365 Day Project: 62

Today, started early. I had planned on getting so much done but then kiddos woke up. Super glad that the hubby pushed to take me to a fundraising event that supports the local pagan community but also where the kindred had a booth. It was awesome sitting there talking with everyone and I learned so much in so little time about Norse beliefs and ways. I also walked away with two goals for myself. One is a little more difficult than the other but those are for a late post.

This morning I completed a small goal of building the lego set that my husband purchased. I zone all the stress and anxiety out. I put my earbuds in that played an audiobook in my ears and my hands and eyes went to work. I decided I need larger sets that have more bricks and larger scale but the Harry Potter Aragog’s Lair was exactly what the doctor ordered and helped me prepare for the socializing that I did today.

The picture I took is a perfect example of how I feel at times so it’s symbolic to me.

#161226, #D9CBA3, #D99255, #D95E32, #8C3939

365 Day Project: 61

Coffee shop date with my younger kiddo was fun. He brought his tablet and toys to take pictures of and I was able to show him how to use the natural light that was available. His pictures turned out pretty good with the camera app that’s available on the Kindle. I went towards the moody side of things and even tried choosing a color palette that isn’t what you would think of warm, ‘coffee shop’ tones. This little lost kitty sure looks happy to get his coffee.

#7E97AD, #5DB537, #405673, #1F2531, #06070C

365 Day Project: 60

I learned something new today about my employer but that’s for a different post. This little guy was SUPER hard to take a picture of with the cell phone. I didn’t even care who seen me walking with it. I wanted something ominous and lurking and I think I only achieved a part of that. Still not bad for a little toy.

#FA5582, #324873, #BDBF80, #BF8F73, #8C5C51

365 Day Project: 59

Between getting off work and picking up the kids from school I have 15 minutes to get to the coffee shop. I promised that I would buy myself an iced coffee after work and in order for me to get one I had to call ahead. I took this quick and thought, ‘why not?’ I like the style of lights that our local shop has. I wish I was brave enough to take more lifestyle images and I feel kind of exposed without one of my toys or action figures.

#0F2F59, #F2E641, #B9BFc2, #F2BB77, #D98471

365 Day Project: 58

I’m not going to write about the absolute meltdown I had when I got home in this post but I did take my photo project to work with me. I built this little Lego character, Wyldstyle, in just a minute or so and have been waiting for the perfect idea to hit. Doing this also made me realize how relaxing it was and helped me cope with anxiety. I wish I wasn’t so self-conscience about people watching what I’m doing but the overall image turned out great. Would this palette be considered complimentary?

#EF49F2, #306261, #D9CB04, #1E8FD4, #782A82

365 Day Project: 57

I’m so glad to be home and able to be creative. I completely zoned out staging my Jurrasic park figure with eggs. The stress at work then the white knuckle ride home makes me that more appreciative of home and loved ones. I have some research to do on how to take an awesome black and white selfie and then some much-needed writing time.

#8C6868, #241D26, #D9CCC1, #BF584E, #8C3535,

365 Day Project: 56

I almost said, ‘FU%$ IT!’ and went to bed after the day I had. Who knew that sticking up for yourself to ensure sanity was a crime? I also took another assessment on a job website which I’m pretty sure I failed and just…it was just a Monday, to say the least.

As I was searching for an idea for my photo for today I just wasn’t feeling it. Found this little guy and started staging with toilet paper and found that the anxiety was starting to calm inside me. It was great to feel excitement and purpose doing my project and it was about time (today). I need to take a black and white portrait photo of myself so I think I’ll focus on that tomorrow.

#8C5D69, #D962D1, #524D73, #B4C0D9, #261414

365 Day Project: 55

It was the wind that woke me up in the middle of the night. Well, that and the pelting rain and then an hour later it was high wind and snow. We can’t catch a break here in Wisconsin. Instead of staying inside or being able to drive anywhere (as in the roads are icy and treacherous with the blowing snow), I decided to go right out in my front yard. My husband found me an Elsa doll by the registers and I thought it would be a perfect day to use her.

