It’s weird how most weekends I’m THRILLED to get to stay in all day and watch movies or mess around online, but now that I don’t have a choice but to stay in and wait out the storm, being inside is driving me nuts! When the rain let up for a bit this afternoon I went for a walk around the ‘hood. I haven’t used my dSLR since the trip to Maine so it was good to dust it off again.
For the last few days I’ve really been missing the whole buzz of working in a newsroom and being able to sort of channel my energy around events like this into something productive. I’ve had all sorts of radars, streams, feeds, etc. running on my laptop non-stop, mostly because I’m a bit of a weather nerd (have I mentioned my love of snow and storms before?), but also because I miss the thrill of reporting that news. Ah the good ole days of being at The Cornell Daily Sun. But then I remember that most days in a newsroom are pretty standard and events like this are more the exception than the rule. Maybe when I retire I’ll become a freelance photojournalist.
In the meantime, here are some of my shots from roaming around Park Slope this afternoon:
One of my goals for this year is to sell something on Etsy. I put a few items in my shop a month or so ago and kind of left it to see what would happen. Of course, nothing did!
Turns out there’s a whole world of tips and tricks and apps for Etsy Sellers – makes sense considering that’s true for every marketplace. So now my mission is to figure it out! I’ve been asking a lot of my coworkers (who are also Etsy Sellers) and I’ve been learning a LOT. Still no luck, but I’m determined to figure the system out!
Not to mention it’s gotten me outside and shooting again! yay!
Check out my shop!
[this was originally posted on my tumblr, but thought I'd add it here too, just in case!]
hello internet friends, especially those of you in the NY area!
cherry blossom season is approaching at the brooklyn botanical garden and I wanted to throw this idea out there:
let’s meet up at the brooklyn botanical gardens either this weekend or next (depending on the blossoms, of course!) and take photographs. Kind of like a photowalk, but for photo newbies and pros alike!
for those of you who have a camera you’d like to get acquainted with or just want an excuse to go out and take photos, now’s your chance! i’ll be willing and happy to show you the ropes, answer your questions, give you some tips, whatever.
here’s how it’ll work:
i’ll be keeping an eye on the cherry blossom report. when it’s at a point that will be moderately photogenic, i’ll send out an email/tweet with a date and time to meet up.
just show up. bring a camera. and if you don’t have a botanical gardens membership, some money for admission.
we’ll go around, take photos, learn stuff, make friends, and hopefully stay moderately warm!
interested? sign up for the email here: http://eepurl.com/c_bZU
hope to see you there!
P.S. in case you don’t know me all that well, here’s some of my photography and my flickr
Up until about a year ago “photographer” was one of the first adjectives I would use to describe myself. Then I kind of stopped taking photos. I have some theories about why I stopped (burnout, lack of inspiration, lack of motivation…), but all of a sudden I just stopped wanting to take pictures. Well, OK, not altogether, just the kind that require a camera other than my iPhone.
The weird thing is, it bothered me from the moment I noticed it. I LOVE taking photos. I love the whole process. Film, digital, whatever. But for some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to carry a real camera around with me anymore. And if I did get myself to take some photos on a real camera, getting them off of that camera and onto my computer was a whole different story. When I finally brought myself to download a CF card I would find things from MONTHS ago that I’d forgotten I’d even shot.
I know that Jake will make fun of me for this one because I claimed I wasn’t enough of a Tumblr Hipster to use pummelvision, but I sneakily queued it up a day or so ago and the results are in. For some reason the photos only start around 2007 even though my Flickr stream starts long before then. Despite that, though, it’s pretty cool to see it the last few years fly by. Enjoy:
Last year my roommate April and I set out to write a list of 101 things that we each wanted to accomplish in 2009. It’s hard to believe that today is already Day 365. SO much has happened this past year that I don’t even know where to begin, but I think it’s safe to say this was one of the most eventful years of my life so far.
Throughout the year I really enjoyed having my list to come back to when I was feeling bored, unproductive, or reflective. It was great to have a tangible set of things that I wanted to do that I could check off along the way. It’s why I created 101in365. I wanted to do it again, but even better this time around.
I rarely made a conscious effort to accomplish one of the items on the list. I generally just let life happen and along the way hope to tick off as many as I could. I’m disappointed that I couldn’t finish a few of them but overall I’m happy with what I was able to accomplish this year. So, without further ado, the list:
I’m somewhat ashamed to say that I have nearly a terabyte of photos stored on my Time Capsule. They’re all incredibly organized and I can usually find what I need pretty quickly, but the thing is, I know there are photos on there that I probably just don’t want anymore. And those are the ones that are tough to find.
It gets really daunting when you open up your photo manager (Photo Mechanic is my manager of choice) and you’re presented with thousands upon thousands of photos to sift through. When you’re looking for something specific it’s easy: just type in a tag and search. But when you’re looking for things to delete, there’s no way to search for that. If I were better at culling my photos before I archived them this probably wouldn’t be as much of an issue, but unfortunately, it’s not that black and white.
What I want is a little app that I can fire up when I’m sitting on the computer looking for things to do. It’ll connect to my external HD (or another specified location), select maybe 10 photos at a time (that number could be adjustable in Preferences) and present them at a pretty decent, but zoomable size.
Below each photo you’d be presented with 3 options:
KEEP – puts a flag on the photo so it doesn’t show up in the app for at least another year
TRASH – obvious, right?
HOLD – puts a flag on the photo to show it again in another 90 days or so. Maybe you’re not ready to trash it just yet.
The only other option would be a “Show Surrounding Photos” toggle, because it might be a photo that you know you have multiple versions of and you want to make sure you’re deleting the right one.
It’s that easy. I’m pretty sure it could be done with something as simple as an Apple Script, but an app would be prettier.
Just an idea. I know a whole lot of people who would love something like this, but unfortunately I’m not ninja enough to code it up. Bored? Well now you have something to work on!