2000 photos! [2001]

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2000 photos! [2001]

In honor of hitting 2000 consecutive days of creating a new photograph every single day, I decided to go a little wild. You see, much like in past photo a day milestones, the numbers in these signs are actually a collage that contains all prior photos of the day. Yes, that’s right, there are two. thousand. photos inside this one.

(Originally, I had thought I might do this yesterday, but my Lightroom catalog collections for prior years was a little too messed up and I had to spend the day working on some maintenance instead and so the photo for it was pretty mundane.)

But at least this way, I’m actually able to include yesterday’s 2000th photo in the collage. So for once, the sign contains the same number of photos as the number it represents.

I’d also like to point out that this is definitely one of the most complex photos I’ve ever done. Being in four places at once is insanely difficult!

Also, here’s a shout-out to Shape Collage, the software I used to create the photo collage for the numbers.

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 175 – Total Days: 2,001

catalog maintenance [2000]

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catalog maintenance [2000]

Well, I’ve hit 2,000 days of this crazy project. I had planned to do something a bit more special, but it turned out that much more of my past photo a day collections were quite a bit more messed up than I thought. So I’ve spent the day (like seriously 8 hours straight) doing a bunch of catalog maintenance, relabelling, and tagging. At least now I’ll have a lot more of my photos correctly labled and cataloged now.

And besides, 2001 is still an awesome number. So look for something special tomorrow :-)

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 174 – Total Days: 2,000

Rebecca Purple

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Purple color swatch

You may recall from a recent photo of the day that I was very touched and saddened by the loss of Eric Meyer’s 6 year old daughter, Rebecca. Eric was a complete stranger to me, I only know of him through his writings on CSS, but it’s impossible to not feel your own heart break in sympathy for him. Especially considering how open, honest, and raw his blog posting on the subject have been.

While only time can heal such heartache (and never fully), there was a least some measure of happiness when I learned today that the effort to have the color #663399 (a shade of purple) be added to the CSS named color list under the label “rebeccapurple” was recently approved.

It’s nice to know that while the world can bring about such awfulness, we humans have the capacity to bring about some measure of comfort and decency when we try.

everything is awesome! [1999]

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everything is awesome! [1999]

The Lego Movie is straight-up one of the best movies of the year. It’s the sort of film that could have been an easy product tie-in cash grab, but it ended up being so much more. There’s so much ridiculous fun, creativity, and even a heart-warming message. In fact, I’m going to watch it again tonight.

Oh, and one more thing: SPACESHIP!

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 173 – Total Days: 1,999

saucelito canyon [1998]

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saucelito canyon [1998]

A gorgeous California day — perfect for some wine tasting at Saucelito Canyon.

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 172 – Total Days: 1,998

kitchen [1997]

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kitchen [1997]

Both of these were taken from items in the kitchen. Can you tell what they are?

And no fair clicking through and checking the tags out ;-p

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 171 – Total Days: 1,997

strawberries [1996]

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strawberries [1996]

Ended up at the SLO Farmer’s Market for a bit this evening and got some fresh strawberries. Yum!

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 170 – Total Days: 1,996

2014 SLO Half Marathon Medal [1995]

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2014 SLO Half Marathon Medal [1995]

Just felt like getting a new shot of my 2014 SLO Half Marathon finishers medal :-)

I’m already registered for next year, except this time, it’ll be the FULL marathon :-D

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 169 – Total Days: 1,995

chalkboard @ eureka! [1994]

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chalkboard @ eureka! [1994]

Had dinner at Eureka! burger downtown to celebrate a friend getting a major new job she’s been wanting. While waiting for everyone to arrive, grabbed a quick iPhone shot of the chalkboard they use for the beer list. They have a lot of interesting beers there.

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 168 – Total Days: 1,994

50mm [1993]

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50mm [1993]

Whenever people start getting into photography and they want to ask me for advice on what first lens to get (beyond whatever lens came with the camera that is) I ALWAYS recommend a 50mm prime, usually of the f/1.8 variety. It’s got basically the greatest price to performance ratio of all camera gear. It’s simple and not particularly versatile, but that helps make it ridiculously cheap for its quality.

So what are some of its main advantages?

  • The f/1.8 means it’s great in low light (a.k.a it’s super fast) and awesome for getting very shallow depth of field
  • Surprisingly cheap! Usually you’ve got to pay a lot for such a fast lens, but the simplicity of this lens gets the price very low. (When I got mine several years ago it was around $80. Sadly, its popularity has caused it to creep up a bit into the $110 range, but that still makes it one of the cheapest lenses you’ll find.)
  • 50mm is a very close approximation of your normal vision, so composing is quite a bit easier.
  • Plus, its lack of zoom is a great way to learn to move around when composing! It helps enforce a “zoom with you feet” mentality which is crucial when first learning photography. With a zoom lens, too many people get lazy and just stay in one place while fiddling with the lens. Moving around is one of the most important things you can do for finding the shot :-)

There’s a reason it’s got the nickname “nifty-fifty”.

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 167 – Total Days: 1,993

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