Thursday, July 30, 2009

Photography 101

Photo 37: There comes a time, no matter how good you think you are, when you make a huge mistake... especially in photography. Such as formatting your camera for no good reason (been there), focusing on the wrong thing, missing a shot altogether, and not backing up your pictures. But the most serious offense is forgetting to put a memory card in the camera and expecting to shoot the daily picture. And that's exactly what happened to me for the first time yesterday. I ran out of the house with Pedro without checking to make sure the memory card was present and accounted for. And as I stood in Grand Central, poised to take a wonderful picture of commuters trying to get home, I see something flashing on my screen.

"No CF card"

WHAT?!?! Needless to say, I felt like a complete idiot, but also learned a very important lesson. Never forget the first rule of Photography 101... make sure you have all of your equipment and backup memory cards. So the post today is of me, bowing my head in shame - literally.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Brooklyn, New York

Photo 36: Home, sweet home... my Brooklyn.

"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body" - Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Governor's Island in the Summer

Photo 33-35: Went to Governor's Island this weekend, and the sights are as always amazing. It's so pretty there, and so much fun, especially laying in the grass, enjoying the view.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

For Candice

Photo 32: It's quirky, and out of the ordinary, but all I have to say is.... SQUIRRELS! This post is for my best friend, for all the ups and downs, wrong directions, LINKS directions, sudden stops in the middle of the road, and being crazy enough to still be stuck on the same tree together... as always! Here's to the best best friend a girl could ever ask for. The one who is there no matter what through the sunshine and the rain, and everything inbetween. Your V, xoxo.

Capitol Oh Capitol

Photo 29-31: I am back from WV, despite a long day of training, flying and fighting traffic in good 'ol NYC. I did manage to get out for about half an hour and capture some photos in Charleston. Where we had the training, nothing was really capture worthy, well unless you count our captivated audience who looked a little overwhelmed after my coworker and I showed them ALL of the programs we have available at my non-profit. It was actually a pretty good day, because it's refreshing to see people react to our great programs with gratitude and enthusiasm. That sometimes gets lost in translation when you have a million things to do in the office, but when you're out in the field, teaching people about the drug-education programs that we develop, their enthusiasm really shows you why you're busting your butt every day. Glad to be home though... I missed my city.

Monday, July 20, 2009

My Transportation

Photo 28: Here's a quick snapshot of my BK train. So lovely, so on time, and so quiet in the morning hours. *sarcastic grin* People often gasp when I tell them I have an hour commute every day, but I have to tell you, it's relaxing just to sit down, read a book, listen to some music or take a nap. I have mastered the art of napping while sitting up straight, and that power nap often gets me up and running... well WITH my gigantic cup of coffee.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Apologies and some Summer Fun

Photo 24-27: So, I have to apologize, because I've been completely MIA, and I've been neglecting my blog. I do have a perfectly acceptable reason, I've been playing "tourguide," and just didn't find the time to post my pictures. BUT I did manage to capture these images, and wanted to share them with my few, but loyal followers. I'm off to West Virginia this week, but I'll be taking Pedro, because quite frankly, he's feeling lonely, abandoned and needs a workout.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What's in an ad?

Photo 22-23: So I've been posting NYC pictures for a little bit now, but I promise as soon as I get to it, I'll go on another venture, and try my hand at something different. Some upcoming trips include Coney Island, a Brooklyn Cyclones Game, and Governor's Island. But for now, here's some more inspiration to check out Times Square and sit on the lawn chairs strewn all around. I swear, the tourists aren't as confused in the morning!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Another Day, Another Color

Photo 21: I am rounding out Week 3 of my project, and I'm still on track. So very excited. I'm also learning about all of the new tricks of the trade with Photoshop, so I'm multi-tasking, which is never a bad thing. Here's something new I've learned today, selective-coloring. Fun, a little time-consuming, but worth it at the end.

Broadway, Broadway

Photo 20: A day filled with an amazing friend, wandering around Times Square, the Lion King and a great night out... I'm in my element. It's been such a perfect weekend, I can't wait to see what next week brings. :D Here's the photo of the day.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I *heart* NYC

Photo 17-19: Since New York and all her wonderful summer activities has been part of a lot of recent conversations, I've decided to post some pictures of our great city as a little extra treat. Summertime is best spent in NYC, because not one day or night is alike, and the rhythm that carries us along in the Big Apple is unique like no place else. It's intoxicating and intimidating all at once, but I know that once you're part of the rhythm, you'll never forget it. There's nothing quite like NYC in the summer.

I'm off to San Diego for work. :D I'll be back LATE on Thursday night. Go West Coast!

Monday, July 6, 2009

One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure

Photo 14-16: So my lovely best friend, her significant other and I took a little trip up a mountain of glass in a park on Sunday. Yes, literally a hill made of recycled, unused and unwanted glass that was taken over by trees, moss, earth and every creepy, crawly insect you can imagine. Needless to say, I was brave... I hate anything that is slimy, crawls and really looks in my direction with beady eyes or wings. But, it was fun scavenging for moss covered bottles, oddly shaped containers, and strange knick knacks here and there. It really is true... what is one man's trash, is another man's treasure. Here are the pics for the day.

My first 4th of July fireworks

Photo 13: Ok, so not EXACTLY my first, but my first ones that I have photographed. And what an adventure it was. From scrambling around the house finding a tripod, to figuring out how to actually take a fireworks photo to partually ignoring shutter speed... here's my first attempt at the Reading Fireworks this past Saturday. The actual photography was fun, the photoshopping out some wires wasn't so much fun, but it's done... and voila!

P.S. More to come when I have more hours to sacrifice to photoshopping... Kudos to all of the photographers out there. I have a whole new respect for you!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Holiday Weekend

Photo 12: I'm off to Lancaster, Pa., this weekend, for some family time, and to take in some of the new arts and crafts of an amazing creative community in Pennsyltucky. lol Lancaster is one of those little towns that's ever evolving, ever changing, that embraces every kind of art from modern to traditional and everything in between. My best friend's mom owns a gallery there, and they're also expanding into having a clothing line, so I am very excited to see what new art she's created, and what the new clothing line looks like. They are both from Belgium (the artist and the clothing!) If you're interested in seeing her paintings, check it out here. I am privileged enough to own one of her bigger pieces, and I'm a huge fan. No bias here!

I'll be back on Sunday, and no worries, New York is never far from my mind.

Happy 4th of July!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Sidewalk Festival is Always Fun

Photo 9-11: A sidewalk festival to me is food, food, more food and some awesome gadgets you don't get anywhere else. It's usually yummy bbq, shish kabobs, hummus plates and all other fried food that is so bad for you, but yet so good. Here's one of the first fairs I've been to this summer.