A good friend of mine started up a wonderful blog (http://365dressup.com) for the new year. I was impressed and decided I would add a new blog/site to my own repertoire. (I apologize for hotlinks not working. Blogger is embedding all my links within this blog's url, so they don't work. Next best thing - copy and paste the urls that I've included here in parentheses.)
Introducing anngrafics! (http://www.anngrafics.wordpress.com) This is still a photo blog, but different from what I have more or less attempted here. Critical Lawnmower has been more of a place for me to put artsy photos that I have taken with my "big" camera, the Nikon D90. I have most likely framed them or cropped them very specifically and used Photoshop to make sure they look their best.
The stuff over on anngrafics includes things I take on the fly while bumping around the city. With the cell phone, it's just so easy to "see and snap" and my latest phone has a decent 8 megapixel camera and is quite flexible. I find I am using it all the time, mainly uploading to Facebook or messaging images to friends. Now I have a place to upload and comment and share more of what I've been seeing around me, something I couldn't stop doing if I wanted to anyway.
I hope you give it a look. Maybe bookmark it? I'll still be posting here, but not as often as on the other site, just cuz of how easy it is to upload on the spot with that kind of stuff.
A really good friend I had made way back in kindergarten came back to town to visit me this weekend. I hadn't seen her for at least two decades. We had both gotten into photography in our intervening years, so not only was it a treat to see her again, but we had a blast wandering around the city with our cameras and lenses, neither of us minding when one would hold up the other while composing a shot.
This set of images was taken around town, from graffiti to butterfly fields. I was inspired anew by her vision and her work. I was also reminded that although I have an awesome smart-phone in my pocket, the "real" camera is worth the haul.
The fall colors are peaking here in the middle of the city and my son needed some senior photos taken, so where do we go? Down by the parkway in front of a gorgeous sugar maple? Naw. That wouldn't be as fun as heading down to the river under a train bridge and shooting him in front of some bright new graffiti, which is exactly what we did.
This is a favorite spot that I've visited a number of times to photograph graffiti and I was not disappointed. Lots of new stuff. A large tree trunk was positioned right across the river so that my son could crawl across and I could take his picture against some of the newer designs on the other side. I stayed safely where I was.