May 18th, photo of the day, Flowers

The Bellevue Botanical Gardens are beautiful this time of year.

In other news, today is my dad’s birthday.  Happy Birthday Daddy! :)

May 1st, photo of the day: Possibilities

Today is the first day of May. And so, I know the phrase I’m about to say is being repeated all over the country, all over the world, but I’m going to say it anyway.

“It’s MAY already?! Where is this year going?”

Okay, I got that off my chest. And..Happy May Day! *hands out flowers*

Today, was a great day. I’m going to tell you why. Today was great because I got a new lens! Yay! It makes me happy.

I’ve been researching and debating and comparing for several months, and I finally narrowed it down to the Nikon 50mm 1.8G. I chose this lens for multiple reasons, including bokeh capability, price, compatibility with my camera, and user reviews. After making that decision, I started calling/checking websites to see where I could get it. I was a little surprised when Amazon was out of stock, and then Fry’s, so I started looking at more local places (better to go local, anyway, right? Support local! No matter that the lens is manufactured in Thailand…) and I called one local place, who referred me to another local place.

When I called Cameras West, the employee I spoke with said they had a waiting list, and I could come in and put my name on the waiting list, but he didn’t know when I would actually be getting the lens.  Well, I was a little saddened by this, after all my research I thought I’d be able to just pick it up off the shelf!

So today I went into Cameras West, and the employee there was a different fellow than the one I spoke to on the phone. He said they had just gotten a shipment in, and lo and behold, there was a Nikon 50mm 1.8G just waiting for me.

This lens purchase made possible by the generosity of my sister, Amanda Ward. She’s a photographer too, in the Southern Oregon area.

Thank you Amanda! Your gift means so much to me.

I took my first photo 5 minutes later, while sitting in the car. :) Then I found a park.

It’s only a tree, but do you see the pretty leaf bokeh? *sigh*

A long walk to Bellevue

a floating feather

Sweet Shot Day

In blogging news, I’ve decided to participate in the 2012 WordCount Blogathon. This way, I can work on my actual blogging (read: the writing part) skills as well as my photography. Some days I just don’t know what to say, you know?  I’m hoping this will help. If you’d like to join too, head over to WordCount to register.

They’ve put together a list of suggestion post ideas, and if you post every day this month you’re entered to win some sweet prizes!

Strolling through the rainforest

Like I said in my last post, Isaac and I hiked along the Newport Hills Trail yesterday afternoon.

It’s so pretty in places like this, it reminds me of a rainforest with all the green, and all the fungus.

There's a fungus amungus!

There's a little bit of new fungus growing, hidden under some of the older stuff

 

I love moss

Little bridge

Leaf

 

 

 

I see the world in Black and White

Well, I tried to see in black and white today!

Isaac and I were back up in Bellevue today for the Humane Society training. There was an hour in between (which turned into two hours when the first session finished early, I digress…) our “animal handling” training (I put a leash on a chihuahua, exciting stuff)  and my “pet publicist” training.

So, we went looking for a place where I could possibly get a black and white shot in for the day! We found a trail system called Newport Hills, and Isaac wanted to see where it came out, so off we went! We got about 1.2 miles in (the sign told me so) when it came time for us to turn back or I’d miss my training.

Isaac on a bridge

 

Also, I think as this 30 day challenge comes to a close, instead of taking on two separate challenges (month-long challenge and 365 challenge) I’m going to combine the two and offer you, the reader, just one photo a day. Or more, if I have good ones to offer. I love taking photos, and it’s been super helpful to have a daily guide to get my creativity in motion, but I will start applying those photos to my 365 project.

That being said, since I started my blog/photo challenge/learning process in the middle of January, I’ve been a bit off on the monthly prompts. Tomorrow, is my last photo for this 30 day challenge, a ‘self-portrait,” and so once I’ve finished with that I won’t be starting a new one until March 1st. I’ll just be taking photos of whatever strikes my fancy.

Whew, I feel like I’m babbling.

 

From the ground up

Day 6 - Low Angle

After spending time at Lake Hills Green Belt Park in Bellevue today, Isaac and drove through downtown Bellevue to see what we could see.

There were a number of skyscrapers, but this is the only one that really caught my eye. It’s an apartment/shopping center building, from where I took this photo I could see a couple people working out in the top floor gym with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Meydenbauer Bay. Cool beans. Also way beyond our current price range.

Today’s challenge required a ‘low angle’ shot, so I jumped out of the car to get up close to this building.

I edited it to black and white because today was so grey anyway, I thought that it would improve the photo, and I think it did.