A MinD in MoTown


Been a long time since the last Foto Friday…!
February 5, 2010, 1:49 pm
Filed under: Artsy fartsy photos

After having nothing worthwhile to share for a Foto Friday the last couple months, I came across a few pretty awesome snapshots that I took in December.

These are from the Carolina Panthers v. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on Dec. 7, 2009 where the boyfriend and I sat ROW ONE! I was excited beyond words to be so close – especially to #55, Dan Connor, a Penn State alum and my favorite Panthers player. The chances of sitting this close to the field again are likely slim, at least for quite a while, but here’s a few photos (not so “artsy fartsy” but pretty damn sweet anyway) that I just had to share.

Sir Purr watching the game.

Sir Purr, just relaxing, watching the cheerleaders, ha.

I absolutely LOVE this action shot.

In the huddle.

Can't see the ball, but the kick in motion came out pretty decent.

One more action photo -- with my #55 dead center.

And last, but not least, I had to share a pre-game photo of the boyfriend and myself. Isn’t he cute? =)

Awww.

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Some oldies this Foto Friday.
October 2, 2009, 3:50 pm
Filed under: Artsy fartsy photos

The purchase of my “new” (as in not-so-new anymore) camera several months ago coincided with my first, and thus far only, trip to Chapel Hill, NC, the home to the University of North Carolina.

After a day full of journalism-related courses, including one on the topic of photojourn, I decided to wander around campus and take in the sights. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon the Coker Arboretum, filled with beautiful flowers, vines and trees, that I pulled out my camera and starting snapping away.

So here are a few shots and – as always – complaints, criticism and comments are both welcome and appreciated! But keep in mind that the photos are a few months old now and I’ve, optimistically, grown a bit as a photographer since then.

These flowers were everywhere. I'd name it, if I knew what it was called.

These flowers were everywhere. I'd name it, if I knew what it was called.

Love this.

Love this.

Decent...

Decent...

How awesome is that tree? That's the only reason this photo was included. Ha.

How awesome is that tree? That's the only reason this photo was included. Ha.

I really only like the way the sun shone through here.

I really only like the way the sun shone through here.

Something about these little statues in the window caught my eye.

Something about these little statues in the window caught my eye.

Ahh, yellow.

Ahh, yellow.



Time again for “Foto Friday.”
September 18, 2009, 4:48 pm
Filed under: Artsy fartsy photos

One week ago this moment, I was at the Outer Banks of North Carolina, readying to head back to the Charlotte area. My short vacation was much-needed, but unfortunately plagued by rain for the only full day I had at the beach, Thursday.

I didn’t let it stop me from wandering among the debris left behind by some high, ferocious waves and snapping a ton of photos. I also tried to take a few more when the clouds and showers finally departed on Friday, making way for some sunshine.

Here’s just a sample of the hundreds of pictures I took. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

The waves were so violent that they'd leave behind foam all over the beach.

The waves were so violent that they'd leave behind foam all over the beach.

This might look like a small stick, but no. It was an eight-foot log that washed ashore.

This might look like a small stick, but no. It was an eight-foot log that washed ashore.

A little hazy - I hadn't realized the rain made my lens fog - but I like it anyway.

A little hazy - I hadn't realized the rain made my lens fog - but I like it anyway.

By far, my favorite photo I've EVER taken.

By far, my favorite photo I've EVER taken.

My boyfriend's initials ... and me being a huge dork.

My boyfriend's initials ... and me being a huge dork.

This is actually the first day, Wednesday, and the waves were already huge.

This is actually the first day, Wednesday, and the waves were already huge.

My feet created those two lines.

My feet created those two lines.

The contrast of ocean to sky is gorgeous.

The contrast of ocean to sky is gorgeous.

Also adore this photo. I found the black shell on the beach and decided to play with it a bit.

Also adore this photo. I found the black shell on the beach and decided to play with it a bit.



Feeling like a “Foto Friday.”
August 7, 2009, 4:45 pm
Filed under: Artsy fartsy photos

That’s right, it’s time for another “Foto Friday.” Several pictures today and these were taken at a local quarry during a newspaper assignment I was on. The area – which I’d previously never seen – was too beautiful to ignore and snapping some photos was almost necessary. Some of these are more news-y (not a word, I know) and others veer toward artsy.

As always, share any constructive criticism and let me know what you think!

This kid was too cute and he kept flexing like that whenever I aimed the camera toward him.

This kid was too cute and he kept flexing like that whenever I aimed the camera toward him.

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Decent photo. Just decent though.

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This one was used in the paper.

I wanted to include one of the kids jumping.

I wanted to include one of the kids jumping.

Moving a little more artsy fartsy, ha. But I love this photo.

Moving a little more artsy fartsy, ha. But I love this photo.

The life preserver made for a few fun pictures.

The life preserver made for a few fun pictures.

On the fence - no pun intended - about what I think of this one.

On the fence - no pun intended - about what I think of this one.

