Favorite Photos of 2016

I took over ten thousand photos this year. Here are a few of my top favorites.

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A Day at the Fair

This may be one of my favorite photos ever, I just love the colors and the retro feel of it.

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A view of Manhattan from the top of 30Rock. It was amazing to view the city from that height. Post coming soon!

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Forgotten Corners

This was an evening in late summer spent exploring the latest construction zone.

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A Walk Among the Dunes

Discovering a new place to explore at our favorite beach.

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Crape Myrtles

An appreciation of all the Crepe Myrtles in my neighborhood.

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Lake of Geese

After attending my company picnic, we wandered around and found a lake full of geese.

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Night Rainbow

An attempt to capture a rainbow that appeared as the sun was setting, ended in what will probably be the best photo I will ever take.

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National Botanical Gardens

One of my favorite places I have ever visited was the National Botanical Gardens in Washington DC.

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Flower Explosion

I love our flower explosion in the springtime!

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Early Spring Feeling

To me, this photos reminds of me those first days of the year, where the weather is starting to get warm and the days are just starting to feel longer.

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March is Exciting

And this photo makes me think of March, one of my favorite months.

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First Flowers

The first flower sightings in my garden!

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Quiet Winter Woods

The woods are a pretty place, even in the winter.

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A Fog Colored Cemetery

Winter always brings lots of fog. Great for cemetery walks.

What are your favorite photos of 2016? I’d love to see them!

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Early Spring Feeling

Early spring is a funny time of year. You can feel the days trying to get warmer, but winter just doesn’t want to let go, and returns as soon as the sun begins to fade away each evening.


The sky says it is still day, but the long dark shadows cast upon the houses say that night is nearly here.



The warm air that held the promise of spring during the day, has once again been replaced by winter’s cold grasp as the darkness creeps nearer.



The sun paints colors in the sky as the cold night begins to take over.






Time to race home and hope that this was winter’s last appearance. 

The Fair Came to Town

It’s that magical time of year again, when the fair comes to town..

I love everything about it. The bright colors, the wild food, the crazy atmosphere. 

I just like to wander around, and try to capture the the fun and excitement in my photos. I could spend an entire day and night here, just taking photos! 

My favorite thing to photograph is the big ferris wheel. And guess what…

It has a baby now!! 

I thought it was so cute that there was a tiny ferris wheel which was almost an except replica to the big one.


When I was younger my friends and I would ride all the rides, all day long, but now they make me nauseous. This one always scared me. I thought I was going to go flying off into the air every time I rode it.

Now the only thing I ride is the ferris wheel, but it scares me too. It goes waay faster than you’d think! Or at least it feel fast to me. But I like seeing the view from the top, when I stop screaming long enough to pay attention.

Since I don’t ride rides anymore, the main event is the food! But that’s a whole other post 🙂

(I kind of wanted a cotton candy colored gorilla!)





Is there a fair that comes to your town? What is your favorite part?

On the Beach at Night

We usually sit under the stars on the beach once or twice during our trip. But we had so much fun doing it the first night, we went out just about every single night we were there! The best part was seeing SO many shooting starts, which we found out later was due to the Perseid meteor shower. What luck!

I haven’t had the chance to do a lot of long exposure star shots before, so it was great to get some practice and play around with settings. I love how the photos reveal strange colors and things you can’t see with the naked eye.  We learned that what we thought was a cloud in the sky, was actually the milky way!  It was the first time I have ever seen the milky way! I have always lived in the city and rarely venture out into the country, so I was quite amazed by all the starry sights.
During the day we could see this ship sitting just off the coast. It was there every day.

 I zoomed in and saw what pretty lights he had.
This was the result of somebody walking through my shot with a flashlight. I kinda like it! 

And in this one, some crazy dogs with lights around their collars were running rampant. 

 This shot reminds me of the beach scene in the movie Contact.


I didn’t alter the color of any of these photos, I was too intrigued by how they naturally came out.

I want to take so many more photos of the night sky! 

Land Camera Photo Shoot

 
I have been working on fixing up my polaroid land cameras. Getting them all cleaned, restoring their batteries and writing a little user guide. Then I got inspired to do a photo shoot with my first and favorite one, and before I knew what was happening, I had a whole 1960s thing going on.


And maybe it was because I have watched a little too much Mad Men, but I couldn’t seem to take a photo without having a crabby expression..







I sure do love this camera and I can’t wait to share more about it soon!  I also can’t wait to find some vintage clothes to fuel this new 60s vibe I’ve been feeling.

A Year in Land Camera Photos

About a year ago I found this vintage polaroid land camera on a thrifting trip. I had been wanting one for a while, but wasn’t ready to spend a couple hundred bucks on a restored one.  I luckily found this baby in great condition for 20 dollars! All I had to do was replace the battery and now it works great! I even found this flash for it a few months ago.

