Yesterday I lugged my cameras to the city and visited the cherry blossoms at the tidal basin before going into the office. It was cloudy (and had just rained) but they were still looking very photogenic.


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new equipment

For Christmas this year, Brendan got me a Diana F+ lens and adapter for my Nikon. It’s a little bit tricky, but I’m trying to get the hang of it. I apparently tend to over-expose, so it’ll take a bit more work. Still, it’s nice to have something soft and different than usual.

summer’s end

summer: plums at the market

Recently I’ve joined up with our friend Keith and some other folks and started taking more photos. We give ourselves an assignment every two weeks. This time around it was my turn to come up with the theme/assignment and I chose “summer”. Of course, I should have picked “natural disaster” or something… In an effort to break out of my box/shell a little bit, I even took the camera along with me to the market today.


summer: peach crates at the market

Turned out to be OK. I’m always a bit hesitant shooting in a public spot. I tend to just take a snap or two and quickly put the camera away. In this case, it meant that my white balance was still set on “cloudy” which though it was actually cloudy, ended up over-exposing things slightly. I need to just forget about what other people think I’m doing and take my time. Neither photo ended up “bad” and I did pull down the exposure a little in some post-processing, but it’s still noticeable. Next time I am out and about, I’m going to focus on what I’m doing and not worry about being noticed.

cottage 2011 part one

While some people got to stay, others had to come home yesterday. But trip one to the cottage this year was good. Lots of Aunts and Uncles and cousins and overflow cottages. A trip to Niagara Falls, a retirement party, food, fireworks, sunsets and a plane ride home.

Lately, I tend to take photos with my phone on these trips, just to try and capture something different.

realize we’re behind

There are a lot of photos that haven’t been uploaded lately. January. February. 

So here are some taken with my phone the past few months:

pre-Super Bowl

at the playground

Johnny’s “mad-face”

an outfit of choice by Bridget.

(I’ve been busy(ish) over at, but mostly we’ve been doing boring, normal family-type stuff.) 

happy discovery

Thanks to an email from my uncle with a photo of my grandparents on their wedding day, I realized that my favorite shots I scanned way back in 2008 were also from that day. Still, there’s a little discrepancy as to who it is with my grandmother. Is it her best friend, as I had written down, or was it her younger sister as my uncle said? I’m inclined to think it’s her sister.

I think it’s time to buckle down and get myself to the archives again.

merry & bright


Kids (and adults) had a good Christmas.

Johnny’s favorite present by far was a bag of Animal Crackers in his stocking from Santa. He carried them (and some Hotwheels) around all morning. (He’s got a bit of a cold; sorry about the boogers.)

Bridget’s Snuggie from Santa was a huge hit as well. She’s been wanting one hardcore for a while now. 

Happy Holidays!

(Hope we get enough snow tomorrow that it’s fun, but not too much that it’s a headache.)


Brendan joined the party on January 2, 2004. He's cool now.

Jessica has never been cool. She is OK with that.

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