1/365: Fresh

Beauty is everywhere and in everything. It’s a bit of a cliche but that’s seriously one of the things I love about photography. Suddenly, the world seems so much different. Each time I look at the viewfinder, hear that click and view my shot from my camera’s LCD, there’s a bit of a tug… a smile… a certain feeling of satisfaction, especially when I get the exposure right. πŸ™‚

I startedΒ really taking photos about a year ago. I literally shot almost everything I could find — from screws and twisted wires to rocks and bananas. Every little thing fascinated me. And each one, no matter how mundane it seemed, always came with a story. A few times though, in my haste to upload and post, I forgot to write those stories down. Now I wonder if, a few years and a thousand photos from now, my memory would be as good.

I figured the only way to keep those memories from fading is to blog more regularly — every day to be exact. I’m calling my project 365 Days of Something… because there is always something wonderful, something beautiful, something sad, something happy, something of everything just waiting to be shot and written about.

So, this is Day 1 of my 365 —

This was taken on December 30, 2009 at The Manor in Baguio, a city north of Manila, with temperatures just slightly higher than California. My daughter calls this our second home, not because we frequent this place (it’s a 5 to 7 hour drive) but because of the warmth that seems to envelop us each time we’re here. There’s the fresh scent of pine and grass, flowers everywhere, fire roaring in the fireplace, the smell of fresh bread, and that cool air that just makes you want to snuggle.

We had just checked in and Y insisted on walking around the hotel’s lovely garden. She had slept through a fourth of our trip and was naturally more rested and recharged than us. I was hesitant at first — lying down on the bed as soon as we got into our room was a mistake, I realize now, as it really made me want to drift to la la land — but seeing her against those flowers made me forget how tired I was. And boy, did I shoot. About a hundred photos in less than an hour. I had the Nikkor 105 mm f/2.8 mounted on my camera (R had the 50mm on his) and this baby really showed me what it can do. I love this glass!

As for the processing, I have, of late, been extremely fascinated with vintage, dreamlike treatments such as this. I’m not quite sure how long I can keep processing using this approach, but it’s safe to say that I’ll be posting a lot more images like this in the coming days.

In the meantime, happy new year to everyone!

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~ by Sheila on January 1, 2010.

4 Responses to “1/365: Fresh”

  1. well, i’m certainly looking forward to your project. you give me a lot of inspiration!

  2. thanks, nancy! i see you’re doing 365 too… looking forward to your photos, as well. πŸ™‚

  3. Really lovely photo, Sheila! I like how you framed it too. Certainly adds to the vintage feel. Have you thought about doing professional portraits as a side business? (That is, unless you’re already doing that…) I too get inspired by your photos. I’m looking forward to see your 365 project. I’ll eventually rejoin Flickrdom too. It’s just been so busy lately! But I’m still shooting, though, which is always good! πŸ™‚

  4. thanks, aaron! shooting people is one of the things i’m really most insecure about, to be honest, probably because i can’t talk and shoot at the same time. πŸ™‚ i’ve only really taken portraits of ricky and my daughter. i realize it’s because they’re the people i’m really most comfortable with. ricky teases me sometimes that i love taking photos of objects more than them. i suppose that was true last year, but only because i was still trying to get the feel of shooting and understanding my camera’s settings. i’m making it a point to shoot more photos of them this year though, and maybe others, too. professionally — thanks for the vote of confidence, btw πŸ™‚ — hmmm, maybe in the future. πŸ™‚

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