Here comes post number two that isn’t 100% about photography, but it’s from the heart.

Today was a day of milestones for my blog:

100 e-mail followers
1,000 views
150 comments
100 likes

all in two weeks of work.

I’m not on here doing the funky chicken or anything, noooo. I’m just here to thank you.

You all might not understand what it means to me that when I get off work, I have 10 or 15 comments from people that are genuinely interested in what I am doing with my photography, but more so in my life. Someone, just today, left a comment that seriously choked me up. I had to take a moment to collect myself, no lie. I have 10 or 15 new followers almost every day. I saw an old friend from college found my blog and followed it. He is a good ol’ country boy, and I don’t think he is interested in photography. I sent him a message to make sure it was him following, and he said “Yeah! Is that okay? It seems like you’re always doing something cool in your life”. We had a bro-moment. If you’re reading this, everyone raise a glass to my buddy Casey.

It genuinely does motivate me in so many ways. It motivates me to take this photography thing seriously, and actually put my time in to making myself a better picture taker. It motivates me to put time and effort into writing here. I want to produce humorous, informative, but most importantly real material. In order to put out real material, I couldn’t strictly write about photography this evening. It had to be about the people that come here, read, and comment on my stuff. Because that’s really what’s on my mind.

It also motivates me in my life. If any of you have read my first post, you’ll see where I talk about finding what I truly love to do in life, and thinking “whoa, possibly that something could be photography”. With the warm response I have received from here, I’m starting to think writing might be what I truly love to do. I realize I’ve got a long way to go… writing is difficult. But it might be worth my investment of time and financial resources. Anyways, I have started looking in to some journalism classes and maybe, just maybe this is what motivates me to go back to school and get the degree I actually want. Maybe that motivation is you. So, I’m not really good with this stuff, but… err, umm…

THANKS! Seriously, thank each and every one of you so much. I’m so pooped when I get off work, but every follower and every comment and every view pushes me to keep doing this, and to do it better each and every time.

Now, let’s get back to work. Pictures. Photography. Cameras. Lenses. Aperture. ISO. Shutter Speed. Rule of thirds. And stuff.

These pictures were all taken this last weekend. They didn’t strike me as absolutely loving them, but I at least saw enough good in them to share them here. I want to know the good and the bad, and I don’t want you withholding any of your impressions. Brutally honest is the best honest.

tommytom!

Here’s a sweet candid of my dog, making his sophomore appearance in my blog.
What I like: I feel like my depth of field on this picture was just right. I also think the colors are radiant.
What I dislike: My roommate’s KC Chiefs doormat being in the picture. I tried to photoshop it out but it looked piss poor.

beach,NOT

Here’s a picture of an old mining hole that filled up with water. If you’re a Missourian you probably know these areas as “chat piles”.
What I like: I spent $22 on a lens polarizer and it made the water look pretty awesome. Also, it kind of looks like a beach shot when in fact I applied a blue filter in Lightroom. The setting was actually a very dark grey.
What I dislike: I had to take this picture out in the boonies. I’m talking Winter’s Bone style. There was an RV parked across the unmarked road with three barking pitbulls and a prized fighting cock. Get your mind out of the gutter; cockfighting is real and I know people that do it.

wholehouse

This is actually a photo of the house I took the black and white flag in a previous post. It was really cold outside, so I was shaking a little bit, hence that it’s a little blurry, but still (to me) an interesting shot.
What I like: It’s a creepy freaking house. There were two windows open on the top floor and this house has been abandoned since the tornado.
What I dislike: It’s a creepy freaking house and I think it cursed me. I really dislike that it is blurry though. I may go try this one again sometime.

lego man with his rifle

When I was younger, I used to have an amazing lego collection. Recently, I boxed it up and brought it with me. Here’s a farmer holding a shotgun. That whole nation-wide debate about guns?… Not even going there.
What I like: It’s pretty cool. Seems as though my f/stop was about right. Lighting is okay, it was right after the sun had set just to the left of his head out the window.
What I dislike: The noise in the picture. I have no idea what happened there… maybe you do?

playhouse

Found this old playhouse in a friend’s grandparent’s backyard. He said he used to play in it, but his grandparents are now hoarders, and it was full of stuff.
What I like: The dark, reminiscent setting it puts forth.
What I dislike: It’s not exactly centered up, and it’s not perfectly crisp.

logs

Just some logs I stopped to photograph along my walk on Saturday. This was the most exciting thing I saw before the checkerboard, so you see why I was so pumped about finding it.
What I like: I wanted my focus to be right in the middle of the logs, and it was. This picture had really good balance in comparison to everything else I have taken.
What I dislike: The asshole that cut this down left it right in the middle of the walking path. If you’re that guy and you’re reading this blog, F*$% you.

And lastly…

offthetrack

This was a picture of a coffee shop on main street that was built after the tornado. Nothing too interesting, but here it is.
What I like: Again using the polarizer, I was able to get a little bit of gradient color in the sky. To the naked eye, it was bright blue across the board. By using an antique filter and lightening it up a little I was able to give it a bit of an old-timer feeling. I especially like that there’s a newspaper dispenser in the picture.
What I dislike: Meh, it’s okay, I guess.

That’s all I have for now, I should have some new pictures over the next couple of days. Until then, anything you want to say just drop it in the box below!

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