What I’m Trying Right Now

I started this blog after my year of pictures in 2010.  Last year I did 40 Friday Photos.  A picture every day was too much.  A picture almost every week wasn’t enough.  

Last week I was looking at a mother/photographer’s blog. She was doing her project to record the year for her family.  This is the third year she’s done it.  All of the photos are of her family, unapologetically. I’ve been checking it every day.

For the past week or so, I’ve posted a photo every day.  I like it.  It’s not a photo from every day of the year.  This one is from a few weeks ago but I never got around to posting it. (The lips!!) I’m not committing to doing it for a year.  If I miss a day, I won’t quit.  But, I’m going to try it: post at least one photo every day. 

2: The Girls

1/800 sec at f 3.2: ISO 160 ~ Canon 5DMarkII/ 35mm 1.4L1/1600 sec at f2.0, ISO 160 ~ Canon 5DMarkII/ 35mm 1.4L

1/640 sec at f2.0: ISO 160 ~ Canon 5DMarkII ~ 35mm 1.4LOn Sunday I spent time with family and enjoyed my last hour with the rented gear (Canon 5D MarkII and 35mm 1.4L).  These are my lovely nieces who were happy to come outside and stand in front of me and my camera.  

11: Practice

My oldest, Savanna, is getting ready for a big Irish dance competition in November.  She goes to lessons three or four times a week and practices on our porch on the other days.  In the above photo, she’s waiting on the porch for her ride to class. 

When it comes time to compete, there is a fancy costume, a wig, and make up.  But, most of the time she dances like this: in shorts and a t-shirt with her hair in a pony tail.

I brought her to this bench for a jumping photo.  While she was waiting for me to get my camera ready, she started to dance.

15: Make a List

Maybe you don’t get discouraged by how few things you can accomplish in a day.  I do.  As I’m waking up I think about things I need to do.  Sometimes I write the ideas down but most of the time the list is in my head.  Make dentist appointments.  Clean off the buffet in the dining room that is piled high with all manner of papers and whatnot.  Do laundry and put it all away!  Make bread with Atticus. The list goes on.  I get out of bed.  The girls are fighting.  Augusta wants me to hold her.  I want some coffee.  Here we go.

I look around at three in the afternoon when the girls are about to come home and think, “What have I gotten done today?”

Today, I was starting to feel like it was another one of those days.  I got out a piece of paper. Instead of writing a to do list, I started writing down things I had already done. The list was longer than I’d expected.  It looks like I underestimate how much I do every day at least as much as I overestimate what I can get done in a day.

The buffet is still covered in papers. The kids have dentist appointments in a few weeks and some clean socks.

19: Proud

I was heading out to the park with Augusta. My neighbor was carrying his grandson back from the park.  I asked if I could take their picture.  I gave a print of this to his wife yesterday.  She was thrilled with it.  It’s already up on their wall.

35: Bubble Crazy

They were enjoying blowing bubbles while I was enjoying taking pictures.  I couldn’t tell on my camera’s LCD screen how these bubbles were shining.  I would have stayed in that spot longer if I had known.

Stay tuned for some more bubble pictures.  We went a little bubble crazy for a few days.