Sunday, January 31, 2010

day 143.

I don't have anything to say about this photo. Sometimes I just shoot stuff aimlessly then look at it later and think it's decent. I do know that I have a goal of finding things that no one would ever look at twice, ever, and trying to make those things look compelling somehow.

Digital Field Guide: page 72. Still. Yep, still.

Images: AnRb on Flickr

Saturday, January 30, 2010

day 142.

Winter totally lived up to its name today. Sheesh.

Digital Field Guide: page 72

Images: Ana Adams Photography

Friday, January 29, 2010

day 141.

Taken with my iPhone and processed using Format126.

Digital Field Guide: page 71. Man, I am totally slacking with this reading! I'm going sooooo slooooow. I think it's the weather.

photog crushing: a (possibly) new feature.

I've decided to start a new feature here. I'm not sure how often I'll do it, but for now I'll say once a month.

I've compiled a short list of photographers on whose work I am currently crushing, and am going to share that list with you, bit by bit.

This month the two links that I am going to share with you are probably my absolute favorite photographers right now. Photographers whose work is so sublime, every picture that I see leaves me thinking, "Dang. I wish I had taken that picture." Or, "Wow. That is so amazing. I wish I had taken that picture." Or, "Oh my gosh that is so freaking beautiful I wish I had taken that picture." Or, "So what? I don't care! I can do it too! I'm drinking... photography milk and I'm gonna get big and strong and THEN I can take pictures like that!"

Yep, all of those thoughts run through my head when I gaze at the work of these two photographers. I'm always just like, really? Are you kidding me? Get OUT. So stinkin' gorgeous it's just not right.

It's also not right that I totally feel like a stalker.

Link Number One: Alicia Bock Photography. Yes. I've mentioned her already a few times on this blog. With good reason. Her work is amazing. Seriously. aMAYzing.

Link Number Two: Irene Suchocki, of isphotography. Yes. I've mentioned her already a few times on this blog. With good reason. Her work is incredible. Seriously. IncreĆ­ble.

And yes, I pretty much repeated myself with that second link. With good reason. I can't decide which one is my ultimate favorite right now. I look at the work of both of these photographers and am instantly inspired and motivated to do more and enchanted by the beauty of it all and completely jealous of their talent and totally best friends with them in my head.

So there you have it. My two photog crushes for the month. Two more links at the end of February.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

day 140.

Today was awesome. We went to Red Top Mountain and took some pictures, all of which I have yet to upload. Hence, an iPhone photo of the exquisite sunset.

Digital Field Guide: page 71.

Images: The interior stylings of Anthony Albertus.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

day 139.

Digital Field Guide: page 71

Images: deleting a vault's worth of images off of my iPhone, so those were the pictures I saw today.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

natalie's video.

natalie. from natalyn bradshaw on Vimeo.

I made this video documenting highlights from Natalie's first year of life. I used a song by Snoop Dogg, entitled "Beautiful." Strange, I know, but the chorus is perfect, so that's what I used. It's the first video I have ever made, so I admittedly lack a few skills in splicing audio clips. I'll get better though!

day 138.

I got a new app for my iPhone. A video camera. Finally. I'm planning on taking my son out and having him record me taking pictures of things for a new feature I want to do, all about "seeing."

I'm also planning on doing another new feature on the blog, which I'll share Friday.

Digital Field Guide: page 70. Again. I'm such a slacker. But hey. At least I read.

Images: Salva Lopez, the Roig 26 Project. The way light is used in these photos is so cool.

Monday, January 25, 2010

natalie's birth story.

The time has come for me to share the story of my third child, and her grand entrance into the world.

Today is her second birthday, and it is all about her today.

She's quite a dainty little thing, and very lady-like. I love just watching her sometimes, playing, dancing, sitting down with her little feet crossed watching tv or playing with my iphone.

And she is so loving and affectionate.

Her birth story is fairly uneventful, but delightful nonetheless.

By the time the second week of January rolled around, I was huge (I always feel like a beached whale with my babies, even though I look back at the ONE or TWO pictures I take when I'm that far along and I don't look that horrible size-wise) and it was getting difficult to move around. She was by far my lowest baby. She had dropped so low that sometimes I felt like I was picking up an anvil to get out of my seat. I would literally roll out of bed. I would also literally roll into bed.

I had Braxton Hicks contractions with Natalie for at least a couple of weeks, but I didn't know it because I didn't recognize them as contractions. It was always just intense pressure. When January 25th came and around 11:13 a.m. I started feeling that pressure again, I didn't think anything of it, until ten minutes later, it happened again. (It always happens ten minutes later at first with me!)

Then ten minutes later, it happened again. It took it happening that next ten minutes later for me to realize that it was labor. I still wasn't sure, but I mentioned it to my husband this time and let him know that we needed to watch the clock and see if it kept happening every ten minutes or so.

It did.

I faced the situation with a bit of disbelief, because, really? This is it? Just pressure? No menstrual-crampy feelings? This was too much of a breeze to be labor. But I was glad, and prayed that it would stay JUST LIKE THAT. My husband called the midwives and they asked us to come in so that they could check me. I got dressed, we dropped the boys off with our friends/neighbors, hopped in the Explorer and headed over there. It was a gorgeous day, much like today.

I got over there and when the midwife checked me, she informed me that I was fully dilated and eighty percent effaced (I think? Pretty sure I remember that correctly) and advised us that we should "get over to the hospital, immediately." So we did.

