Saturday, January 31, 2009

351/365 Klean Kanteen


I started to slowly change over to reusable water bottles. I am sick of the waste from the plastic bottles that won't biodegrade for over a thousand years. What I don't understand is, if the government knows that plastic is toxic and not good for the environment, how do they allow the production of it in water bottles? Now I hear that reusable plastic bottles are leaking BPA and that it's toxic for the human body. So, I had to go get BPA free bottles. Shouldn't we have already had those? How long has the government been aware of this problem? And yet, we've all been exposed for years. Does it even matter to get a BPA free bottle now that we've been exposed this long? I'm using  Klean Kanteen, a CamelbaK, and SIGG bottles. You can buy all of these at EMS or REI stores. My favorite website to learn about all of the green living stuff is GRIST

This is my 365 project picture of the day. 

Taken with a Canon SD800. (A camera that will soon be labeled toxic by the government!)

Friday, January 30, 2009

350/365 Charmed


Many people are into those Pandora charm bracelets. I remember back when I was growing up how my Mom had a charm bracelet, and every year my Dad would buy a charm to add to it. I inherited it when my Mom died. It's certainly gaudy looking, but the charms themselves are pretty cool. I love the Buddha and Elephant Jade (not seen here), charms best. This looks hideous on my though. I wonder if the Buddha would make a cool necklace, but then would I be ruining this bracelet if I removed it? I've been wearing my Dad's Polish Falcon for over 22 years, to protect me in my job. Maybe wearing the Buddha will have a different meaning in the next phase of my life. (I find it rather interesting that there is even a Buddha on this bracelet. Did Ma like Buddhas?)

This is my 365 project picture of the day.

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

349/365 Nikon D80 Book


I've never read this book. It would certainly help me if I did. The book that comes with the camera isn't nearly as thorough as this one. 

This is my 365 project picture of the day.

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Playing With Photoshop CS3


Fran and Diane. I converted this from color to black and white via Photoshop.

Nikon D80, 14mm lens, f2.8 ISO 100. I should have used a faster ISO on this. (Here is a video by Tim Grey on converting to black and white.)

348/365 Music Trio


There's a blizzard outside, but I have Sinatra playing and I'm not driving in it. Playing on a speaker system, (My sis bought me for Christmas), and my old iPod classic. Who says you need fancy stereo equipment??

This is my 365 project picture of the day.

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

347/365 Bruce Weber Book


I collect photography books. One of my favorite photographers is Bruce Weber. This is Photographers At Work, A Smithsonian Series, "Hotel Room With A View" by Bruce Weber. The black and white photography in here is amazing. I wish I owned more of his books.  This was published in 1992, and just a small sampling. 

This is my 365 project picture of the day.

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Monday, January 26, 2009

346/365 Self-Portrait in B&W


Yeah, another goofy face. I don't have the time for anything fancy today. I converted this picture into B&W via Photoshop. 

This is my 365 project picture of the day. 

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

345/365 Nano Angel


Diane's new iPod Nano, in copper color. 

This is my 365 project picture of the day. 

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

344/365 Gumby Is Poking



Gumby picking my nose. I'm running out of ideas here. 

This (the Gumby picking my nose) is my 365 project picture of the day.

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Friday, January 23, 2009

343/365 669 Polaroid Film


This film was going to be thrown out due to its expiration date being May 2005! I asked if I could have it, and it was given to me. I know Polaroid is now defunct, but this film still may make some images? Not sure. I hope the color is bizarre due to its expiration, so I get cool results. I am ordering a Holgaroid, if Freestyle Photo has them in stock. I also want to learn how to do Polaroid transfers. Anyone know how to do them? I am totally confused. I don't know much about 669 film at all. It's truly sad that Polaroid is not making this film or the SX70 film anymore. If they were smart, they'd jump on the Lomo bandwagon, sell an SX70 camera with film, or sell Holgaroids! All the artists would come out of the woodwork for it. There is a SX70 Flickr  and Holgaroid Flickr group, which is cool.

This is my 365 project picture of the day. 

