable weather over Costa Rica weather any day.  (Full disclosure: I just sat through five days of tropical downpour.  But even on a good day I'd take Colorado's weather.  If you could have seen the crazy 'fro my hair became down there you'd know why.)

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