Monday, October 26, 2009
I started this blog as a way to keep myself photographing. I have been trying to get accepted into an MFA program but haven't been able to. I also had no idea what I should be doing photographically and I thought this blog would help me find out. IT did. I have many ideas and projects I'm working on. I'm excited about all of them. I also know I need to be meeting people and photographing them in black and white. That is my calling as a photographer.
I had been thinking for a while now that I was ready to stop with this project, but also thought I wanted to see it through to May 1st, 2010. However, My mom's health has taken a turn for the worse and I feel it is necessary to spend as much time with her as I can, encouraging her to get healthy. She lives far from me and I won't be able to do both. I also feel as if I have what I need for my 2009 MFA portfolio application. So.... I will no longer be posting daily photo's.
I will continue posting pictures for myself if I can on occasion, such as the monthly series of my son swimming. I'd really like to finish that series.
Thank you for the support you've given me, for the encouraging words in person, in private e-mails and in the comments.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
While photographing on South Ninth Street earlier this month I met a man named Jim. I had photographed him before without knowing who he was and during the course of this meeting he mentioned he had a van I might want to photograph. So off we went to his motel so I could photograph him and his van. I hung out for awhile talking to him when I captured this image.
Jim is pictured left.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Two Sundays ago I went for one of my morning walks. I walk sometimes for a few hours looking for photographic opportunities. I was pretty happy with my findings on this day when I came upon this man. After taking two frames I started talking with him, and he seemed to appreciate my wanting to document ordinary life and was happy to have me take his picture. I was impressed by the proud way he sat in his chair. I took more pictures of him after our talk and he continued with his proud sitting mannerisms. This is the second frame from before I talked to him.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
It is October and the sixth month of my monthly series of Steven swimming. We didn't spend to much time this go round, but I am happy with the results. I picked two for this month as well. The top picture because it appears he has an alien face and the bottom picture because I love the light drops.
I went back and looked at many of my swimming pictures from the last few months and have so many wonderful shots I never noticed the first time around. It's amazing the difference time makes when editing work.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
I thought I would try for a better splash photo but as I began to get things set up I wondered why do I have to drop something in the water to make it splash? Why not go for pure water? Just water splashing in a wine glass flashed with light. A pure photograph. I tried it at three different levels. One to see the inside of the glass, two a little higher up and three near the top, almost a view from above.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
My husband and I were in downtown Modesto this evening attending the second annual poetry and photography show when I noticed this cute scene. I took a few shots shooting from my hip.
Is that a purse she has around her back side? Kinda reminds me of a pelican.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
It was a busy day... no time for pictures ... so Wayne went out front to let water pour over his head. I've been wanting to take a picture of water falling down his face with a slow shutter speed for quite some time now. I just love water, it's so fluid.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sometime during my high school photography class I took this terrible photo. I mean more terrible than most high school photographs. I put my half moon parrot on top of a black horse statue which was sitting on top of my bed spread. The bed spread was green and gold and had many swirls of a distinctly busy pattern. This photo clashed so much, the eyes had to take a break, or they hurt.
I was driving home the other day thinking it would be fun to take an absolutely terrible photo on purpose. Plus I've been wanting to photograph coffee in my new favorite coffee cup.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I walked for a few hours today and believe I actually captured some nice images, so I get to post one of my black and whites. This is a picture of Heidi and Emma, my two twin nieces. I loved the evening light coming in my sisters home so I asked them both to stand still, and I asked Emma to keep her one eye in the light.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
It seems like I'm constantly driving home down D Street, and each time I notice a painted wall. I really took notice one day when it was painted differently. Since then I've seen it change many times and I always wonder who paints it. Today I was driving home and saw some guys out there with paints working away, so I did an instant u-turn and pulled into the driveway. They didn't mind if I photographed them and it was pretty easy with all he colors and bright sun. I really loved the shadows they were casting and tried to do something with that. I was pretty much done when a small SUV pulled in and a women wearing pink walked by. I asked her if she'd walk by the mural so I could get a picture of her in pink by the pink and she did. I really didn't like the full frame of that shot as the sun created to much of a glare, but cropped, I love the movement of her tattoo against the movement of the mural.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I noticed this glass Saturday and thought it would be great to photograph someone behind it. I was at the same location as the glass again today when my husband called to say he was dropping by. So of course we took a few pictures. This is the last frame and my favorite.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I shot quite a bit of black and white film this morning so hurray I get to post a black and white image. It is a picture of my mom, while walking her dogs in the trailer park, park. My mom was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and will be having surgery soon to remove part of her colon. I'm sure she'll pull through as she knows she needs to take care of those doggies.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
A few weeks ago I sliced up a lemon. I didn't photograph it as my attention turned else where so I left it outside on a plate. I've been thinking those lemon slices look kind of neat all dried up. Hence todays picture. I think I'd like to try it again sometime without all the dust and dirt included.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Another tiring day and in no mood to go out and look for pictures. So I asked my husband to put his face in the window light and there you have it, todays post.
After listening to Dan Winters and seeing his breathtaking work I am inspired to try all kinds of things with light and glass.
Friday, October 2, 2009
I've been waiting to post this picture. It is without a doubt, out of all the pictures I processed this time around, my absolute favorite. It was taken sometime in August on Ninth Street. I don't remember this woman's name. I'm not going to talk about how I got the picture, I don't want to take away from the mystery it holds. I will say it is a total surprise. I remember the woman vividly, and the silliness of taking her picture here, but the memory of capturing this moment escapes me.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
It was tempting to post a black and white image I have scanned but I am staying true to my game plan of shooting a photo a day and only using them when I go out and shoot in black and white. So I did have to take a picture for today and being tired from a busy day at work decided to once again shoot something on black. However I didn't want to set up any lights so I set my black background in the window light and commenced with placing items on it. I had this idea I would try to use my four star filter so I wanted glaring items and did use the filter. Once again I like the pictures without the filter. So it is a photographic must for me to create a picture using the four star filter that I like. Until then here is my glowing items still life for todays post.