Monday, April 30, 2012

366 Project - Day 121 - "Azalea"


April 30, 2012 - "Azalea"

The azalea bushes on the side of my house bloomed this morning! Such a beautiful surprise!

(lifeisgood!)

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

366 Project - Day 120 - "Driving"


April 29, 2012 - "Driving"

Time to go out for a drive!

(lifeisgood!)

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

366 Project - Day 119 - "GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!!"



April 28, 2012 - "GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!!"

My son's second soccer game was today. They played so well! They didn't win... but it was a very close game, with the final score being 5 to 4. Brandon scored one goal from a corner kick, which got the team the lead and got everyone excited. He assisted with a couple of the other goals too. It was a great game... and a great morning!

(lifeisgood!)

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Friday, April 27, 2012

366 Project - Day 118 - "A Joyful Noise"


April 27, 2012 - "A Joyful Noise"

Tonight we're at St. Matthew's Church in Norwalk, where my niece is making her Confirmation.

A beautiful ceremony...

... and a great night spent with family.

(lifeisgood!)

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

366 Project - Day 117 - "Green Bloom"


April 26, 2012 - "Green Bloom"

Just a quick, abstract shot of a pottery bowl that was sitting on the table in the break room at work today.

That's all. 

(lifeisgood!)

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

366 Project - Day 116 - "Perciatelli"


April 25, 2012 - "Perciatelli"

Today is "La Festa della Liberazione" in Italy. It marks the liberation of Italy by the Allied Forces in 1945... and the fall of Mussolini's government.

So, what better way to celebrate here in America than with pasta!?!

(lifeisgood!)

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

366 Project - Day 115 - "Wine!"


April 24, 2012 - "Wine!"

Yep... it's definitely time for some wine!

(lifeisgood!)

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Monday, April 23, 2012

366 Project - Day 114 - "Oil Flames"



April 23, 2012 - "Oil Flames"

I'm looking at an old painting of mine... something I did about 20 years ago... and haven't even looked at for about a half-dozen.

I hold it up to the light... illuminated from behind the canvas... and it glows.

Bright flames of cadmium red oil paint, stretched across canvas with a palette knife.

I have to capture at least part of the scene... so I zero in on a small portion of the top-left-corner... and snap and capture the moment.

(lifeisgood!)

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

366 Project - Day 113 - "Flying Home"


April 22, 2012 - "Flying Home"

Another long day... but I'm feeling a lot better, and this whole business trip has been a great experience.

Time to sit back and relax...

... and enjoy my First Class seat as I sip some wine and look out at the sun set.

(lifeisgood!)

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

366 Project - Day 112 - "Lost Corners"


April 21, 2012 - "Lost Corners"

St. Augustine, Florida.

Business trip.

Long day.

Feeling better... but not 100%.

Lost in my hotel room.

Time to pass out.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

366 Project - Day 111 - "Poisoned!"


April 20, 2012 - "Poisoned!"

It's the night before I have to head out on a business trip... and I'm pretty sure I have food poisoning!

Nausea... Vomiting... Fever... Sweating... Chills... Pain... Tears... Exhausted.

I have to pack... but don't have the energy.

I have to hit the road at 4:30 in the morning... but right now I can't even stand.

I'm stuck on the couch... with my dog sitting next to me, keeping lookout.

All I can manage for a "366 Photo" today is a quick shot with my iPhone... without even looking to see what it captures. And here it is...

... and that's that.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

366 Project - Day 110 - "Skull Glow"


April 19, 2012 - "Skull Glow" 

Digging through my Cabinet of Curiosities looking for a photo again... 

... and it finds me. 

 (lifeisgood!) 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

366 Project - Day 109 - "Calm and Quiet"



April 18, 2012 - "Calm and Quiet"

On our way out for a late dinner, we came across this beautiful scene on Candlewood Lake... and had to stop and take it in for a while.

(lifeisgood!)

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

366 Project - Day 108 - "Relaxing"



April 17, 2012 - "Relaxing"

A quiet night...

... just relaxing on the couch with my dog.

(lifeisgood!)

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Monday, April 16, 2012

366 Project - Day 107 - "Calcio"



April 16, 2012 - "Calcio"

Today was my son's very first day of soccer practice!

He's the one on the left... and he did a great job!

His first game is this coming Saturday... but unfortunately I cannot be there due to a work trip. :-(

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

366 Project- Day 106 - "Hibachi"



April 15, 2012 - "Hibachi"

Our kids got their very first taste of Hibachi tonight.

Great food...

A fantastic show...

And a wonderful evening!

(lifeisgood!)

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

366 Project - Day 105 - "Dessert Time"



April 14, 2012 - "Dessert Time"

Yep... It's DEFINITELY dessert time!

(lifeisgood!)

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Friday, April 13, 2012

366 Project - Day 104 - "Future Screen-Porch Nights"



April 13, 2012 - "Future Screen-Porch Nights"

A stack of white plastic patio chairs waits to be scrubbed clean...

