Quote of the Month - December

There are two people in every photograph: the photographer and the viewer. - Ansel Adams

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Day 364

Jeanine - "New Year's Resolution"
My New Year's Resolution - slow down...take it one day at a time...embrace the moment...breathe...
I think somehow I have messed up the numbering of the days somewhere along the way.  This is my last post.  I can't believe the year is over.  I can't believe I took a photo every day (really didn't think I would make it).  I can't believe how much I love photography.  I can't believe how much I love blogging.  I am going to miss this blog so much.  I loved doing it with Em...it was amazing to watch her grow as a photographer too.  I know it was hard to do...so much going on in a teenager's life...but I think she did great.  I will always remember this journey we took together.  I love her wholeheartedly.
There has been much speculation about what my last photo ought to be...I'm not sure what the perfect shot would be in this situation...but I thought a simple shot of something beautiful that incorporated some of the things I have learned about photography this year (like depth of field, light, composition, RadLab, and adding text) might just be the right note to end on.  So here it is...simple flowers (a gift that arrived today from a friend to Ian and me wishing us a Happy New Year as we each begin the next phase of our lives)...reminding us to bloom where we are planted.  Wishing you a year filled with beauty, peace and joy.  Thank you for sharing this year with us.  Jeanine
PS - I suspect I may get back to the blogging thing with a new blog sometime this year...I will keep you posted.  Thanks again.
Emily "The Last photo"
For those of you who might still check here every once in a while, here it goes. I've been inspired to write this by the recent realization that my BFFLAAT has a blog. I wanted to write but didn't want to start a blog just so i could write one post and have no one see it. So really, here it goes

I didn't finish, I know that. So for this past month as everyone's been saying "where are your photos" and "are you gonna post anymore?" I've been getting sad and angry at myself. I went into this year thinking about how hard could this be ? I do things everyday I can take a photo everyday. Well it's waayyy harder than you think so when people asked me where my photos were u would want to snap at them thinking I'd like to see you try! But I didn't, don't worry. But after being sad for a while I realized that although I didnt take one EVERYDAY I took photos for about 300 day which is more than most people can say and that I grew a skill that I love and I got a new camera and I got a job and worked with a real photographer and my photos were posted in the grand theatre. And I did all of this before I was even sixteen, so I must be doing something right  and someday I can try again if I want to because I still have years and years and I'm still gonna take great photos but without the pressure because it lets you have the creative freedom to do what you want and to focus on your photos, I mean I had no ideas some day so I took a photo of a couch.., yup a couch. So even though it is a little bitter to not have finished it was still great to do this with my mom and I know that I can do something like this someday too. So I didn't take a photo the last day, but I talked about going to europe so here are some of the photos, they wouldn't have been this good without the skills I have achieved. 

So I don't have too much more to say, I'm not even sure people will read this. But thank you all for checking in on the blog and actually caring about the small mediocre things we do in out day to day lives. And even though I didn't finish I took over 12,000 photos last year, so take that! haha

Friday, December 30, 2011

Ian's Last Day

Jeanine - "Ian's Last Day"

Day 363

Jeanine - "My Wish For You"

Took down the girly-girl Christmas tree this morning, but took some time out to photograph some of the ornaments and the tree topper.  Other tree is already down and resting out on the back deck.  Today is Ian's last day of work so may post another photo about that later...

Day 362

Jeanine - "A Toast to the New Year"

I took these two shots this morning for my class...a little ahead of new years eve, but I'm sure we are all contemplating what 2012 will bring to our lives.  It is a year of change for us...retirement for Ian, new career for me...and Em will learn to drive, begin her last year of high school, and apply to university in 2012.  It will be exciting.  Bring it on!

"Here's to New Adventures in 2012"

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Day 361

Jeanine - "Through the Looking Glass"

I've been wanting to try something like this ever since  I saw something similar (and better) in my on-line photography class.  The photographer in my class took the shot through another of her lenses.  This is a magnifier for looking at slides.  Her photo had a better view.  This is the view from my dining room window.

Another shot I've wanted to try - a selfie - that's me reflected in the ornament embedded in a flower arrangement that was the centre piece for Christmas -- a congratulatory gift from a friend who is a judge.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Day 360 - only 5 days to go!

Jeanine - "It's Snowing!

I know it isn't the first snow of the season - but I like it whenever it snows!  I hope I always do.  This was shot in a friend's backyard today...during a scrapbook session!  Trying to keep up on my scrapbook about this blog as the year goes along.  Can't believe the year is almost finished.  Only 5 more photos to take...because I'm running out of time - let me share the other two I took today...snow on hydrangea and rose of sharon.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Day 359

Jeanine - "Boxing Day"

I love "Boxing Day" !!!

For me it means a time to relax, read and contemplate the new year (and see the new Mission Impossible movie).  This morning as we drove home from the Peer Family Christmas in Owen Sound, Ian pulled the car over along the way and said, "I think you will find a good shot here."  He was right.

As we continued home, he proceeded to tell me that he had been watching for Canon Flashes to go on sale, and he found a good deal for me at Future Shop this week.  Gotta love my enabler!!