Sunday, January 31, 2010

January 31, 2010-Day 31

One month completed!

I went to Bryant Park today to try to get some pictures of ice skaters, but they have already torn the rink down.  Don't they know it is still winter?  They should have figured it out from the ice cycles hanging off of the fountain in the park.  This is the shot that I submitted to my 365 group on Flickr.

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And here is a picture of the entire fountain.

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January 30, 2010-Day 30

January 30 2010 004.jpg 2, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

Took this Saturday night. My husband and I enjoyed some wine and watched a movie.

I see the flash reflecting in the glass, which is annoying me. I am really bad at photo-editing, but I just order photoshop elements, so maybe I will become better.

Friday, January 29, 2010

January 29, 2010-Day 29

Full Moon, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

It is a beautiful full moon tonight. I was rushing trying to take this since it is about 20F out right now. I don't have anything larger than a 55-250mm lens. Maybe I will rent a larger one to try to take this again. That is, when it is warmer out.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

January 28-2010-Day 28

Into the storm, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

We were having the weirdest weather tonight. It was beautiful and sunny behind us, but very dark ahead. The spots on the mirror are actually snowflakes.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

January 27, 2010-Day 27

Under the Weather, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

I'm not feeling well today. I've been taking it easy, watching bad t.v., and having soup and ginger ale for lunch.

January 26, 2010-Day 26

Knut, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

Baby Knut.

Monday, January 25, 2010

January 25, 2010-Day 25

It was a terrible day today in NYC. The wind was actually worse than the rain. I saw the corpses of massacred umbrellas everywhere I went today.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

January 24, 2010-Day 24

Goodbye Christmas, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

We finally got around to taking down our Christmas tree today. We only put special ornaments on our tree; nothing generic. Here are some of the ornaments as I packed them away.

January 23, 2010-Day 23

Corks, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

I've been looking for some things around my house to take pictures of. I've been collecting corks in a vase for a project (to be decided), although I actually think they look kind of nice just sitting in the vase.

Friday, January 22, 2010

January 22, 2010-Day 22

January 22, 2010, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.
I've heard that most people that try to do a 365 project only last 3 weeks, which I passed yesterday. Of course, in order to continue all year, some of my pictures are going to be mundane. So, here's a picture of one of my bookshelves.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

January 21, 2010-Day 21

Juniper Valley Park at night, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

Here is a picture of Juniper Valley Park that I took on my way home from work.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January 20, 2010-Day 20

Subway, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

Took this on my way home from work.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

January 19, 2010-Day 19

Little Italy, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

Little Italy, New York

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

January 17, 2010-Day 17

Rainy Day, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

Not much going on today. Just relaxing while it is raining outside.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

January 16, 2010-Day 16

It is a beautiful day, so I decided to walk around my neighborhood with my new 50mm 1.4 lens.  Since it has such a wide aperture (1.4-the smaller the number, the wider the aperture), it will allow me to get a very shallow depth of field in my pictures. Basically, this means only a little bit will be in focus and the rest will be blurred, which is called "bokeh" in photography talk.

Bokeh in My 'hood

Bokeh in My 'hood

Bokeh in My 'hood

Friday, January 15, 2010

Update to January 2, 2010-Day 2

If you are curious about how the picture of my hand from day 2 was used, go to to see the video.  Tracie did a beautiful  job putting it together.

January 15, 2010-Day 15

Here is a picture I took tonight of the sun setting over New York Harbor from a moving car on the Brooklyn Bridge.  The only editing I did was cropping out the steel of the bridge and straightening the horizon.

Sunset in NY Harbor

Here is the original:

Sunset in NY Harbor

In other photography news, I got my first invite to submit a picture to a Flickr group.  It seems like it may be a religious group. They may have misinterpreted the irony of the picture of the cross from January 13th or maybe they think I need some help because they told me that they would pray for me, but I don't care.  I'm still flattered.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

January 14, 2010-Day 14

Two weeks in! This is a shot from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Also taken with the powershot.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

January 13, 2010-Day 13

Sorry for the late post. We got home late last night because we went to see "Wishful Drinking," Carrie Fisher's autobiographical one woman show. It is excellent. If you have a chance, see it.

While in the theatre district, I saw this. Do you remember it from the beginning of old Saturday Night Live episodes? It is really creepy in real life.

January 13, 2010

If you are having trouble reading it, it says, "SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT." As I said, creepy.

