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Wild Turkeys and Deer outtakes

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Here are a few shots of the wild turkeys I mentioned the other day. I’ve never seen a wild turkey before and they are sooo big! A large group (which google tells me is called a “rafter”) walked by, and didn’t seem at all fazed that there were a bunch of people staring at them. Unfortunately, that part of the trail was completely covered with trees so it was almost too dark to get photos, but I lucked out with a few shots where the sun was shining through.

The other photos are the rest of my deer photos which are too underexposed and noisy but I still like anyway. This experience taught me that I really need to practice more action photography. Since I mostly take food photos or still nature/landscape shots I’ve gotten dependent on the aperture priority mode on my camera. I had to switch out of that right quick to get shots of these animals that weren’t blurred, but since they were moving quickly I didn’t have much time to figure out what the best settings would be. I feel like I’ve mastered aperture but shutter speed still messes me up. Definitely gotta work on that. Still, I’m just happy these shots came out clear instead of blurry. For me, that’s progress.

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Angel

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I found this one in my archives. I took it in the famous Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Ga (see: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) when we visited last year. I lived in Savannah for 4 years when I went to college and it makes me sad I wasn’t into photography back them because it’s a beautiful town. It makes me especially sad now that I live in strip-mall city. Sigh.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (NO SPOILERS)

So, it’s over. I finished it last night at about 1am. I’ve been on a media blackout since about Thursday, so I wanted to get it done with this weekend so I could get back on the damn internet.

Freaking UPS took their sweet time delivering it on Saturday. I actually wound up sleeping on the sofa Friday night because I was absolutely petrified that UPS would come while I was asleep and I wouldn’t get my book. But of course, they didn’t deliver it until 4 freaking 30 in the afternoon. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I should have just waited in line at midnight with the rest of the world. Oh well.

Apparently, I’m a slow reader because I’ve been reading other people’s blogs and comments who got through it in 7-12 hours, but it took me more like 20. Still though, I feel like I read it too fast and I’m going to re-read it this week at a much slower pace.

It really was the perfect weekend. It rained really hard all Saturday and Sunday, and I always just want to curl up with a good book when it’s like that outside. It was fantastic. Poor Brandon was bored out of his mind because I literally said about 5 words to him the whole time. I made up for it a little bit by stopping about 200 pages from the end (because I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop any time after that) and making him dinner, but then I went right back to reading.

Final thoughts (no spoilers!)…

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Welcome Back (Again?)

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Remember that time about 9 months ago when I made a big deal of combining my blog with my portfolio because I still wanted a place to post my thoughts and blah blah blah, but then I proceeded to not post anything for the rest of the year? Yeah…well, I’m starting over again.

First of all I’m moving all my professional/business stuff over to emilycarlin.com (not live yet, but should be within the next week) because it just makes more sense to have that stuff tied to my actual name and not to a nickname that barely anyone calls me. So that leaves this domain (emiline.com for those of you being forwarded here from my various other blogs who are probably really confused right now) as my personal playground. After much deliberation I decided to let go of leftunspoken.net and import/redirect everything here. It’s kind of sad since leftunspoken.net was the very first domain I ever bought way back in 2004. It was my very first blog and making countless layouts for it is the reason that I’m a web designer today! But it’s almost a new decade and it’s time to let go of the past and embrace the future and all that cliche stuff.

So what does that mean for this site? What’s going to be here and am I actually going to post here this time around? Besides all the photos I imported in, I also have a bunch of blog posts that were imported in from a previous personal blog. I would like to continue having some actual writing on the site, but there probably won’t be tons because I’m kind of done with the whole “baring-your-soul-for-the-whole-internet-to-read” phase of my life. So basically this will be a photoblog with some thoughts/anecdotes/links/quotes/whatever I find interesting that day.

But I will be posting regularly because I’ve decided to do Project 365 this year which means that I will take a photo every single day. I bought myself a really nice (and really expensive) camera for Christmas and I want to get my money’s worth! Plus I want to learn to be a better photographer and taking a picture everyday will hopefully help with that.

I know I’m not going to have time to post a new picture everyday — I have work and my food blog and my boyfriend and cats and TV and a millionty other things — so my plan is to take a picture every day and then on Saturdays I will upload all the pics and schedule them to post each day of the next week. So in theory, a picture that is posted on Monday would have been taken the previous Monday. We’ll see how that works out as the year goes on, but it seems like the easiest way to stay on top of everything and not get overwhelmed.

So anyway, take a look around the new(-ish) site. I decided to do a redesign because I wanted something that was simple and white to display my photos on. I’m going to to change out the header image/colors every once in a while to reflect the season or my state of mind or whatever. Right now I’m absolutely in love with all the snow we’ve been getting, so my layout (and today’s picture) is snow inspired.

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