... to be rinsed of the remnants of a winter of storage...

... and, once clean - the promise of many warm nights spent on the screen-porch.

(lifeisgood!)

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

366 Project - Day 103 - "Mango"



April 12, 2012 - "Mango"

A tray of fresh, organic Ataulfo Mangoes we had delivered today.

They spent some time posing for me today, before heading out into the produce section for the customers to enjoy.

(lifeisgood!)

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

366 Project - Day 102 - "Kahlo Crucifix"



April 11, 2012 - "Kahlo Crucifix"

Just a simple shot... of the only thing that caught my eye today: a necklace I had made for me by a street vendor in Manhattan.

A worn-out crucifix... a Holy Spirit medal... and a double-sided Frida Kahlo charm. One side is her "Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird"... and the other, shown here - is her "Self Portrait as a Wounded Deer".

Just a simple shot... of something not so simple to explain.

(lifeisgood!)

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

366 Project - Day 101 - "JAWS"



April 10, 2012 - "JAWS"

Today I heard the most awesome news...

The single most important news of 2012!

Today it was announced that my all-time favorite film...

a film I watch an average of 2.5 times per week...

a film I've literally watched several THOUSAND times...

a film I know every line to...

a film I personally feel is the most "perfect" film ever made...

"JAWS"...

is FINALLY going to be released on High-Definition Blu-Ray this coming August!

I've been waiting and waiting and waiting for this day for years!!!

I'm so happy - I'm going to explode!

So... to celebrate, today's shot is of my Amity Police patch on my leather jacket.

(lifeisfreakinawesome!)

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Monday, April 9, 2012

366 Project - Day 100 - "Twin Lens"



April 09, 2012 - "Twin Lens"

I'm a bit bored today.

But it's the 100th day of the year... and thus the 100th day of this "366 Project".

Double-Zeros...

... which, for some reason, gets me thinking of my medium-format twin-lens Rolleiflex camera.

And there it is.

(lifeisgood!)

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

366 Project - Day 99 - "Easter"



April 08, 2012 - "Easter"

Today is Easter...

... and that means it's time to feast!

Fresh Mozzarella di Bufala wrapped with Prosciutto di Parma...

A salad of marinated olives...

Linguini con Caperi...

Agnello brodettato...

Tiramisu...

And... of course... Italian Easter Bread.

(lifeisgood!)

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

366 Project - Day 98 - "Blank Canvases"



April 07, 2012 - "Blank Canvases"

Getting ready for tomorrow...

Getting ready for Easter.

Hard-boiled eggs wait to be colored...

... like blank canvases waiting for paint.

(lifeisgood!)

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Friday, April 6, 2012

366 Project - Day 97 - "Bella Luna"



April 06, 2012 - "Bella Luna"

My first attempt at a Moon shot with the Leica V-LUX 3.

Just a quick shot... hand-held... ISO 100... Spot-metered... 600mm... f/5.2 for 1/640th-second with a -1/3 exposure compensation.

Not technically great... but I'm pretty happy with it as a first "test shot".

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

366 Project - Day 96 - "Melanzana"



April 05, 2012 - "Melanzana"

A couple of fresh Organic Eggplants... posing for me.

(lifeisgood!)

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

366 Project - Day 95 - "iPad"



April 04, 2012 - "iPad"

OK... it's a crappy photo, taken very quickly from the hip...

... but I don't care!

Why?

Because today's the day that I finally got an iPad!!!

(lifeisfreakinawesome!)

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

366 Project - Day 94 - "Sleeping Dog"



April 03, 2012 - "Sleeping Dog"

Another day... another shot of my dog Leica.

This morning she's hogging up the bed... curled up under the blankets with only her nose poking out.

And she's snoring!

(lifeisgood!)

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Monday, April 2, 2012

366 Project - Day 93 - "Blue Dog"



April 02, 2012 - "Blue Dog"

I'm trying to take some shots... but my dog won't let me. She keeps sticking her nose into the lens. It's her way of insisting that she be the subject of today's 366 Project photo!

So today's photo: A blue-toned photo of my dog - Leica - taken with a Canon

(lifeisgood!)

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

366 Project - Day 92 - "First Place"



April 01, 2012 - "First Place"

Last day of our daughter's Dance Competitions for 2012.

Today she had several group numbers... and two solos.

The group numbers all took Gold or higher... with one of them - the Large Group Production number - earned a High Gold, a special award for their Kick-Line... and First Place overall.

Her two solos also earned Gold or higher. Her Lyrical Solo earned a Gold... and was First-Runner-Up (Second Place) Overall. Her Jazz Dance Solo - which today's photo is from - earned a High Gold and First Place Overall.

It has been a long - but very wonderful day...

and now it's time to relax and recover!

(lifeisgood!)

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