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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 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.

Monochrome Madness

Seriously, three days in a row I’ve posted about processing my photos into monochrome…I think I need to take a break after this, but I’m really enjoying processing my pictures this way and I hope you do too! As usual, feedback is highly appreciated. This first picture is of the Ocean City boardwalk in New Jersey. Ocean City, New Jersey is a family-friendly resort town that I grew up going to all the time with my family. I’ve made a lot of great memories here and I’ll be going back in May!

The boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ (2009)
The boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ (2009)

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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.

DC Day Trip

Yesterday was a very long day. Got up bright-and-early at 6am to start the 3 hour drive to our nation’s capital at 7am.

Our first stop of the day was the Lincoln Memorial. Was able to park about two blocks away and we walked around the tidal basin, making stops at the MLK memorial, the FDR memorial garden, and finally the Jefferson memorial. When I planned the trip with my girlfriend and the other couple we went with I thought I would take lots of pictures. However, I ended up just enjoying DC and letting my girlfriend take a majority of the pictures. I probably took a total of 30 to 40 pictures and I’m very happy with how they came out. It was a very sunny day with steady winds of over 10 mph.

The Lincoln Memorial.
The Lincoln Memorial.

The Tidal Basin was beautiful. Even though the cherry blossoms had not reached their peak bloom yet, which if forecast for between April 8th and 12th, you could see the bright pink hue around the basin from the mostly closed up blossoms. A few trees a large amount of opened blossoms, but a majority looked like this:

The cherry blossoms were closed, but the pink was coming out. Very prett.
The cherry blossoms were closed, but the pink was coming out. Very pretty.

Another beautiful sight was the blossoming tulip trees. In front of the Capitol building and around the Tidal Basin there were some beautiful tulip trees.

For lunch, Chipotle at 2000 Penn Ave. After lunch we drove around a little bit of the less frequently explored parts of the city. After some Google research, I discovered that the area around Logan Circle was nice. We tried to find a parking space in the area so we could get some pictures of the beautiful row homes, but there were none to be found. Ashley was able to get a few good pictures from in the car and hopefully she will post them on her blog sometime this week.

I feel like I’ve done enough talking about the day, I’ll let the following gallery do the rest of the talking.

Also, you may or may not have noticed that I placed this post in the “No Filter” category. From now on, this means that none of the pictures in the post have been re-touched or processed in anyway and if a post is in the “Processed (Photos)” category, it means what it says. Now, it’s back to reality as I get some school work done at this afternoon’s baseball game.