We got over to the hospital, immediately. Got me into a wheelchair, wheeled me up to the proper floor, wheeled into the office and filled out the needed paperwork, wheeled leisurely to my delivery room where I proceeded to leisurely get changed into the hospital gown and leisurely get hooked up to the monitor thingy, while my husband leisurely pulled out the laptop and turned on the worship music in iTunes. Then I got handed some juice of some kind and chilled, breathing and lightly moaning through each pleasant (relatively speaking) pressure-contraction. It was awesome.

So awesome, in fact, that the midwife on call decided a couple of hours later that I needed to have a smidge of Pitocin. "Just a hair," she said, so that the contractions could start progressing a little faster. I really didn't want Pitocin, but I also wasn't against the idea of moving this whole thing along.

So, about fifteen to twenty minutes before her delivery time (5:13 p.m.), the pleasant pressure-contractions became not so pleasant pressure-contractions. Extreme pressure-contractions. I had a fleeting moment of "I've-changed-my-mind-I-don't-want-to-do-this-let's-go-home-and-do-this-another-time-okay-thanks-bye" and I communicated that to the midwife, and she informed me that everything was going super-smoothly and it would be okay. Then I had a fleeting moment of "alright-well-if-I-HAVE-to-do-this-I-think-I'm-gonna-NEED-drugs" and I again communicated that (because communication is KEY.) and one of the nurses said, "You don't need it. You're a pro at this. You don't need it. You'll do just fine," at which point I snapped out of it and threw all the fear out of my head and just decided that if I would start pushing right then, the pain would be lesser and it would be over quickly. So push I did. Probably for about fifteen to twenty minutes.

And she was out.

And she was gorgeous.

Quite a little button.

And we were all quite taken with her.

About an hour or two went by and we all got wheeled into our hotel suite. I mean hospital room. Our hospital room was like a hotel suite. It was the largest room in the place. We stayed there for a couple of days and then took her home. And it's been supremely sublime family time ever since.

We're all still quite taken with her.

day 137: inside my journal, day four.

And this concludes my first series.

Maybe the next series I do will be a full week long.

Maybe I'll decide to do another 365 Project after this one is done and do a full year of just one thing.


Digital Field Guide: page 70

Images: my Flickr favorites

Sunday, January 24, 2010

awesome girls extraordinaire.

Last month, about a week before Christmas, I decided to invite some of my students (all avid, BEASTLY photographers) to accompany me on a photowalk. My students were all over it, and we had amazing fun. These teenage girls are so utterly talented and creative, and I was so glad they were keen on the idea and enjoyed it so much. They already can't wait for me to plan the next one!

I got an insane amount of amazing shots. INSANE. I am going to share a smattering of them here.

Why? Because I realized, after reading Tasra Dawson's fab post today about her own teenage girl photo shoot, that I had not posted ANY of the pictures from the shoot!

Okay. I did post one. It was this railroad sign shot. (Day 96.)

But none of the girls. And that's a shame. Especially considering the fact that one of my iPhonearoid shots of the girls was featured in the CameraBag gallery! I was too stoked about that one. So, please indulge me and take a look at my beautiful girls in all of their creative gifted and talented glory. (Seriously, I love them like they're my own kids.)

First, some iPhonearoids:

This one was featured in the CameraBag gallery!

And now, a sampling of some of my shots with Niki. There were so many good ones!

They're too cool, with their lollipops.

Cuties with candy!

We did a series with lollipops, and a series with shoes.

On and around the square, there were so many awesome places to get some nice shots.

My girls are delightful little gifts-- smart, poised, and ready to take over the world. I can't wait for me to plan the next photowalk either.

day 136: inside my journal, day three.

Doodling is a fun way to pass time.

Digital Field Guide: page 70

Images: Lightscapes Photography

Saturday, January 23, 2010

day 135: inside my journal, day two.

Yes, it's old art.

I haven't done much in my journal this month, or since the holidays even.

My objective with this series is to get some cool shots of the journal itself, with different looks or moods. Again, I'd like some to look more memory-like, and others to look more stark. Whether or not I accomplish this... well... we'll see.

Digital Field Guide: page 70. I'm guessing (read: hoping) it's because of the trials of life right now and not because I'm a complete dunce that I keep having to rehash this exposure chapter.

Friday, January 22, 2010

day 134: okay. i think i'm good to go.

I'm doing it.

A small series.

Here goes.

I'm calling this series, "Inside My Journal." Here's day one.

Digital Field Guide: page 69

Images: John Loengard

Thursday, January 21, 2010

day 133: theme thursday.

It's Theme Thursday over on Tasra Dawson's blog, and she wrote a great post today about doing a series to improve one's photography. I know this doesn't exactly count, since I shot these all in the same evening and not over a period of several days, but I thought I would get my feet wet with the idea, so to speak, and see if I could get several good shots today.

I was hoping that some of them would have a more dreamy, memory-like quality to them, while others would come out with a more stark feel.

Looking at some of them put me in the mind of some of my dad's photos from when I was a little girl, when he would take pictures in the city. Here is one of his shots that I posted on this blog years ago in 2006 when I was doing a weekly series called "Nostalgia Tuesday." And here is another one, but at night!

Digital Field Guide: page 69

Images: I browsed through some of Yvette Inufio's images again. I go back to her images a lot.