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1468 [Day 2377]


This is from a telephone pole that caught my eye this evening. I just love the wood grain and the texture of the numbers. But what do the numbers mean? Is it an identifier for the pole? Seems like that would make sense… Will have to remember to take a look at other poles to check for similar numbers to confirm.

numbers on telephone pole | photograph by Brian J. Matis

1468 [Day 2377]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 186 – Total Days: 2,377
Canon 6D | ISO 2500 | 255mm | f/5.6 | 1/250 sec

Cayucos 4th of July Parade [Day 2376]


It’s hard to believe just how packed the little beach-side town of Cayucos gets for its 4th of July parade every year, but that really adds to the fun!

Cayucos 4th of July parade | photograph by Brian J. Matis

Cayucos 4th of July Parade [Day 2376]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 185 – Total Days: 2,376
Canon 6D | ISO 500 | 280mm | f/5.6 | 1/3200 sec

Circus! [Day 2375]


Circus Vargas is in town this weekend, so I went to see it today. Great show!

circus | photograph by Brian J. Matis

Circus! [Day 2375]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 184 – Total Days: 2,375
iPhone 5s | ISO 250 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/25 sec


circus | photograph by Brian J. Matis

circus entrance
iPhone 5s | ISO 32 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/1900 sec



circus performers
iPhone 5s | ISO 64 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/30 sec

ahhhh… [Day 2374]


It’s been a lovely evening and a great start to a three day weekend!

grass | photograph by Brian J. Matis

ahhhh… [Day 2374]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 183 – Total Days: 2,374
Fuji X100s | ISO 400 | 23mm | f/4.0 | 1/80 sec

Apple Music [Day 2373]


I’m one of those old fogies that still likes to buy my music on CD a lot (and yes, even vinyl!) although I have done plenty of purchases through Apple’s iTunes music store thanks to the convenience. But I still haven’t really gotten into subscription services like Spotify yet. Apple’s new Music service has me rather intrigued though, so I’ve got the three month trial and am definitely digging into it. Seems like it’s got a lot of promise.

Apple Music | photograph by Brian J. Matis

Apple Music [Day 2373]
Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 182 – Total Days: 2,373
Fuji X100s | ISO 4000 | 23mm | f/2.8 | 1/800 sec

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.

Anaheim Gardenwalk [Day 2364]


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]


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]


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]


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

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