Got a new digital camera last week (version zoom ex-z600) ... I've been without one for a while, since the one I used to "have" actually belonged to The Guy Formerly Known as Schweetie. I forgot how much I loved bringing a camera along on my daily travels to take a shot when something beautiful/interesting came my way. Having a digital camera is such a great structure/tool for me around staying awake and being more observant (kinda like writing). Even when the photos don't come out perfectly (i'm still trying to figure out the settings and lighting and why the hell i can't always get clean focus on all of my portrait shots ...), there's stuff to appreciate in them. And just stopping and observing and setting up a shot gets me present and appreciative, which is cool even if the photo winds up sucking.
I get a real kick out of taking shots of people, and would love to share them as well, but I'm often hesitant; I feel like I should be getting permission. (do any of you other bloggers have that delemma? what have you done? do you ask people for their permission? i don't want to violate anyone's privacy.) (not like this blog gets read by a massive audience or anything. but then again, another friend told me today that she reads it, and i had no idea she did. so who else is reading it that i don't know about?
(but i digress yet again ...)
Took these shots on/around the 4th. (click on each one for a bigger version ...) Working from the top: there's the produce stand where I bought corn for a family picnic; the sky off the back deck at COTU (the home where i live with LMD; we call it COTU: center of the universe); barely able to make them out over the trees (and a little blurry), but trust me - fireworks; and finally: the candles were burning and the wine bottle was almost empty as LMD and I sat at the table on the back deck and yakked and watched the fireworks. Luscious.
Life is good. And these are some photographs to prove it.