Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Island Time


I am still in vacation mode, and this photo pretty much sums up my last two weeks. Take a moment and soak up this image. This is exactly how I feel...happy, joyful, absolutely friggin' lucky.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I've got two tickets to paradise

I have never been horseback riding. I have always wanted to, but I have just never made the time. Don't feel too bad for me, I have ridden an elephant more than once, oh, and a camel too. I have ridden elephants and camels, but no horses...I lead an interesting life. My sister-in-law grew up riding, and she even owns a horse. The rub is, the horse lives in California, which doesn't make him very easy to ride from east coast. She and I talk about riding all the time, and we have tried to schedule a ride locally, but it has just never happened. Where am I going with this you ask? Well, I really, really want to go horseback riding and this weekend I will get that chance. Dave and I are going horseback riding in a few days...Horseback riding on the beach...On a beach in St. Lucia. We even get to swim with the horses. Swimming on a beach, in St. Lucia, with a horse. Does it get more awesome than that?!

Now that finals are done, we are taking our Honeymoon. We are starting off at a remote (like 2 miles down a dirt road remote) resort in St. Lucia. We are then doing a little island hoping for a bit around the rest of the Lesser Antilles. We don't really have much of an itinerary, but we do have our passports and a lot of sunscreen. Correction, I have a lot of sunscreen. When we return from this trip Dave will look like the freshly toasted offspring of George Hamilton, and I will look like Gollum's sister, but with more hair.

I'll hopefully bring back many photos and stories for you. In the meantime, check out some of the blogs of my peeps in my sidebar. They are always posting interesting stories/tidbits/photos that should keep you highly entertained in my absence.

Be back in a few weeks!

Monday, May 14, 2007

When you put it on something happens

Today I am wearing a polo shirt, the skinny jeans, a D-ring belt, and my new white Le Tigre jacket. The jacket is very reminiscent of the maroon Members Only Jacket I wore as a kid. Yes, it is that awesome. This made me realize that my entire outfit today, in some variation, could very easily have been an outfit I wore in 1985. The sizes would obviously be different, but everything else is the same.

I am not exactly sure what that says about me, but I am totally OK with it. If I start putting on Cabbage Patch Kid shirts then I think we would all have something to be worried about.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Amber



Photo Friday: Amber

Taken last weekend at a Kentucky Derby party, which was hosted by a Kentuckian and Brit. Since the Queen was at the Derby it all sort of made sense.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

What married people do for fun

Tonight we went to the batting cages, and then came home and had root beer floats...IBC root beer floats.

My life is awesome.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

What to do when you are home alone and a bird sits on the curtain rod of your partially opened porch door, inches away from being in your apartment

I recommend standing frozen like Hans Solo, and screaming progressively louder "OH S*#$! GO AWAY! GO AWAY! GO! OH, CRAP! GO AWAYYYY!" all the while forgetting that you are still talking to your best friend on your cell phone.

This works, because birds apparently understand English.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

When the moon hits your eye...

I had a busy weekend, but it was good busy for a change. After a Kentucky Derby Party, and then a Cinco de Mayo Party on Saturday, I was able to get down to Calvert Cliffs, as well as Annapolis on Sunday. My point is, the new camera got a workout. I still haven't figured out all of her capabilities yet, but I have a class on Saturday for that very purpose. The camera store that I bought her from teams up with Nikon and teaches a free course that is devoted to my specific camera...I can't wait. In the meantime, without mastering all of her bells and whistles, I have been very pleased with her results.

Maryland Flag
Annapolis

Maryland Flag

These shots were taken while walking around the Maryland State Capitol at dusk. Have I mentioned how much I love my new camera?

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Glamour shot with camera

I have been taking many self portraits lately, and wanted to share one of me and my new baby. None of them conveyed my feelings about the camera as well as this picture that Lauren took, so I am sharing that instead.

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That is actually the rental that I had for the weekend, but you get the point, I am happy.
And no I am not naked people, that is strapless dress...geez...get your mind out of the gutter.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

And so it begins

Tulips and fountain at the Library of Congress


I didn't get off to a bad start today with the new camera. It is hard to, especially since I am so very close to the Library of Congress. It is one of my favorite buildings in DC, and she is very agreeable to having her photo taken.

I also had my T.A.K. with me. Yes, my Trusty Assistant Kelly. She was there to hold my bag, to make sure I didn't bump into any tourists (or walls), and to probe pseudo police officers about their ability to conduct arrests. That is a good friend.

Lamppost at the Library of Congress

The doggone girl is mine

I have had bad Michael Jackson lyrics in my head all night. Normally, this is the point in the story where I tell you why I have had Michael Jackson lyrics in my head all night, but you are going to have to wait for a second because my brain is bouncing around faster than I can create proper sentence structures.

You know how when you want something, and you think about wanting it for so long, and then you finally get it you aren't sure how to feel. Well, let me rephrase that, when you are "me" and you want something, and when you are "me" you think about wanting it for so long, and then when you are "me" you finally get it you aren't sure how to feel, that is what is going on right now. I bought the D80 today, yes that D80. The same Nikon D80 that I have been drooling over for months, and have been researching the crap out of, and generally yearning for in a way that if the camera were a person my thoughts might not be legal in some states. That D80.

I have known for about a week now that I was "officially" going to buy it, but I actually rented it for the weekend to make sure that it was the right fit for me. This whole process started months ago by examining my options. Should I switch to Canon, are the Canon options better? After exhaustive research the answer is no, the D80 is a much better camera than the equivalent Canon options. Should I go for the higher end D200? This was the hardest decision, because the D200 is such a great camera. The problem is that digital cameras are not investments like film cameras once were. Technology is changing so fast, and advances made so soon, that all of these cameras will be outdated in five years. I should invest the price difference in some better lenses.

After the test run this past weekend, I was sold. The camera is awesome. Just absolutely awesome. It can do all the things my film camera can do and then some. For the past several months I have mainly been using a very inexpensive Nikon Coolpix. There have been days where I have been so frustrated with it's limitations that I want to bash it into the ground. However, by playing around with the settings, I have really been able to take some great photographs. In fact, some of my favorite photos have been taken with that camera. Great photos are not about the camera, they are about the photographer. I know that, so maybe it is why I am so anxious tonight. I see plenty of people on flickr with cheap cameras taking amazing pictures. I also see the same amount of people with fancy cameras posting countless bad photos of their cats. My point is, now that I have all the bells and whistles needed for more advanced techniques, I want to use them. I want to be good. No, I don't, I really want to be great. So as I sit here, and stare at this piece of equipment in front of me, and think of all of the adventures that we are going to have together, I want to believe that I can take my photography to the next level. I don't want this purchase to be a waste. I know that all of my research was the right thing to do, but it has only brought me to the point of being able to put up or shut up. That can only be answered in time, so I guess we will have to see what happens...