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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.
It’s that time of year again! I was ready to set up my tripod to get some photos and I decided to try something different.
Begin photog jargon>>> Instead of my tripod I opted to hand hold my camera with 2 second exposures. I tried everything from holding the camera in front of me to propping it on a car, pointing the lens by resting it on my forearm. I thought it would make a neat effect not having perfectly streaming lines. Speaking of the lens, I put my 20mm away (what I would use to capture a huge sky) and instead used my 200mm to capture small vignettes of the fireworks. I also played with the focus, changing it up from infinity to 1.5m. <<< End photog jargon
The results, I think, are really cool. I don’t just see fireworks, instead I see everything from sea creatures to nebulae. So take away the expectation of fireworks, and look at these like you would look at big fluffy clouds, trying to find people, places or things amongst them. Let me know what you find!
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I trekked to one of the tallest points in the county I live in, which also happens to be in the Pinelands, away from all the light pollution that comes with being so close to Philadelphia.
Hiking to our destination, I took some photos on the trails.
Then it was on to the Fire Tower for photos of the sunset, and the main attraction of the evening, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter arranged in a triangle in the sky, or, for the sciency types (like me) the technical term is a planetary conjunction.
I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely family who was there for the same purpose. The husband, a photographer, let me use my tripod because I had forgotten mine. They even gave us a lift to my car so we wouldn’t have to hike over a mile through the woods in the pitch black.
This was one of those moments where I looked up and got googly eyed for the sky. After about a minute I ran to get my equipment and with a shitty tripod (which turned out has missing parts when I bought it that makes it next to useless… grrr) and got off a bunch of pics. It skips at one point, thank the tripod for that. I wish the moon were crisper, but there was just no way to get the little wisps of clouds without blowing out the moon. So for a last minute deal it’s ok, I guess. Looks like some strange ultrasound but hey, you’ve gotta start somewhere!
For fellow lightroom users I found the time lapse templates here. It only goes to 30fps but I just sped it up in a different program to the actual speed of the clouds. That page has a youtube tutorial too, you lucky bastids!