Thursday, December 31, 2009


A collection of my dad's old 35mm SLR cameras and lenses.


This is one of the many wedding figurine ornaments we got either from the Wedding or Christmas.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

365:360 - Natalie

At the beginning of this year, I took a picture of our cat Amelie, who was dealing with a chronic health condition. At the end of January, sadly, she had to be put to sleep, which was rough on both Eric and me.

Recently, though, we had begun to discuss the possibility of getting another cat. My sister overheard one of these conversations and, being an expert on cute, furry animals, she took her husband to the pound to help her find one for us. They surprised us with this cute little lady on Christmas.

We named her Natalie. It's nice to have a cat around the house again, especially one that's so cuddly.

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365:359 - Game on Christmas

Eric and I received the game Settlers of Catan for Christmas, and he was very eager to play it with other members of his family. (The looks on their faces are not looks of sadness or anger, but rather they're looks of concentration.)

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365:358 - Bird on Sign

Sometimes I see things I'd like to photograph while I'm driving, and often it's very frustrating. This time, though, I was fortunate to be stopped at what I knew to be a very long red light.

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365:357 - Suspicious Anne

Anne doesn't look as if she's buying the story that her daddy is telling.

365:356 - Reading Over His Shoulder

When Eric and I started dating, he wasn't a reader. Falling in love with a librarian has a way of changing things like that...

365:355 - Soaring

There are just some days--some moments--that make me feel like I am the luckiest person in the world.

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365:354 - Pole 14

We went to Target, thinking we'd run in quickly and buy a gift card as a Christmas gift. What we didn't count on was that the Christmas-themed gift cards would be so difficult to find...and that we'd leave our headlights on, causing the car battery to die. We ended up spending quite a bit of extra time at Pole 14 in the Target parking lot, waiting for someone to give us a jumpstart.

Oh, the holidays.

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060.365 (Bird Feeders)

Took this photo about twenty minutes after I received my first order of 600 film from PolaPremium. I was excited to discover that the camera actually worked. Now, to get a feel for the brightness control...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


(Tuesday, December 29, 2009) My new lens (Canon 50mm f/1.8 II EF) arrived today. Tried using it outside, but the windy conditions and bitter temperature sent me back inside. Set up my tripod and opened the aperture all the way (f/22) to try to capture the wind.


The front window in our apartment this morning. Had to darken it up to make the picture more presentable.

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It is really hard to get pictures of Chubbs still, so I had to take the opportunity of Stacey holding him.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

058.365 (Moose)

(Monday, December 28, 2009) A few years ago I mentioned I thought moose were cool animals. My family took this as meaning I collect moose. I received this moose ornament for Christmas (along with a moose stuffed animal and a moose head magnet.) I love my family.

057.365 (Polaroids Galore)

(Sunday, December 27, 2009) My friend, Jessica, has inspired me to explore Polaroid photography. I picked these up in Binghamton this afternoon. Left to right: Model 900, Spectra, and Square Shooter 2. Film is still available for the Spectra. Can’t wait to try it out!

056.365 (Boxing Day)

(Saturday, December 26, 2009) In honor of Boxing Day, I took this photo of the Canadian Pacific locomotive that I received for Christmas—complete with the box it came in.

055.365 (Christmas)

(Friday, December 25, 2009)This was one of the ornaments my mom received for Christmas. Thought it was rather apropos for the day.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


Isn't this a beautiful Spring err I mean Winter twilight sky? Pretty swell for Dec. 27.

365:353 - Peace

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365:352 - Shed

Believe it or not, this little shed used to be a treehouse. My dad, never doing anything halfway, built this sturdy treehouse for my sister and me when we were in elementary school. It was complete with real windows, doors, and bunkbeds. We spent many summer days playing in the treehouse, and we slept in it with our friends on lots of occasions, as well. I remember jumping from the treehouse porch into giant drifts of snow, and I remember a friend who got nervous about being up so high, so her mom had to rescue her when she was ready to come down.

While Christie and I were in college (I think), one of the four trees that helped to support the treehouse died, meaning that it needed to come down. My clever father engineered the situation so that he could lower the building to the ground without taking it apart. Now in addition to holding a bunch of memories, the little shed holds the lawnmower and other yard tools.

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365:351 - My Feet (From Above)

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Saturday, December 26, 2009


Another one of Boots, she is the more photogenic of our two cats. This time she is hiding out in a bath & body works bag.


Old ornament of mine on my parents Christmas Tree. (Taken Dec. 25th, 2009)

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Santa is indeed coming to town...Stacey's & Mine Christmas gifts to each other.


