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Perfect Timing: Week 3

Perfect Timing is a weekly photography project by two friends who met in college, became roommates and have been close ever since. We share a love for languages and travel, and although we’re from the same southern state, we now live on different continents, balancing a demanding work life with a private life. We both agree that everything happens for a reason, whether we see these moments as positive or negative at the time, propelling us ahead or slowing us down. We hope you will join us each week, as we share little moments of Perfect Timing with you.

Last Saturday I took a day for myself. I can’t remember the last time I did that and didn’t pick up anything even remotely related to work. Ok, I did have to answer a few emails, but I took care of those first thing in the morning. I went for a long run and then headed down to Venice and Santa Monica for the day. It was a beautiful fall day (for what we call fall here in SoCal, that is), and lots of people were out and about. It felt good to visit some favorite shops (and a few new ones) and just do whatever I felt like–no schedule, no place to be. Just me, bumming around for an entire day. It. felt. good. I saw this VW bus on the side of Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica as I was heading over to the beach before sunset. Every time I see one of these classic VW buses, especially here in SoCal, it makes me think of the cliché surfer lifestyle… not a care in the world and having a good time in nature’s surroundings. It pretty much sums up my day off, relaxing and without commitments. It was fun while it lasted!

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{bumming around}

Mary of Moe-Digger Photography and I became friends in college after we realized how much we had in common. We each grew up with three brothers, played sports and studied history, languages and cultures. I still remember our SLR cameras and our love for shooting with film. We have shared many wonderful experiences together over the years and have supported each other through some of the most significant moments in our adult lives. I am excited to take on this project with her and I hope you’ll check out her Perfect Timing photo this week, too: Savour the Moment

 

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All About Light: Week 3

All About Light is a weekly photography project by two friends who met virtually while working on their respective Project 365s in 2013-2014. We quickly realized that we enjoyed each other’s photos and always looked forward to seeing what the other one shared. Since we both have a love for the genre of street photography, we found ourselves capturing intriguing signage in unexpected places and laughed about who might get the next best shot of a crazy sign. After finishing our Project 365, we decided to take on a weekly project to study the use of light and learn about ways to improve our photography by focusing on different light sources. Each month we will focus on a different source of light in our photos. We hope you enjoy what we capture as we learn all about light.

As I was leaving the beach yesterday, I realized that the sunset was creating a lovely glow on the Santa Monica boardwalk and decided to pull my camera back out to capture this scene. I knew this shot would be great for Week 3 of my P52 and this month’s theme of backlighting. It’s a different take on backlighting, one with a slight haze, if you will. I love how the glow of the sun creates a magical feel from the gold light reflecting off the water to the hints of light on the hair of the woman riding her bicycle (right to left) to the green patch of grass in the foreground.

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{Boardwalk Scene}

Beth of Beth Moses Photography and I became friends in 2013, while sharing our photos in a large group of Project 365ers online. As the year went on, we realized how much we had in common and even had a friendly competition of shooting odd signage and tagging the other one with “Your turn!”. Besides our shared interest in photographing everyday moments, we also share a passion for coffee and the south. I’m so glad I get to continue to share my thoughts on photography with Beth, and now, this project, too. Be sure to check out her photo this week–a take on an popular photograph that I would have never thought to do!: A Life Revealed.

 

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Chicago Architecture Tour

Last week I was lucky enough to be in Chicago for a conference. Chicago is one of my favorite cities. There are so many fun neighborhoods, lots to see and great food for just about any palate. I had to work for most of my stay, but I did get some time to sneak away a bit on my own and with friends.

A good friend and I have visited Chicago together a handful of times, and although we love to go to our favorites spots, we decided to try something different this time. We both enjoy architecture, so we booked the river architecture tour one afternoon. I think the timing was perfect–mid-afternoon before sunset, and it was a crisp fall day with beautiful colors all around. Oh! And lucky for us–we beat the polar vortex Chicago (and everyone else) is having this week! Here are a few of my favorite shots from the tour.

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DSC_4783The tour guide we had was the cutest little woman. Her knowledge about all the buildings and the history of Chicago was amazing to hear. She really kept us entertained without being over the top with her commentary. If you haven’t done the river architecture tour, make sure you do the next time you’re in Chicago. You won’t be disappointed!

 
 

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Perfect Timing: Week 2

Perfect Timing is a weekly photography project by two friends who met in college, became roommates and have been close ever since. We share a love for languages and travel, and although we’re from the same southern state, we now live on different continents, balancing a demanding work life with a private life. We both agree that everything happens for a reason, whether we see these moments as positive or negative at the time, propelling us ahead or slowing us down. We hope you will join us each week, as we share little moments of Perfect Timing with you.

As I spent last week in Chicago, I was able to get in an hour here and there of time to myself to hang out a bit in one of my favorite cities. I had been rushing from meeting to meeting, answering emails in between to keep up with work and catching up with clients and colleagues when I could. There was a public art display set up between Michigan and Columbus Drive with chalk for passersby to write about their ideal world. Some of the responses were silly, others political and others personal. This one caught my eye because of the phrase that the person wrote after “To create this world, I will…”. What a great reminder to slow down and enjoy the simplest things in life.

