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Perfect Timing: Week 4

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.

I was fortunate enough to take a trip this week with my husband to celebrate our birthdays (just a few weeks apart). We realize that this isn’t something we can do for every birthday, but it was important to us this year, so we worked and saved to make it happen. This shot is one I snapped at a winery we visited in Napa Valley. The striking green of the moss against the dark brick struck me. It’s something I could have easily passed by and not given another thought, but the growth against the man-made structure reminded me about the importance of taking time from our busy schedule to appreciate the beauty of things around us which are not the product of long hours in the office or weekends of staying inside to get that last project finished for a client. This type of growth is good for the soul.

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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. Be sure to stop by her blog to see her photo this week. I personal love the B&W conversion and lines in it! Mountain of Steel.

 

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All About Light: Week 4 (Monthly Favorite)

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 studied backlighting. But every 4th week of the month, we’ll share a favorite shot, not necessarily associated with the monthly theme on light. This week I’m in Napa Valley, celebrating what I like to call a “birthdaycation” (a trip that my husband and I decided to take in lieu of birthday gifts, since our special days are only a few weeks apart). This is a favorite that I took today. I love how the light plays off the fall colors throughout the vineyards in the valley at this time of year. It’s one of the most breathtaking places I’ve been, and if you catch the light at the right time of day, you will see the golden glow that makes this region truly magical.

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{Vineyard light}

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: Friends and Family.

 

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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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