Please ignore all the noise in the photo. I needed to up the ISO to 1600 to have it properly exposed.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

January 12, 2010-Day 12

Today was a very long day for me. I went to work very early and came home late. I knew that I didn't have much time to take pictures, so I didn't bother bringing my DSLR with me today. Here are a couple of pictures that I took with my Canon Powershot. (It has manual settings. If I haven't already explained, I am trying to take all of my pictures in manual.)

Here are a couple of pictures I took on my way to work.

Dawn over the Brooklyn Bridge

Dawn in NYC

And here is one of the Woolworth Building that I took in the evening on my way to work related event. I didn't get home until 3 hours after I took this.

Woolworth Building

Monday, January 11, 2010

January 11, 2010-Day 11

Today is my mom's birthday, so my dad cooked a fabulous meal. My father is not a frequent cook (to say the least), so I have no idea how he became such an amazing cook. He made fried green tomatoes and salad as an appetizer. (It was a 4 course meal.) Here are some pictures of the fried green tomatoes being made.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Happy Birthday Mom!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

January 10, 2010-Day 10

Here are some more pictures of my niece from this morning. She has proclaimed that she is not a morning person. Here is a picture of her relaxing and watching some cartoons when she first woke up.

Sunday Cartoons

But since she is 8, she wakes up quickly. I wish I had 1/4 of her energy. Here she is jumping on the bed.

Jump Jump

January 9, 2010-Day 9

I know I am little late putting up yesterday's pictures, but I spent the night at my parents'. I am not great with portraits, but my wonderful niece who lives 4 hours away came to visit, so I had a beautiful model to practice on. I took over 600 pictures in just 2 days! Here's just a couple.

Since we don't get to see my niece that often, we get to spoil her a little when we do. Here's a picture of her eating a very decadent ice cream sundae.


Uh, oh, brain freeze.

Head Freeze

Friday, January 8, 2010

January 8, 2010-Day 8

January 8, 2010, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

We had a little bit of snow this morning. It was pretty, although I was happy that it was all melted by the time I got home from work.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

January 7, 2010-Day 7

Peek-a-Boo, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

I took this picture of the Empire State Building today when I was midtown. It is another item on my Flickr scavenger hunt: the tallest building in my city.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January 6, 2010-Day 6

Martini, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

I went to drinks with some old friends tonight. It was nice to catch up. This was my friend's drink, not mine. I am not a fan of martinis, although they are pretty.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 5, 2010-Day 5-Williamsburg

I drove through Williamsburg, Brooklyn on my way to work today. Williamsburg is interesting because it is a mix of upper-middle class and downtrodden areas. It also has a real mix of people who have been there for generations and new people who have moved into the area.

Williamsburg Bridge, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

Williamsburg, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

I drive by this store all of the time. How funny is it that is both a bakery and a comic shop?

Scrap Shop, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

I took this outside of a scrap metal shop.

Monday, January 4, 2010

January 4, 2010-Day 4

Tangerine, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

It's only Day 4 and I am already struggling a bit to keep up with this project. Today is the first day that I had to take a photo on a work day, and, honestly, I found it to be a little bit difficult. I don't have much time during the day, and it is dark when I leave work. But unless I win the lottery, I have a lot more work days that I need to do this, so I guess I will just have to be creative.

Anyway, this is a picture I took for one of the scavenger hunts that I participate in on Flickr. This covers "squeeze" and "tangerine." I know that the tangerine is blurry, but I am posting it because I like the way the drop looks coming off of it. Besides, this is a learning process and this blog is supposed to show my improvement. If all my pictures were great, there would be no point, right? The one below is technically better, but I don't think as interesting.

Tangerine, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

January 3, 2010-Day 3-At the grocery store

At the grocery store, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

While I usually love to take photos of beautiful scenery, it is freezing here in NYC and I don't want to spend any time outdoors. So this weather is forcing me to take more pictures inside. I took my camera with me to the grocery store today, and while I got some strange looks from other shoppers, I think I got some decent shots. I took these with my kit lens. I am hoping to get a nifty-fifty later in 2010, so I would love to try to take these pictures again with a lower aperture.

At the grocery store, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

At the grocery store, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

Artichoke, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

January 2, 2010-Day 2

For Annisa, originally uploaded by Ms. Baboo.

A woman on a chat board that I frequent had a very serious stroke. Her husband asked for people to submit photos of hands with inspiration words to encourage her. This is the photo that I took today.

Friday, January 1, 2010