A tree on the walk away from the quarry.

A tree on the walk away from the quarry.



A slightly late “Foto Friday.”
July 11, 2009, 12:16 am
Filed under: Artsy fartsy photos

It’s been a few weeks since I attempted another “Foto Friday,” so here’s a few shots from the nearby amusement park, Carowinds. I mostly snapped pictures of rollercoasters because, clearly, they are the most riveting ride at the park, but there’s a couple others as well (though not many as I was too busy riding DropZone five times and frolicking around with my boyfriend, ha).

As always, constructive criticism muchly appreciated – especially from you professional photographers lurking out there!

I'm not totally in love with this picture, but it had some good qualities to it.

I'm not totally in love with this picture, but it had some good qualities to it.

I don't know why, but this is, by far, my fave photo of the day.

I don't know why, but this is, by far, my fave photo of the day.

I didn't ride this coaster (because it went backwards), so I had ample time to snap away as my boyfriend rode it.

I didn't ride this coaster (because it went backwards), so I had ample time to snap away as my boyfriend rode it.

Decent-ish picture, but I had to include it. This is DropZone and I loved this ride.

Decent-ish picture, but I had to include it. This is DropZone and I loved this ride.

Sweet, sweet sustenance. Yuengling. Mmm.

Sweet, sweet sustenance. Yuengling. Mmm.



Yet another installment of “Foto Friday.”
June 19, 2009, 11:57 am
Filed under: Adventures in "Motherhood", Artsy fartsy photos

I absolutely loved, and appreciated, the feedback I received from those of you with more photography experience last time I posted a “Foto Friday,” so I’m going to attempt to make this a regular gig. Thus, a second installment today.

Except for the last photo in this bunch – which was apparently my moment of narcissism – these are some pictures of my pup, Sophie, whose shenanigans are nothing new to this blog. However, she behaved amazingly well when I shot these pics.

I will note that I snapped these the same day as the previously posted pictures – June 5, “How about a ‘Foto Friday’?” – so I haven’t yet put anyone’s advice to the test. But I certainly plan to before the next batch of photos rolls out. Let me know what you think and please offer any constructive criticism you can. Thanks!

P.S. I know, I know, I should use Flickr, but … I don’t want to. Sorry!

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Until just a few weeks ago, Sophie *hated* this chair. Now, it's her favorite spot.

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She kept trying to take a nap, but then her mean Mommy would wake her up to snap another photo.

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It looks as though she's daydreaming. I love it.

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Starting to doze...

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Doesn't this look very relaxing?

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Took a quick picture of myself as I laid on the floor. That's where I was as I tried snapping the shots of my Sophie girl.



How about a “Foto Friday”?
June 5, 2009, 4:02 pm
Filed under: Artsy fartsy photos

I bought myself a new camera back in April to replace an adorable pink point-and-shoot I’d had for nearly two years. I was looking for something with more megapixels, yet still small enough to shove in my pocket for a bar outing. Perhaps something that had better focus abilities, but a camera that wouldn’t take me three months to figure out.

And so I picked up a sleek Samsung. It’s tiny, but has plenty of options to keep my photo-happy self amused and shooting.

Recently I attended a photojournalism class where the professor explained that utilizing a top-of-the-line camera doesn’t necessarily equal amazing photographs. Likewise, using a point-and-shoot doesn’t mean pictures lacking in quality or creativity. It’s the person behind the device, he noted, that frames the image, that makes a photo more than a simple snapshot.

Thus, I bring you a few photos I shot today … within the last hour … here, in my house.

I tend to joke that I’m being “artsy fartsy” with my camera, but I also like to believe I’m being creative. I’ve always loved photography, but I can’t imagine lugging around – or paying for – a large camera simply because it’s capabilities far exceed my smaller machine.

So let me know what you think of the pictures I’ve posted. I’m quite curious to see if I’m trying too hard, if I’m being naive and simply can’t snap a good photo with this camera, if I’m overly biased, or hell, if I’m attempting a somewhat new venture that I should immediately cease.

By the way, I hope these photos give a little more insight into who I am, especially for those who only know me as the overly opinionated MoTown journalist. Perhaps using photography will be a more subtle approach into discovering the rest of my personality, or at least tidbits of my life.

My favorite sneakers. Rocking them today.

My favorite sneakers. Rocking them today.

I've collected shot glasses for years.

I've collected shot glasses for years.

Self-explanatory, I hope.

Self-explanatory, I hope.

Apparently I never removed one of the assembly stickers from my bookshelf. Oops.

Apparently I never removed one of the assembly stickers from my bookshelf. Oops.

This sign sits atop the living room fire place.

This sign sits atop the living room fire place.

A wooden apple that sits among my wine glasses.

A wooden apple that sits among my wine glasses.

My whole kitchen is apple themed.

My whole kitchen is apple themed.

Because I so often use my computer at work, my laptop collects dust.

Because I so often use my computer at work, my laptop collects dust.