Tuesday, November 9, 2010


104:365: Reflections

I forgot that I had already taken a photo today...

Only, I'm still a day behind, but I don't know which day I missed. I'm sure it would be easy enough to determine, but who has the time?


Sometimes the best shots are mistakes:

098:365: Self Portrait 05

Sometimes you hold your breath and hope for them to come out right:

099:365: Under the Bridge

Sometimes you're lucky enough to capture the moment at just the right time:

100:365: Connection

Sometimes your subject just keeps giving you opportunities:

101:365: Expectation

Sometimes you wonder whether there's a story behind it:

102:365: Still Life

And sometimes you are certain that there is:

103:365: Where the Triceratops Roam

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I'm not a big fan of modified photos, but sometimes I think that I've got to fool around as much as I can with this project, even if it's just a way to keep things interesting. The first photo has not been modified in the slightest (except to crop it to the standard size at which I've been cropping all my photos, which is slightly less on the long axis than the photo the camera takes). The second photo, I have posted both versions. I like the first, but felt like it needed...something...to convey what I was trying to with the photo. Mainly because I could not capture the peeling paint on the wall or the shadow of the music stand. So am I using photoshop tools to make up for what I lack as a photographer? Perhaps. But I'm comfortable with that.

096:365: Excess


097:365: Music Class

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Has it really been nine days since I last posted photos? Oh, my. No time for chatter, then. Let's get to it.

087:365: Rust

088:365: Dressing Table

089:365: Sentimental on Election Day

090:365: Lamp Shade

091:365: Imprint

092:365: Allan Gardens

093:365: Chariot

094:365: Night of Dread Parade

095:365: Fairy Sceptre

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dia De Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is approaching, and with it the annual celebration of the "Night of the Dread" in our local park. It is a night during which we face and shout, "Booooo!!!!" at our fears. Our eldest daughter was so pleased with the whole thing, she's been looking forward to it all year, and for months has been asking to go dressed as Sadie the Skeleton Fairy (a fairy of her own invention).

Today we started gathering things for her costume, and I made her a Sadie the Skeleton Fairy shirt. The choice of fabric was inspired by the colourful skulls that feature in many Day of the Dead celebrations. Here is the shirt mid-process...

086:365: Preparing for Dread

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I'll admit, I'm having a hard time keeping up with the photography. And an even harder time keeping up with the rest of the crew. I still love this project, and I'm excited about it, but there are days when finding time to go to the bathroom is a struggle. Here are the last five days' worth:

081:365: Lights, Camera...

082:365: Salvage

083:365: Inside the Machine

084:365: Revisiting the Swiss Alps

085:365: New Friends

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Alley Jaunt

My daughter has been calling weather vanes "wind tunnels" for weeks and I keep trying to correct her, but have been unable to call up the proper name. Ah, sleep deprivation. Today (I admit I took not a single photo yesterday) as I was walking down an alley alone and saw this one and the word came to me immediately. I find I have a harder time remembering the names of things if an inaccurate name has been suggested to me. I'd have an easier time if someone said, "What are those things called...?"

078:365: Weather Vane

079:365: Musing*

*Not an oxymoron, but...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tricks of the Trade

077:365: Tug of War


Two of my photos this week are waiting on permissions from their subjects to post them on the internet.

What do you guys do when your photo of the day includes others? Specifically, what do you do when it includes other people's children? Am I being silly about privacy, especially if I'm not posting any other identifying details?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Five Days (Not) In May

I was sick and alone (if you count being responsible for the well-being of three children, a dog and a cat alone) for much of the week, so you'll find that my camera only once strayed from our house in the last five days.

The one outdoor shot is of an intriguing and decaying poster on the wall of my daughter's school. It was clearly a pony at one time, with anti-smoking signs all over it. I don't know quite what to make of it, but I'm particularly proud of the photo because I took it with my zoom lens and no tripod or timer. Not a good way to start a week in which our prompt was later to be revealed as 'craft', but what the hay (snicker).

069:365: Kicking the Habit

070:365: When You're Gone

071:365: Discovery

072:365: Self-Portrait IV: What The Camera Didn't See

073:365: The Latest Fringe

As far as craft goes, I feel as Sue does in that I never seem to find the time to do the reading/research I need to do to improve my photography. Photo #72 was fraught with particular frustration. I had been lying for a couple of hours on a day bed (the same day bed in Photo #71) bathed in the afternoon light, staring out the window at tree branches dancing in a bright blue sky. Then I noticed my reflection in the sunglasses on the window sill and thought the whole scene would make a wonderful photo. The bright sun in the window made it impossible to capture the scene outside, and made the entire photo brighter than I would have liked. I find it odd that, time and time again, I need to learn that the camera does not "see" in the same way that my eye does. How infuriating!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

068:365: Reclamation


S/He certainly was. I followed this bird for the better part of 5 minutes, taking photos...

067:365: Intersection

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010


063:365: Rocking Chair

064:365: Saving Our Marriage

065:365: Dakota Burl

Monday, September 27, 2010


I really wanted to make this photo look kind of classic, so I tooled around a bit in Photoshop. Using the "Film Grain" filter, adjusting the gradient map to pure black and white and fooling with some of the light settings made it seem older. It also makes the label "FREE" on the seat pop a little bit, which (I flatter myself) contributes to the bitter sweetness of the tiny trike among the detritus...

062:365: Growing Up

Sunday, September 26, 2010

060:365: Hoot

061:365: Something to Save For

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010


058:365: Stooz Cafe*

*I played with the "Fill Flash" function in Photoshop with this one because the lamp in the photo appears much brighter than it did in real life, even with the "fix".

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Spare Time

...is basically nonexistent these days.

I find myself frustrated with how little time I have to spend thinking about photos and how I have even less time to shoot/edit them. I am, consequently, not pleased with what I've managed to shoot on a daily basis, but I can't exactly allow myself to flounder in that. Not if I want to be a contributing member of this Project 365 Crew!

053:365: Face Off

054:365: Ghost of Dogwood

055:365: Physalis?

056:365: Wanting In