30-day Photo Challenge, Days 9 and 10

Day 9: Someone you love

Plain and simple: Meredith.

One of the PREPs, great friend, lovely knitter/crochet-er, first visitor to this little apartment, math nerd, gardener, reader. Love her.

Day 10: Childhood memory

My best friend, Kelly, and I were big letter writers when we were kids. We met in second grade at church, and we were pretty much inseparable from the time we met. Kelly lived about 20 minutes away from me, and because this was before cell phones, before emails, before IM, before Facebook, letters were the best way to stay in touch. We wrote to each other a few times a week (even though we saw each other every week at church).  I have kept a lot of the letters we exchanged over the years, dating as far back as 1994, I believe. I keep them (along with other important letters and notes over the years) in a storage box that I hauled out for this Day 10 photo:

We wrote about everything and nothing; we made clip art letterhead; we sent pictures and puffy paint art stuck to looseleaf paper. One of our favorite things to do was decorate the backs of envelopes, and we had a favorite note for the postman:

It makes me feel a little bit sad that my children will never get to do this with their best friends. Everything will be instant and electronic, which is certainly more convenient, but it is also a little impersonal. Maybe I’ll start writing more letters.

Here’s the rest of the Flickr photos on the challenge.

White Peach Photography’s Day 9 and Day 10 photos.

Coming up tomorrow: Something blue.

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30-day Photo Challenge, Day 8: Bad habit

Well, I’m definitely getting behind on my photos. As you can see, today is clearly June 9, and I only have my Day 8 photo to post. I will be catching up this weekend. My very good friend (and one of the PREPs) Meredith is visiting this weekend, and I’m taking the day off tomorrow to be a tourist in my own town, so I should have plenty of time to take some good photos. We’re checking out the 30 Americans exhibit at the NC Museum of Art, going to see Inception at the outdoor Museum Park, heading to Wrightsville for a day trip, and having brunch at Humble Pie on Sunday. Should be a good weekend!

Anyway, back to the photo. Day 8 is a bad habit, and you could maybe say this is two bad habits rolled into one: procrastination, and hitting the snooze button 3-4 times every morning.

Every morning, it’s a battle between my deeply intense desire to close my eyes and snuggle down for a few more minutes and the need to actually, you know, be a grown up and get to work on time.

Which wins? Let’s just say I have my morning routine honed to the minute, and if need be, I can be up and out the door, with a shower, in 20-25 minutes.

Here’s the Flickr group with the other 30-day challenge photos, and here’s White Peach Photography’s photos.

Coming tomorrow: Day 9 (Someone you love) and Day 10 (Childhood memory)

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30-day Photo Challenge, Day 7: Fruit

This is an amazing time for fruit.  I got blackberries and blueberries from my CSA last week, and the blackberries were delicious.  Unfortunately, my batch of blueberries were only so-so, but it was a little bit lucky because there were enough leftover for me to take my photo of the day.

Unfortunately, I realized a tiny bit too late that my photos are a little bit out of focus.  So while I like the composition, it’s just shy of awesome. Oh well. Lesson learned: don’t throw away your prop/subject till you double check your photos.

Another thing I’m slowly realizing…props really make the photo. For example, here’s the same basic shot but without the teapot (this is also not edited at all):

Boring, right? So much better with the teapot in the background.  See now, I’ve got two lessons learned in this one post.

Here are the rest of the photo challenge photos, and here’s White Peach Photography’s blueberry photo.

Coming up tomorrow: a bad habit.

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30-day Photo Challenge, Day 6: From a low angle

Here’s ‘from a low angle’ – my apartment building.

If anyone was looking out their window when I was taking my shots here, they probably would have thought I was a little bit strange. Wearing a skirt + low angles = some awkward positions so I don’t flash everyone around. TMI? Maybe, but just trying to keep it real and chronicle things I’m learning as I go along.

I’ve been having a lot of fun so far taking interesting pictures for this challenge, and working on the post-processing. Here’s my photo in color. I do kinda like it better in B&W.

Here’s the Flickr group.

Here’s White Peach Photography’s Day 6 photo.

Coming up tomorrow: Fruit.

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30-day Photo Challenge, Day 5: From a high angle

Today was a busy (for me) Sunday filled with brunch and baking.  My friend Whit and I tackled not one, but two recipes from the Baked Explorations book, and Shawn was our cheerleader.  It was a whirlwind of dishes, dish towels, pots and pans, and 10.5 sticks of butter.

The results were quite lovely (albeit a little fall-like), and here is my day 5 “from a high angle” photo:

And just for kicks, a few extras.

Burnt Sugar Bundt Cake – delicious. Love bundt cakes. The burnt sugar shards on top are pretty good. Page 141 of the book.

Caramel Apple Cake (page 138 of the book). Super moist. First three layer cake I’ve ever made, and definitely one of the fussiest cakes I’ve made…ever. But I had fun frosting it, so I’m thinking I’ll need to start making more layer cakes.

Here’s the Flickr group.

Here’s White Peach Photography’s Day 5 photo.

Coming up tomorrow: from a low angle.

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