I was listening to some Elliot Smith trying to relax and figure out what to shoot tonight. A cranberry wreath is hanging on the powder room door and I decided to over expose the door and desaturate the orange in the wood. I am typically not a fan of the selective color retouching but in the case I think it works.
I decided to do a macro shot today, and since Sue and the kids decorated the house this weekend, I should have enough inspiration to get me through a few more days. Do you have a ceramic tree? We have two and I remember growing up with several adorning the house during the holidays.
For this years addition of the Dirty Dozen it was about 30 degrees with snow flurries. I wasn't able to ride it this year due to lack of training, so Jonah and I went out to watch the first hill. You can see the bottom of the first hill (Click Here). We are positioned at the top and this is probably about half way through the pack of about 200 to 225 that started it this year. Hill #1 is probably about 25% grade and about 1/2 mile long and starts a mere 2 miles into the ride, so little time to warm up.
I wish I knew this guys name and I should as he is a regular rider on our Tuesday night rides in the summer. I do know he originates from some part of the United Kingdom and has a really thick accent, which makes me believe he is probably from Scotland.
If you care to see some more of my photographs from Center Ave. (Hill #1), then jump on over to www.pavephotography.com/dirtydozen2012. Next year I am planning on either riding again or photographing more hills than just the first one. Enjoy!
Today was Harper's 3rd birthday. Hard to believe that she is growing fast. It is also the day that Sue starts decorating for Christmas, and I was able to get Harper to sit down in front of a small Christmas tree.
Wanted to knock out the photo today early, so you get the table all set and ready for our Thanksgiving Day feast. I am thankful for many things, and one that tops the list for this year is that this everyday a foto project is almost over. Less than 40 days left! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
When the awnings come down on the front porch we get great natural light in the evenings. Tonight I was inspired by a tweet I read this morning about being thankful for the way light shines through a window. I would have to agree.
The one nice thing about the time change is that the golden hour comes a little earlier in the day. I was able to grab a few exposures on the way home from work today. This is looking at the Fox Chapel Yacht Club. Since it is getting colder with less wind there is little boat traffic making a nice quiet reflective river.
Jonah got some Magna-Tiles for his birthday last month. Tonight he built a smaller version of the Washington Monument and I setup a flash behind and and snapped some photos. It turned out pretty cool considering all the lights were on in the house.
(F/2.8, 125mm, 1/200 sec, ISO 1600, Canon 5D Mk II)
Today at Jonah's school they had a grade school assembly to honor the student's relatives that are also a veteran. Luckily for Jonah his Pappy is a veteran and was also able to make the ceremony. After the ceremony the yearbook staff took a photo and I was able to grab one as well.
I was experimenting with some light modifiers in the living room and as usual Harper was my willing model. Unfortunately the pattern of the chair and the pattern of her shirt really don't go well together.
I was playing around with some lighting tonight and while I was in progress of doing this Harper was packing her backpack getting ready to leave. When I asked where she was off to she replied "The grocery store." and before she set off I snapped this photograph.
This morning I setup the studio in the garage and took the kids annual photographs. This is one of my favorites and will probably never make it to print, so it will be considered an outtake. Later when I was reviewing the photos Harper was looking over myt shoulder and told me that was her "grump" face.