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All About Light: Week 22

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.

Lately I’ve really been enjoying getting out and shooting photos around where I live. I think it’s important to get out there on foot and really take it all in. Every time I go, I see other details that I have never noticed before. For example, this beautiful facade is just downtown, but I’m usually too busy driving to notice it.

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{facade}

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 what she’s sharing with us this week: Old Bike.

 

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Perfect Timing: Week 21

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 I was walking to an appointment downtown when I took a shortcut through this pedestrian alleyway. This window caught my eye, because the entire wall surrounding it (which is actually quite long!) is covered in lush green vines. The window itself is old, worn and clearly in need of a few new panes of glass. At the risk of sounding philosophical, it reminds me of owning a business. When I talk to other small business owners, I get the same feeling. We have times when business is growing at such a fast pace that we can hardly contain the vines. We just try to take in the beauty of it and come up for air every once in a while. The window panes are kind of like those parts of the business that we want to polish, to improve, to replace or make better. Little by little, we can replace one pane at a time, until we complete a window we are happy and comfortable looking through every day. And then, because the journey toward the goal is the real feeling of accomplishment, it’s time to move on to the next window in our alleyway. I like to call these moments growing pains, because they are only a pain for a little while, until we figure out how to deal with them.

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{growing pains}

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: Perspective.

 

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All About Light: Week 21

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.

Dining al fresco is one of my favorite things to do. I love to hang out with other people who appreciate good food and enjoy dining outdoors on a nice patio. This simple place setting caught my eye at a restaurant recently. So simple, clean and lovely. Hoping the first week of spring means that we can all dine outdoors soon!

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{dining al fresco}

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 what she’s sharing with us this week: Smoke Stack.

 

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Perfect Timing: Week 20

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 keep this bookmark from Baum-kuchen in my Roterfaden because of the nice reminder printed on it:

make new mistakes.
make glorious,
amazing mistakes.
make mistakes
nobody has
ever made before.

These are the best types of reminders to not take ourselves so seriously and to take away something good from the mistakes we make.

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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. Check out Mary’s Perfect Timing photo for this week, too. It is AMAZING: Dome.

 

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All About Light: Week 20

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 set of antique wheels caught my eye while I was out and about recently. The pop of color in the middle of a busy street was a cheerful moment in my afternoon. It seems like Californians love cars, especially those from decades ago that they lovingly take the time to refurbish and bring to life again. If you look closely, you can see a pretty neat reflection of trees in the front bumper.

Week 20

{a nice set of wheels}

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 stunning shot she is sharing this week: Carnival.

 

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Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar in Pasadena

Oh, where do I start? Well, a week ago I finally got the opportunity to visit Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar in Pasadena, thanks to using a friend’s visit as a good excuse to go check it out. It was just as glorious as I’d hoped. Seriously.

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We both work as translators and business owners, so it was nice to get a chance to work together last week. We headed over to Pasadena in the morning and quickly grabbed a seat on the comfy little patio just off Washington Blvd. I had a latte and an almond croissant. You can never go wrong with an almond croissant… especially one that looks like this.

DSC_5648We worked away until it became too sunny to see our computer screens. Since we’d made the tedious drive over to Pasadena (it’s not far, but you know L.A. traffic is not fun, right?), we decided to stay for lunch and continue working. This worked out well, since a spot inside opened up after the morning coffee rush was gone. The sunlight that poured in the front windows was lovely and it was a great atmosphere to change up our work scene. Working for yourself definitely has its perks!

DSC_5650After a few more hours, we were hungry for lunch. I had been dying to try the Lavender and Honey Toast. Amazing!! I would never have thought to put food-grade lavender on goat cheese. The bread was freshly baked and also fantastic.

DSC_5659The next time I go, I’d like to try the Lavender Latte and the Pasadena Toast with avocado and red peppers. My only complaint is that there are no outlets for patrons to use. That’s not really a big deal, I suppose, if you have your laptop fully charged before you go. Also, L&H isn’t a coffee house where tons of students hang out, so the lack of outlets is not that surprising. It would definitely be a great place to meet a friend for a Saturday morning coffee date or to take your kiddos for a yummy snack while you soak up the caffeine and pastry goodness. And don’t let not having outlets stop you from working there. It was quite pleasant and I was super productive, while I enjoyed the airy espresso bar.

Have you ever been to Lavender & Honey in Pasadena? What’s your favorite toast?

 

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Perfect Timing: Week 19

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.

A simple message on a beach town sidewalk made me pause last week. Such truth in three words. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed with work, I tend to take out my frustrations on those closest to me with a snappy response or annoyed tone of voice. This phrase is a good reminder to knock it off. ;)

Week 19

{kindness}

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: Crispy Flower.

 

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