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Like I did at #100, I will recap my favorites from the last 100 posts. I will take a photo or two from each post, feel free to click on the link to see the whole set. It should be noted not long after I post this I will change my mind about the top ten… but I won’t cheat and change them.
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#10: In The Trenches
WW2 reenacting is a hobby my husband loves. So not only did I have the opportunity to get some great photos, I got to spend some time with my guy doing what we love.
I have taken a lot of photos in a lot of abandoned buildings but having to do little to no post processing, keeping the natural light and colors, this set is among my favorites.
This was one of those days I just got out, with no particular destination from the get go, and just had a great day doing what I love to do. Asbury Park had so many of my favorite things to shoot, and of all the shots, these two are by far my favorite.
This was a breaking out of sorts. Inspired by some photography friends I stepped out of my comfort zone and starting photographing… *gasp* … people! I used to be so uncomfortable asking random strangers “may I take your picture?” but now it comes so easily.
I have always loved astronomy and going out at night to photograph remarkable astrological happenings is one of my very favorite things.
Eastern State Penitentiary is still one of my favorite places to go, and this day in particular not only did I see some usually off limits areas, I met a few new friends, too. Atlas Obscura, the creator of Obscura Day who made this tour and hundreds others all over the world, featured the above photograph on their blog post which made it extra sweet!
This is a set of photos I just love… I know at least one will make it on my wall.
This is a post I wasn’t particularly happy with the photographs, however it is by far my favorite place I’ve ever explored. Nikola Tesla is such an amazing historical figure, and to step on the grounds where he once trod, I was so in awe photos were almost a chore, interrupting my geeky zen. The fact that my phone broke because of the natural electromagnetic energy of the area, something Tesla took into great consideration when choosing his lab sites, was just the coolest thing.
This is the most personal entry on my blog, and it really was one of the best days I’ve ever had. The joy of getting the news that my child who had been sick for three long years was all better still brings me to tears to this day.
This was one of the few times I really felt like I was doing something so much bigger than just taking photos. After Hurricane Sandy, I was so moved by the spirit of community and the relief efforts I set out over several days to tell a few stories of the people and communities affected by this horrible natural disaster. I still look at the Sandy entries often, but most particularly this one because of the amazing people I met. It was such a privilege to tell their story.
We have a new addition to our family! The fam and I picked her up today from a local rabbit rescue. She is still a baby, although at 9 weeks she is the size of an average adult. Flemish giants can grow to be between 20 and 30 lbs! My son wants to call her “Tubby”, but I don’t want to give the poor thing a complex. We’ll try the name thing tomorrow. It’s nice to have another lady in the house! The marks in her ear is there to differentiate the male from females and birth order.
In an effort to save my kids from my various neuroses, I try to expose them to lots of new experiences, including ones that may not be so comfortable for me; like bugs. Crawling bugs I can deal with, but flying ones freak me out. This includes butterflies… have you seen them up close? They’re NOT CUTE. Despite that, I took my son into the butterfly room at the Academy of Natural Sciences. I am proud to say one landed on me and I only spazzed a little on the inside, trying to hold my composure so my boy wouldn’t see mommy freaking out.
This trip didn’t yield too many photos thanks to the 80% humidity and the constant fogging on my lens, but what I did get I was pleased with.
And because I can… the cutest thing at the museum: my sweet little Isaac:
Tonight I got to do for the first time something I’ve been looking forward to since I became a mother: share my love of classical music and take my family to the symphony. I’ve taken the older ones individually but we were all together tonight! After the Philadelphia Orchestra finished we were treated to a fireworks show! This is my first real attempt to photograph fireworks and I’m not crazy about how they turned out, but it’s a start. These were set on 4 second exposure.