Category Archives: Beach

Photography!

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So, as I mentioned before, I have been taking a basic photography class. I’ve always loved taking and sharing pictures, but I never took the time to learn all the functions of the camera. For my birthday I got my very first DSLR and I signed up for this photo class. I’m LOVING it, having so much fun practicing. And so I figured I’d share some of what I’ve been doing here 🙂

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Practicing with aperture and white balance

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Shutter Speed- Light Trails!

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Panning:

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Just thought these were some cool early morning shots

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Another shutter speed exercise^

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Still learning, having a blast practicing. One thing I’ve noticed is that I seem to never shoot people. I guess that’s what I’ll be practicing this week! 🙂

(If you wanna send me any tips please do!)

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My New Toy (No, not that kind.)

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This is my brand new Nikon D3100

Happy Birthday to me!

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I have always been a lover of pictures; taking, sharing, and most recently of photo-gifting. I travel as much as possible (on my budget) and do a lot of fun things (I think). I’m always taking pics wherever I go, and some of them turn out to be great shots. But I’ve never taken the time out to really learn about basic principles of photography or functions of a (my) camera. It’s definitely time.

So I signed up for a photography class.

And it starts tomorrow EEEEEEEE!!!! (that’s my excited noise)

And feeling in the birthday spirit, I, with the help of my lovely mother, purchased my first Digital SLR.

When I took it out of the box I was pretty intimidated. But it’s bought and paid for, and I’m gonna learn how to use it like a pro over the next six weeks of class. (No no no, to all and any photogs who may be reading this and thinking I’m stepping all over your toes, I’m not gonna pretend to be a photographer…until I am one anyway.) I’m just excited to learn 🙂

Took her out for a spin yesterday (in the freezing cold). Here’s some gray and gloomy New England winter for you:

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Hurricane Sandy Volunteer Road Trip

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So, Kate and I made the trip last Thursday to the NY/NJ area to deliver donations I had been collecting for the past couple weeks and to do some volunteer work.

While researching I discovered an organization called “Occupy Sandy” www.occupysandy.org. Apparently the same people who took part in the Occupy Wall Street protests set up a grassroots volunteer network for Hurricane Sandy relief. Which is pretty cool. I never got caught up in the Occupy movement last year, so I can’t really speak on that at all, but having people handy and willing to help in places of need is always a thumbs up in my book. They had several sites for volunteering and donations and because you could “just show up” (rather than schedule a time and do registration and all that) I decided that would be a fine outlet for us to work with.

We set out at 5am to head to one of the main distribution centers, which was in Brooklyn, NY. I had never been to Brooklyn, or NYC (I know, I know ridiculous) so I was pretty excited. Plus I love a road trip. The ride was great, we left early enough to avoid traffic and made great headway until about 8:30, when I had to pee and we realized we were passing the town in Connecticut that one of Kate’s good friends lives in. We called her up and the three of us went out to breakfast at some little diner. Catching up with friends, missing rush hour traffic, and eating…it’s a three-fer.

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We made our way to Brooklyn to the main distribution center at the Church of Saint Luke and Saint Matthew, where we unloaded most of our donated good. Cleaning supplies, water, food, and toiletries are what they accepted from us. We had also gathered a good amount of blankets, coats, hats and other warm weather gear which they were not accepting. So we figured we’d drop those at another location where they were needed and wanted. We said we were interested in volunteering so they dispatched us to Rockaway Beach to lend a hand there.

Mostly what we were asked to do was administrative tasks (bitch work, Kate calls it) and everything was a bit disorganized. But we did what they asked and while we were there we did some exploring of the area and got to see some of the devastation caused by Sandy. The Rockaway area was by no means the hardest hit, but there was still extensive damage. Here are some of the photos we took at Rockaway Beach:

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It was crazy to see the damage and destruction up close. It was even crazier that this was nothing compared to some other areas of Jersey and New York. The people that own these ocean-front properties are no doubt devastated by this…but seeing this really made me feel for the people in poorer areas that were hit the hardest…people who don’t have homeowner’s insurance or anywhere else to go or the money to start all over again.

So with this thought, we headed to the Newark, NJ airport, where we had reservations to stay for the evening. We were very fortunate in that I was able to get free hotel room for the evening. The hotel management was appreciative that we were coming to help out their neighbors, and in return they made a generous donation to this effort in the form of accommodation for the night.

A quick dinner and to bed we went, asleep by 8pm. The next morning we headed into the city of Newark. Our parents were right; it was a rough city. I had the doors locked and was very happy that when I pulled up to the church which was serving as an Occupy Sandy Headquarters that there was a police officer parked in front of me. People were gathered inside who had stories of losing everything. They were frustrated with the government, with FEMA. I was glad that we had come because the people in this neighborhood really needed help and we knew the items we brought would be put to good use. The kind gentleman at the door helped me to unload bag after bag of blankets, coats, sweaters, gloves, and hats.  We said our goodbyes, they thanked us for coming, and we were on our way again.

Another 5+ hour ride home, a one hour nap, and back to work I went.

And here I am again.

Onto the next adventure…

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The times they are a-changin’

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What I did last Columbus Day weekend:

  

Oh, also we did this:

         

90 degree weather, beach, bathing suits, beer, and lots and lots of fun.

Thank you Ocean Mist Beach Bar.

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our new pumpkins!

Highlight of my weekend was pumpkin picking with my best girl at Connors Farm, Danvers MA

No partying, no beach, and the weather was cold. Still had a  great weekend.

I guess I’m old. And in love.

September beach day at Good Harbor Beach

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We took the back entrance into Good Harbor, one of Gloucester’s most popular beaches. Actually, it is probably the favorite beach in all of Cape Ann, which is comprised of coastal towns of northeastern Massachusetts.

(you can find more info about all the Cape Ann beaches at http://www.seecapeann.com)

We thought we were sneakily getting free parking. But the signs warning not to park between may1 and September 15th were not any sort of exaggeration. I’ll be paying a cool $45 parking ticket ASAP 😒.
Lesson learned. I’ll use the parking lot and pay the price henceforth.

Other than that it was a BEAUTIFUL beach day and perfect for the end-of-summer blues that sometimes creep up on me.