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Tuesday Tips: Storing is Not Preserving

In today’s world of bits and bytes, it is becoming increasingly easier to store and share our digital images. It’s so simple to dump several gigabytes of files to your hard drive and upload them to the web instantly- infinite duplication, minimal loss of quality! Gone are the days of tedious (but rewarding!) manual photo [...]


Monday Musings: Being Connected

I came across a Kickstarter project by Lauren Fleishman called “Love Ever After”. Inspired by an old love letter by her grandfather to her grandmother during World War II, Lauren set off to interview and photograph other couples who have been married for at least 50 years. Her purpose: to share their story and “illuminate [...]


Channel Your “Flow State”

Channel Your "Flow State"

According to recent research, it normally takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in any discipline. Wow. Not that I thought being an expert would be an quick trip, but reading about these type of metrics really puts things into perspective. I came across this information through an interesting article I read on [...]


365 Day 23: Off We Go

365 Day 23: Off We Go

This is the last post before I leave for Canada. I took this quick family shot before we left the house. Here we come Canadia! D300s || Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 G || 1 /60s @ f/3.5 ISO 800 +2.7EV || Capture NX2 + Adobe Photoshop LR2


365 Day 20-22: Just Post It Already

365 Day 20-22: Just Post It Already

Ok this is a cheat post. I’m a little behind because of last minute busy work prepping for our quick family trip to the Great White North. This post will have three images, and it titled as such in homage to that person who said it. (I told you I’d use it!) D300s || Nikkor [...]


365 Day 19: Yellowjacket?

365 Day 19: Yellowjacket?

I’m really not that adventurous. I am admittedly scared of wasps and will flail like a madman when they buzz around me. I was about an inch away from the bad boy for this shoe. Here’s the kicker…its actualy dead! This wasp somehow managed to die away in this exact position after its nest was [...]


365 Day 18: Last Concert

365 Day 18: Last Concert

Sammy’s last orchestra concert for the year, she come a long way! She is very much enjoying playing the strings and will likely be taking acoustic guitar lessons this year to further her learning. Any reccommendations for schools? D300s || Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 G || 1 /100s @ f/2.2 ISO 800 || Capture NX2 [...]


365 Day 17: Real Beauty

365 Day 17: Real Beauty

Took this shot on my iPhone- at this time, while other parts of the Southern US are getting ravaged by storms and tornados, we are treated to this. One of the many beauties of life; a vibrant sunset. I used Camera+ with the Clarity and Vibrant filters


365 Day 16: Juss One of Them Days

365 Day 16: Juss One of Them Days

Finally caught up on this project. It’s such a gloomy day today; dark, wet, and rainy- a recipe for laziness. I’m out on lunch with the wifey, a welcome change from my cubicle and the gloomy mood. Can I just go back to bed? Normally I’m a huge fan of quiet storms and the calmness [...]


365 Day 15: AJ’s Shirt of the Day

365 Day 15: AJ's Shirt of the Day

My son Atraiu was wearing this old school Run DMC shirt. Made me happy to see him wearin it after a long day of work yesterday. I took this shot exclusively with Instagram for the iPhone, I used the Gotham filter.


365 Day 14: The Seed

365 Day 14: The Seed

I’m still paying catch-up from this past weekend’s shenanigans. Took this shot in the early morning when the foilage was sill drenched from the late rains and morning dew. There is something about macro shots that just take me to a different place. Not sure what I like about the composition of the image, but [...]


365 Day 13: Late Night Bubbly

365 Day 13: Late Night Bubbly

This post is a couple days late, and I’m putting out this disclaimer that this shot was taken the same night of Day 12. I couldnt resist it was a fun shot! This shot was taken just before midnight. The kids were all up hanging out late with their cousins, willfully and blatantly dismissing their [...]


365 Day 12: Boom Boom

This post is a couple days late due to my recovery time from the extended celebrations over the weekend (yes, I am a lightweight…). The occasion was a birthday party for my nephew Bumii (pronounced boo-mee). I have to say it was a BLAST- I’m starting to wonder who had more fun, the adults or [...]


365 Day 11: The Vintage Brewing Company

365 Day 11: The Vintage Brewing Company

Late post again, I blame the beer and my lightweight tolerance for it. Got some quality time in yesterday with my son. I then took him and the wifey to a local brewery, The Vintage Brewing Company for a quick bite to eat. Great food here, and if I could tell the difference between an [...]


365 Day 10: Words From Ansel

365 Day 10: Words From Ansel

The other day, I found a couple old books at the used book store that were written by Ansel Adams: “The Negative” and the “The Print”. They are two books out of five that Ansel wrote in the late sixties-early seventies. The book is a trove of technical information, alot of which is still applicable [...]


365 Day 9: Jackson Rango

365 Day 9: Jackson Rango

After constant bugging all week, I took my son to the pet store. He surprised me when he saw this Jackson Chameleon and identified it as “a Rango”. I took this shot with Camera+ on my iPhone, used the Clarity filter and Ansel filter in the same app.


365 Day 8: Redbud

365 Day 8: Redbud

The Japanese Redbud at my work is in full bloom. These tiny inconspicuous flowers alone by themselves are not anything amazing. But put them all together and you have a beautiful flowering tree. I took this with my iPhone 4. I used the native camera app with no processing. Flare is from the sun just [...]


365 Day 7: 12 Weeks 1 Day

365 Day 7: 12 Weeks 1 Day

One of  many surprises that life has thrown at me. Can’t believe its been 12 weeks already. This shot was lit with window light camera left. Converted to JPEG with Capture NX2, exported with Adobe LR2. D300s || Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G || 1 /80s @ f/2 ISO 200 +2.0EV || Capture NX2 + Adobe [...]


365 Day 6: The Clan Part II

365 Day 6: The Clan Part II

Spent the entire weekend with the clan. Because of my brother-in-laws’ busy schedule fighting crime, and my sisters hectic schedule with Ostera, it’s not too often we all get an entire weekend to hang out. For a couple hours before we all parted our seperate ways, we were reminiscing and looking at past videos from [...]


365 Day 5: The Clan

365 Day 5: The Clan

Late nights make for a late post. Hung out with the entire clan yesterday at the house of Henny. My kids wanted to sleep over with all their cousins so the wifey and I had a nice quiet night alone. I thought about how different it will be when the youngest of all our buggers [...]


365 Day 4: Shing, Shing! A Rainy Day

365 Day 4: Shing, Shing! A Rainy Day

Late post, had alot going on yesterday. We had a beautiful week of weather only to hit a gloomy weekend. All day Friday the sun didn’t want to make an appearance. This shot is of my son Atraiu goin out to get the mail yesterday in the rain- right before he broke his umbrella. Of [...]


365 Day 3: The Magnolia Tree

365 Day 3: The Magnolia Tree

I see this magnolia tree on the way to work everyday. Its been flowering for about a week now and most of the flowers are beginning to fade. The spent flowers strewn across the entire length of the owner’s driveway caught my eye, so I pulled over to snap a quickie with my iPhone4 Image [...]


365 Day 2: The Little Things

365 Day 2: The Little Things

Macro Photography is one of my favorite types of photography. The ability to see things on a much smaller scale is an experience that never ceases to amaze me. Simply stated, Macro Photography is close-up photography, usually of very small objects. Imagine looking at an image of a tiny spider so clear and close-up, that [...]


365 Day 1: Beginnings

365 Day 1: Beginnings

This is my first image, but my third attempt at a 365 blog. You can find my old 365 entries here Like the old saying goes, the wind from a door closing will open up another one. This time around I set a few rules for myself with this project, hopefully it helps me keep [...]