Thursday, February 24, 2011

The C Word

Movies, TV, radio, and people around me need to stop talking about cancer for a while. Nothing can hinder me from life as much as that one little word right now.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Photo Post February 2010 Edition

About a year and a half ago I decided to post some photographs of mine. At the time I said I'd continue to do so, but I haven't. Part of the reason is I've let my photography skills fall by the wayside. I have 6 of my favorite photos framed on my wall and every day I look at them and wonder why I don't take pictures like that anymore. It's been a while since I've pulled my trusty Nikon SLR out (minus at the Rally to Restore Sanity so I could use the telephoto lens) and I miss it. Anyway, here are some of my favorites since my last post. There may be duplicates since I don't know what photos I posted last and I don't want to take the time to look.

This would be a lot better if the pathway led t something other than a brick wall. This was in Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia two years ago.

This might be my favorite of any picture I've ever taken. I'm sure there are flaws with the framing, lighting, exposure... but I don't see any of that. I see a mist over Arlington National Cemetery. One of my favorite places in the world.

I think this was sometime in high school. Still one of my all time favorites.

This is my friend's backyard in San Diego in... 2006? And to answer your question, yes, I did put the leaf there.

Still friend's house in San Diego. He had a really cool backyard.

This is from Rome last May. This particular photo was taken at some ruins called Ostia Antica about 45 minutes outside of Rome. Probably the only picture I took in Rome that isn't all touristy.

I took this one in November of 2009 in California. I don't know why I love it so much, but I do. It is square on purpose if you were wondering.

The Colombia River in Spokane sometime last year. The picture kind of sucks, but the view was breathtaking.

A bridge somewhere in Idaho on the way up to Spokane last year. I went up twice and I can't remember which time this was taken. My OCD wants to clean some of it. Specifically the beam on the right closest to the camera. Seriously, why aren't they both dirty? I could have handled them both being dirty...

I added this in there just because I thought it was so hilarious. I found this at Swiss Days in Midway this summer. This painting has it all - Obama standing defiantly on the Constitution/Declaration of Independence (I guess that's left up to interpretation), Jefferson in shock at his lack of respect for the document, Washington, some other founding father, Adams, Reagan, Lincoln, and Jackson desperately trying to get Obama's attention on the downtrodden every-man (of course, as far as policy goes, Adams, Reagan, and Jackson weren't exactly champions of the little man, so that's awesome), Kennedy kind of pointing to the document but still doesn't seem all that into it, Bush II pointing at the every-man but really on the side of big government, Clinton and FDR cheering Obama on (want to talk about big government spending? Generally you wouldn't talk about Clinton as much as Bush and Reagan), and all the other presidents clearly taking sides showing their true loyalties. I still laugh when I look at this.

Just a beautiful fall day behind the Capitol in October.

By far my favorite picture of the Capitol I've taken thus far (let's hope there are many more). You really do need to enlarge this one to see the goldish tint from the sun. I'll eventually photoshop the people and the crane out of this shot, but oh how I love it. Sunrise and Sunset at the Capitol are amazing.