Friday, January 29, 2010

Week 4: Silvertone

Cold doesn't even begin to describe what today felt like. At one point while I was walking around I was convinced that my cheek was going to jump off my face and run away in objection to me having brought it outside to snap a few frames.

In spite of the cold there were a few interesting things to shoot, and I found myself standing across the street from the Silvertone restaurant in the Financial district of Boston, just off Tremont street, near the Park Street T stop. If you like mac&cheese you should stop in here one day, I hear it's dynamite.

I had hoped that the dude inside would eventually pop out because I didn't like him in the shot, but then when I saw dude #2 walking past the front door I figured I could get them both and make an interesting (at least visually) composition. I like the way my eye keeps getting dragged from right to left across the frame, starting with warm dude inside and leaving with cold dude outside.

Week #4, here it is:

I even make a cameo appearance in this one, but I am dressed up like a ninja so you can't really see me. I'm the space ghost looking reflection just above the menus and to the right of the 'e' in Silvertone.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Week 3: American Spirit (or: I ash on you)

Brought the camera with me in to work today, ended up wandering only a few blocks away from my building since it was pretty cold. I have a fascination with alleys, and during this past summer I took a few shots of some of the doors within the alleys. I liked the few I got and planned on expanding my collection of door shots, but never got around to it.

I was walking over toward one of my favorite doors when I spied a guy smoking in a doorway. Every so often he'd extend his hand out from the shelter to ash his cigarette. I waited patiently and captured some frames with just his arm outstretched not noticing the guy in the background coming up the sidewalk.

I like the way it turned out.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Week 2: Vacation Photos

Spent all of this past week down at Walt Disney World with my wife and kids and my parents. We got there a week ago so that I could run the WDW Half Marathon on Saturday. Did you know that it snows in Florida? Apparently it only snows there once every 25 years or so and guess what? It snowed. It actually rained ice and sleet, but that's close enough.

The week finally warmed up and I was able to snag one shot that I liked enough to post for this weekly project, so here it is. Extra points to anyone who can guess where this shot was taken from.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Week 1: My most neglected lens

I feel bad for my macro lens. She never gets out much - a bit of a homebody. One of these days I will take her out on the town and show her the time of her life, but for now she'll have to get by with nights in at home, taking pics of old cameras.

Here is week 1 - the first of hopefully 52 total pics I will take this year for the sole purpose of taking pictures.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

'Tis the season... for a photo project

This blog is seriously collecting dust, so I figure what better way to keep me posting on here than to establish some sort of picture per day/week/month project?

I played the whole goldilocks game with the time period, and here's what I came up with:

A picture per month: too long between updates
A picture per day: way too frequent to be sure I'd stick with it
A picture per week: juuuuuuust right.

So from here on out until the end of December, 2010 I will be posting a new photo every week. Here is my plan:

1. Pictures have to be taken during that week, they can't be pulled from the archives
2. The new photo can be taken with any camera I have handy, from the holga to the iPhone to the Canon.
3. They don't have to be good (that way you, the reader, can't complain when the inevitable picture from 11:59pm on the last day of the week gets posted since I've run out of time.
4. Pictures will be posted on Sunday, the week will start on Mondays and end with posting on the following Sunday.

I tried last year to stick with the plan of taking my camera with me wherever I went, but that never really happened. I figure if I have a plan and a deadline to produce images it'll force me to bring my camera with me.

So, here's to a 2010 filled with the slap of the shutter and the freshly exposed image being more present in my life. After all you can't call yourself a photographer if you don't take pictures.