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the moon – in and out of focus

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Here’s a photo (or should I say, two photos) I took a few weeks ago as part of my photo-a-day project, that stuck with me as being a particular favorite. I had set out to get a shot of the moon, knowing full well that even with my best zoom lens, the moon would still be fairly tiny and require a decent amount of cropping. But in the process of taking that photo, I took a few where the zoom completely failed to lock correctly and the moon was just a giant, out-of-focus blob.

But by combining that error along with the originally desired sharp image, I was able to take something that would have been so mundane as to barely capture my own attention (even though it was my photo), and transform it into something I felt was far more intriguing.

Something about it also reminds me of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is a particular favorite of mine, so perhaps that helps me like it more as well.

Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 213 – Total Days: 2,404

the moon – in and out of focus
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 213 – Total Days: 2,404
August 1st, 2015

shamrock [Day 2416]

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Had a pretty weird day. Ended it by getting some drinks at McCarthy’s with coworkers. That was pretty nice. Took a photo of this Budweiser shamrock because it looked kind of cool. Didn’t actually drink any Budweiser. Stuck with Jameson and Guinness.

Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 225 – Total Days: 2,416 Had a pretty weird day. Ended it by getting some drinks at McCarthy's with coworkers. That was pretty nice. Took a photo of this Budweiser shamrock because it looked kind of cool. Didn't actually drink any Budweiser. Stuck with Jameson and Guiness.

Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 225 – Total Days: 2,416

Yes, I’m still here!

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It’s true, the blog hasn’t had photo of the day in a while, but that doesn’t mean it stopped. No, it’s just that while out of town for the weekend and then recovering from a cold, I’ve decided that perhaps having photo of the day both here and on Flickr is a bit of an annoying (and redundant) hassle.

So instead of posting to both Flickr and here every single day, I’ve decided to experiment with some changes. Photo of the day will continue to be on Flickr (just as it always has and has been for the past few days), but the blog will start to serve a different purpose and might not always be updated daily. Most likely, I’ll do some occasional “catch-up” posts that include photos of the day from the past week or so, or perhaps only just some highlights. Not quite sure about exact timing yet, but I’ll try a few things and see how it goes.

It’ll also be a place for writing more about photography when I get the chance and posting photo sets.

In any case, to check out the past few photos of the day, head on over to Flickr! At least until I have a chance to get this place caught up.

Cheers,

Brian

fence post [Day 2395]

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Even a simple fence post is interesting when viewed pretty close.

fence post | photograph by Brian J. Matis

fence post [Day 2395]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 204 – Total Days: 2,395
Canon 6D | ISO 1250 | 100mm | f/2.8 | 1/640 sec

blue dots [Day 2394]

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The new macro lens allows for a lot of new possibilities when shooting my computer case once more.

abstract blue dots | photograph by Brian J. Matis

blue dots [Day 2394]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 203 – Total Days: 2,394
Canon 6D | ISO 12800 | 100mm | f/2.8 | 1/60 sec

willie nelson @ vino robles ampitheater [Day 2393]

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I know you can’t really see him here, but I went and saw Willie Nelson (& Allison Krauss) playing at the Vino Robles Ampitheater this evening :-)

willie nelson @ vino robles ampitheater | photograph by Brian J. Matis

willie nelson @ vino robles ampitheater [Day 2393]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 202 – Total Days: 2,393
iPhone 5s | ISO 500 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/15 sec

go twerk [Day 2392]

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Twerk. It’s what the graffiti commands you to do.

graffiti | photograph by Brian J. Matis

go twerk [Day 2392]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 201 – Total Days: 2,392
iPhone 5s | ISO 32 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/340 sec

succulent on table [Day 2391]

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A potted succulent sitting on the table at Saucelito Canyon Winery. Taken while wine tasting on a hot and unusually humid day.

succulent on table | photograph by Brian J. Matis

succulent on table [Day 2391]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 200 – Total Days: 2,391
iPhone 5s | ISO 50 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/120 sec

tooth & nail @ night [Day 2390]

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Shot a wedding today. That was tiring, but fun! Amazing venue, too. I love how it looked as the sun was almost down. Fortunately, my camera can shoot at ISO 12,800 reasonably well.

tooth and nail winery at night | photograph by Brian J. Matis

tooth & nail @ night [Day 2390]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 199 – Total Days: 2,390
Canon 6D | ISO 12800 | 25mm | f/2.8 | 1/125 sec

no vacancy [Day 2389]

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Was out at the Paso Robles Inn this evening to shoot an event. Since it’s an event I’m shooting for someone else, I decided not to use one as photo of the day, and instead, grabbed a shot of the nice neon signs while I was heading back to my car.

sorry no vacancy

no vacancy [Day 2389]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 198 – Total Days: 2,389
Canon 6D | ISO 3200 | 100mm | f/3.2 | 1/640 sec

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