Saturday, March 05, 2011

Click on Over to Capture Your 365

If you're subscribed here, I don't want you to miss out on any of the exciting things going on over at CaptureYour365!

My dear friend Myra has a wonderful post today, "Why I Started 365."

You can get a chance to win a pass to True Scrap.

And there are even more contests and a freebie by Anna Aspnes and Kellie Mize in the Community Forum!

Anyone who registers in the forums through tomorrow evening is getting the special member title "Founding Member."

I hope to see you over there!

Friday, March 04, 2011

When A Boy Outgrows His Space

Little boys grow up.

Camera skills improve.

Things change.

It is time for About A Boy to grow up. Today I say goodbye to the blog I started for a little boy on July 17th, 2006.

Perhaps you will join me in my new endeavor? Click on over to CaptureYour365. Now it's about YOU.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Have You Heard About True Scrap?

Want to join in a unique virtual experience? Take a look at this amazing line up! I'm honored to be among such talent. I'll be focusing on capturing action in your photos!

Click through for more details!

March 365 Photo Idea List

How is your 365 Project going? Ready for a little list of inspiration for March? Click on the photo below to get 31 ideas for photos in the lucky month of March! Thanks to all of you who helped put this month's list together!
There are many ways to use the inspiration list.
  1. Everyday, search for one item on the list.
  2. At the end of the month, search your photos and match to the words.
  3. Take a literal approach, finding or spelling the words with objects.
  4. Pick and choose a few that move you, filling in around the rest of your photos.
There are no right or wrong ways to complete your 365. Enjoy shooting!

How will you use this list? I'd love to hear what you're doing with it!

Happy March!

Monday, February 28, 2011

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge | Anything But A Face!

Ian in the garden. Being a boy.

Stop by Iheartfaces to see more photos for this week's challenge!

February 2011 Rejects

February was a great month for rejects!
This month I found

  • out of focus toes
  • an unfocused dog edging out of the frame
  • a little boy a little too close to the lens
  • a fast moving bird
  • out of focus pirates with a pain in the neck
  • and  a shutter gone wild
What did you find in your reject pile?

Strange. He has the same shirt on in all the rejects. What can THAT mean?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Picture Is Worth More Than 1000 Words

There are so many details in this photo. So many tidbits of our life at this moment. Most compelling, though, is how this photo connects me to my own childhood. There are so many details I'm reminded of. Details I've not thought of in a very long time.

I'm reminded of my childhood fireplace. Rocks, each of a different shape and size. Some with nooks and crannies we drove cars through and played house with.

I'm reminded of the bookshelves on each side of our fireplace. Glass doors with hidden treasures behind. Old National Geographic magazines. The set of Encyclopedias with red binding. The Facts in Five Game. I loved that game.

I'm reminded of the trinkets along the mantle. The pigeon clock we used each weekend. The clay sculpture given to my mom by Bruce and Flo.

I'm reminded of Christmases with stockings hung. Reminded of the year the fire singed all of the oranges at the toes of the socks.

I'm reminded of lining up for Halloween photos. And special occasions.

I'm reminded of the green carpet in the living room.

I'm reminded of the maple coffee table. The one where we did our homework. The one we danced on. The one we played under. The one mom stacked laundry on as she folded it.

I'm reminded of the oil paintings created by grandmother.

I'm reminded of the white and gold vinyl couch that left imprints on your cheeks when you fell asleep.

I'm reminded of laughter and tears and moments of my childhood.

I'm reminded of my life.

I'm reminded there is so much more to a photo than what first appears.

Friday, February 18, 2011

How I Started My 365 Project, 1,093 Days Ago

Today is day 1,093 of my 365 project. Almost three years.

Perhaps you've started. Perhaps you've stopped. Maybe you've thought about it, but are afraid of the commitment. Every day for an entire year can be daunting.

How did I start?

I did not begin with 365 in mind. In 2008, a group of friends said, let's try doing a photo a day for 30 days. Seemed fun. 3o days, no problem. And so it began. 30 days of taking photos and sharing them with each other. We were excited and supportive and in love with photography.

Day 30 arrived and several of us couldn't stop. We just kept going. 30 days had created a habit we were now addicted to. Seeing the details. Trying things in ways we hadn't before. Documenting our lives in a daily photographic journal.

30 days, 7 days, 42 days, or 365 days, whatever you commitment. You become present. Present to the details in the world around you. Present to the craft and the art of photography.

365 is a blueprint of my life with highs and lows. Moments of clarity followed by moments of uncertainty. Happiness and sadness. Focus on the big picture and moments of minutia. I see it in my photos and I've felt it in the process of creating them.

It starts with one day. One photo. And you take it from there. We all begin with 1.

What's your number?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Categories of Goodness All Around

Happy Valentine's Day

Good things all around today!

In the General Goodness category, I captured this photo over the weekend. In the parking lot of Home Depot. The light is getting better. LOVE when we begin to move closer to the colors and light of Spring.

In the anxiously been waiting to tell you category, you can now take The Very Basics with me, on demand, self paced! You'll find it in the beautiful new classroom at Get It Scrapped. 6 Lessons, three videos and a forum and gallery for you to interact with me! You get me at your own pace, when you need to ask questions! I'll be in the forum for questions and in the gallery for photo feedback. Class walks you through seeing light, understanding aperture and shutter speed, and basic features of your camera. It is a great way to prep for Your Life: Captured Through The Lens.

In life is filled with surprises category, I got a little mention in IHeartFace's Photo Challenge | Hearts! Made my day. Amazing talent over there. It also means i can now proudly display this fun little icon!

In the I'm honored you love them category, my ebook and tutorials are 30% off at DesignerDigitals through tomorrow.

Am I the only silly one with categories of goodness? Must admit, I categorize most things in my life!

Enjoy your day. May you find love through your lens today. 


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