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Squares of colored light [Day 2010]

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squares of colored light [2010]

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 184 – Total Days: 2,010

I‘ve had the pleasure of providing daycare for a friend’s daughter, Willow, this week (one of the perks of going entirely freelance is that my schedule is now my own and I’m free to handle jobs like this. The pay is way less, but it feels much more meaningful in so many ways!)

We’ve done fun things like going to the park, getting ice cream, hiking around the neighborhood and up some nearby hills, and today, we had an extra special trip to the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum! (Don’t let the name fool you though, it’s not a museum about children ;-)

It’s got all sorts of fun things to interact with, explore, and experiment on. One of the more interesting photo opportunities was this one light table that had transparent, colored, magnetic shapes you could put together. Willow built this large surface with walls and I just loved how the colors and shapes came together to create a neat abstract design that I thought would photograph well. So of course, I pulled out my iPhone and grabbed a few shots in order to come up with today’s photo of the day.

A serious question…

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Photo of toddler with "bro, do you even lift?" caption

Westley is probably more bad-ass than you. Just sayin’.

Thanks to a friend on G+ for suggesting a caption for Tuesday’s Photo of the Day. Such a perfect fit! Westley here is going to own this meme!

Coca-Cola [Day 2009]

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Coca-Cola sign

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 183 – Total Days: 2,009

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westley [Day 2008]

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Photo of toddler

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 182 – Total Days: 2,008

Went out for a nice evening walk with friends. I thought Westley’s shirt was pretty fantastic.

I think this quiz is biased…

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Which Game of Thrones character would you be?
What character would you be? Click above to find out!

via The Oatmeal

tools of the trade [2007]

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tools of the trade [2007]

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 181 – Total Days: 2,007

Got my coffee, MacBook Air, and a copy of WordPress: the missing manual — that’s how you can tell it’s time to get to work!

beef stew [2006]

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jars of beef stew

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 180 – Total Days: 2,006

Today I:

  • Found out how to enable nested comments on the site
  • Installed a plug-in to provide a good pagination display
  • Chatted with some friends
  • Went to club member wine release event at Edna Valley Winery (where I took today’s photo)
  • Grocery shopping at CostCo
  • Ran 5K and got a personal record: 9:23 min/mile pace!

All-in-all, an excellent day!

June 28th Photowalk [2005]

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Collage of 10 photos from photowalk

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 179 – Total Days: 2,005

Today I made sure to get in some good quality time with my new Canon 6D (see my first impressions here) by doing a nice little photowalk around the neighborhood. I ended up choosing 10 photos I liked and that I knew I’d display here, but when it came time to pick just one of them to be the official Photo of the Day, I got stuck…

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Canon 6D: First Impressions

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close up of Canon 6D camera

So as you’ve perhaps seen, I got myself a new Canon 6D a few days ago in celebration of both my birthday and my 2,000th consecutive Photo-a-Day. (Plus, this week managed to get the extra bonus of the new website launch. What a week!)

While I haven’t had too much opportunity to do extensive shooting with it yet, I’ve at least done enough for a few quick first impressions. And note that I’ve been shooting with a Canon 50D for the past five years, so everything will be presented from the perspective of that. Here goes!

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objects in mirror [2004]

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photo of camera looking at car side mirror
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Thanks to all the hubbub and work put into getting the new www.brianjmatis.com site up and running, I haven’t had much chance to actually play around with my new Canon 6D. What a shame! At least I got to use it for yesterday and Tuesday’s photos, and today, I spent a few minutes wandering outside this evening to start getting more of a feel for it. I’ll be posting some initial impressions of it on the site very soon!

I’ll say one thing for it right now though: it’s definitely a bit of a narcissistic camera. See how it just had to do a selfie using whatever handy mirror was nearby ;-)

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 178 – Total Days: 2,004

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