Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Doors & Windows: Intersection

Coming to a close (ha!)

Get it?! This month of doors and windows is...coming to a close!


Moving on...yes, this month is nearly over. How has it gone?

Well, I'm torn, actually. While I had the opportunity to photograph a beloved subject all month, I felt a bit stifled, creatively speaking. There's only so much one can do to create both an artistic and unique photograph of a door or window day after day. Although I absolutely love some of the pictures I took this month, I have to admit that to the viewer, all of these photos might have seemed a bit monotonous and perhaps even boring.

Am I right? And am I responsible for that? Could I have tried harder to make this month's theme more interesting and less of a bore? Probably. Although, I gave it an honest effort. But perhaps posting a month of photographs of a subject I uniquely adore isn't the best way to showcase my talent to others who do not share my passion for doors and windows.

So what does August hold in store? Well, I haven't decided yet. Looking back at the list of potential themes and subjects I posted a few months ago (and your suggestions), here are my thoughts:

  • Self Portraits - I'm still not ready to face this one (ha!)...I think this subject might be put off intentionally until the end of this challenge. We shall see.
  • Food - Since the weather in Houston this time of year is still oppressive and ridiculous, I think firing up my oven on a potentially daily basis so that I can photograph delicious food (and post recipes!) is out.
  • Colors - I'm still not sure quite how to execute this one, or if it will eventually be used. It might come up again if I'm completely stumped and 10 months into this project.
  • Skies - Ruth suggested this a few times, and I'm beginning to warm to the idea. I love a shot that includes a gorgeous sky. A few of my favorites include "Falling Fountains" and "Home". I discovered last month how absolutely gorgeous a sky can become in black and white with the help of photoshop. The question is, however, how to execute this theme. Obviously, I wouldn't only be taking photos of the sky, as seen in my previous challenge photos. But wouldn't this get boring and monotonous, much like this month has gone? What are your thoughts?
  • Lines - This is one I've thought of recently - a month of lines. Imagine a photo like "Granite Waves" and how the lines of the arched doorway draw your attention to the subject of the photo. A month of both natural and man-made lines would, I think, be an interesting challenge I'd like to explore. I think this is a contender for the month of August if you guys (yes, all of you who daily visit my blog...I know who you are! Leave a little comment and share your thoughts, pretty please!) like this idea.
  • Macro - For those of you who aren't familiar with this photographic term, a macro photo is basically a close up shot. Think most of my photos from the month of April. Obviously, I really enjoy Macro photography. I am also keen on the idea of doing another month with a technical theme. I also just did a month like this (black & white), so I might put this one on hold for a couple of months for some separation.

There are my thoughts. And I'd very much so like to hear yours regarding what I should do next month. Lines? Skies? What say you!


In the meantime, enjoy more pictures from Scotland. I have (finally!) finished editing all of our (well over 1,000) photos, and I'm in the process of labeling each and will (by tomorrow, hopefully) post a selection on Facebook. Then, I'll probably start posting more here on my blog. Excited?! I sure am.

A boy sledding near Loch Lomond

The Wallace Monument

Stained glass in Dunblane Cathedral

St. Machar's Cathedral in Aberdeen on Christmas day

Dunnottar Castle

Glamis Castle

Ruins of St Andrews Cathedral


Ruins of Melrose Abbey

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Doors & Windows: Old slats

Doors & Windows: Simple Work

To celebrate our 2nd anniversary, I planned a weekend trip to the quaint town of Round Top, which lies a few short hours east of Houston. It was glorious to escape the concrete jungle for a day and enjoy the simple, charming wonders of country life.

I'll write more on this later as I have more photos to share. The reason, however, I did not post a photo last night was due to the fact that we were without internet in our little, romantic cottage. Perfect.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Doors & Windows: Aged reflection


One more post on my nephews from my visit in May...

My last evening in Lubbock, we were preparing for a delicious barbeque dinner and hanging out on the back porch as the sun was setting. It was absolutely gorgeous, and as I was trying to capture the sunset, my sister reminded me that I had yet to take any photos of actual people that day.

What great luck I had that she mentioned that at the moment she did.

Cade was standing on the back porch directly under a bright light blowing bubbles.

All I had to tell him was to stay standing exactly where he was under the light and to keep blowing bubbles. Easy directions for a 5-year-old to handle. :)

I posted my favorite that night and found myself a bit overwhelmed emotionally. As I edited these photos, the song "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was playing my head. (I think those wonderful commercials are to blame for that.) The pureness and beauty of that song, combined with the ingenuously sublime voice of Gene Wilder, seemed incredibly appropriate as I sorted through all of these photos of a 5-year-old blowing bubbles, absolutely enthralled and amazed at what was possible. That is why I named the photo "In a world of pure imagination," and all of these wonderfully pure thoughts filled with childhood nostalgia brought a tear to my eye. I'm still not completely sure why, but now, every time I hear "Pure Imagination," I have to fight back the tears.

Come with me and you'll be
In a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you'll see
Into your imagination

We'll begin with a spin
Traveling in the world of my creation
What we'll see will defy explanation

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There's nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there you'll be free
If you truly wish to be

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There's nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there you'll be free
If you truly wish to be

Monday, July 19, 2010

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Friday, July 09, 2010

Doors & Windows: Old coil

Little Camden

Camden is Cade's little brother. He was born on May 5th, and I was thrilled that I got to both see and photograph him when he was still tiny, skinny, and newborn-ish.

And my sister is the cutest mom in the world who definitely did not look like she had a baby 3 weeks before.

I believe he started screaming and trying to struggle his way out of his blanket right after I snapped the shot above. I love how nature driven this shot is. A new baby, wrapped in the brown of the Earth, lying in the warm sun on fresh, green grass...

We bought him a cute hat that, in all honesty, he probably won't need since it's summer, but Tabitha & I thought it would make for cute naked baby photos.

I then had the idea to put Camden in one of his dad's old guitar cases with a red interior.

He fit perfectly. And thankfully, he was somewhat asleep for a couple of minutes as I snapped away.

The one I posted back in May was definitely our favorite. Seriously, this kid is adorable.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Doors & Windows: Drenched

Taking pictures of doors when it's pouring rain outside is hard.