My sister and I went home to visit our family this weekend. I say the same thing every time, but it was so lovely to be out in the country and to have time to visit and relax. Elaine and I were feeling very thankful for each other… both so happy that we have a mutual love for photography and for wandering off the beaten path. The highlights of the weekend were the northern lights and star photography, trudging through the snow in the Cypress River valley and eating soup, sandwiches and pie in the community hall.
In an effort to use my SLR camera on a regular basis, and get used to my new lens, I’ve started a new photography project called 50 days. My goal is to improve my photography skills, and get into a creative head space again. I’ve noticed over the last couple of years that while my technical skills are improving, my conceptual photos are getting few and far between. So my hope is that I’ll see some improvement over the next while.
I just purchased a 18-35mm f/1:8 Sigma lens to complement my 50mm f/1:8 Nikkor lens. I was looking for something fast and sharp with a wide aperture, and although I had originally planned on getting another prime, this lens seems to check off everything on my list of wants. I’m excited to try it out over the next few months, and to learn how to shoot well with this particular lens. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of the first photos that I’ve taken with it. I must say, I had a little photographer moment when I saw that bokeh!
In December 2012, while in the midst of my 365two project, I thumbnailed a product idea in my sketchbook. It was somewhat inspired by Dan A’Vard’s SPICES affirmations (see Week 7 of my 365two project), but evolved from there. Essentially I wanted to offer a series of personalized prints where individuals or families could list the traits that define them, their new baby, a good friend, etc. I saw it as a chance for people to take some time to reflect through ‘I am…’, ‘We are…’ or ‘You are…’ statements.