Getting Back on the Wagon

July 14, 2011 - Arturo

I’m going to start my 365 project again after failing in 2010. I’m determined to make it this year, if only because I am so glad to have taken some of the photos that I did last year.

So, day 1: July 14, 2011. I got off work early, grabbed Arturo and headed out to the beach to check out the sunset. It was pretty cold at Salmon Creek, but the sunset was gorgeous.

This one also doubles as photo 13/100 of my 100 Friends project.

I’m not even sure what to say about Arturo, because I kind of feel like the photo says it for me. This is basically the perfect picture of Arturo because every time I think of him, I think about his smile, and how much he makes me laugh.

Here are the rest of the photos:


Project 365 – Week 3

January 17, 2010 - Desiree

This is photo 3/100 of my 100 friends project.

Desiree has been one of my best friends for nearly the last decade. We met up this afternoon at Flying Goat, which is pretty much my default meeting spot.

January 18, 2010 - Carrots in the Garden

There was a small pause in the rain this afternoon, so I went out to see the garden. We’ve had a great crop this year of all sorts of veggies, but our first batch of carrots didn’t turn out. Looks like these ones are ready to eat!

On the non-garden front, I had a great day, Elly and I met up for pupusas and clothes swaping and Katie and Amanda are over catching me up on Being Human.

January 19, 2010 - Mike

This is photo 4/100 of my 100 friends project.

Mike had a bone marrow biopsy this morning in San Francisco and I asked if I could go with him. It was definitely not the most fun trip to the city that Mike and I have ever had, but the rain let up while we were there and the wearther was beautiful. On our way back home, we stopped at the rest stop on the North side of the bridge for a quick photo.

January 20, 2010 - Jon

This is photo 5/100 of my 100 friends project.

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Jon playing in more than 50 shows over the years. He was in Black Box back in the day, and has been in Fall is Here the past few years. Jon loves comic books and always seems to be in a good mood. He keeps joking about busting out some dance moves when he plays, I seriously hope it happens because it would be epic.

January 21, 2010 - Lemon Poppyseed Cake

My mom emailed me this LA Times article about the history of my favorite chocolate cake in which the author experimented with a lemon-poppyseed variation on the recipe. Needless to say, my interest was peaked, so I made it tonight. The lemon poppyseed cake recipe is here.

January 22, 2010 - Ben and New Cat

Ben and Desirée took in the cat that’s been sleeping outside on their porch for the last few days. Temporarily dubbed either Roof Cat (for her habit of hanging out on their roof) or New Cat, she is the sweetest little kitten ever (excepting of course, Rahm, who wins at life).

January 23, 2010 - Brandi

This is photo 5/100 of my 100 Strangers project.

I met Brandi when I was taking a photo of the sunlight streaming through the empty columns. She asked if I needed her to move out of the way of my shot and instead I asked her if I could take her photo. It turns out that she was there to model for her photographer friend, who is also doing a 365 project, so it was great timing on my part!

Taken at the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco, CA.

Project 365 – Week 2

January 10, 2010 - Me and Rigel

I assisted Rigel with his 365 today. I poured several gallons of water on his head for his self portrait and it was so fun to drench him that I asked if we could do it just one more time with my camera. I look a little maniacal but that was kind of the theme of the night, so I was pleased.

January 11, 2010 - Pablo

This is photo 4/100 of my 100 Strangers project.

I was walking in to work today just as Pablo was walking out of the office with his mail cart. I already had my camera in my hand, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get today’s photo. I kept it quick, since Pablo was already on the way to his truck, but he was so nice to let me take a few shots of him.

January 12, 2010 - Trees

I was leaving the SAY office when I saw the trees reflected in this puddle of water and I grabbed my camera immediately. One of my coworkers droving into the parking lot and thought I was crazy, but I suppose that it’s an acceptable price to pay.

January 13, 2010 - Golden State Warriors

So Mike and I had tickets to go see the Warriors play Cleveland on Monday and both of us forgot that the game was happening so we missed it 🙁 Major bummer. We remembered tonight’s game against the Miami Heat though, so we headed down to Oakland for the game. All in all, the Warriors got their asses handed to them by the Heat, but basketball games are always fun and I’m really looking forward to seeing them play the Dallas Mavericks next month.

