Sarah and I were privileged to be the official
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Sarah and I were privileged to be the official
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Part of my work at the Broome County Public Library is in the youth services department, specifically with the teens. I haven't had much luck getting them interested in coming out to any programs, so I thought I'd try something that didn't require a lot of resources and that I could do fairly simply.
Do you know the Japanese legend that says that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, you get a wish? My thought was that if the youth of the community worked together to fold 1,000 cranes, it would be a symbol of hope for our community, as are many communities in our country.
So I put it out there. I sent emails to a few of my professional contacts that work with youth, did a press release, and put up flyers in the library. I wasn't sure what to expect, since the response to the other programs had been so...lackluster.
The high school librarian from Chenango Forks asked me to come and fold cranes with her library club, so I did that, and we had 14 cranes. A week later, she emailed me to see if she could drop off the 100 cranes her kids had made during the week! One of the TV news stations came to do a piece on it (thankfully, the interviewer was very kind to me and made me sound halfway intelligent), and the newspaper sent a photographer. Then the high school librarian from Vestal asked if she could do it with her students, too, and this past Monday, she brought me two boxes overflowing with cranes!
I've had people from about 3 years old up to middle-aged adults helping me fold cranes at the library. They've been from all races and walks of life. I've been able to talk to people about all kinds of things, from school subjects to what they wish for the community. Staff members have been folding cranes, too, a few each day. I've heard so many comments, from library staff and from patrons, about how great the cranes look and the color that they add to the library. I haven't felt this much positive energy about anything since I started working at the library.
We are now up over 630 cranes. I am sure that we will reach 1,000 cranes, and I'm hopeful that we can get there before Christmas.
I am blown away.
photo cropped using Picnik
Eric asked his mom to send him some of the Legos that he and his brother played with when they were kids. They had all kinds of sets, from pirates to astronauts to knights in shining [plastic] armor. I can only imagine what sorts of adventures these guys have been on...
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I played around with my camera after leading a focus group on communications in the new United Methodist conference forming in New York State. I find it kind of funny that the only thing in sharp focus is the line I wrote down—“please make a decision”.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I’ve been looking through the photography books I bought the other night. I really like those by Tom Ang. In one, he introduces different lighting techniques by giving examples. The photo he had of leaves being lit by a beam of sunlight piqued my curiosity, so I attempted the technique by placing a houseplant near a window and playing around with the blinds. It was a bit more challenging than I expected.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
When I went to get in my car this morning to go to work, there were scads of these pigeons on the electric wire across the street, so I pulled out my camera. There's just something about birds on a wire that catches my eye--I think it might have to do with an album cover I saw one time, but I'm not sure.
cropped using Picnik
I have five pairs of Mary Janes. That's about half of the shoes I own. I would get more if it seemed reasonable.
I got this effect in the picture by zooming during a long exposure. This is fun to play around with--I think this is the best it's turned out for me yet!
cropped slightly using Picnik
Friday, November 20, 2009
I brought home a book from the library with work by photographer David Hockney. His technique was to take multiple shots of a scene and piece them together into a collage that would show the whole scene. I thought I'd give it a try.
As you can see, my technique leaves a lot to be desired.
collage created using Picnik
Eric and I went to camp to see if we could catch any of the Leonid meteor shower. The sky was clear when we first arrived, but the clouds soon started rolling in. I took some long-exposure shots, and it seems like maybe the camera caught what our eyes couldn't see...?
For a photo class that a few of us took, one of the topics was to take a picture of a favorite thing. This ring isn't necessarily my favorite, but the man who wears it is.
We weren't supposed to use any sort of post-processing, so I took the chance to figure out how to make my camera shoot in monochrome.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
I haven’t completed my photograph scavenger hunt yet, so I worked on the “interior” shot this evening. This was my grandparents’ mantle clock. Thought the interior of the clock would make an interesting subject. Only one item left on my list…
Sunday, November 15, 2009
This is a piece of the trim that tore off my favorite blanket. I'm not sure why it's my favorite blanket, really. It's the only blanket that I kept when I moved out of my parents' house. It's an ugly blanket - flowered and aquamarine with hints of lavender - and it's not even the right size for our bed. I think I like it because it's heavy and warm, and it reminds me of home.
exposure increased and Polaroid effect added using Picnik
I had a brief, but disastrous affair with the Red Trail at Salt Springs State Park this afternoon (slid a few feet on my shoulder.) Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see the falls, much less photograph them. Fortunately, the doctor at the walk-in thinks my sprained and/or partially separated shoulder should heal in a few days. I guess I’ll become more proficient with my tripod this week…
Holga-ish effect done using Picnik.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I took some more photos of the sunset this evening, but decided I wanted to capture something else for today’s official photo. I received this cast iron star for Christmas a few years ago from family in Idaho. It fits right in with the western décor of my bathroom.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Lest we forget...
My grandfather, William Penlington Williams, was born 1 July 1897 in Gaerwen, Wales. He served in the British Royal Army during the Great War. Other than a short convalescence in England (gunshot wound), he spent almost the entirety of the war serving on the front lines in France. He firmly believed that lasting peace would only come through education.
I decided to honor this Remembrance Day by visiting his grave in Vestal, New York, USA. The portrait in the photo is of my grandfather in his uniform in 1915.
Edited in Picasa.
I’m taking a photography class through the Roberson Photo Club and our sole assignment is to complete a photo scavenger hunt. One of the items on the list is “three”. I decided to break out my menorah and recreate the second night of Chanukah. I was expecting just a single reflection in the window, but the double-paned glass provided a different result.
Monday, November 9, 2009
I intended to take a photo of the new Chinese restaurant that opened in Windsor today. Unfortunately, I didn’t like any of the ones I took, but I did like this one of the Presbyterian Church across the street on the Village Green.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
On Interstate 88, on our way home from Cooperstown.
Every once in a while, I get inspired by all of the things we're driving by. It's handy to have a husband who likes to drive 'cause it lets me take as many pictures as I want and the angle keeps changing and I don't have to stop the car.
We went to the farmers' market in Cooperstown, and as we walked back to where we parked our car, I noticed this door in the alley. I enjoy the color of the building, and I don't know how well you can see the color of the berries, but I really liked how the colors went together.
We went to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and there was a room dedicated to baseball-inspired art. As I walked around this statue of a baseball player, I noticed how his face seemed to frame the Warhol painting on the wall opposite. I just like the way that they fit together.
Friday, November 6, 2009
I’m in Saratoga Springs, New York today and tomorrow for a meeting. I ended up getting a hotel room all to myself. I decided to work on a self-portrait (one of the items on the photo scavenger hunt for the class I’m taking.) Not sure if this will be the final submission, but I had fun taking it.