It's actually been a photo happy week... photographed downtown all rainbow'd up for Pride, a spur of the moment trip to my favorite sunset locale where I was surprisingly rewarded and a nighttime visit to City Museum.
I really enjoyed this picture the most:
I've always loved rainbows and I'm certainly an ally for all my LGBT friends!
But I don't want the 52 week project to be only sunsets and macros.
A fun hand-held long exposure with the not often used G12.
I'm strolling out for a shoot today, and I hope that I will go capture some fireworks in the 4th of July weekend.
Happy List, Week 26 1. Thunderstorms. I really do enjoy a good thunderstorm. Last night's lightning storm made me want to learn how to shoot lightning.
2. Research. Though occasionally frustrating, the research on framing for my exhibit has been fulfilling.
3. Helping out. I was able to help out a friend recently with an exhibition. Not only did it help him, it helped me in advance of October.
4. Beautiful Summer Nights. When the sun starts to go down, the night can turn out beautiful.
5. Fellow photogs. It's awesome to be able to text someone and say "I want to go shoot X. Join me?" and meet up and just wait for the sun to go down. Or friends who put up with my photography binges.
6. Two shows down, one to go. Summer is show light for me, but two down, one to go is reassuring. But the last one's a doozy!
7. TV shows on DVD. Since it is taxing on my older computer to run iTunes and Lightroom at once, it's nice to have TV that I know well enough to tune in and out and not miss much.
8. Polite customer service. I had to talk to two cable companies this week about service plans. One actually listened and gave me the data I desired. The other didn't listen and offered me a plan that was MORE expensive than the one I already have. But not only did they not listen, they were rude and didn't spell well. Polite and proofread AND actually listening to their customers? YES!
9. Friends. Who listen and give me feedback when I need it. This applies to a few things. You know who you are.
10. Macro Photography. I got to stretch my legs this past week with them and enjoyed it very much. It was nice to pick up that 100mm lens and push myself photographically.
I had forgotten that I had driven around North St. Louis this week and took some pictures of urban decay. So I braved the sticky humidity this morning to see if I could get some macro water droplets shots. I haven't had a chance to get some quality camera time nor macro shots.
Let me tell you, it was well worth it. Plus, the lotus will be in bloom next week! A few were out but more to come!
I really love this one:
I'm surprised. I don't like the color orange much. But I really like this photo.
A close second:
I really enjoy the composition in this one.
Third and fourth, respectively:
Macro is still one of my favorites. I can't wait to do more!
Week 24 was a week without camera time. Not from the lack of me carrying it around. Just inspiration. Wasn't particularly busy at work, etc. Thank goodness for a planned photo outing at Soulard Market. I wish I lived closer as I would go a lot more often. I really do need to hit up more farmer's markets this summer.
But I digress:
Followed closely by:
I'm at least taking them on-time but I seem to have lost the art of posting them first thing Sunday. Oops.
On Friday night, I participated in the opening of a new exhibit at the Sheldon Art Gallery. I had entered a citywide photo contest and though I didn't place in my category, I did make the top 100! That means my print was framed and presented on the wall, and another one of my photos made it into the additional 150 images to make 250 total images.
On the way to dinner with friends who came to celebrate with me, I spotted this image and couldn't resist capturing it:
I love it! It might even end up in my big exhibit... we'll see.
Close second - a sunset on the way back to the car:
I may not have taken many pictures this week (busy week at work) but they were worth it. I hope to have more photo opportunities soon.
Funny... the two things I shot this week were sunsets. One was 'accidental' - meaning I was not planning on it. I was running errands when I thought the sky looked interesting, but I couldn't waste time. Turns out my hunch was correct and I 'raced' the sun to get to a nearby good vantage point. I love when the setting sun sets the clouds 'afire' with red. I was richly rewarded.
Then on Thursday, I decided that it might be a nice night for a sunset and headed to my new favorite spot, Creve Couer lake and was richly rewarded as well.
So this is the winner of the week:
And a unique shot, caught on the way:
Again, I may change my mind because it was tough to decided between glorious sunsets! And I really like that last one a lot...
my camera: Canon 70D and the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8 lens, photography, flickr, my family, good friendship, my pup (even though I don't live with her), life's little victories—no matter how tiny, new photo opportunities, visiting new places, newfound friends,
What Makes Me Crazy
People who say one thing and do another, cliques, living far away from those I care about, running out of time in a day, texting shorthand, being ignored, getting treated like an idiot.