Taken with a Canon SD800. (Not a Holgaroid! LOL!!)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

342/365 Two For The Road


When it's cold outside, it's nice to cozy up to a movie, and some of my favorites have Audrey Hepburn in them. This one also has Albert Finney in it, and he really makes this movie so much better. 

This is my 365 project picture of the day.

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

341/365 X-Files Revisited


I found this old X-Files t-shirt in my closet. I recently saw the movie, which was terrible. Too bad. Being that this is probably their last movie, it could have been so much better. It's time to retire the t-shirt, I guess.

This is my 365 project picture of the day.

Taken with Photo Booth on the MacBook Pro.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

340/365 iPhone Icons


The iPhone and its icons. I just think it's beautifully designed. I'm still amazed at what we can do with these phones. It's been a little over a year. What would I change? Well, I'd make the battery last longer, the AT&T service stronger, and voice activation would be nice. There are numerous things to improve, but I think that Apple did a great job in making something that other companies strive to copy.

I don't know what it is about electronics and design, but when I see the combination, it's exciting to me. 

This is my 365 project picture of the day, because I'm sick of self-portraits at 4:30am in the morning! Yes, I used Photoshop on this. Your eyes aren't deceiving you. My hand is in black and white. LOL!

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Monday, January 19, 2009

339/365 Photographic Lighting Book


If there is one thing I need, it's a lesson on lighting. I have no clue about it. I would prefer a one-to-one instructor who could show me the techniques, but being that I don't have that, I read books. I don't always understand them.

This is my 365 project picture of the day.

Taken  with a Canon SD800.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

338/365 Ski Mask


Just clowning around.

This is my 365 project picture of the day. 

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

337/365 Peak Hat


It's about 18ยบ degrees outside, justifying my peak snow cap. I could ski off this thing. LOL! Do I look like a Conehead?

This is my 365 project picture of the day. 

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Friday, January 16, 2009

336/365 Small Yummy Journals


I love paper and pens. 

This is my 365 project picture of the day. 

taken with a Canon SD800.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

335/365 Blue


Joni Mitchell's Blue CD. This says it all. 

I just bought the Shine CD via iTunes and she expresses the extinction of human beings if we don't get our acts together, stop living for money, and start loving and respecting one another. She has been saying this since the 1960's, and we're now just getting it. She was always ahead of her time. 

This is my 365 project picture of the day.

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Better Version 2000

I love the orchestrated version much better. Joni's voice is much richer and the melancholy certainly comes out in this version. Makes me cry every time!

Joni Mitchell Live 1970

I love this song of Joni Mitchell's!


334/365 Traffic Cop


This is my old helmet from when I used to ride. I laugh at this, because with my uniform on, I look like the guy from Terminator 2, a bobble-head, traffic cop, or motorcycle momma.

"Are you Sarah Connor?" LOL!!

This is my 365 project picture of the day.

Taken with a Canon SD800, and converted to black and white via Photoshop.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

333/365 You Will Be My Music


One of the numerous Sinatra CDs I've listened to in the last month. I had this (Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back) in cassette many years ago. It was his comeback album, actually. Not many people favor this album, but I loved it. His version of Send In The Clowns is better than the version with the piano. Some may disagree, but I like the orchestrated version better. He dropped from the public eye due to vocal issues which pushed him into early retirement (I believe), but this album brought him back to a new generation. Since this return in 1973, he was back in favor but to a new generation of fans. Once "Love and Marriage" came out as the title song on a hit TV series, Sinatra would enjoy even more accolades. I always loved his music, having grown up with it. We all did. The concert in 1979 at the Hartford Civic Center was one of my concert favorites. He was just such a presence on stage. I can't imagine him with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis JR. Now, that would have been something to see. Three strong personalities bantering back and forth. That's history in the making. I really wish I could have seen it. I swear I was born in the wrong era.

This is my 365 project picture of the day. 

Taken with my MacBook Pro in Photo Booth.

Monday, January 12, 2009

332/365 Music



I don't know what happens in the brain when I listen to certain types of music, but I bought two books on the subject to find out. I was listening to this cassette of Classic Sinatra songs by John Williams and the Boston Pops, and it moved me so much on how beautiful it was orchestrated, so that got me thinking about how music effects us, and if it there is a Mozart effect, and the science behind that.

