21 February 2012

2.21.12 two sides of one dog


2.21.12 two sides of one dog
Originally uploaded by GButterfly.
Re-thinking 365. Tonight I am seriously contemplating giving up on the 365+1 project this year. There have been several times when I just haven't felt like dealing with it - or even if I did try to come up with a shot - there was little I liked about it. During the week I seldom get off work before dark and I'm tired its just not conducive to the kind of photography I like to do which is making use of natural light. The dogs are a nice subject but they aren't like kids - there is a limit to the ways I can pose them. I don't really think I'm getting what I wanted out of this project - the little 365 cafe has made me realize just in the short time since I've joined that most of my 365 shots are not worth the time it takes me to edit them. While I may learn from the constructive criticism - like being in a class - I am finding a lot of my shots (except the weekend shots) are not my best work. I'm considering re-thinking the project and editing one photo a day to work on my editing skills even if it was taken a while back. I think the 365 project may be better suited to studio photographers? or people with more flexible work hours. I'm still undecided we'll see how the rest of February goes.

I am also considering what to give up for Lent. I'm not really Catholic any more and growing up my mother didn't really emphasize the whole Lent think. In fact I remember being told fasting was for grown ups not kids. Still, there is something to be said for a bit over a month of some sort of austerity or discipline. In past I've given up things that I thought would help me (sugar, caffeine etc) I have fasted I can't recall what else. That all seems selfish as it benefits my health. I need to think about what would be a fitting sacrifice for me that would lead to contemplation and growth. That would make the sacrifice Jesus made more real to me - and less abstract.

02 February 2012

33.366 parking lot sunset with birds 02.02.12

the birds are back but tonight I made it out to the car in time to catch the sunset. I wish I could be by a body of water every day as the sun sets...but the parking lot rimmed with scrappy trees offers a challenge. Over the next year I'll find the good spots around our urban campus to capture the sun.

29 January 2012

Photo effect by Pic Grunger.


Photo effect by Pic Grunger.
Originally uploaded by GButterfly.
didn't want you all to think I skipped number 27 - soup shot with iphone adjusted with pic grunger app

28.366 whatever


28.366 whatever
Originally uploaded by GButterfly.
ts what happens when your Saturday is like a Wednesday. When you work almost 12 on Sat then try to come home and clean blah....This broke while I was taking the pictures. Very dissapointing - thought it would be lovely scented bath oil no just some greasy vegetable oil. Off course this has moved with me a couple of times - maybe it did have a lovely scent a few years ago!

took this picture before midnight (i think it was like 1130) but editing not cone until just now as after I snapped it had to clean up a mess and do some other house work.

27 January 2012

day 26 styrafoam skull_0018 craneo semenal

came home from work friday to find my husband had carved one of his weekly skulls - so I was given my daily picture subject. thanks wonderful artistic husband.

day 25 still.....


day 25 still.....
Originally uploaded by GButterfly.
still in business
still have christmas lights up
still at the park when the sun is setting
still at work at 940 though i was suppsed to get off at 830 8am-940 is too long a day for me

day 24 elephant tryptic


day 24 elephant tryptic
Originally uploaded by GButterfly.
playing the the whole tryptic thing and some minor ps editing

day 22 sunset movement website


day 22 sunset movement website
Originally uploaded by GButterfly.
nothing to say - movement shot from a few days ago

22 January 2012

day 22 selective color woodpecker_0098

we saw a lot of birds today - it was unseasonably warm today but the ground was a little damp so rather than cycling - we hiked - which meant I got to carry camera lenses and capture a few of the birds.

Daily Examen - things to consider each day

1. Express Gratitude 2. Petition for light (see self & ohters in God's eyes, ask to see the role only I can play) 3. Review the day: look at day's actions, omissions, thoughts & desires what does this tell me aobut myself in relation to self, others, God, the world 4. Lift out something & ask for help 5. look ahead - how do I want to carry on (today - the rest of my life what / who do I want to be master of my life? what are my core values? )