Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Story of a Fly, a Caterpillar, and a Friend

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This is my good friend Emily. She is funny, laughs at herself, and makes me laugh. We mostly watch superhero movies together and the occasional cartoon. (Frozen, anyone?) We don't always get to hang out as much I would wish, but when we do, we have a good time. We sometimes have lots to say, sometimes we don't say very much at all.

Yesterday we spent over an hour in the parking lot in my car listening to music. I introduced her to the 1812 Overture, that never ending song that is 14 minutes long, and she thought it sounded like something from Tom and Jerry. I don't think I'll ever here that song the same way again.

We had Burger King for lunch, and went to the park afterwards. A giant horse fly chased us a quarter of a mile down a hiking path, and somehow a caterpillar crawled in my shoe and I squished it accidentally. It was seriously the nastiest thing I've ever seen. I walked back to the car barefoot, and we drove to Culver's to get chocolate ice-cream. All in all, it was a rather fun filled Saturday!

Friday, May 23, 2014

iPhoneography -- My Thoughts on the Subject

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I have come to realize how valuable my iPhone pictures have become. Yes, perhaps they are not always as good of quality as my DSLR camera, but it is convenient. Very convenient. And iphoneography has a look all it's own that seems to differ from all other cameras. Maybe because it sometimes distorts images, I don't know -- but it does seem have a unique feel about it.

I was thinking about it today. Many people, even if they don't have a camera, have a cell phone, and many have iPhones. I wonder, if years from now, people will look at instagram and iphoneography as something old fashioned and cool -- the way we view instant film today for example. I don't know -- but I do know that in many ways this form of photography seems to shape much of our culture today.

I've thought this many times though. It doesn't matter what kind of camera you have -- you can make beautiful artistic pictures. These pictures are not the best, but I love them. There is no beautiful blurry background. There is just me, my camera, and my subject. It is simple, but I love it -- for different reasons from my trusty DSLR. It seems more like a snapshot, and I love that quality about it. What are your thoughts?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Alice's Birthday Party

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A few weeks ago it was Alice's birthday. The lilac buds are all gone now but they were fully blooming on her birthday. They always bloom when her birthday comes round. The evening was very nice, I ate way too much junk food, but the games were fun and I had fun taking pictures of everyone. Though it is rather funny how much the color pallet changes in these photos! Here is to another year!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Weep You No More Sad Fountains // Pictures at the Park

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A few days ago, Alice and I went for our weekly walk at the park. It was a lovely overcast day and the green trees and grass combined with cool springtime breeze and moody clouds reminded me all too much of Sense and Sensibility. I did not have my good camera with me, so I took these with my phone but I quiet liked how they turned out in the end.

Speaking of walking, my sisters and I have been walking at least once or twice a week consistently since this fall and over the course of two years we have made it quiet a habit. Now I am trying to take up running, and with the couch to 5k app, I think I might just be able to keep it up! I so love being outside and exercising. So much more scope for the imagination, as Anne would put it so nicely.