My Year in Pictures: February Week 3

I’m so happy February has an extra day this year!  Really, I’ll need more than one day to catch up but I’ll make the most of what I get. 🙂

The third week of February started on a sweet note with Valentines day falling on a Sunday.  We celebrated with a trip to the Lego store and finished the evening with a wonderful dinner by the fire.  Monday was a holiday here in the US but I still had to spend some time at work so my quest for an interesting photo subject brought me by this retro-styled turntable.  Tuesday you get another image from my morning walk with Finn and a little more insight into the invasive Ivy that is slowly swallowing the neighborhood.  Wednesday brought Ryan and I back to the Orthopedic clinic for a treatment plan and Physical Therapy referral and by Thursday I was really ready for some blue skies and sunshine.  Rain returned Friday morning but I have to admit it added a pretty shine to these fern fronds and Saturday afternoon we joined my family for a pizza party celebrating our parents February birthdays.  This garden window view is of their back porch.

If you’d like to follow along in real-time I post my daily photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook but if a once-a-week blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

A Surprise Everyday: Shaking Up September With Hipstamatic (week 3)

September has been a busy month for us filled with growth, change and some pretty big adjustments.   The first week of the month was all about wrapping up summer and preparing for a new school while the second week was filled with last minute preparations for high school, first day nerves, traveling and saying good-by to my Grandma Emma.  This third week brought a welcome chance to catch our breath, settle into new routines and start planing for the rest of fall and winter 2015.

Sunday was a quiet day out of necessity.  I was tired, there was a lot to do to get ready for a new week and at 10:00 pm I realized I hadn’t taken a photo for this project.  I quickly looked around for a suitable subject and found Finn curled up at my feet waiting patiently for bed.  Monday afternoon Ryan brought home new music to practice for his first pep band performance at the next football game and Tuesday I stopped to snap this pretty green leaf by the side of the road.

Wednesday was probably our last warm day of the year and I couldn’t let it pass without one more comfortable walk along the beach.  Through the next few months we’ll be shivering in the cold wind while standing in the sand but I’ll still bring Ryan along to throw rocks and hunt for shells as we watch the birds and sea creatures hunt for food.   Thursday morning I realized the sun was barely up over the  horizon and noted our early dog walks are going to be happening in the dark very soon.  This photo was one of three this week where I also tried adding a random flash choice along with the lens and filter changes in order to bring more light into the image.  Friday morning was another flash opportunity and the happy discovery that the green stripes on Ryan’s backpack glow in the dark.  Since he is standing on a dark street waiting for his school bus at 6:35 am every bit of light and reflection adds a layer of security. A busy Saturday ended on a nice note as we walked to a school BBQ with long-time friends and finished the evening at their house enjoying good food, great company and a few bottles of wine. 🙂  We spotted this pretty row of sunflowers on the walk and everyone graciously waited for me to get out my phone, shake Hipstamatic to set a new combination and snap a quick picture.

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens, filter and flash used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.