This is my 365 project picture of the day. (Sinatra tape); and the book is in my 365 overflow set. 

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

331/365 Laugh



Today was a good day.

This is my 365 project picture of the day. (Color Picture)
The black and white is in my 365 overflow set.

Taken with a Nikon D80.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

330/365 BPA in Plastic Bottles



I had to buy a new Camelbak bottle due to the BPA being in my older #7 Camelbak bottle. Now, if I drank out of this, and others like it for how many years, will I have this BPA in my system? Is the damage already done? Does it even matter now to switch the bottles? I also bought a few of those stainless steel bottles. 

This is my 365 project picture of the day. (The picture of me drinking from the bottle). 

Now, in the other picture, can you guess which bottle has the BPA? (Hint: the green one, which I am hesitant to throw away, because though it is smaller, it fits in the cup holders at the gym. Ugh!

The second picture is in my 365 overflow set.

Both taken with a Canon SD800, and altered in Photoshop.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Jascha Heifetz- A06 [J S Bach] Chaconne

Jascha Heifetz plays Bach: Chaconne.

329/365 Blurred


A blanket of wool that chills its host
is like an eye that witnesses treacherous deeds
bloated bluejays feasting on toast
blind to the cardinal pecking for seeds;
the cardinal lives while the human soul dies
if only I could see through his tiny eyes.

Diane helped me edit this poem.

This is my 365 project picture of the day.

Taken with a Canon SD800.





Thursday, January 08, 2009

328/365 Dog Photography


I bought this book on dog photography called "PhoDOGraphy" by Kim Levin. (Not to be confused with "Dogography" by Jim Dratfield). I'm sure it's about the same information as the other dog photography books I've purchased over the years, except this one may have more on digital photography. I used my gift card to buy it. I love books. (My favorite books on photographing dogs is by Sally Anne Thompson called "Photographing Dogs", and Walter Chandoha's book on "How to Photograph Cats, Dogs & Other Animals". I also like Rachael Hale's books and photography).

This is my 365 project picture of the day. 

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

327/365 Sinatra The Capitol Years


Frank Sinatra: The Complete Singles with Capitol. Found this used online. It's a treasure. Nelson Riddle makes his appearance during this era. 

This is my 365 project picture of the day. 

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

326/365 Lapis



My first day back to work after having so much time off to recuperate. I'm dreading it. I know I should feel grateful that I have a job, but I feel empty inside except for the feeling of dread. Once I get t work, I'm hoping I'll feel better, but there has to be more to life than reporting to jobs we hate or dread. To add insult to injury, all the unfortunate people who lost the jobs they hated. They hated their jobs, but hate unemployment more. Now they have to deal with the feeling of failure. Is this a sign of the times for the next few years? I feel a shift in consciousness going on, and it isn't just my life. Everyone around me is feeling it too. Maybe Carline Myss is right about this.

This is my 365 project picture of the day. (The picture at top.)

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Monday, January 05, 2009

325/365 Listen!


I received this little speaker system gadget for my iPod from my sister Susan for Christmas. I love using it. It's quite portable. 

This is my 365 project picture of the day. 

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

324/365 Waffles


We went out to breakfast and I had waffles. Yum.

This is my 365 project picture of the day. 

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

323/365 Vest


My sister bought me this cool vest from EMS as a Christmas gift. I love wearing this when it's cold outside.

This is my 365 project picture of the day.

Taken with a Canon SD800.

Friday, January 02, 2009

322/365 The Rat Pack


I wish I saw them live.

This is my 365 project picture of the day. 

Taken with a Canon SD800.

I Miss Frank

I just adore Frank Sinatra.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Lainey Nun Singing Dominique

I just thought this was funny to do. Enjoy!

321/365 Pocket Buddha



I received this little plastic pocket Happiness Buddha for Christmas. Apparently there are other Buddhas: Faith, Harmony, Peace, Love, and Wisdom. Each one is in a different pose and can't be more than and inch tall. It just makes me laugh to look at him.

This is my 365 project picture of the day. (The picture in color.) The B&W picture is part of my 365 overflow set.

Taken with a Canon SD800.