Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Blue: Worm



Two things:

(1) I realize that my last two photos haven't included a whole lot of blue. Well...too bad. In both cases, I had another photograph containing more blue competing for the coveted 'photo of the day' spot, but at the end of the day, I simply liked these compositions better. Deal with it.

(2) I have officially 'opened' a print selling site. Check it out: Nama Shoots. As you can see from my post below, I am open for business. (Also, you can click on the photo on my sidebar under "My Photography", which is now a direct link to my online store. Pretty sweet.)

Zenfolio is a beautiful site set up for photographers to sell prints with little hassle. Basically, you choose and purchase the print(s) you want, Zenfolio fulfills your order with one of a few professional printing sites, and your print is mailed directly to you.

I love technology.

If you have any questions, requests, etc., feel free to comment or email me: nama.shoots[at]gmail.com

Prints for sale

Guess what?

I now have a print selling site. And an "official" "business" name:

Nama Shoots

Visit. Purchase. Feedback?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Blue: Cracks



I actually wrote a real post earlier today. With words instead of photos. (Well, a few photos. I can't help myself.) Read on below!

I can make it on my own?

Remember when I used this blog for writing?

What happened to those days? Seriously, I feel like I neglect this blog in that sense. I mean, after all, it's called "Nama Writes". So deceptive, right?

I've decided to bring back the writing to this ole' blog (seriously, it's 5 1/2 years old!) and try to write an actual post (without pictures (well, let's be honest; I'll probably sneak one or two in.)) at least once a week. Are you game, readers (who have been mostly observers lately)?

I'd thought I'd use today to write a bit about my latest of habits I've slowly but surely gotten into this year and have fully succeeded at liking (not quite loving yet - I'm getting there) and actually wanting to participate in: running.

That's right, folks. I'm officially a runner. And I can actually admit this for the following reasons:

  • I have run two 5Ks, probably will be running half of a half marathon in late October, and will then be running a full (13.1 miles!) half-marathon in January of 2011. This is serious bidness.
  • I now have a growing running wardrobe, including tiny, running shorts. Trust me when I say this is purely for comfort reasons. Nobody wants to be treated to a view of my pasty white upper thighs.
  • I now log my runs to keep track of my pace and weekly milage. Last week, I ran 12.1 miles. That's, like, nearly a half marathon. I care about these things now!
  • I am pretty much sore all of the time. My muscles are tight and ache constantly, but it's something I'm quickly learning to not notice at all. It's just what happens when you run as much as I am now.
  • I feel like crap when I don't run. Seriously, my body hurts in a slothful, achey way, and I feel fat and useless. Those are the times when I think to myself, "Did I used to feel like this all of the time before I started running?"
  • I like running. It's a weird thing to feel completely spent and have your muscles screaming at you in the middle of a run and say that you "like" it, but I do. I don't love it yet, but what I do love about running is how I feel after I run. (See previous point.) My body feels healthy, alive, functional, and quite wonderful, which isn't to say that I was a fat piece of lazy lard before I started running. But I definitely haven't felt this healthy physically (and emotionally) in a long time.
Yep, I think I qualify as a bona-fide runner now.

Now, there is one huge barrier to being a runner in Houston. For about 5 - 6 months out of the year, running outside is hell, both terrible an inescapable. The heat plus the awful humidity make running outside unbearable, so much so that I have, for better or for worse, refused to run outside most of the time in the last few months.

But then, something amazing happened on Sunday. Leaving church around noon, I noticed it was definitely warm, but not oppressively so. And then miraculous things started happening. By about 2pm, I walked outside our townhome, stood there stunned, and told Matt that he had to come outside and experience this. It was...cool! It was Fall-like. It wasn't hot!

Maybe I'm making a bigger deal out of this than it really is, but do you know what it's like to literally have absolutely no break from the heat and humidity for 5-ish months? When it finally arrives, it's completely and perfectly wonderful in an indescribable way. Matt & I just stood there on our porch, enjoying the cool air, in complete awe.

Back to running, I bring up this wondrous occasion because later that afternoon, I went for a 4 mile run (the most miles I've run so far!) with Ruth. Matt had gone for a 7 and a half mile run earlier and told me that this run would be the "best run of my life". I scoffed at him, thinking about the fact that I would be running an extra mile on top of what I usually run.

But he was right. I didn't just not feel terrible because of the lack of heat. I felt wonderful. In fact, our pace was a good minute or two better than what we normally can manage. I felt incredible, like I could do anything simple because it wasn't hot outside.

