Project 365 Update, Recent Photo Adventures And Another Contest

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For those of you that might have noticed, I’ve been a little lax in posting here for the last couple of weeks. That’s because we’ve been busy with work (a necessary, though mostly enjoyable, thing), a short vacation (always fun), and photography (more fun). I wanted to give you a quick update on things I’m working on (including a contest!), so read on!:

A couple of weeks ago we took a long weekend trip down to Ponte Vedra Beach Florida where we met some friends, ate lots of seafood, watched some golf, tried (and failed miserably :-) ) to body-surf, and took lots of photos. I’ve posted a few images from the trip on my Flickr Photostream  but I have some more that I am working on that I plan on posting.

Just this past weekend, Pam and I took a trip East of Atlanta with one of the photography groups we belong to, the Decatur Digital Meetup group. We started off in the small town of Crawfordville, GA then worked our way back towards Atlanta stopping in Greensboro, Buckhead, Rutledge, and Social Circle, taking photos along the way. It was a fun day and we got some good images that I’m working through. I’ll post some of those as well. Look for them later this week. In the meantime, here is one image I took while in Florida:

Sunrise Over Ponte Vedra

I woke up early on Friday to see if I could catch a good beach sunrise photograph. The sun was just coming up over the horizon as I got the camera setup on the beach. This image was taken about 1 minute after the “official” sunrise time.

Project 365 Update

I am still going strong with my project 365 for 2012. I haven’t missed a day yet and I’m past day 140.

I think I will stop posting every image I take for the project and instead let all of you view the images on my Flickr account in the Project 365 Set, or on my photo gallery page that’s linked to this site. If any of the images you see interest or inspire you enough to want to purchase them, you can order affordable priced prints from my photo gallery. Just click on the image you’re interested in and go from there. If you see something on Flickr that interests me, let me know and I’ll make sure you can purchase whatever you want.

Upcoming Posts

I’m hoping to get a couple of photography related reviews posted soon, including the Canon 15-85mm lens and Adobe Lightroom 4. I’m also beginning the process of looking at HDR software so look for something related to that in the next few weeks.

Another Contest

It’s been a while but I think it’s time to have another contest/giveaway :-) This time I think it will be related to building subscribers to the blog. I’m still noodling through the details but be assured that it will include some type of fantastic prize! Stay tuned for more information.

That’s about it for now. Thanks for the support and I’d love to hear from any of you about anything photography related.

 

Sunset Over Puget Sound

Here is a picture of a sunset over Puget Sound from our 2001 trip to Seattle and Olympic National Park. This is yet another image that I “found” while going through my old digital files on the computer. I took this photo around 9:40 PM on September 2nd, 2001. This was the 1st night we were in Seattle to start a week’s long vacation in the area.

I believe I took this from a dock North of downtown after we had a delicious dinner. The colors were fantastic and the clouds made it even better. I took this with the little Olympus c-3000 zoom, a 3.1 megapixel camera with some pretty good specs for its day.

I posted this picture on Google+ (you can follow me there if you want) and got a request to make the photo available as a download to be used for computer desktop wallpaper. Well, I’ve gone beyond that, and have made the image, along with many others that I’ll post here, available for purchase OR download. How’s that for customer service? :-)

All you need to do is click on the buttons at the bottom of the photos to either “Buy Print (in various sizes depending on the image)”, “Buy Card (greeting or postcards)”, “Download (for wallpaper or other use)”, “Share (to let others know about the photo)” or “eCard (to send an ecard with the image on it)”. The prints, downloads and cards are priced very fairly and the eCard and Share options are free.

Sunset Over Puget Sound

Sunset Over Puget Sound, September 2001

 

 

Vacation Photographs: Seattle, Labor Day 2001

I think it’s neat how you can look at old vacation photographs and vividly remember everything about the trip. It s a rainy and wet Labor Day 2011 here in Georgia. Tropical Storm Lee is finally bringing us some much needed rain. That got me thinking about our vacation to Seattle back in 2001. It was a little rainy and wet that weekend as well. We arrived there over the Labor Day weekend and it was our 1st time in the area. We spent a couple of days in the city then drove out to the Olympic Peninsula for a few days then came back to Seattle to watch a Mariners game and then fly back to Chicago.  We spent the first day wandering around the city, particularly Pike Place Market. We got there early, right after they opened in fact. There were lots of photo opportunities to be had. So many colors, sights and sounds. I had my little Olympus 3 megapixel camera with me and took a lot of pictures, some which actually came out pretty good.

Here is a picture from Monday, September 3rd 2001 (Labor Day). I took it in the market at one of the many flower stands:

Seattle Pike Place Market Flowers

Flowers at Pike Place Market in Seattle, September 2001

 

 

This was one of the better photos I took that day. This bouquet was right in the front of a small flower stand. The proprietor had just set the flowers out and they were so colorful that my eye was immediately drawn to them. I think the quality is pretty good. I had the camera on “program” mode (hover over the image to see the EXIF information). I still enjoy looking at it because it brings back memories of that misty day in Seattle.

What were you doing 10 years ago today and did you take any pictures? Let us know about it in the comments.