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One photo a day challenge: Day 13.

Today I set out to focus my daily photo challenge photos on a specific idea. I wanted to capture some interesting photographs showcasing the ice on the rocky ledges I see every day.

In recent years it seems like Upstate New York hasn’t had many time frames where there has been snowfall that has persisted for long periods of time. Our winters just haven’t seemed too wintery. There haven’t been a lot of days where as a photographer I could actually go out and capture classic winter scenes featuring snow and ice.

I don’t mind the cold but winter is much more enjoyable when there is beautiful winter scenery featuring snow and ice. The ice and snow can help create more interesting photographs of more mundane scenes.

Rock Edge and Ice.

I’ve been walking by these rocky ledges for a long time. I see the ice and the snow. Melting and refreezing as the weather fluctuates throughout the day.

I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to photograph a confluence of conditions that may or may not last.

Rocks and stone are often subjects I like photographing and are interesting subjects for me. The added layer of snow and ice is another factor to try to capture something different.


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One photo a day challenge: Day 12.

For the first time in a while I acquired a new camera and new lenses. They are very different from the cameras I am used to using. So what I am going to do is tie learning how to use the new tools to this photography challenge.

What better way to learn to use a new tool than to create brand new art with it every day.

I wanted these tools for some very specific reasons so I am going to start practicing using them to create the types of photography I envisioned when I decided they were the tools I needed.

Tree Trunk In The Woods.

One goal for this new equipment is for use on my runs and hikes, especially those in the woods. I want to be able to capture high quality images when I am out exploring on foot.

In order to create good art I need to be familiar with my tools. So, today I took the new camera into a woodland area I was familiar with. I walked around a little bit and tried to identify interesting photographs I could create.

I hope I succeeded.

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Daily photo challenge: Day 11.

I often photograph my dogs. I do not photograph our cats. Often I regret not having many photos of our cats.

If I had to choose I would choose dogs every time. But I don’t dislike cats and, don’t tell my wife, but I do have fond memories of them.

It goes without saying that cats are just vastly different beings than dogs. Capturing their lives on camera is something that I feel like I have missed out on as a human, animal lover, and photographer. This is something I have been trying to rectify.

Our Cat Peaches.

Our cat, Peaches, was a shelter cat we adopted from our local SPCA. When we first adopted her she was so scared that she wouldn’t come out of our little half bath. Now she has blossomed into a surprisingly friendly cat.

Peaches can often be found in her favorite spot. She likes to sit at the top of the cat tower in the kitchen.

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One Photo A Day: Day 10.

I am hoping this daily photo challenge is will help me appreciate what I have right at home. There are so many opportunities to create photographs right inside or outside my own home.

Building my practice will help me build appreciation for everything that I have right nearby.

Frozen Stream

I took advantage of the fact that we had nice bright sunlight for only the second day in what feels like forever. I planed to walk around in our woods for a little bit. Enjoy nature and the sunlight. Create some photography.

I didn’t make it very far. I reached the small stream that crosses out property right at the edge of the woods and found it coated with this interesting layer of ice. The frozen coating over the running water was the perfect thing to focus on and try to create some interesting winter images featuring the ice.

The patterns created in the ice formation were really interesting. I am not sure I captured them as well as I would have liked to. Perhaps another attempt is in order in the future. Tell me what you think about the photo I selected.

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One aspect of photography that can be easily overlooked is how you carry your equipment with you. It is easy for this to be an afterthought because how you carry your equipment isn’t directly related to how you make a photograph. It may not have a direct impact on how you make your photographs, but it certainly impacts where, when, and if you make photographs.

If you don’t have equipment for carrying your camera and gear that suits your needs you simply won’t take as many photographs. Photography will be more difficult and it will be less enjoyable. Then you won’t want to do it. This is the opposite of what I want for you. I want you to make as many photographs as you want. So to this end I am going to talk a little about what I use to transport my camera gear.

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One Photo A Day: Day 9.

Today I knew we would be heading to Ithaca to take our dog to the vet. I planned to stop and create some images while we were in Ithaca.

Sometimes things don’t go as you had hoped. You get worse news than you expected. Then you don’t feel like following through with your plans.

But you do the work. You continue the practice. Because this is what you do. You make art.

You don’t do it because you feel like it. You do it because it is who you are and it is what you do.

Cayuga Lake, Ithaca, New York.

I decided to stop at Stewart Park after our vet appointment. I wanted to see if Cayuga Lake was frozen at all.

It was nice to see that it had begun to freeze a bit. The timing was almost perfect. The sun was close to the horizon. The light and color was beautiful. It helped to ease a difficult afternoon.

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It has been 1 full week of my one photo a day challenge. Everything has been going well. Some days I feel more motivated than others. But that is the whole point of this project. Stop relying on feeling motivated or inspired. Just do the work. Do it every day. Build a Practice.

Each day when I work on creating my daily photo there is more than one image created. Hopefully each time there is more than one photo that I really like. I am going to end each week of the challenge by sharing a gallery of a few additional photos from each day.

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Today is day 8 of my one photo a day challenge.

For the past coupled of years I have been taking plants we’ve had gowning outside in warmer weather and move them indoors in the cold upstate New York fall and winter. I try to keep them alive for two main reasons. One reason is I want to keep them alive so they can quickly grow and blossom early in the spring when the weather gets warm again. The other reason is that I want to have them to use as photography subjects indoors in the winter.

Potted plant indoors.

I have had mixed results at this. I have been able to keep some plants alive and growing. Mostly they eventually go dormant eventually. I have had a few that I have been able to keep from completely dying and have them regrow in the spring and summer.

I am not sure if this flower will be one of the ones that survives and regrows in the spring. It is a really cool looking flower when the blossoms are fresh. It is not as pretty in its current form.

I am trying to figure out how to create a nice image using this plant now. Not sure I love this image. But I think it is a good state. I think you will see more of this plant in the future.

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One photo a day challenge day 7.

I headed down to my office tonight to perform my daily practice of one photo a day.

Our dog Colton followed me to my office and laid on the floor and whined at me as I got things ready for some photography.

Clearly a sign that he wanted to be my subject for today.

Our Bernese Mountain Dog, Colton.

I take a lot of photos of our dogs. This project will likely be more than 50% dog photos.

But, what I like about this photo is a little different than most dog photos I take. Usually I am trying to capture a crisp in focus image of a dog. Most of this photo is in focus. But there is a motion blur around Colton’s eye as he blinks mid photo. This is only able to happen because of the circumstances under which I am creating photos for this project.

I am shooting indoors. The lighting is not very bright. To make up for the low light the shutter speed has to be slower than I would typically use. The slow shutter speed means that motion in the photo will show up as some blur in some contrast to the crisp areas.

The shutter speed on this photo is 1/60 of a second.

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One Photo A Day Challenge: Day 6

Knit Hat

At least in the beginning of this challenge I am trying to have each photo be a different subject. I really like using my macro lens because it helps me lean into being more creative with my photography. And using the Lume Cube lights allows for more interesting lighting.

I really wasn’t sure what I was going to photograph today. I like the challenge of photographing a common item and trying to make it interesting. Especially if it is something that is just laying around.

I had this knit hat someone made for me sitting on my desk. I decided to turn my attention to that.

I played around with a bunch of different angles and closeness. Having three different light sources also allowed for flexibility. I placed one of the Lume Cube lights inside the hat so light would be shining out. That helped to create the image I have shared here.

This was a very different style of photography than what I normally pursue. I really liked playing around with it.

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