Portraits and New Year’s Resolution

Hello All!

I hope you had a fabulous holiday season – I certainly did! And now it’s time to get back to the picture-taking (or, as I like to call it, feeding the beast).

Also, it’s time for a New Year’s Resolution, and here’s mine: to post on this blog every Sunday evening (an most likely more in the warmer months). Because truly the only way to get better is to practice. And if I don’t keep my resolution and give you new material to feast your eyes on, I give you full permission to heckle me!

So! Getting back into the groove. I attended a Meetup group where we practiced portrait work on each other – and here are the ones I like best. This took place over the weekend at the NC Museum of Art.

Later this week I’ll be in Atlanta, so expect some city shots!

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Statesville Hot Air Balloon Festival

Last weekend I drove out to the middle of NC and watched a bunch of hot-air balloons take off. It was amazing how quickly the teams could fill up and fly!

… it’s also amazing how many calories one person can consume in a festival, while they’re at it (ahem).

 

 

Warm Pools of Light

Went to the NCMA on Friday – they’re open that evening, with a band and a small area to enjoy some drinks. Ah, if only we could peruse the art while sipping… but that would be a bad idea. Anyway, I had brought along my camera because I had realized the lighting would be different after dark. And different it was – without the daylight filtering through the translucent skylights, the artwork took on a decidedly warmer tone. I noticed it especially with the marble statuary. Each piece had its own light shining down on it, creating a pool of warmth.

 

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A Fantastic Time!

October 31, 2011

I hadn’t taken a vacation for a long while, and last weekend was wonderful! Now and again it’s important to get away, just to realize there’s more to life than just work, and more to the world than just home and the office. A group of us went to Brevard, NC and took pics of some of the local waterfalls. On the way there some of us stopped at Biltmore (it was raining, so no pics–sorry!) and enjoyed the house for a little bit.

The waterfalls themselves where quite a climb. Our poor organizer, Rob, probably isn’t going to hear the end of it for quite a while; he’d promised that there were just a few hills, or that some of the waterfalls were only about 20 minutes away. Well, maybe for someone who was *fit*, but for the rest of us shlubs, it was a climb!

And “a little hill” usually doesn’t need ropes for people to hold on to, for crying out loud….

But! Despite being forced to (shudder) exercise, the weekend was quite nice! It only rained Friday, and the rest of the time was gorgeous. Saturday night some of the photographers decided to try astro-photography, and I tagged along to do some stargazing. And that beautiful experience reminded me of the importance of living now and then.

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