I love Annapolis! Coffee shops, boats, old buildings. A couple of weekends ago Jeremy and myself, along with two other couples, the Deterdings and the Richardsons, headed down to Annapolis for a photo scavenger hunt. Each couple came up with a theme and then we all headed out with our perspective spouses to find about 5 photos to 'enter' into each category.
The categories were 'Trash,' 'Hardware,' and 'Things that are essential that often go unnoticed.' Surprisingly, according to the judges (the Deterding's parents and brother), Jeremy and I won all three categories!
These were our entries:
Hardware (Jeremy's category)
Yeah, I took this one. Surprisingly, not Jeremy!
This was taken by Jeremy. Probably one of the best shots of the whole day! I love the color of the setting sun on the water!
Trash (Heather D.'s category)
As I was doing some slight color corrections on the this photo, I noticed one non-PG scribble on this door. I quickly got rid of it using my mad photoshop skills (learned from Mandy) so that I could post the picture here without any worry.
'I just know it's not for me.'
Things that are Essential but Often go Unnoticed (Seth's category)
Yes, this was actually the name of a boat that was tied up at the dock.
When did you last appreciate a good number?
Just imagine a world without doorbells!
Click to see some of the other shots we got that day!
All three couples actually took this photo or something similar, but the Richardsons were the only ones to actually enter it into the 'Essential but Unnoticed' category.
I almost entered this one for either 'Hardware' or 'Essential, but Unnoticed.' I am glad I did not use it as a final entry, however, since Steve also entered a fire hydrant shot!
I really wanted to enter this one into 'Essential but Unnoticed.'Bathrooms are often overlooked and undervalued!
Especially when using it on a not very fast computer! GIMP is a free photo editing software program that does essentially everything that Photoshop does except that I cannot figure out how to get the GIMP equivalent of 'actions' to work correctly. So I am slow at editing because I have no actions at my finger tips and I am still learning, so these 60 some odd pictures were the result of more hours than it should have taken, but I am glad that I got some good ones.
Here are some of my favorites from that shoot that I did of Pat and Lindsay for their engagement. The complete set will be at www.jeremyweber.com/gallery. Not as good as I had hoped, but I think I got some good shots.
I really need to work on my photoshop/GIMP skills. And I need a faster computer. I spent several hours today on less than 8 photos! Oh well, this was a learning experience and we can only hope that I will get better with time. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions!
A special thanks goes out to Mandy who lets me tag along on her shoots sometimes! I have gotten to learn a lot from her and I applied it here during the shoot and during my post processing! (Thanks especially for the eye tips, Pat has amazingly blue eyes, and for use of the clone tool!)
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Which of these three do you like? P.S. Lindsay, I have a DVD for you! I will try to drop it off tomorrow. Sorry it took so long. :0(
This is one of Jeremy's shots! Lindsay, keep in mind that this is what you have to look forward to for the rest of your life! :0)
Jared, Jeremy and I went the Waterfowl Festival in Easton last weekend. There were lots of things to see, tons of delicious food (like cream of crab soup, oyster fritters and the like) and a lot of artists. Some were local but there were also some that traveled a long way to be there!
My favorite artist was Don Rambadt. He did some metal work sculptures. I took a photo of one of his larger pieces, an osprey that he had outside the church where the gallery was set up. I did not take any photos inside because I was not sure how all the artists inside felt about photos being taken of their work. Jeremy and Jared really liked him too. His work is distinctive and he put a lot of thought into each of his pieces. My favorite was this little chickadee. Jeremy was also very impressed with the chickadee, he said that as simple as it was of a sculpture, it was also very obviously a chickadee. Jared really liked this set of owls that when you looked at them straight on it was obviously owls, but when you looked at them from a different perspective, it was not clear at all what they were. You can find a few examples of his work here.
Blast! I am becoming one of those bloggers who just rant about politics. . . I don't want to do that, but politics are the hot topic these days. Plus, I haven't posted in a while and this is something I can slap up quickly.
Sorry, we will be back to the regularly scheduled programming (i.e. my life) when I have time to breathe (i.e. when I am done with my classes), plus I don't like myself as a political commentator.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right. ~Abraham Lincoln
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