Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Year Two

Tomorrow is May 1, and I have decided on the theme for the first month of my next year of photography. I also decided to start fresh with a new blog, which you can find at Can't wait to see you all over there!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The End for Now

I just posted my last pictures from China, and the last pictures for my year, which officially ended on March 28. It's hard to believe I made it to the end--although there were a few days I missed in the last couple of months. I have to say it was so nice on Saturday to think "Oh, yeah, I don't have to take any pictures today."

I have learned a lot in this year, including the fact that I have a lot more to learn about photography. I'm looking forward to my next project, which will start in May. I haven't decided what my first theme will be, but I have a few weeks to figure it out. I also don't know if I will use a new blog or keep going on this one--check back here to find out.

It has been fun hearing from all of you who have followed this blog. It kept me going knowing that there were many of you checking each day for a new picture!

I'll see you all in about a month...

Beijing Day 2

Friday, March 28, 2008

Tiananmen Square--you can see the weather was quite miserable.

Inside the Forbidden City

KFC is very popular in China--this one had three floors!

Monday, March 31, 2008

Beijing Day 1

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Mark and Seth having a Chinese version of a western breakfast on the train to Beijing.

The Temple of Heaven

The Great Wall

Repairing the Wall

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


We are leaving for Beijing in a couple of hours, so I'm going to shoot off a quick post with some pictures. I've been shooting mostly on Aperture priority, rather than auto, so I've been learning a lot. Unfortunately I keep forgetting to change a setting or two when moving to a new spot. Today I forgot to change the ISO from last night when we were in a dark theater. So their is "noise" in my outdoor sunny pictures. Aaarrgghhh! Well, since I'm not planning to publish any of these I guess it's not a big deal. And, again, I'm learning a ton.

I'll post again when we return from Beijing. I hope I have enough disk space for the pictures I'll take while we're there!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Highlights from today

I'll post several pictures from today, but the first one is the only one I'll comment on for now. It is my brave people picture ("brave" is for me, not the people in the picture, although they may be brave, who knows). The guy on the left had said "ni hao" to me earlier, which gave me courage to ask him if I could take his picture (using sign language, as he didn't know English). After I took it I showed it to him, and he gave me a thumbs up, so he approved. This is the kind of people picture I was hoping to get.

OK, I have to say something about this one too, just so I dont' forget about this guy. His name is Georgie Pan, and he started talking with Lynn and Mark (in English). He spent 40 years as a literature translator, and translated works by Mark Twain and John Steinbeck. He was very nice and let me take his picture with Mark.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Some Shots from Today

Seeing as how I'm in China, I'm breaking my one-picture-a-day rule.

This is a shot outside the fabric mart, where Mark had a suit made and I had some pants made. I said I would post a people picture, but I didn't have the guts to take many pictures of strangers. This one shows a small bit of the hustle and bustle of Shanghai streets. Driving around here is crazy!

These pictures are in the Yu Gardens, a shopping area and garden. Some of the buildings are 500 years old.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hazy Shanghai Afternoon

This is my picture for Sunday. I guess I skipped Saturday, but with the time change, it's hard to say when my Saturday started.

We're having a great time! I'll try to post some people pictures tomorrow.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Somewhere over Alaska (or Siberia)

Friday, March 21, 2008

From Chicago to Shanghai, we flew over the northern coast of Alaska and across the northeast corner of Siberia. Both areas looked quite similar. I can't remember which place this picture was taken.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Morning Sun

Well, we're off (almost). We're all packed and are going to Mark's parents' house tonight so they can take us to the airport very early tomorrow. Lynne says I should be able to post from their house, so hopefully you'll get to see some of the sites before we get back. I have a travel photography book that my dad just gave me to read on the plane. Next post from China...


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Monday, March 17, 2008


Sunday, March 16, 2008

"Come Unto Me"

Saturday, March 15, 2008

From the Plane

Friday, March 14, 2008


Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Monday, March 10, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Out of Town

Mark and I have been in St. Louis this weekend for his cousin's wedding. We are staying an extra night, because we got bumped from our flight and will get $600 toward a future flight. So I won't be able to catch up on posting till tomorrow.

I've been such a slacker lately--but only about two weeks left! My last week will be a marathon. I might not be able to post while we're in China, so I'll get those shots up when I get back. Then a month off--then a new project. I'm looking forward to that!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Aftermath

Sunday, March 9, 2008


Saturday, March 8, 2008

Bathroom Wall

Friday, March 7, 2008

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Curled Up

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

More Ice