I know you are all sitting on the edge of your seats, waiting anxiously for my return with the Photo-A-Day Recap. . . I told you it would probably be past the evening and maybe even the morning for some of you. . . well, here ya go. The house is quieting down. Homework is being completed. Showers are being taken….I think I can hear the beginnings of solitude.
Wow, what a day! I knew I'd be running crazy this morning, but I wasn't quite aware of how soon after school we had to leave for Ben's game. (Why is it he has made the winning play in the last two games? One offensive, one defensive! What a kid.) I had about an hour and half at home all day, in which time, I had to do two loads of laundry (yeah, can you believe it? ONLY two!), mapquest the field, check in on jessicasprague, check e-mail (again!), return phone messages, and cook dinner (because I wasn't going to be here during the 'regular dinner hour'----is there REALLY a 'regular' dinner hour? Hmmmm…I feel another blog post coming on!) I had gone by the grocery store on the way to take Alyson back to school after her morning at the orthodontist, and had bought big potatoes to bake and the fixin's. I figured they could bake while I did laundry, phone messages, yadda, yadda, yadda. . . and that's exactly what I did!
Here's the secret to the best baked potatoes in the world: after washing them, rub them with olive oil, then roll them in sea salt.
Put them straight on the oven rack (NO ALUMINUM FOIL!) at about 450˚. Your house will smell so fabulous and you'll have the crunchiest, yummiest skin on those potatoes that you ever wished for! My baseball player always wants the one with the most salt—must be because he sweats so much and needs to replenish that sodium chloride (my chemist friend reading this will probably correct me!) They'll be done in about an hour, too! I cooked some bacon and broccoli, pulled out the sour cream, cheddar cheese, and butter, and voilà. . . dinner on the table.
Now that our tummies are full, let's move on to the subject at hand.
As I've mentioned (only a few times), I participated in the Photo-A-Day Challenge at jessicasprague.com during the month of May. My personal challenge and motivation for doing it was outlined in THIS post that I wrote four days into the challenge. It was summed up by a rough interpretation of a quote at Starbuck's:
"Behind every good cup of coffee is a barista and a good story." I changed it to read, "Behind every good photo is a photographer and a good story." I believe that a photo CAN be good if the accompanying story is good. It doesn't say that the photo is 'good' because the photographer is 'good', only because it was chronicled, visually AND with meaning. I furthermore believe that a photographer, therefore the photos, improve with practice.
Read the previous post FIRST, then come back and pick up here, where you left off to find my current perspective.
- I CAN get great photos EVERY day with a P & S.
- The 'macro' setting on my P & S is my friend.
- My P & S has aperture priority, shutter priority, and ISO settings. Hmmm. . .
- I can take ten pictures to get the perfect focus, composition, and lighting for ONE Photo-a-Day upload.
- The 'delete' key isn't that hard to hit when the photo on the screen is the best one out of the ten.
- My life is abundantly full of infinite photo opportunities because I'm infinitely blessed.
- Others' perspectives are exactly what I need to see in order for my own perspective to be challenged.
- Some people REALLY like photographing flowers.
- I'm no longer sure I'm ready for a dSLR. My trusty P & S did just fine. I was talking to my husband about it and for some odd reason CHILDBIRTH was my example. Starting out like Seinfeld would (although I'm sure he has no first-hand knowledge of how childbirth feels!), I said, "You know, it's kind of like childbirth. You are in labor, going along fighting, keeping up your courage, then you finally decide—because you CAN'T STAND IT ANYMORE—to get the epidural, or some other drug of choice. You've intended to deliver naturally all along, but now your resolve is worn down by the constant and increasing PAIN. So you say, 'Fine! GIMME DRUGS! AND MAKE IT QUICK!' And after a few minutes, 'Ahhh. . .' Now, does that mean that you really didn't go through childbirth, that you really didn't deliver, that you can't claim to have children?!" The answer is a resounding NO! So, the analogy is: just because I shot with a P & S, does that make my photos less meaningful than if I had birthed them with a dSLR? I think not. And what's all this about shooting in RAW? I'll keep my clothes on, thank you! I've read articles and all and I'm still so much of a newbie in the photography field that I drive myself crazy with trying to imagine this process as a daily one.
- If I had to 'mess' with each photo in some editing software before I enjoyed it, I would go beserk.
- Even though I'm not sure I'm ready for a dSLR, I REALLY want to take the Candice Stringham class at js.com. Oops! That is supposed to be a secret! (That's why I can't hyperlink to Jessica's site, only to her blog!) Jessica's first anniversary is Wednesday and you'll know soon enough. Besides, Candice talked about it on HER blog today!
- Maybe I want a dSLR, but I also want to keep my trusty P & S in my purse at all time.
- I might want a different trusty P & S. but it's kind of like a dog. . . you almost don't want to get rid of it unless it dies (I DID say 'almost'!). . . kind of like my mom-car with 135K miles on it! (I DID say 'almost'!)
- Some people REALLY like photographing deer in their yard.
- There is at least ONE other 'baseball crazy' mom in this group.
- I'm not afraid of taking pictures in the grocery store or of kneeling on a street in downtown Seattle to capture my PH-a-D!
- I take WAY more than ONE photo each day.
- I've subliminally trained my family to not dip into any dish I've cooked before asking, "Have you photographed this yet?"
- The story is begging to be told. . . using words and pictures. That's why you'll find so many of both here on my blog.
It's been a real trip to 'play' in photography, to creatively use words and technology, and to actively participate in this challenge in such an encouraging place! Thanks for all your comments throughout the month. Some days, they are what kept me going!
Here's a quick link to all the photos I posted this month along with my introduction to them. You can click on each one to see the intro to them. If you want to see others' comments, you'll have to link to Jessica's site and search 'tammycirceo' as the owner.
Tomorrow, I'm hoping to create a mosaic of the pictures that, for some reason or the other, didn't make the PhAD. I'm hoping, anyway!
In the meantime, I hope you've enjoyed this recap of my photo journey through May. My friend, LivE, posted a photo with this caption this month: Your photography is a record of your living for anyone who really sees. –Paul Strand My challenge to you: Take photos and give 'em a good show! And now, it's your turn. I'm passing the baton . . . Are you willing to challenge YOURSELF to see your world in a different way in June?
[I've tried to fix the stubborn hyperlinks in this post. I don't know why they are so 'hyper' tonight. . . but I'm going to bed! I'm tired! I'll work on them tomorrow. . . Zzzzz. . . . ]