And for the first time since I signed up for the Houston half marathon, I finally had the confidence to know that I can do this, that with enough mental and physical pushing, I can pull this off! I felt amazing.

Stay tuned for more updates on my running! And feel free to give me shouts outs of encouragement.

And, what the heck. Here are a few Scotland pictures.



Trossachs National Park near Loch Lomand



Stained glass and wood carvings in Dunblane Cathedral



House in Old Aberdeen

Can I tell you how happy this picture of a wonderfully quaint house with a Christmas wreath on the door and advent candles in the windows combined with the cooler weather that's moved into Houston makes me? I can't wait for Christmas time this year.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Blue: Invasion



In other news, I'm in the process of setting up a print selling site so that all of you can purchase my...art. Heck yes?

Details to come later this week!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Blue: Elation



This is from a family session I did earlier this evening.

Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted a bunch of photos I took right before this photo session, including some pretty awesome shots of these beautiful, bell-shaped, blue flowers which I thought would probably be more appropriate to post today.

Sometimes I am not smart.

Instead, this happy photo of an adorable baby girl and her parents with a pretty blue sky behind them made the final, daily cut. Not such a bad trade off, though, right? I love how she is looking high into the sky, her face catching the light. You can tell see is such a joy to her wonderful parents.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Blue: Remembering



I had the opportunity tonight to participate in a memorial concert as part of the Rice Chorale. We performed Duruflé's Requiem to honor the victims of September 11, 2001. It was a humbling and beautiful experience.

I had spent part of my afternoon looking through photos snapped that day and remembering the fear, the shock, the helplessness we all felt that morning as we watched the footage of the World Trade Center burning and then eventually falling. I found this set of photos on The Big Picture blog, and one photo in particular caught my attention: #2.

I thought of this man, his fear, his desperation, his utter hopelessness...

When reminded tonight before the concert that we were singing this beautiful Requiem for the victims of the 9-11 attacks, I thought of him. I thought of his unceremonious death. And I decided to sing this Reqiuem for him:

In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.

I think I had forgotten (not entirely, of course) about those who jumped to their deaths from atop the towers that morning 9 years ago. So much of the trauma we all experienced that day, I think, has been locked forever in our hearts, only to be reopened once a year in early September.

Matt & I later watched the beginning of a History Channel program called "102 Minutes That Changed America". Footage and audio recordings from hundreds of different sources had been pieced together from that morning into a continuous 102 minute time frame, starting when the plane hit the first tower and ending when the second tower fell.

Again, all of the awe, the sadness, the dread flooded my heart as I watched and listened to September 11, 2001 as it happened. Again.

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For today's photo, I wanted to pay tribute to those events 9 years ago, being ever mindful of those who did and continue to suffer from their effects.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Blue: Puffs of pink

Your eyes do not deceive you. Yes, there is just text filling this space and not a photo.

Don't blame me; blame Picasa. It absolutely refused to upload my photo today. Hopefully, the problem will be resolved, and in place of this text, a photo will appear tomorrow.

Update: It turns out that the problems I encountered last night had nothing to do with Picasa, but with the jpeg file I had saved. And unfortunately, the original psd file is at home on my lappy, meaning I cannot fix this problem until tonight.

"oh well."

Update #2: Picture below!

Monday, September 06, 2010

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Saturday, September 04, 2010

Friday, September 03, 2010

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Blue: Arrow'd

Something blue

September is here, which means a new month and a new theme! (And, hopefully, cooler temperatures...right, Houston? Haven't we suffered long enough?!)

First of all, August was quite the fun month for me.



I doubted my creative ability to find interesting patterns day and day without my photos seeming monotonous and/or boring.



I actually found August's challenge fairly easy and artistically liberating. I wrote about this feeling back in June when I did my black & white month. The freedom to simply look around me and find patterns was wonderful, and I had many days when finding the shot with an awesome pattern made my heart so happy.



So what's in store for September?



Blue!



After considering both the sky/water themes that I had recently come to love, I decided to combine my love of both with my idea of using a specific color for a monthly subject! How perfect.



All of photos this month will contain the color blue, mostly as a prominent color...but I'm not making any guarantees. And I'm sure we'll be seeing plenty of sky/water photos this month. My only hope is that I don't default to simply taking photos of the sky...because it's blue.



I'm excited. And you should be, too. Check back tonight for my first blue-themed photo.



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How about some more Scotland photos, eh?

Enjoy!



Winterfest at George Square in Glasgow.



Rose from a gravestone in a cemetery on the grounds of Lecropt Church.



A street in Old Aberdeen.



A view of the city from Edinburgh Castle.



The Scottish countryside near Dumfries.