Catching up!

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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.

Anaheim Gardenwalk [Day 2364]

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I’m in Anaheim for the week so that I can spend three days in Disneyland for my birthday! Today involved a train ride, swimming in the pool, going to The Cheesecake Factory, and a nice leisurely walk through a new shopping area. Tomorrow: Disneyland!

Anaheim Gardenwalk | photograph by Brian J. Matis

Anaheim Gardenwalk [Day 2364]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 173 – Total Days: 2,364

iPhone 5s | ISO 80 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/30 sec

“dancing through shadows” [Day 2363]

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I cannot take credit for the title of today’s photo, they are words written by a friend of mine in a touching tribute for a recent passing. But they are lovely words and I felt they fit this photo very well, so I hope they do mind the reuse.

yellow flowers | photograph by Brian J. Matis

“dancing through shadows” [Day 2363]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 172 – Total Days: 2,363
Canon 6D | ISO 1250 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/320 sec

enchanted forest [Day 2362]

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When it comes to getting interesting photographs, I really do know some of the best people. :-)

enchanted forest costumes | photograph by Brian J. Matis

enchanted forest [Day 2362]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 171 – Total Days: 2,362
Canon 6D | ISO 800 | 105mm | f/4.0 | 1/250 sec

fractured [Day 2361]

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Do you ever feel that sometimes your attention is pulled in so many different directions that your focus becomes shattered? No? Yeah, neither do I…

On the plus side, when you find a broken mirror lying on the sidewalk, you get the opportunity to take a photograph like this without needing to incur seven years of bad luck :-)

broken mirror self portrait | photograph by Brian J. Matis

fractured [Day 2361]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 170 – Total Days: 2,361
Canon 6D | ISO 3200 | 105mm | f/4.0 | 1/50 sec

relax… [Day 2360]

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Sometimes, it’s very important to remember to just relax.

flowers | photograph by Brian J. Matis

relax… [Day 2360]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 169 – Total Days: 2,360
Canon 6D | ISO 400 | 34mm | f/3.2 | 1/160 sec

Adobe CC 2015 [Day 2359]

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Getting the newest versions of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. While some aspects of Adobe’s software subscription model can be disconcerting, the ease of getting the latest updates is pretty darn convenient.

Adobe CC 2015 download | photograph by Brian J. Matis

Adobe CC 2015 [Day 2359]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 168 – Total Days: 2,359
Canon 6D | ISO 3200 | 35mm | f/2.8 | 1/320 sec

wineman [Day 2358]

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Had dinner downtown and snagged this shot of the neon sign for the Wineman Hotel.

wineman hotel sign | photograph by Brian J. Matis

wineman [Day 2358]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 167 – Total Days: 2,358
iPhone 5s | ISO 32 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/1300 sec

coca-cola [Day 2357]

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These days, I rarely ever drink soda. But on those rare occasions when I do, I make sure to get it in a glass bottle. It’s the best way to really enjoy it.

coca-cola bottle | photograph by Brian J. Matis

coca-cola [Day 2357]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 166 – Total Days: 2,357
Canon 6D | ISO 1250 | 16mm | f/2.8 | 1/50 sec

Heroes of the Storm [Day 2356]

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It’s been a long and incredibly productive day! Time to unwind with a match or two of Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard’s latest game.

Heroes of the Storm | photograph by Brian J. Matis

Heroes of the Storm [Day 2356]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 165 – Total Days: 2,356
Canon 6D | ISO 6400 | 27mm | f/2.8 | 1/1000 sec

Bonus shot of the Starter Pack set I picked up last weekend. Even though it’s a Free-to-Play game, where you can earn in-game gold to unlock new characters, I wanted to be able to purchase a few characters right off, as well as get the special mount that’s only available with this set. Plus, I still kind of like having physical boxes for some things ;-)

Heroes of the Storm Starter Pack | photograph by Brian J. Matis

Heroes of the Storm Starter Pack
Canon 6D | ISO 4000 | 16mm | f/2.8 | 1/25 sec

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