The everyday

By Jes • Uncategorized • 8 Mar 2010

It has been awhile since I've posted. It isn't that I haven't been working! In fact I've been working quite hard getting photos finished and posted. 

You can now see all of the photos I took in Hawaii!! You can view them all on my Flickr site as well as see all of the analog photos on my site here.

I've been thinking a lot about Japan lately. It has been almost a year since our trip there. I have almost completed the task of getting all of the photos I took there finished and online. You can see those on my Flickr site too. I have through day 10 up there. The rest will be up soon.

Even though it has been a year, I still have such strong memories of being there. It was the longest trip I have been on. I vividly remember the food, the language, and the chimes played in the train stations when the train was approaching. I'm still hoping to go back there someday. 

In the mean time, I have had a wonderful time taking pictures of friends! I realize that I don't do that enough – take pictures of the everyday. It is something I do constantly when I am on vacation somewhere, photographing the everyday things that exist there. But it is something that I routinely neglect while I am home. I am vowing to change that.


There is a quote that is constantly circulating through the photography social networking places "The best camera is the one you have with you". I always have a camera with me. I try to choose well what camera I bring with me for the day (today I have two in my bag). I prefer working with film, for many reasons, (that don't need to be listed here) but there are many times that I get a photo I love with one of my digital cameras. It doesn't bother me. To me, the main thing is the image. That said, the latest compilation that I have been working on, is composed of 3 digital images I took on our trip in Japan with my Canon 40D.

It is not complete yet, but it is a start. Besides this one coming from a compilation of digital images instead of film, this one is a bit different from the rest. Aviary, a web application and community appeared on my radar awhile ago. I didn't pay much attention at first, and checked it out again just last week. What makes Aviary special, is it is a web application which allows you to edit photos very much like you would in Photoshop. In fact, it has many applications that mimic a lot of what many of the Adobe Creative programs do. I like to think that I can be one of those people who are open to trying out new things and not always being stuck with the old 'tried and true' ways, so I decided to give it a shot! That said, this image was made with Aviary's Phoenix photo editor instead of Photoshop. I did take me a bit longer, and I did have some issues with the tools, but this program is still in Beta, so that is to be expected. Otherwise, I think it is great! Something new to try! I hope they continue to improve and succeed! 

That is all for now! I promise to post more soon!