The wind was horrible and I couldn’t feel my fingers. There were several trips in and out of the house to get breaks but I was able to build a small snowman to accompany the queen. Now that I’m running late thanks to an, ‘I told you so,’ conversation with my mother I can catch my breath and get down to some much-needed art and writing therapy.

#2F3B4C, #0367A6, #177DA6, #A68F65, D9631E

365 Day Project: 54

My son is an awesome supporter and little walking reminder of everything. Literally, EVERYTHING. We have started a new tradition for just me and him where we go to a local coffee shop and have coffee together. Ok, I have coffee and he has hot chocolate. I ask them to add things and he gets it in a special mug so he feels adultish. I have now incurred duplicate of the lost kitties toys and he asked if the could have them. I didn’t know what for but sure kiddo, you can have them.

We got to the coffee shop (via my husband dropping us off with the road conditions) and he handed me a lost kitty and then took one of his out of his pocket and his Amazon tablet. ‘I’m going to start taking pictures now too.’ Y’all! I nearly started crying. I asked him why he would like to start taking photos and he said, ‘It’s so I can get better like you are. You look like you’re having fun and we get to play with toys.’ ‘That’s awesome little dude and playing with toys is the bonus part.’ So, we sat and drank our coffee going over our pictures while we were in the shop. Hex codes for the complementary color palette are listed below. This little sign was by the register. Happy Saturday Y’all.

#555BD9, #797ED9, #B4D9BD, #BF9D73, #593128

Oh, I had to share the picture my son took on his tablet. I wish I could get him a better camera.

365 Day Project: 53

The Saturday errands on a Friday night is stressful especially when everyone else in the town. All of which have the same mentality about getting everything done before the ice and snow settle in. During errands, everyone got hungry and we made a quick stop at McDonald’s. And WOW! When did McDonald’s food have NO FLAVOR! I had one of the worst salads EVER and the fries were bland. Anywho…my son pulled the kitty toy out of his pocket. Talk about being supportive. This is tonight’s picture. Happy Friday Y’all!

#A63856, #BF4B8B, #2E3D59, #F2F1DF, D99748

365 Day Project: 52

It was an emotionally and physically exhausting day. After I post my project shot I’m unplugging for the night. I do have a new found pleasure with incorporating the tiny toy figures and cars into my photos. The weather outside is giving me a chance to experiment inside and I need to pick up a cheap white poster board to bounce some ambient light but this little grumpy guy turned out so cute. Here he is with a cone and a can opening looking unimpressed with the can of tuna. I was even able to pull a cute complimentary color palette from the photo.

#A64468, #D96299, #3054BF, #193773, #1ED9D9

Have a good night Y’all.

365 Day Project: 51

Ugh, the snow…and snow…AND MORE SNOW! Ran errands, took the kid to work and shoveled the walks. I was happy to make an image with this cute little guy wearing oversized glasses. He’s literally 1/2″ tall and I had the most difficult time getting my cell phone to focus on him. I’ve learned where I take photos here at the kitchen table the lights cause yellowing in the photos. Even though I edit a lot of that out I need to really devote some time to figuring out lighting tricks and extras. The custom color palette is listed below from left to right. Happy Wednesday!

#BF1573, #4A4386, #0BA8EC, #091430, #468C85

365 Day Project: 50

Wow! Day 50 leaving 315 days left. I would like to say that I’m improving but I’m also biased and to close to the project (any feedback from fellow cell phone photographers would be greatly appreciated). So, we have another snow system moving in tomorrow and then another one over the weekend so that would make it snow storm #455ninerWTF! I’m trying to get used to finding obsolete objects or figure to photograph with not being able to drive around and scout a location.

Tonight I chose the VW van toy car and took it outside while the snow and ice melted in certain areas of the driveway. The image SCREAMED for me to use a grainy retro filter and I think it’s the cutest thing ever! I wish I had thought to grab my micro lens but I had a difficult time getting my cell phone camera to focus on the car by itself. I know if I had a lens there was no way I could have gotten a decent focus.

#D91E41, #116FA1, # 172741, #F2F2F2, #5EC4C1

365 Day Project: 49

My daughter had a really good idea after I lit a candle and I wish I had worked more with the angle of the cell phone. It was a tight squeeze with the candle, incense burner, and the shadow. I wanted to try my hand at another dramatically edited image and this was a great opportunity. I’m REALLY happy with the final image.

