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Perfect Timing: Week 13

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 decided to pretty up the patio this week after some flowers I had planted in the summer wilted. I spent some time on Sunday morning with my coffee on the patio and planted these lovelies. These are just a few of the new succulents I got. I love the different varieties, colors and textures. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are one of those small things that make me smile when I get home or if I go out to the patio to read or enjoy a glass of wine or cup of coffee.

Week 13

{patio pretties}

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. Check out Mary’s Perfect Timing photo for this week, too: Make it.

 

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All About Light: Week 13

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.

It’s the last week of the month, which means we get to choose a favorite! I snapped this shot in a favorite local bakery, because I really like the simplistic lettering and lights. This wall is the first thing you see as you come in the front door of the bakery, and there’s another wall that simply reads, “INDULGE”. Simple, powerful, yummy words!

Week 13

{Eat, Drink}

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. Now, head over to Beth’s page to check out an image she’s sharing from her home state: Texas.  

 

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Perfect Timing: Week 12

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 has been full of strange ups and downs. Monday was very busy with work, even though most people took it as a holiday. Tuesday was incredibly productive and I ended the evening with a nice run with friends. On Wednesday morning things started to go downhill. Nothing awful happened, but I came down with something and was not feeling 100%. The rest of the week was up and down from there, feeling better, feeling worse. It’s been a strange week for me, but one I’m trying to learn something from nonetheless.

Even though I work from home, I never take “sick days”. Perhaps that is because I work from home. Who knows? But having to spend the afternoon working from bed did make me realize that those of us who work for ourselves often don’t give ourselves a break. At least when I worked for others, I was more inclined to take a sick day, because someone else in the office could substitute me. Then again, I hardly ever get sick, so this was very rare. In many ways, working for myself means flexibility and freedom to work from anywhere, but in others it often means working too much. We can all use a good reminder to slow down and listen to our bodies. I know this… but practicing it is something I’m still working on. This shot is called “through the fog” (taken purposely with manual focus and out of focus), because I felt like Wednesday all I could do was try to make my way through the fog to finish my work, so that I could relax. It’s times like these when our “perfect timing” title comes into play. I always think, “Great. Perfect timing. I really don’t need this right now. I have too much to do!”, but maybe this is a sign to take the time to just slow down…

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{through the fog}

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. Check out Mary’s Perfect Timing photo for this week, too: Hindsight

 
 

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Running as of late: Meg’s Miles and the Timex Activity Tracker

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything related to running. I’ve been running as usual, but haven’t shared much on here. Besides a few trips where I was also able to keep up with my running, most of my routes and such have been the same. I did join a new running club, but that’s another post in itself.

Last weekend you may have seen several runner friends post a photo or status with the hashtags #megsmiles or #milesformeg. In case you don’t know the story behind this, Meg Menzies was a mother of three and wife. She and her husband, Scott had a regular Monday morning “date” to run together. She was training for the Boston Marathon and had hopes of making it to the Olympic Trials. Their children’s school bus was late that morning, which meant they had to venture out a little later than normal. Because of this, traffic was busier and a physician, who was later found to be legally drunk behind the wheel, hit and killed Meg. Scott is raising their three children and still runs in honor of his wife. He took her place at the Boston Marathon so that he could experience it for her. “She was training, and I want to finish it for her. And it’s kind of a selfish thing for me, but that’s where she would be. I want to see what she would see.”

Since the tragedy, Meg’s friends have set up social media pages, asking people to dedicate their miles to Meg around the anniversary of her death. From my own feeds, I saw many people sharing their miles in honor of Meg, someone who really represents us all as runners. Even if you are following the rules of the road, running against traffic and being careful, you always have to be incredibly alert. You just never know if drivers are paying attention or impaired. I love the support I’ve seen for Meg and her family by fellow runners. It truly is a great community to be a part of. Let’s all throw down a few more miles in her honor, and in the honor of others who have suffered accidents or death while doing something they love. If you did run for Meg, don’t forget to submit your miles to the Run 4 Meg page. #runforthosewhocant

Miles for Meg 2015—————–

On a completely different note, I had the chance to test out the Timex IRONMAN Move X20 Activity Tracker last night. Meh… I’m not impressed. The only thing I can say that is positive about it is the aesthetic of the band. It’s narrow and looks more like a bracelet than a fitness band.

I’d been curious about the Fitbit Activity Band that everyone talks about, just because I don’t know what all it can do. I think it tracks your steps, sleep and activity, but I’m not sure how in depth or accurate any of the recorded information actually is. The Timex version looks comparable, and the rep seemed knowledgable overall. She showed me how to use the Timex device, which seemed easy enough. What can go wrong with two buttons? I actually just wanted to test its accuracy against my Garmin to see if it came up with a similar distance for my run.

I started the Tracker as soon as I set out with the other club runners, but immediately I could tell it might only be another pretty face. At a stoplight, I tried to check the information on it to see how far it told me I had run (this band is acceleration-based), but I didn’t see any information on it. So, I kept going, finished my run and asked the rep to show me how to save the information to view it. She looked at the band and told me that it never recorded anything.

Perhaps it was a user issue (not saying that’s not likely!), but as it turns out, several of the other club runners had similar issues. One person who runs around my pace was not able to see anything on his band either (during or after the run). And another said that it recorded about 3.5 miles, when we all ran about 5.5. :(

Now, I’m no expert on testing electronic devices, but when most people in your group find issues with the devices they used, this doesn’t fare well for the product line. I didn’t see anyone jumping to get one after the run. I hope I get the chance to test another Timex fitness tracker or GPS one day, but for now, I’ll stick to my Garmin.

Did you run any miles for Meg last weekend? How did you share her story with others? 

Anyone have and love their Timex Activity Tracker? Please, tell me what I did wrong! 

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

All About Light: Week 12

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.

No matter how busy we get, it’s important to remember to always take a moment and look up. I thought of this when we were in Vancouver, while I was walking around downtown. The Vancouver Art Gallery is next to the hotel where we stayed, and the architecture of the building is stunning. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and keep our eyes on the ground or worse (and I’m guilty as charged), our devices. Take a moment. Look up. You never know what beauty you might see.

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{look up}

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. Now, head over to Beth’s page to see the cool street shot she’s sharing this week: Morning Stroll.  

 

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Perfect Timing: Week 11

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.

Our trip to Vancouver was less than the photo op I’d hoped it would be. We’d like to go back in the spring or summer when the weather is nicer… and perhaps not so foggy? One of the days we were there, we were walking around and trying to beat the next onslaught of rain. I was already pretty bummed about the lack of photos from this strip, when I decided to start paying attention to smaller details as we walked. I came across this little gate at the top of the steps near the Vancouver Public Library. I really liked the details in the gate and the wear and rust with bits of white paint still showing through. The greenery around this small platform also made the day seem a little less dreary. It’s kind of what I needed to see at the time to make me look past the mild disappointment.

Week 11

{in the details}

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. Check out Mary’s Perfect Timing photo for this week, too: Ivy

 

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All About Light: Week 11

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.

We continue to work in B&W this week, so I’m sharing a nighttime shot from a weekend trip to Vancouver. Most of the time it was cloudy, rainy or very foggy, so I was glad to get this one the last evening we were there. I really like how the lights play off the water in this shot and that you can make out the snowflakes glowing in the masts.

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{harbour lights at night}

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. Now, head over to Beth’s page to see the sweet face she shared this week with us: Pets.

 

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