Monday, February 28, 2011

Self: Accomplished

Year-long daily photo challenge: complete.

I can hardly believe it. I'm quite overcome with emotion now that this day has home, not only because of the feelings of accomplishment and achievement I feel having completed this challenge, but also a bit of a sadness to be at the end.

I wanted to convey in this self-portrait those feelings, plus the absolutely love of my camera and all of the creative and technical growth I've accomplished over the last three-hundred and sixty-five days with it by my side.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Blue: Apollo 13

After I finished my second half marathon in tears yesterday, Matt told me that this race for me was like Apollo 13: terrible things happened and a lot went wrong, but at the end of the day, nobody died.

Yep, that pretty much says it all. I survived a pretty brutal 13.1 miles. And only now are people telling me that running on sand is a terrible endeavor. Why was I not privy to this information before yesterday?!

A fun tidbit: I had this fantasy before I ran my first half last month that, as I approached the finish line and needed to motor it in, "Bohemian Rhapsody" would magically come up on my iPod, giving my that burst of energy to finish strong.

Of course, with 2GB of music on shuffle, the chances of this happening were quite low. And while this didn't happen a month ago, just as I passed the 13 mile mark yesterday within site of the finish line, the unthinkable happened:

"Is this the real life / Is this just fantasy"...

My dream had come true right when I actually needed it. I laughed, sped up, ignored the pain, and headed for the finish line.

On an unrelated note, I just realized that tomorrow is the last day of the month! Which means that tomorrow, I will be taking and posting my last photo as part of my year long, daily photo challenge.

I better make it awesome.

P.S. I will be embarking on a new photo challenge later this week. Details coming soon!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

People: Beachy keen

Second half marathon: complete. It was actually quite a terrible race for me. Running on sand is hard. But I finished!

After the race, Ruth & Grant let the kids play on the beach for a bit. Perfect photographic opportunity.

Friday, February 25, 2011

People: Under pressure

We're in Surfside tonight getting ready to run another half marathon tomorrow morning (yes, I'm crazy), and Ruth & Grant & co. are joining us for the fun! Lucy was being oh so cute at dinner and played the perfect subject for my photo today.

So cute to the point that I couldn't choose just one. :)

Wish us luck tomorrow!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

B&W: "O Muse! Sing in me, and through me tell the story"

Sometimes, I like to pull out the journal I kept while I was in Italy and remember the amazing times I had there nearly 6 years ago. I actually bought this journal with Caravaggio's Medusa on the front in Florence at the Uffizi where I actually saw the painting!

Interesting tidbit: the most commonly discussed topic in my journal is food. I tried to document (it seems) nearly everything I ate while I was in Italy, including specific gelato flavors. Nice.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Macro: Ephemera

Today, Matt cleaned out the glove compartment of our car, which was his grandparents before he owned it. He went through a stack of papers that included old tire warranties, maps, and, as seen above, the original "sticker" on the car when his grandparents bought it brand new in 1987. He was determined to throw out all of the old papers, even though he felt a certain connection to his grandparents through them, but I told him we should keep this small, yellowing piece of the pile.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Nature: Harvest

Ah, Houston, where the trees never know what season it actually is. Less than 100 yards from this beautifully autumnal tree were three other trees in full spring bloom.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blue: Viscous

A little less than half a month to go, and here are the stats of my last month theme usage so far:

Architecture: 1
Nature: 2
People: 1
Black & White: 1
Doors & Windows: 1
Patterns: 1
Blue: 2
Macro: 2
Lighting: 3
Self: 1

Thirteen more days to go!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Nature: Fold out

Happy day of love to all. Love is all around.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lighting: Misaligned

Yesterday's photo is finally up! Check it out below.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

People: Twenty-nine

Happy birthday to my husband, who makes me laugh every single day.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Monday, February 07, 2011

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Friday, February 04, 2011

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Patterns: Vortex

February: A month to look back

I can hardly believe that my little photography project is nearly complete. It doesn't seem like that long ago that I was still trying to figure out how to take photos with my new DSLR camera and not feeling all that confident in my abilities. Nearly a year later, I can honestly say that both my technical and artistic skills have improved dramatically, and while I'm still learning new things all the time (and hopefully will continue to!), I think my initial goals of improving upon my amateur skills have been greatly met.

First, I'd like to take a look back at this past month. I've been absolutely flattered by everyone's positive response to my self portraits. It's been a difficult, yet revealing month for me.

I quickly discovered how it's technically a lot more challenging to take photos of yourself. I frequently would see the finished photograph in my head, but because I was not behind the camera watching the photo being made, it would take me quite a long time (photographically speaking) to get the photograph I had in my head.

While I'm beyond excited to get back behind the camera and no longer be its subject, I did grow to enjoy taking self portraits. I think this month more than others really got my creative juices flowing, and I thoroughly enjoyed the energy, experience, and end products. And...perhaps I've gotten more comfortable being in front of the camera.

And now I assume everyone is wondering what's in store for my final month?

How about a retrospective!

All month long, I will be revisiting each of my themes (with the exception of my Christmas "Cheer" theme) at least twice in no particular order.




Black & White

Doors & Windows






Ten themes to revisit! I'm quite excited to do this and say goodbye to this wonderful challenge. In fact, I don't really want to stop doing this. I'm not sure what I'll decide to do at the end of the month, but I want to do something to keep me photographing. We shall see.