{still + life} 365 :: sept. 26 - oct. 2

 floral :: Canon 5D MII, 35mm

floral :: Canon 5D MII, 35mm

 horizon :: Fuji X-E2, 27mm

horizon :: Fuji X-E2, 27mm

 footpath :: Canon 5D MII, 35mm

footpath :: Canon 5D MII, 35mm

 dressing :: Canon 5D MII, 35mm

dressing :: Canon 5D MII, 35mm

 window dressing :: Fuji X-E2, 27mm

window dressing :: Fuji X-E2, 27mm

 old school :: Fuji X-E2, 27mm

old school :: Fuji X-E2, 27mm

 voyage :: Fuji X-E2, 27mm

voyage :: Fuji X-E2, 27mm

On Fridays I'll be featuring the daily photos I take throughout the week. To see the photos I've taken throughout the year, you can check out my Flickr feed. I've also added camera and lens info below each photo.

If you're interested in even more eye candy, I (mostly regularly) take part in a blog with other phenomenal photographers, far more talented than I, who are shooting with the Fuji X system. We call ourselves the Fuji X Crew. Those posts are published on Fridays and can be found here.

My father in law is feeling better. He's out of ICU, and we have hopes that he'll head home soon. But you know how these things are. It's a long slog. Neel's been there since Tuesday, and yesterday Cal made his first solo flight to go and spend some time with his granddad. As hard as it is to be here and so far away, it felt so good and right to send them down there. Absolutely the right and best thing to do. I look forward to the week after Christmas when we'll all be together again.

I can't thank you all enough for the texts and calls and emails of support you've sent our way. I could feel your kind and hopeful thoughts lifting us up. The world really is a small place after all, isn't it?

friday photos, august challenge recap

Look, it's Friday, and I'm here. Who would have guessed? After a summer of not feeling well (did I have that sinus infection all summer, do you think?), and sporadic blog posts, it feels like it's time to take things in hand a bit. I've had some thoughts about September and moving forward with this space, and I figured I'd better share them before the first week is out.

But first a quick lookback. I believe I've mentioned a couple of times that I tagged along with a great group of photographers who were needing to push themselves out of their comfort zone for the month of August. The creator of the group decided to push herself to not photograph flowers or her kids, and since what I was really craving was some structure of any sort, I jumped right in. The pictures you see here, are the result of August's work. If you'd like to see them full sized, you can check out my Flickr Album.

As the month was drawing to a close, we all wanted to keep the group intact despite deciding to go in different directions with our personal challenges. Some of us are working on technical aspects (like manual focus) and others are just working on shooting with intention (like looking for great light). For September, I'm getting my butt in gear for some personal projects that have been gathering dust in my mind for awhile.

I'd also decided to use this August project as a reboot of my 365 project. I'd started another one for 2014, but it's been a haphazard endeavor at best. Time to pay attention.

And what does this mean for the blog? Well, I really do mean to reduce my posting schedule. But there are so many stories left untold from this summer, and September seems a nice time to catch up with that. And I'm interested in keeping myself honest and accountable with this photo thing, so I think I'll save Fridays for a weekly recap of the 365. Starting next week. Fingers crossed it keeps me from getting too far behind.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my kidless, flowerless August. I might have walked the thin edge of the wedge, just a little tiny bit, in one or two of those shots, but what are rules unless they're made to be skirted a little.

Finally, I want to say thank you all so much for your sweet support of Cal yesterday. He had a great day! His speech went great! We were so proud and his adviser was pleased. It was wonderful to see all the support he had from his friends and teachers, just a really, really great day. I think, if I do say so, that he set the bar high for the speeches for the rest of the year.

Have the best of weekends, dears. Someone I know is turning FIFTEEN on Sunday.