Catching up!


Last week, in honor of my birthday, I went on a week-long trip to Disneyland! It was exhausting but glorious. Not to mention full of photo opportunities.

Thanks to some truly terrible internet connectivity at the hotel, it was excruciatingly slow to try to upload photos. I kept my photo-a-day project up-to-date on Flickr, but trying to also do it on the blog was just too terrible — especially after being at the park all day and just wanting to get to sleep. But now that I’m back, have good internet again and am mostly caught up on things, I’m finally getting the blog back up to date.

I figured I’d just incorporate all of the photos of the day that have been missing from the blog into one post, for the sake of expediency.

First, let’s start off with the three from days spent at Disneyland.

gas station at Disney California Adventure's Cars Land | photograph by Brian J. Matis

cheap gas [Day 2365]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 174 – Total Days: 2,365

Canon 6D | ISO 1600 | 16mm | f/2.8 | 1/40 sec


Mickey Mouse ferris wheel at Disney California Adventure | photograph by Brian J. Matis

paradise pier [Day 2366]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 175 – Total Days: 2,366

Canon 6D | ISO 250 | 170mm | f/5.0 | 1/2000 sec


route 66 sign in Disney California Adventure's Cars Land | photograph by Brian J. Matis

route 66 [Day 2367]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 176 – Total Days: 2,367

Canon 6D | ISO 3200 | 35mm | f/2.8 | 1/1000


One interesting aspect of the trip is that we decided to take the train instead of driving. It was very nice to avoid the Los Angeles traffic and the train station was a pretty cool looking building, as you can see from Friday’s photo.

Anaheim Transit Center | photograph by Brian J. Matis

Anaheim Transit Center [Day 2368]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 177 – Total Days: 2,368
Canon 6D | ISO 200 | 16mm | f/11 | 1/160 sec


Home sweet home, where photo of the day becomes a bit more mundane again. (Especially since I’m pretty worn out from the trip.)

dog paw | photograph by Brian J. Matis

paw [Day 2369]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 178 – Total Days: 2,369
Canon 6D | ISO 5000 | 20mm | f/2.8 | 1/80 sec


Finally got over to Beda’s Biergarten, the new German restaurant in town, on Sunday evening. Had some tasty pork schnitzel and spaetzle. Yum!

rahmschnitzel | photograph by Brian J. Matis

Rahmschnitzel [Day 2370]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 179 – Total Days: 2,370
iPhone 5s | ISO 40 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/40 sec


On Monday night, I played a game of Lords of Waterdeep, one of the Dungeons & Dragons board-games. Had heard good things about it, and it did not disappoint! Was pretty easy to learn the rules and doesn’t last too long. Plus, I even won, so that was nice :-)

Lords of Waterdeep board game | photograph by Brian J. Matis

intriguing [Day 2371]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 180 – Total Days: 2,371
Fuji X100s | ISO 3200 | 23mm | f/4.0 | 1/30 sec


Last night was a wonderful, warm summer evening, which just begged for having dinner outside at Novo’s magnificent outdoor patio overlooking the creek in downtown SLO. Took a quick iPhone shot of some items on the dinner table.

candle and glass | photograph by Brian J. Matis

candle and glass [Day 2372]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 181 – Total Days: 2,372
iPhone 5s | ISO 80 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/30 sec


While it was a wonderful vacation and many busy days afterward, it does feel good to have a night mostly free where I could finally get caught up on the blog.


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