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Feb 232011

It is over. My family threw a party… I took a picture, and that was it. Done. Finished. The End.

Here is the cake that my wife made to celebrate the occasion. My daughter gave me 1 Smartie for every day and a note saying Dad, 365 days Smartier 🙂

Stick with me; I am pretty sure I’ll be back at it in a week 🙂

PS One confession I started this project on 2/15/2010 (Day 1) and finished on 2/21/2011 (Day 366). You do the math 😉 because obviously I can’t.

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Feb 222011

I had a chance to shoot real sports alongside real photographers. It was way fun. I am sure that they got better shots, but for my first time I am really happy with the results.
This is right off the starting line I loved how still their core was while their limbs were flailing all about.

My daughter came to me half way through, and said “Dad can you hold my yo-yo” to which I replied “I’m using both hands to hold the camera.” “Well, I could hold the camera….” Here is her favorite shot.

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Feb 172011

I came home from work today feeling like the weight of the world was crushing down on me.  I spent all night trying to figure out a picture for that.  Everything I tried to do went south (and I mean everything handyman, Dad, Husband, EVERYTHING).  I was putting the compressor up and immediately saw my picture.  Then I dropped the compressor on my knee and hobbled myself.  What a day 🙁 #FAIL

I normally dislike selective color, but I felt that the single red line was the best way to convey the intent of the picture clearly.  What do you think??

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Feb 172011

I had very limited time on Valentines day for picture taking.  I had hoped to set something up with the V Chocolate that I had just bought.  My daughter was really excited about taking pictures of the candy she had gotten from school.  I didn’t really want to, but… well here’s her picture.

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Feb 142011

OK I’ll admit I am not an expert on… well pretty much anything.  However, I thought I might give some survival tips for finishing a 365.  This is what has helped me.

1. Remember it’s for YOU.  This is to help you.  Sure we all want that our pictures inspire or help someone else, but, at the end of the day, the one benefiting most from your daily posts is you.

2. Take a picture.  Try to make it nice, try to make it meaningful, try to make it perfect.  However, there are days that these things might not come together, and that is what tomorrow, next week, even next month is for.

3. Ignore the numbers.  This is very hard for me I love tech and tracking, but the hardest times on my 365 was when I suddenly had double the visitors and still no comments.  If I had not known that more people were visiting I would not have been so frustrated.

4.  Take time to look back.  The biggest boost you can get when you are down about the challenge is to go back and look some of you past posts.  You might be reminded of a good time that would have been forgotten, inspired to recreate a new look at a different shot, or see just how far you’ve come.

5.  Share yourself, ask for help, give help.

6. Last but not least; have a camera with you always, DSLR, point and shoot, phone, it doesn’t matter have the camera with you and use it.

Did I leave anything out??? Leave a comment let me know.

By the way which is better top or bottom (100% crop of above)

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Feb 082011

I love the Superbowl, not for the game, not for the commercials, but for the food. This year I made baked chedderwaurst with sauerkraut. Holy yummy. I also made my favorite marinated shrimp salad. The battle today, while not the Packers vs. the Steelers is between my two pictures.

Which do you prefer.



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Feb 082011

Many thanks to Two Peas and Their Pod for their awesome Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes. We look forward to them on special occasions now: Birthdays, Sleepovers, lazy weekends 😀 As always I highly recommend their site for great recipes.

200mm f/7.1 1/80s ISO 1600
Here is a link to the recipe. (LINK)
PS They are on Twitter @twopeasandpod you should follow them.

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Feb 052011

I know most parents think that their kids are good, but this really is one of the kindest, gentlest souls I have ever met. This is his new uniform on the night he got his Bobcat award, maybe he will do better than his dad.

105mm f/4 1/125s ISO 800
Every time I actually try to do “real” portrait photography I am amazed at the talent of the people that do it well. You guys are amazing, truly.

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Feb 032011

Honesty time… I could have cared less how the main subject of this picture looked.  In December I bought a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR I for a absolute steal.  If I had not known the person selling it I would be hiding every time the cops drove down the street kind of deal.   So really this is a test of the awesome boken that everyone talks about with this lens, and I have to say I am impressed.

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