30 Day Photography Challenge: Days 25 to 30

Here are my final photos for the 30 Day Photography Challenge: Days 25 through 30.

Something pink (Day 25): As fellow East Coasters are probably aware, we got quite a bit of snow this past Saturday. I figured I’d capture a photo of Betty White in her winter attire, since she is a shivering mess when she doesn’t have her pink coat on.

Close-up (Day 26): I decided to go for a bit of a photo walk around the block, where I usually walk Charsi during the afternoon. For “close-up,” I focused on holly leaves, which always reminds me of the winter season.

From a distance (Day 27): For “from a distance,” I made the trees in the background in focus since they are a brilliant shade of red right now.

Flowers (Day 28): I always see these flowers while walking the pooch and they stand out to me as being the most interesting on the block. I have no idea what kind of flowers they are, but I’d love to find out so we can plant our own in the future.

Black & white (Day 29): Not to get all nature photographer on you guys, but I liked the contrast of the organic shadows with the rough grain of the wood.

Self-portrait (Day 30): This is me being a noodle with my puffy South Park-esque hat on because it was COLD outside this weekend. I don’t care if I look ridiculous, I was cozy and warm and that’s all that counts.

Long exposure (Day 16): Here’s an oldie from when Pete and I started dating and we were playing around with long exposure photos. Hoping to recreate this in our new home once I gather the motivation to set up my tripod (these cold months make me lazy). He spelled out our initials in a heart while we kissed. I like my weird grimace face transitioning to us getting our smooch on…I’m sure I was asking him why he was spelling our initials backwards (I was a dumbfounded long exposure newbie). And yes, that is Betty White curled up to the right of my head on the couch arm.

I had a lot of fun doing this photo challenge, but I’m looking forward to creating new challenges for myself this November (perhaps removing all of the wallpaper upstairs?). Check out days 1-5 and 6-10, 11-15 and 17-24 if you haven’t already.

Happy Halloween, everyone! Betty White (sad panda) and I (Slytherin student) are psyched to hand out giant-sized candy to trick or treaters!

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30 Day Photography Challenge: Days 17 to 24

Here are my latest photos from the 30 Day Photography Challenge! I skipped the “long exposure” day for now because I keep slacking on setting up my tripod, but I pinky swear I won’t forget about it! Anyway, here are days 17 through 24.

Technology (Day 17): Here’s a glimpse of what our office/critter room looks like when the lights are out. I spend a lot of time editing photos in Lightroom with the lights out during the day and by the time Pete gets home from work, I realize I’ve been sitting in the dark for several hours. Whoops. I’m 27 and I still haven’t gotten used to daylight saving time ending. We have double monitors since Pete can work a lot faster with web developing and it helps me multitask (*cough* watch tv on the other monitor) while editing photos.

Your shoes (Day 18): I apologize for the blurry photo, but I tend to take these photos at the end of the day when there is little to no light in our living room. Here’s a view of my shoes, with Betty and Charsi in the background…this is typically what they are doing (watching me attentively) while I work on my laptop.

Something orange (Day 19): Thanks to my parents, our sunroom is decked out with light-up pumpkins and the goodies we bought from Linvilla Orchards. We still have to carve our pumpkins this week…I think I might carve Han Solo to give Pete a pumpkingasm.

Bokeh (Day 20): Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur in out-of-focus areas of an image. I took this photo in our sunroom with the crazy witch my parents gave us as a decoration. The lit pumpkins in the background are the “bokeh,” or blurred orange and yellow circular shapes.

Faceless self-portrait (Day 21): Whenever I go anywhere, the dogs follow me. For my faceless self-portrait I wanted to show a typical view when I look in the mirror. Betty White flops on the bed and falls asleep and Charsi stares at me until I pet her. In this photo I’m wearing the JCrew sweater Pete bought me over the weekend…cuddly sweaters and generous ginger boyfriends are the best.

Hands (Day 22): Checking my Twitter feed while multitasking (usually while cooking or in bed). Note to self: take off chipped nail polish. And yes, that is a blurry Betty White staring at me in the background like a stalker dog.

Sunflare (Day 23): There was plenty of sunflare at this engagement shoot, since the sun was pretty much directly above our heads. I really love the rainbow effects that happen when you have sunflare, but cloudy days tend to be my favorite for shooting since shadows can be pretty harsh in this lighting.