January 14, 2010 - Keyboard

So. much. work. today! At least I got to do part of it in pjs from the comfort of my bed.

January 15, 2010 - Hwy 101

I have been wanting to test out this shot for a few weeks. If I had a tripod I think I would be a lot happier with it.

January 16, 2010 - My Future House (I hope)

I put an offer in on this house last August, and the bank finally accepte the offer this past week. Now I have to finalize the agreement and get a mortgage and hope that nothing goes wrong! I feel like I’ve already moved in, in my mind, and I can’t wait to make it a reality.

Project 365 – Week 1

I have had SO much fun this week with my 365 challenge. I started off the week at the California Academy of Sciences, taking a photo of my very first stranger for the 100 Strangers challenge (something I will be keeping up with all year), and wrapped it up with good friends and delicious pizza. I’ve been enjoying the challenge of discovering new things to photograph and new ways to take pictures. I can already tell that this year is going to make me stretch myself as a photographer to learn new skills and techniques for getting the photos I want. I think a tripod is going to have to be acquired pretty soon too.

January 2, 2010 - Ian

This is photo 1/100 of my 100 Strangers project.

Ian works at the Academy of Sciences in the Tidepool area, and was nice enough to be my first 100 Strangers subject. We got to talking because I was afraid to touch the starfish, but the little kid next to me was all about it. Ian told me that if the kid could do it, I could too.
And thus I struck up a conversation with him about abalone. He told me that abalone get a new hole (which they stick their grabbers through to get food) in their shell each year, so you can tell roughly how old an abalone is judging by the number of holes.
January 3, 2010 - Manuel
This is photo 2/100 of my 100 Strangers project.
Manuel is a surfer who lives in the Mission District in San Francisco. He’s been surfing since he was 13, and said that the conditions today weren’t great (too cold), but since this was the warmest it will be today, he went for it anyway. Manuel is originally from El Salvador but hasn’t been back since moving to the US. He told me that he wasn’t very photogenic, but was gracious enough to let me take his photo anyway.
San Francisco – Ocean Beach at Judah.
January 4, 2010 - Three Chairs
I took this photo this morning at the SAY offices. These chairs are in the hallway of the counseling offices. I suppose they’re a little zen or something.
I love the colors and the whimsy of the child’s chairs sitting on a coffee table underneath a photo of spices.
January 5, 2010 - Goodbye Christmas
Today we bid adieu to our beloved Christmas tree.
January 6, 2009 - Rahm the cat

I was setting up to use my yoga mat as the background of an entirely different photo when Rahm jumped onto the chair and made herself at home. I’m sure there will be at least a few more photos pf Rahm the cat in my 365 collection, and I had intended to save her for later, but she was too pretty to ignore today!

On a side note, her new favorite thing it to play fetch. She taught herself the game, and likes to drop her toy mouse right next to me and wait for me to throw it across the room.

January 7, 2010 - Leaf Print

I wandered outside this morning in search of a photo opportunity in the backyard. What I found was this awesome leaf print in the patio.

January 8, 2010 - Leah

This is photo 3/100 of my 100 Strangers project.

When I stopped by the candlelight peace vigil in Courthouse Square this evening I met Leah and her mom. I loved Leah with the candle, and I’m really glad that she (and her mom) allowed me to take her portrait.

January 9, 2010 - Joey

Ben, Mike and I went to see Avatar today at the IMAX in Emeryville and Joey came to meet us for the movie.

Afterwards, we went down to Zachary’s Pizza and had the best deep dish pizza I have ever had. We got the veggie pizza and it came with a whole wheat crust, broccoli, zucchini, squash, corn, onions, and mushrooms and it was delicious!

While we were waiting for our pizza we sat outside of a cafe that was closing up for the night and watched the passers-by. We even saw one little kid walk by with a manta ray stuffed animal and the boys decided that it was the dumbest possible animal to choose to make a stuffed version of, but I thought it was adorable.

All in all, a great day with great friends.

Project 365 – January 1, 2010

I’m celebrating the turn of the new year with a photo project. I will be taking (at least) one photo a day, every day for the next year.

I’m planning on doing a weekly round-up here on, but I’m kicking the challenge off with my photo from today.
January 1, 2010 - Sara

Sara Sanger of The New Trust, performing at the Phoenix Theater, 01/01/2010

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