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Monochrome Monday: Week 1

After being inspired by the growing weekly challenge called “Monochrome Madness” started by Leanne Cole and Laura Macky, I’ve decided to create my own post on Mondays showing my contribution to the upcoming Monochrome Madness post as well as my favorite(s) from last week’s Monochrome Madness.

My favorite from last week’s post is Laura Macky’s submission. I love macro photography and I love taking pictures of flowers as well so this one caught my eye (it also helped that it is featured larger on the post, but wasn’t why I chose it). I’m curious as to what color the flower originally was, but I like how Laura chose to not do straight black-and-white but to give it a somewhat sepia tone.


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Easter Weekend: Part 2

Happy Easter everyone! Today is the day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the sacrifice he made so that we can go to heaven. Ashley’s family and I went to Thomas Road Baptist Church’s 11am Easter service this morning and then went to her grandmother’s house to have an Easter meal together. The kids had multiple Easter egg hunts and Ashley’s brother Jon grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken. Hoping to go to the golf course with Ashley’s dad and brother(s) tomorrow morning. Unfortunately not to play, but hopefully I can get some nice pictures! Until then, here are some pictures of today’s activities.

Easter Weekend: Part 1

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday and because I don’t have classes on Monday, I came home with my girlfriend for the weekend. Today, she, her siblings, and I went for a walk down the street through the woods. Ashley and her family live out in a rural part of Virginia and I really enjoy visiting her house and seeing all her animals and all the scenery in her area. Even though I posted Flower Friday yesterday, I got some more good pictures of flowers like this one:DSC_0479

I was also really fascinated with the old pump in their yard and am thinking about switching it to black and white to see how it would turn out. Here are some more pictures of today’s adventures.


Flower Friday

I would love to commit to doing “Flower Friday” every week, but I know winter will come eventually, so from now on I will try to put together a post with a common theme that has a compilation of macro pictures. This week just happens to be flowers (and I like alliteration). These pictures were all taken with my new camera this week on Liberty University’s campus. This one would probably be my favorite this week:

I love the sunshine in this picture and the texture it creates. These are the only red flowers I've really seen on campus so far.
I love the sunshine in this picture and the texture it creates. These are the only red flowers I’ve really seen on campus so far.

It finally looks like Spring and as I walk around campus I just love taking pictures of all the blossoming trees on campus. I hope you enjoy the way these look as well!

New Camera

Yesterday, I received my brand new Nikon 1 J1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera form Amazon. I was really excited to get this camera because of it’s ability to have interchangeable lenses as well as its compact size. My camera came with a 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikkor 1 lens. One of the things I was excited about with this lens was the wide focal length. A feature I had fun playing with last night at work was the slow motion video mode. Although the resolution has to be reduced to 640×420, it is able to take 400fps video and 1200fps if you’re willing to have a tiny video of 320×120. I haven’t gotten to play with it too much yet, but here are a few of the pictures I have had the opportunity to take so far.

iPhone Photo of the Week (Week 4)

Once again, spring flowers have made the photo of the week! This time, we have daffodils that were in Washington, DC behind the botanical garden. Most of the daffodils I’ve seen this season have been all yellow, so I had to get some pictures of these daffodils with orange centers. I’m so grateful for spring and the new beauty it brings to nature, God’s creation.

Daffodils near a fountain in Washington, DC.
Daffodils near a fountain in Washington, DC.

Spring Break 2014…a look back

Okay, it has been way too long since Spring Break, but at least I am finally getting around to writing a post about it!

Ashley and I took a train to Washington D.C. and my brother picked us up and drove us to Pittsburgh! Going north is not exactly the ideal thing to do during Spring Break, but Ashley and I both like Pittsburgh so braving the cold was worth it! I’m actually tempted to just post links to Ashley’s post(s) about Spring Break, but I feel like I should tell it from my own perspective.

We arrived in Pittsburgh Saturday Evening and just relaxed after the long day of traveling. On Sunday, we went to church with my family and then to lunch at The Grandview Saloon on Mount Washington. Mount Washington has a beautiful view of the Pittsburgh skyline and the restaurant was on the hillside with large glass windows to give a grand view of Pittsburgh. Ashley and I brought our camera of course and I actually used my Nikon Coolpix L100 for the first time this year. In the gallery later, refer to the metadata to see which pictures were taken with the Coolpix and which were taken with the D3200. So while we waited for our food I messed around with the camera(s).

A picture of Pittsburgh with my Vivitar Wide-Angle Lens attached.
A picture of Pittsburgh with my Vivitar Wide-Angle Lens attached.
A picture of my Nikon Coolpix L100.
A picture of my Nikon Coolpix L100.

After lunch, we headed over to the top of the Duquesne Incline and took pictures from the observation deck.

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