O Huntsville, My Huntsville!

This is my Huntsville. (My Huntsville has a disproportionate number of rockets, but what do you expect.) There are a lot of things that would be in here if I’d understood young enough how transitory life is to take pictures of them, but I didn’t. So it’s far from exhaustive, but it is representative.

Aging At The Carbon Leaf Concert

I discovered Carbon Leaf as a fluke. My ex-fiancée had inherited one of their songs from her ex-fiancé (now her husband, go figure), and she shared it with me.

That song was “Life Less Ordinary,” and it is, in fact, awesome.

Based on that one song, I bought the CD it was on, “Indian Summer.” When I first got the CD, I got as far as track two, “What About Everything,” and played it over and over until I knew all the words before moving on to track three.

Eventually, I moved on to an earlier CD, “Echo Echo,” which has such awesome songs as “The Boxer” and “Mary Mac” and “Desperation Song.”

I’ve had them on my concert to-do list for quite a while, but it’s never worked out for me to make one of their shows when they’ve been anywhere near here. But when I was trying to figure out something cool to do for my birthday, I saw that they were going to be at Workplay in Birmingham, and decided that this time I needed to make it happen.

I did, and it was awesome.

The show was great fun, I shared it with good company, and I got to mark turning 36 at the concert, so a win all around.

The lighting taxed my poor iPhone camera, but I got a few shots I was pleased with.

#SCTweetup Day 1 Photos

It’s late. I’m tired. I’ll write text some other time. But here are photos from the first day of the Space Camp Tweetup.










365 And Counting

That picture there? That’s my 365th pic.

I’ve written about my participating in the 365project before, and posted some pictures.

I started the project on January 1, 2010.

Which, theoretically, means I should have finished at the end of December.

That didn’t happen.

Instead, here we are, two and a half months later, and I’m just wrapping up. (My Reconstruction project is running even more late. Alas.)

But I’ve now posted 365 pictures. Hoorah!

I wanted to do something “special” to mark the completion of the project. I wanted to shoot a picture in a mirror of my iPhone, since it was the camera with which I took almost all of the 365 pics. I decided to go with a rear-view mirror for the picture to kind of symbolize looking back from the end of the project. And decided to make it a bit of a self-portrait as well.

To be honest, I’m not sure how much I’ve gotten out of the project. I chose to use my iPhone almost exclusively so that I could really work on my composition, since that’s about all you can do with an iPhone, it lacking the fancy settings of my DSLR. The fact that it was terribly convenient for submitting the pictures was just an added bonus.

The problem was, I was wrong about composition being about the only tool the iPhone has. Sure, it lacks a lot of the DSLR settings, but mine now has an onboard suite of photo-editing software, which over the course of the project I became increasingly reliant on. My pictures were getting better, perhaps, but not because my actual photography skills were improving.

I took some pictures during the project that I really liked. I took a lot of pictures during the project that just met the daily quota. I really don’t have any sense of whether I’m any better at taking pictures or not.

Regardless, I’m going to keep going. I’ve met the 365 goal, but there’s nothing stopping from just continuing to take pictures.

I may change my approach; if there’s a day I don’t have a picture, I may be less likely to just take a picture I’m not happy with purely for the sake of having one.

We’ll see.

Pictures Of Valentines

This is the story of two photo nerds on a date.

Both Heather and I are doing the 365project, where you take a picture every day. We take a lot of pictures.

I forget whether I started taking a picture of my salad first, or whether Heather said I should because I said it looked good. She said I could use it for my picture of the day. She didn’t know I already had one.

But at that point, the picture taking had started.

I took a picture of our cheesecake.

So did Heather. The waiter saw it untouched on the middle of the table. He asked if something was wrong with it.

Nothing was wrong with it. It was quite good.

Heather suggested I take the “after” picture. I did.

I took this “after” picture, too. This is Heather “after.” Doesn’t she look happy?

More food. This is the reception they had during intermission at the play. The food and the play were good. The play was a little strange. The food was yummy.

Here’s the set of the play. Another “after” picture.

This is the picture I had taken earlier in the day.

I didn’t buy these flowers. I just took a picture of them.

But I did give Heather this today. She liked it.

The End.

Hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day!!

(With apologies to AKA Jane Random. Heather posted her pictures and story on her blog, also.)

Some Fraction of 365

So at the beginning of the year, I started the 365project, in which you take a picture every day for a year.

I did not, in fact, take a picture every day for a year.

Over the course of 2010, I took over 300 photos, hitting somewhere around the 85 percent completion mark. Not bad, but not one photo every day either. Still, I’m proud to have made it the entire year without quitting, even if I did miss a day here and there.

Apart from the discipline of taking a picture every day, my main goal for the project was to work on my composition.  I’m lousy at just about every part of photography except aiming the camera, and I’m only decent at that. So I limited myself, primarily to taking pictures with my iPhone, which has little to work with except composition. In retrospect, I’m not sure how I did. There are some good photos at the end of the year, but I’m not sure that there are any more or any better photos than at the beginning.

The one thing that I did do, arguably, is get worse. By the end of the year, I was much more likely to rely on the battery of photo-modification apps I have loaded on my iPhone. In other words, I got use to cheating. And I don’t know how much that helped or hurt.

In my defense, by the end of the year, I was exhausted. I’d taken a lot of pictures, and felt like I was running out of ideas.  So that probably didn’t help the pictures near the end of the year either.

Which leaves me with the question of what I do now. I could declare my 365 days over, and quit. I could keep going until my 365project has 365 pictures, and then quit. Or, I believe, I could keep going indefinitely, and just continue to take a picture every day, and just let the 365 represent that it’s something I do every day.

Right now, I’m committing to the middle option. I’m going to continue the project into next year, taking photos until I reach that 365 mark, and my completion stat reads 100%.

After that, who knows?

Here are some highlights of my participation during 2010: