PBC (October 2014): Photographer’s choice

Oct 30

It’s already the end of October.

Where did the month go? Heck, where did the year go?

Baseball season is now officially over and the fall seems to be truly showing its colors – that is in regard to the weather, not just the color on the trees (for those who still have leaves on said trees). High school football in this area is winding down and many schools are already starting to peer toward winter sports.

And here we are with another month of photos in the challenge.

This month’s challenge was photographer’s choice, which I hope means a very cool selection of images and maybe a few extra people joining us for this challenge.

For me, I actually took some photos with my real DSLR this month. But, in the end, I’ve decided to go with five images taken with my iPhone.

And why is that, you may ask?

It’s simple. I just don’t use my DSLR as much as I used to. I use a true camera for work quite often (and those photos won’t show up here), so I use the iPhone to chronicle my life, whether it be uploading photos to Instagram or Facebook or something else. It’s a way to still take pretty good photos without having to lug equipment around.

So this month, my choices are ones I took via the iPhone and all have a story to share.

Without further ado, allow me to share my five for the month of October.

1. Say cheese!

This was one cool spot for a photo booth … kind of. This is a wash area, in between the male and female bathrooms, at a eatery in New York City. Yeah, I’m totally serious, too. We waited somebody using it when we arrived, and then we took ours. Five minutes of processing and we got our photos. The kicker was, so many people went by but didn’t even seem to bat an eye. I have a feeling this happens often enough here.

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2. Happy Cam!

Of course he’s happy! He’s a little ham for the camera! All dressed up at a soccer game for the cool weather. And look at those teeth coming in!

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3. Molson

This is one of the last shots I took of my cat, Molson. This was after she came home from the vet and seemed like she might have been getting slightly better. She was napping and eyeballing me, much like she always did when I was around her with a camera. We lost her a few days later, unfortunately, and she’ll be highly missed.

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4. The Ocean

I had the chance this month to take my yearly trip to the Jersey Shore. It was a nice trip, though I had a lot on my mind that weekend. One day was really nice weather, so it was nice to just stand on the beach and let my feet sink in the sand and have the water come around my ankles.

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5. Guinness

I think this photo speaks for itself…

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That’s my five for the month. And, now it’s your turn.

If you took part this month, make sure you link up below. And for those who participated, make sure you try and get to other people’s blogs and comment and visit so we can continue to grow this challenge. Don’t forget, too, to come back tomorrow, Friday, October 31 and see the theme for November! NOTE: I set up a Facebook group for those who participate in the challenge and are interested. I’ll post any announcements there and hopefully it can be a place where things are discussed and some interaction etc. You can access it here.

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Day Zero Project: Completed No. 26

Oct 29

Goal completed: Take pictures in a photo booth.

day_zero_photo_boothDate completed: October 26, 2014

Number: 26

Description: Basically, to find an older photo booth and take photos in it. I wanted to try and avoid the newer digital ones, rather get one of the old ones that process photos.

Why I wanted to do it: Photo booths once dotted the landscape of many places. In recent times, the older and “real photo” ones have disappeared. Places that still have them have gone digital as it’s easier and likely quite cheaper. Now, over the years I have fully switched from film to digital photography. I like instant gratification and like being able to make changes to my settings on the fly. That being said, my background is film. I had a darkroom growing up. I was a darkroom technician (seriously, I made an extra $75 a week in my paycheck for that) at the first weekly newspaper I worked at. I still, sometimes, will shoot a roll of film for the fun of it. So, needless to say, I still appreciate film.

And I realize it’s a dying art.

Therefore, to have the chance with a photo booth to do it old-school, I couldn’t resist. I’m not much for getting my photo taken, but with something like this, I truly do enjoy the feel of it. The experience itself was even better, but I’ll explain that more below.

How I did it: Knowing I was going to New York City for a work conference, I made plans to meet a couple of geocaching friends — Heather and Jim — for dinner and to hang out for a bit. Heather is a super guide whenever I go to NYC, so I mentioned this idea. Utilizing the website photobooth.net, we found a few that seemed doable. We ended up only being able to do one, which is fine, but this made me want to visit more of these beautiful machines. And with this awesome website, it will make it much easier to find them.

As for the one we chose — it couldn’t have been better. We went to The Smith Lincoln Center. Once there, we asked a waiter if this machine was anywhere to be found and he noted it was downstairs, near the bathrooms. Indeed it was. The women’s bathroom on the left, the men’s on the right and shared sinks in the middle. And right there was the photo booth. A father and son were doing their photo when we arrived, so it was cool to see the excitement on the kid’s face. For $3.00, you got the normal four photos and had to wait five minutes for the photos to be done being processed.

We did our photos and waited for them to be done. As we were leaving, the person who maybe repairs/collects money came in and was going to the machine. He made mention of the darkness on the bottom of the final photo maybe being because too many people. Either way, after allowing the image to dry, I put it in a safe place to take home.

These machines are really quite fun to find and use, especially the older ones. I’m going to keep tabs on the website to be able to find a few more in my travels. And, maybe, one day I’ll get the chance to go to their International Photobooth Convention. It looks like quite a blast.

About P.J.’s Day Zero Project: Day Zero is a project where people come up with 101 things to do over 1001 days. I started the project on August 1, 2014 with an anticipated finish date of April 28, 2017. Goals will not be revealed until they are completed. A private list is at the Day Zero website and the list will be made public upon completion of the project. It’s my thoughts that if things are kept private, should I not do them, change or find a way around it, I’d only be cheating myself.

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NYFD fundraising in a cool way

Oct 28

The New York City Fire Department is excelling in fundraising 101.

I had to go to the City this past weekend for a work conference. After the seminar on Sunday, I met with some friends for dinner and to walk around a bit.

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At one point, we were passing one of the City’s many fire department spots and I was told of a fundraiser they are doing — selling t-shirts.

Yeah, it seems simple enough, but this is pretty cool.

So what you do is ring the bell and ask about the t-shirts. You are brought into the department and can buy a shirt. How cool is that? You’re there with the fire trucks and a fireman and helping support. That is fundraising 101 at its finest.

Think about it — you are visiting New York City, which is home to arguably the most famous fire department out there. You get to go visit the fire house and walk away with a shirt — for 20 bucks. And, at the same time, you are helping and supporting said fire department.

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That’s pretty cool.

Here’s the even cooler part — every fire battalion apparently has its own design, which is really cool.

Now, I have no idea how long this has been going on for. This doesn’t seem too new, but for somebody who doesn’t visit the City often, it was new to me. So I, of course, had to get one.

To me, this is basic fundraising at its best and I give much kudos to the NYFD for it. Next time I’m there, I may have to add a second shirt. I just wish, when we were inside, I would have seen if I could have snapped a photo or two.

This was definitely pretty cool and well worth experiencing, and I also know the money goes to a good cause.

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Soundless Sunday: October 26

Oct 26

“If you go to Gettysburg and take the time, maybe take a tour, maybe just drive around, read some of the monuments, read some of the plaques, you will come away changed.”

– Jeff Shaara

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Soundless Sunday is a weekly feature where I’ll try and feature a favorite quote and a photo that I’ve taken. Enjoy life — it’s the only way to go!

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Goodbye, Molson

Oct 24

Goodbye, Molson.

You came to me in 1998, when my niece (now a senior in high school) was still a toddler. In fact, I have photos of you and her both at your early age. It’s rather cute, actually.

Molson in 2013.

Molson in 2013.

It was late July 1998 and you were probably about six weeks old or so. You licked your chops. You meowed. You found a home that you could call yours. And boy did you. You owned it. You patrolled it like nobody else could be in it.

Your colors were lovely, a striking calico who always kept yourself groomed and in pristine look.

Like other cats, you slept a lot. And you ate. But you ran around and enjoyed life. You loafed and you sped around, almost like you were being chased. You had so many secret places to sleep, it was hard to keep track of where you were. Of course, as you got older, some of the “upper” spots you may have jumped to as a kitten weren’t as easily accessed.

Molson and Nicole in 1998.

Molson and Nicole in 1998.

Strictly an indoor cat, you never seemed to care about getting outside. In fact, in times when you could have ran, you’d just wander out on the porch to maybe soak up some sun, before wandering back inside to the safe confines of your home.

Speaking of sun, you could seem to find every patch of sun possible. Even if it was just a sliver, you’d plop yourself down and let it warm you all over.

Some of the habits you had were odd, such as drinking out of a flower watering pot instead of your own water dish. There was a reason, at times, you were called “dummy.” As you grew older, you became used to having your dinner at a certain time. And you’d sit near your bow or meow until you got your food.

Originally names after the beer I enjoyed most at that time, it seems like a fitting tribute for me to work on a couple of home brews to make and name them in your honor.

Licking her chops, even at a young age.

Licking her chops, even at a young age.

You didn’t like the camera, but living through the digital age with somebody who takes a lot of photographs, you were a subject often enough. You seemed to like it as a kitten, when I was still in the film age, but if I pointed a camera at you, you’d often turn away or walk away. I still managed to get many good photos of you, which I’m obviously happy about.

I never did get that picture of you yawning, despite trying hard to do so for many years. I came close several times, but never had the camera up when I needed it most.

There’s a lot I will miss, that’s for sure.

Such as you meowing when you wanted attention, or more often, when you wanted food. I’ll miss walking by your favorite sitting/laying down spots and not seeing you there. I’ll miss watching you just flop on the floor and being queen of the home.

Molson chilling with one of her best friends.

Molson chilling with one of her best friends.

I keep walking past those spots, hoping to see you. Or I keep hoping you’ll come around a corner, hop up on a chair and curl up. There’s that one teddy bear on a lonely chair that you used to hop up on to see you snuggle with the bear. It won’t be the same not seeing you there.

I know it’s been less than a week, but every once in a while, I’ll hear a creak or a noise – something that seemed to be associated with you coming from somewhere – and I look around hoping to see you enter with that meow.

Owning a pet is a wonderful thing. Watching them go is one of the hardest things people can deal with, especially when you’ve had a pet for so long. It wasn’t the easiest thing to say goodbye to you, Molson. But you weren’t yourself anymore and I think you were ready. You said goodbye in your own way and you didn’t have to spend your final days at the Vet, rather at home, where you belonged.

The ending was hard as it is with human or animals who are so close to you. But soon enough those feelings will ease to the memories of all the good years you had and gave people. You will, however, be extremely missed and remembered fondly.

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Northeast Bloggers October photo challenge: Fall

Oct 23

We had a nice season of foliage around here … and I didn’t take many photos. So I went with the best one I had.

Colors popping!

Colors popping!

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Fireworks

Oct 21

I am working on a few posts for the upcoming weeks. But for now, allow me to share the finale of a fireworks show I saw a couple of weeks ago when in South New Jersey.

I’m a big fan of fireworks, so it was nice to get to see this show. Overall, it was pretty solid and well worth the side trip.

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