It is the beer joint of my dreams...(From December 23rd, 2009)


(Thursday, December 24, 2009) Finally got my winter feeders up. Didn’t take the chickadees and blue jays long to start visiting them!

053.365 (Matthew)

(Wednesday, December 23, 2009) My friends’ son, Matthew, playing the piano they recently acquired.

053.365alt (Rachael)

(Wednesday, December 23, 2009) Here’s an alternate submission for today’s photo. Upon seeing this photo of herself, Rachael stated (as on a five year old can), “that picture needs to be in a museum.”

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


A couple of my Christmas napkins...


(Tuesday, 22 December 2009) I finally put up a Christmas tree this afternoon. It stands a little over twelve feet tall. Charlie Brown would be proud of it.


(Monday, 21 December 2009) I took some photos earlier in the day, but alas they were all of presents, so didn’t want to post those… When 11 o’clock rolled around, I went looking for an object to photograph. This jingle bell wreath was the lucky winner.

Monday, December 21, 2009


This is the steeple of my dad's church, Choconut Center UMC in Binghamton, taken across a beautiful morning sky.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


(Sunday, 20 December 2009) Went for a walk down to the lake this afternoon. The wind made it especially cold, but I managed to get in a few good shots. Here’s one of the guard boat on shore for the winter.


(Saturday, 19 December 2009) My friends’ son, Liam, is a budding two-year-old photographer. He and I had a blast playing around with my camera tonight at a Christmas party.


My wife loves goofy and collects goofy's. This is the christmas tree goofy I picked up for her at the Disney Store in Manhattan.

365:350 - Night Snow

My camera and I have not been getting along recently.

365:349 - Lights on Bevier Street

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365:348 - Plug

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Saturday, December 19, 2009


(Friday, 18 December 2009) A few days ago I noticed the Security Mutual building in Downtown Binghamton was decked out in green. Decided today was a good day to get a capture of it. As I was composing this exposure, a guy walking past asked me, “You doing this for your job?” I answered, “No, just for fun.” He replied, “You stand outside in the cold for fun!?!”


(Thursday, 17 December 2009) Went to Manhattan for the day. Went for a walk in Riverside Park and spotted this tree. Thought it was really funny that I went to the city and photographed a tree. (Considering I live in the middle of the woods.)


(Wednesday, 16 December 2009) I grew some sunflowers this summer, then left them for the birds to enjoy.


(Tuesday, 15 December 2009) A few years ago, I received a number of teapots for Christmas. I like the detail on this aluminum one.


(Monday, 14 December 2009) One learns many life skills at camp. A couple years I learned how to knit. I mostly knit potholders. Here’s a pile of said potholders ready to be wrapped for the lunch bunch Christmas party. I used “Eco-cotton” yarn for a few of them (Red Heart uses 75% pre-consumer cotton scraps to make this yarn.)


(Sunday, 13 December 2009) It was a dreary day—rain turned to sleet turned to snow. As I was processing some photos I was inspired by the droplets of precipitation forming on the window. I consider this an ode to Sarah, who loves water droplets.


This is Boots, she loves the bath rug next to the shower.

Friday, December 18, 2009

365:347 - Headlights and Water Drops

On the way home from my sister's house we got stopped on Interstate 81. There was a pretty bad accident involving at least five trailer trucks, so we sat still on the highway for about three hours. We got antsy and impatient and fidgety, but we were very grateful that we were safe.

You know how I love water droplets. I took the opportunity to shoot lots of them (and other things) while we were sitting still.

365:346 - Chesapeake City Bridge

While we were in Baltimore, we traveled to meet Eric's mom and his brother Doug and Doug's fiancee Catherine for dinner and a visit. After dinner, we drove to Chesapeake City, which is this petite, picturesque town with a bunch of quaint little shops. To get to the town, we had to cross over this enormously high bridge, which I enjoyed (although it seemed to make Doug very nervous).

365:345 - Hubcap Christmas Tree

Eric and I went with my parents to visit my sister and her husband in Baltimore for the weekend. On Friday evening, they took us to a certain block on 34th Street that decks itself all out for Christmas. There were a lot of very interesting displays, and this Christmas tree made of hubcaps was one of the coolest.

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365:344 - Cozy Husband

You know it's cold when Eric's completely covered in the bed.

365:343 - Picasso Detail

We have a small print of a Picasso painting hung on our bedroom wall. I'm not sure of the exact title of the work (I've seen "La Ronde" and "The Dance of Youth"), but it shows red and yellow and white and black people holding hands and dancing in a circle, and in the center of the circle is a dove with an olive branch. I can see the print from where I lie in bed, and when I take the time to notice it, it gives me a sense of hope.

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