Born Free, Part 1

Sea Gulls

59/365 - February 28, 2010

Sea Gull

Sea Gull

I bet you would think that I went to a beach to get these photos? Nope. I took these in the Target parking lot in a suburb of Richmond, VA, nowhere near the ocean. I have no idea why there were hundreds of sea gulls hanging out at Target but I’m really happy with these photos, so they can do what they want.

At first they were all just standing around being boring. I walked right up to them hoping some would fly, but they were completely unfazed and just stared through me. I went back to the car and we were about to leave when all of sudden someone drove by and threw some popcorn out of their car window (there is a movie theater next to the Target) and all the gulls all went crazy! They took off and started flying around in circles and kamikaze driving to get the popcorn. It was pretty awesome to watch.

I got so many pictures that I couldn’t narrow down which ones I liked best, so I have another post coming up later today.

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Hawk Triptych

16/365 - January 16, 2010 (Click to view larger)


Mountains in the Distance

Landscape dotted with Hay Bales


We went out for a hike in the country on Saturday. It’s was love. We were walking by all this wide open farmland and then we got to the edge of a forest where snow was still covering the ground and walked through the trees and down a little trail to a stream. I felt like I was stepping into Narnia. There was a house for sale not too far from there that I would KILL to live in. Anyone got half a million dollars I can borrow?

Sunlight Diptych #1

Sunlight Diptych #1

I’m really interested in the summer sun lately, especially as interpreted by my 50mm f/1.8. When I got my zoom lens earlier this year, I stopped taking out the prime on walks since it was so much easier to be able to zoom in and out with my 50-200mm. But I decided to change it up and go out with my prime and I remembered how wonderful it is with sunlight! I use that lens all the time for food photography, but I fell in love with it all over again when I took it outside. It’s just a reminder that I need to change things up every once in a while. It’s always nice to be surprised.


97/365 - April 7, 2010

Oops. I didn’t mean to take such a big break there. I’ve been working non-stop on a very large and involved design project for one of my clients and it basically took over my life. Unfortunately, that also means I stopped taking pictures. So that’s means I failed Project 365. Oh no!

I’ve been thinking about what to do about that and I’ve decided that I really don’t care. I could be all boo-hoo about it and quit, but what is that going to accomplish? Yes, the point of Project 365 is that you take a picture every single day for a year, but if I’m honest with myself I never thought I would actually do that. My goal in this is to make photography a regular part of my life, not just something I do once or twice a month on the weekend. Obviously, I did not meet my goal in April, but I don’t think that means I should give up completely. I just have to try to do better in May.

I still have a bunch of photos from April that I haven’t posted, so I’m just going to pick up where I left off and I’ll keep posting until I catch up.

The photo of this bug really has nothing to do with this post but it was next one in line. It’s pretty rare that I look at a bug and think it’s pretty but I’ve never seen a bug like this. Such a wondeful color!

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