Archive for January, 2012

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Let’s Do 52: Week 2

January 9, 2012

I adore this picture. A lot.

I took it Saturday around 6 p.m. You know, that time in the winter when the day sky is almost night (but not quite). As I was leaving my house to go birthday card shopping, I looked at the sky and walked back inside to get my camera. It was another one of those a-ha moments where I just “knew” I would regret not taking my camera.

It’s funny how you see things differently with a camera in-hand.

It just so happens this is my entry for Paint The Moon Photography’s Let’s Do 52 photo project. Each week we’re given two photo prompts to choose from, and we’re asked to submit one photo for our chosen theme. This week our choices were Responsibility or Open.

Pretty open to interpretation, huh?

I originally took a very literal approach – photographing a beer bottle and a hand taking keys off the table (Drink Responsibly).

But I didn’t like it. How was that challenging my creativity?

It wasn’t.

So, I decided to go with “Open.”

So many times sky pictures include clouds. Clouds are nice as they give texture and depth to a shot; however, there is something about a clear sky – especially with the different gradients of color like in the one above – that is beautiful, seemingly never-ending. It’s almost as if watching a sky like this would do nothing but help clear your mind.

How’s that for open?

If you’re interested in photography – or just like looking at photos – I encourage you to check out the Let’s Do 52 Flickr group. There are many talented and inspiring photographers there.

P.S.

On a side note, I created myself a little watermark to use when I post pictures here. Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t say I’m exactly ready for a watermark, but I’ve had some instances over the last few months where a few of my pictures have been used (for profit) or doctored without asking. In a way it’s flattering, but it’s also maddening. So … yeah.

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New year, new name

January 7, 2012

As you may remember, I wrote awhile ago about changing the name and image of my blog.

The original intent was to keep a journal about planning our wedding; however, I rather like writing and wanted to try and maintain this space after we said “I do.” While I love weddings, my priorities have shifted to taking pictures. There will certainly still be wedding items sprinkled throughout my posts, but the majority are going to focus on this new journey (and everyday life when applicable).

I’ve been racking my brain for months about what I could name this place.

You see, I have issues (and they are mine alone) when fauxtographers create Facebook pages, websites or blogs with the words “Photography” in the title when clearly they aren’t professional photographers. And before you ask, yes, this was a pet peeve of mine even before I purchased my camera.

I am not a professional.

I am not a fauxtographer either.

I’m just an ordinary girl who happens to like taking pictures.

After much thought, I decided I wanted a name that reflects my love of photographs and my Italian heritage. In it’s own way, it’s fitting since I changed my name when we got married (funny story about that tomorrow!).

So, I came up with “Lindsay Fotografie”.

Translated it means “Lindsay Photographs”.

And, speaking of photographs, here’s a picture of my friend’s ADORABLE son Kaiden. He is probably the sweetest baby ever. I want to snuggle him always. This was taken with my new 50mm f/1.8 lens (thanks, Santa!) on New Year’s Day: