Friday, December 31, 2010

Photo Friday - 'Best of 2010'

It's always difficult to look back on a year of photos and determine the "best" shot of 2010.

In what context?

Family memories? Flickr popularity? Published work? Personal satisfaction? Technical perfection?

Well, my final selection has to do with some of those items, but more specifically the act of being deliberate about photography. I very much remain an advocate of letting the photo opportunities coming to me as they will. Having said that, I am learning that there are times when a photographer needs to be able to make a photo upon request regardless of the situation (lighting, weather, etc.)

Obviously, I don't create or control the weather, but this is one of those times when I deliberately set out to get this shot and I came back with it:
Summer Solstice Storm (SOOC)

Honorable Mentions...

Monday, December 27, 2010

SPC - 'Shine' - #3

Shine #3

Harrison turned four years old this past week and we decided to do a "Super Mario Brothers" themed party.

Well, to our surprise, our local party supply stores and commercial bakeries did not have anything ready-made for our chosen theme.

We found plates, napkins and a balloons online, but we had to improvise for the cake and some of the other decorations.

This is one of the paper stars we made for the party. I found instructions here (we just had to add the eyes with a pen).

It's been a busy week for many reasons, but I thought I might get away with this simple SP for week 3 of the 'Shine' theme.

Here's the cake we made:
I designed the cake to appear like a 1-up mushroom from the Super Mario games and Christy came up with the idea to use some fondant icing.

We used the left over icing on the gingerbread cookies for party favors. Most of them had yellow icing instead of the blue one you see here.

Finally, here's a recent portrait of the birthday boy:

Thursday, December 02, 2010

SPC - 'Six Word Story' - #5

You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat
You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

A quick-and-dirty composite attempting to recreate this image from Jaws which is then quickly followed by the brilliantly delivered line -- "You're gonna need a bigger boat."