#D98F4E, #732C02, #A62B0F #260801, #5B4E18

365 Day Project: 44

So I thought that I would try another action figure for today’s photo. None of my dogs wanted to cooperate and look like they were trying to eat the toy. Instead, it looks like the Fortnite figure, Ragnarok (I just learned the name) is sneaking up on Dublin (yup actual doggy name). Now I think the name of the character is fitting. This made my day just that much better and the atmosphere from work disappear. I need more figures and ideas. Hit the coffee button so I can get more figures and gear for photos this year. I have the T Rex and the VW van so ideas would be greatly appreciated too. I need to look into easy mobile lighting gear for on the go with the cell to better light some of my shots. Hex codes for a semi-complimentary color palette are listed below from left to right. Happy Wednesday Y’all.

 

#1A1726, #4BBFB4, #59452C, #BFA68F, #D9ABA0

365 Day Project: 43

I didn’t want to do my photo for today. When I got home I had a meltdown explaining to my husband everything that happened. And forget about driving around tonight scouting for a place due to polar bear conditions. I just wanted to climb in bed and hide for a week. But I introduce Gato’s first appearance in my 365 Day Project. This was taken without a macro filter but I think next time I’ll try it. The background was supposed to be a goldfish wallpaper but unfortunately, my phone would let me focus on both Gato and the background. I don’t think this turned out so bad after all. What do you think?

I like the complementary color palette I was able to get out of this photo. Hex codes are #1730BF, #1F3A8C, #11D9D9, #D9BE36, E3DC7B

365 Day Project: 42

I don’t know why tonight was so difficult? I couldn’t concentrate on my end goal. I have been running around trying to get everything in order for the storm coming in tonight and after work hours stress could also have something to do with it. My husband was patient with me as we drove around trying to find something that piqued my interest. Then we both saw the shadows from the fencing and the light and thought it would be perfect. What do y’all think? The hex codes for an awesome ‘twilight’ feel for this analogous color palette is listed below from left to right as always.

#574BA6, #494C8C, #0B0B0D, #758EBF, #A3BAD9

365 Day Project: 41

I’ve been busy since Saturday morning and looks like there isn’t any slowing down into next week. Add ANOTHER snowstorm on top of everything just adds more time for things to get done. My photo for today was actually taken last night. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity of trying my hand at both dark photography and fire. I couldn’t get the streaks of flames to happen even after working with the pro settings in my phone.

This was taken at the Disting event that my husband, son and I attended and I’m glad that we did. More on that later, I’m tired and will be catching up on comments and emails in the morning. Have a great and safe evening Y’all.

 

#0D0D0D, #F2BF5E, #D9863D, #A63117, #401208

365 Day Project: 38

ANOTHER WINTER WEATHER WARNING! This time it was more sleet and icy rain than snow. I would take the snow ANY day and then tonight the temperatures are going to plummet again. This means that anything that is left on the road that is melted it’ll turn to ice. Add the temperatures being below 0° salt will not work. I know rambling but this only means that the roads are dangerous and I can’t scout a new building or subject so I had to creative here at the house.

I found it only fitting that when I asked my son for one of his action figures that he brought the snow yeti creature. PERFECT! I used a macro external lens and let me tell you, I can’t wait to work with this more in the spring. I took almost 100 different photos and found this one to be oddly mesmerizing. It’s like the yeti was caught in his natural habitat and with the little twiggy vine almost makes it seem like I was intrusive. What do you think?

#A4A5A6, #44A6A6, #2C736C, #403527, #0D0000
I think I’ll also pick up a few action figures of my own for backups throughout the year. Yes? No?

365 Day Project: 36

Today’s subject isn’t all that interesting but I enjoyed playing with perspective and composition in this image. I kept the rule of thirds in mind and tried to get the bus to lead the eye towards the doors. I edited the image for a little more dramatic flair and was pleased with what I was able to achieve and all with a smartphone. The hex codes for the complementary color palette are listed below from left to right as always. Have a great evening, guys.

#BF303C, #59518C, #272840, #D9966B, #BF4A30

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