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{the simple things}

Mary of Moe-Digger Photography and I became friends in college after we realized how much we had in common. We each grew up with three brothers, played sports and studied history, languages and cultures. I still remember our SLR cameras and our love for shooting with film. We have shared many wonderful experiences together over the years and have supported each other through some of the most significant moments in our adult lives. I am excited to take on this project with her and I hope you’ll check out her Perfect Timing photo this week, too: Grateful

 

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All About Light: Week 2

All About Light is a weekly photography project by two friends who met virtually while working on their respective Project 365s in 2013-2014. We quickly realized that we enjoyed each other’s photos and always looked forward to seeing what the other one shared. Since we both have a love for the genre of street photography, we found ourselves capturing intriguing signage in unexpected places and laughed about who might get the next best shot of a crazy sign. After finishing our Project 365, we decided to take on a weekly project to study the use of light and learn about ways to improve our photography by focusing on different light sources. Each month we will focus on a different source of light in our photos. We hope you enjoy what we capture as we learn all about light.

This week we’re continuing our study of backlighting as a source of light. I was in Chicago this past week for a conference and I stayed at a hotel near the Chicago Tribune offices. One evening I saw the beautiful script that is characteristic of the newspaper all light up and had to capture it. For some reason, I always wanted to be a journalist when I was younger. If I had turned out to be a photo journalist, that would have been a dream come true. Needless to say, whenever I see a newspaper headquarters, I take a moment and let it sink in, as I imagine what goes on behind its doors to get the news to print and then to the people.

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{Tribune Lights}

Beth of Beth Moses Photography and I became friends in 2013, while sharing our photos in a large group of Project 365ers online. As the year went on, we realized how much we had in common and even had a friendly competition of shooting odd signage and tagging the other one with “Your turn!”. Besides our shared interest in photographing everyday moments, we also share a passion for coffee and the south. I’m so glad I get to continue to share my thoughts on photography with Beth, and now, this project, too. Be sure to check out her photo this week as well of a beautiful little subject: Halo

 

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Perfect Timing: Week 1

Perfect Timing is a weekly photography project by two friends who met in college, became roommates and have been close ever since. We share a love for languages and travel, and although we’re from the same southern state, we now live on different continents, balancing a demanding work life with a private life. We both agree that everything happens for a reason, whether we see these moments as positive or negative at the time, propelling us ahead or slowing us down. We hope you will join us each week, as we share little moments of Perfect Timing with you.

This week’s shot is a quiet moment I had to myself on Saturday morning. I haven’t had a relaxing Saturday to myself in several months, so it felt great to sit back, enjoy my coffee and appreciate the fact that I didn’t have to be anywhere by a certain time. It definitely felt like perfect timing, since the week ahead is one of the busiest of the year for me. While I was sitting and taking it all in, it began to rain–the first time since we moved to Southern California. It was kind of glorious, knowing the rain would not ruin any plans made. Feeling quite thankful for this peaceful moment.

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{morning peace}

Mary of Moe-Digger Photography and I became friends in college after we realized how much we had in common. We each grew up with three brothers, played sports and studied history, languages and cultures. I still remember our SLR cameras and our love for shooting with film. We have shared many wonderful experiences together over the years and have supported each other through some of the most significant moments in our adult lives. I am excited to take on this project with her and I hope you’ll check out her Perfect Timing photo this week, too: Maß.

 
 

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All About Light: Week 1

All About Light is a weekly photography project by two friends who met virtually while working on their respective Project 365s in 2013-2014. We quickly realized that we enjoyed each other’s photos and always looked forward to seeing what the other one shared. Since we both have a love for the genre of street photography, we found ourselves capturing intriguing signage in unexpected places and laughed about who might get the next best shot of a crazy sign. After finishing our Project 365, we decided to take on a weekly project to study the use of light and learn about ways to improve our photography by focusing on different light sources. Each month we will focus on a different source of light in our photos. We hope you enjoy what we capture as we learn all about light.

This month we are focusing on backlighting, looking toward the light source and focusing on our subject, which should be illuminated by the light. This plant is one of my favorites that we have, a fiddle leaf fig. I jokingly call him Phil. I got Phil with little hopes for his survival, because of my usually black thumb. But so far, he’s thriving. I hope it stays that way. He’s a beauty!

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{Phil, the Fiddle Leaf Fig}

Beth of Beth Moses Photography and I became friends in 2013, while sharing our photos in a large group of Project 365ers online. As the year went on, we realized how much we had in common and even had a friendly competition of shooting odd signage and tagging the other one with “Your turn!”. Besides our shared interest in photographing everyday moments, we also share a passion for coffee and the south. I’m so glad I get to continue to share my thoughts on photography with Beth, and now, this project, too. Be sure to check out her photo this week as well: The Colors of Fall.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2014 in All About Light, Project 52

 

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