 Fujifilm still makes film to fit it and I wanted to share the photos I have taken in this past year. There aren’t a whole lot, due to some tragic film jams I ended up losing quite a bit of film. 😦

This is the first photo I took with it (that came out!)  I forgot to focus, however..

We spent a weekend in the mountains last spring and I snapped this view from our motel.


We took a trip to a dairy farm last summer and I brought my regular camera, but forgot my battery at home!  I was so mad, but I luckily I brought my land camera with me! I think a land camera photo is worth about 100 digital photos.



From our beach trip. I forgot to focus again.. But I kind of like the dreamy out of focus look.

My Mom’s haunted house.
Christmas day. This is where I realized the camera shouldn’t be used indoors unless you have a flash. Surprisingly this was a bright and sunny morning!

This was taken with my new flash bulbs!

And this is my latest photo which I am very excited about. I tried to take a picture of the house, but didn’t hear the click of the shutter so I thought it didn’t work. I took it inside to look at it and then I took a test shot of the backyard, (because a neighbor had come outside in the front of the house, and I didn’t want them to see me of course!) And it turned out the shutter had worked the first time and I ended up with this amazing double exposure!

I definitely want to take a whole bunch more land photos this year, I just love the way they look!

No Words Just Photos

Sometimes I get a feeling, like I want to write about something, but the words are just beyond my reach.


I have something that I want to say, a feeling that I want to express, a moment that I want to capture.


But the words won’t come out.

Maybe that’s why I take pictures.


As much as I love taking pictures of pretty flowers, and things that most people would consider “regular photo subjects”



My favorites are ones like these, that make me think of something that I don’t have words for.


Like seeing glimpses of a mostly forgotten dream. Memories of a time that seems like it was lifetimes ago, but also, not that far past.

Cemetery On A Hill

On our trip to Pittsburgh last spring, we discovered this really neat cemetery on top of a hill overlooking the city in the distance. 

On this particular evening we were driving around trying to find someplace to eat and we soon realized there was a St. Patricks’s day celebration going on…. Hundreds of people with green shirts on filled the streets as they migrated in a drunken, zombie-like stupor to some large gathering. We only saw a few at first, but as we drove on, the numbers increased to overwhelming proportions and we were stuck in traffic as people tried to navigate the crowd and find a free space to park. I felt like I was in some sort of zombie apocalypse movie. Eventually we made our escape by turning down a side road and that’s where we ended up finding this cemetery so it was all worth it!  

Later that night I dreamed about the terrible “green shirts” and how me and everyone I knew were hiding from them in some sort of underground bunker located in a cemetery.. 





We also found a cemetery just for broken old headstones. How sad!!

The Fair

My absolute favorite thing to photograph, and what got me interested in photography in the first place is..

The fair!!

All the bright colors, lights and atmosphere are a feast to my eyes and I just want to capture every bit of it with my camera.  I remember being dazzled by carnival ride photos I saw on flickr years and years ago and I wanted so badly to take the same kind of pictures at my local fair. Sadly all I had was my 1.2 megapixel phone camera and when I uploaded them to flickr they just didn’t compare. I think that was about five or six years ago and I have taken pictures every year since. This year I used my DSLR on manual and I’m pretty excited about how far I’ve come!

Armed with two  cameras and a backpack of lenses, I was ready!

Steven and I rode with my mom and sister and then met up with some friends.

I can’t get enough of this ferris wheel. Every year the cars are painted slightly differently, one year it was just pink and yellow, one year it was all blue (boring!!) I think these colors are my favorite so far.

When my friends and I were younger we would get to the fair as soon as it opened, buy an all you can ride pass and would stay there all day riding rides until the firework show at night, which was about 12 hours! Now we usually just go for a few hours in the afternoon, ride one or two things, EAT, and get out of there before the huge crowds come at night.


Every year we at least go on the ferris wheel. It scares me a little but the view is amazing!

Something strange happened and we ended up with more ride tickets than we expected, so me and my friend Alex rode a few more things, including this ride, which is my favorite!





I went in there once, it was just pictures of weird things. Disappointing! But I don’t know what else I expected for one dollar..


This ferris wheel is scarier than it looks. It goes really fast, sounds like it’s about to fall apart and goes around so many times that you think you’re never going to get off. Alex and I rode it once and nearly peed our pants we were so scared. (But we’re kinda wimps anyway when it comes to rides!)

Although I would ride that creepy ferris wheel a million times before I’d get on this thing. Yikes!


 This is the prettiest ride in my opinion, I even put a picture of it on my etsy shop business card!




I took 661 photos that day.. So stay turned for a couple more posts 😉

Does your town have a local fair every year? And what are your favorite things to do at the fair?