Animal (Day 24): I had the pleasure of petsitting this pooch for a little while this past week. She is super cute and didn’t stop smiling. Betty White definitely could have learned a thing or two from her since Betty is always grimacing in photos.

Be sure to check out days 1-5 and 6-10, and 11-15 if you haven’t already. I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of the month, October flew by fast!

30 Day Photography Challenge: Days 11 to 15

Here are my latest photos from the 30 Day Photography Challenge!

Something blue (Day 11): For “something blue,” I resisted the temptation to capture our very blue toilet and instead focused on our vintage globe.

Sunset (Day 12): This sunset actually happened over this past weekend after the Philadelphia Union game. I decided to swap it out for the other one I had taken because I have a major crush on this bridge. (Taken with my iPhone.)

Yourself with 13 things (Day 13): This was the day I made the ginormous cookies. There are only a few left now, turns out Pete actually likes them quite a bit! I think I look like a cartoon character in this photo.

Eyes (Day 14): Pete looks like he’s impersonating Salvador Dali with his huge eyes, but perhaps that’s because we were watching Midnight in Paris at the time.

Silhouette (Day 15): Another shot from our trip to PPL Park for the Philadelphia Union game (I cheated and used two photos from this day, oh snap!). We went with Pete’s family, who had awesome box seats. Nothing makes me happier than free potato salad and an entire crowd wearing pink scarves. (Taken with my iPhone.)

Be sure to check out days 1-5 and 6-10 if you haven’t already! How is everyone else doing with the challenge so far? Are you like me and mixing days up a bit depending on where you’re going that day?

30 Day Photography Challenge: Days 6 to 10

Here are my latest photos from the 30 Day Photography Challenge!

From a low angle (Day 6): Charsi and Betty kicking back. Betty White knows she really shouldn’t be on the couch, but she milks it when I’m distracted.

Fruit (Day 7): I took advantage of our overripe bananas by making chocolate chip banana bread for us.

A bad habit (Day 8): I am unable to contain my excitement for Halloween Oreos. For some silly reason, the Halloween and Holiday Oreos just taste better to me. No matter how much I try to hold back, there is always a sleeve of cookies missing less than 24 hours after an Oreos purchase. Poor Pete gets to eat maybe one cookie per sleeve if he’s lucky. Worst. seasonal. habit. ever.

Someone you love (Day 9): This one was a no-brainer because this boy makes me laugh every day. He watches Parenthood with me. He squeezes toothpaste out on my toothbrush. He cleans up bunny poop with me. He hugs me when he gets home from work and it makes everything a-ok after a bad day. He quotes Dumb and Dumber and Adam Sandler movies like it’s his job. He Tweets to me when I’m less than a foot away. He keeps me warm when I insist on having the ceiling fan on in the winter. He holds my hand when the blow-up gargoyles at Giant scare the crap out of me when we’re shopping for groceries. He tolerates my awful driving and inability to parallel park, even if I’m the only car on the block. He totally supports me and makes me feel like I can do anything. Yep, I love him. He’s the prettiest little sunflower on the planet.

Childhood memory (Day 10): Hootbot! Ok, so I stole this little robot owl from my brother growing up, but he was the best to watch walk across the kitchen floor while flapping his wings (he makes cute whistling noises too). I remember us playing with him and my hamster toy that would roll around in a plastic ball. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of putting the hamster in my hair while its battery-operated wheels were still turning…I’m not the brightest child out of the two of us, that’s for sure.

Is everyone still enjoying the photography challenge? I’m looking forward to forcing myself to take photos every day this month, I think it’s a really fun idea and definitely recommend it to other bloggers.

30 Day Photography Challenge: Days 1 to 5

Every five days I’ll be doing a photo roundup for the October 30 Day Photography Challenge. Here are my entries so far, I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with my camera every day.

Self portrait (Day 1): Betty White & I on the couch.

What you wore today (Day 2): My lazy Sunday outfits, from PJs to Michael Kors shoes.

Clouds (Day 3): A peek at the blue skies through the dogwood tree in our backyard. As a quick note to my mother: Have no fear, I cleverly tucked pieces of toilet paper underneath my shoes so they wouldn’t be touching the comforter.

Something green (Day 4): Betty White wearing her green polo while sitting on a green rocking chair.

From a high angle (Day 5): Looking out the upstairs window to the houses across the street.

Have any of you guys been participating in the photography challenge? If so, be sure to post your blog below!