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.

Free Mind Media Art+Music benefit show

Art + Music Benefit for Free Mind Media

The benefit show for Free Mind Media was fantastic and I had a great time hanging out with so many awesome people. There were about a million bands and artists and we raised over 2 months of expenses for Free Mind in one night. I was honestly overwhelmed at the support and can’t wait for the next event Terrence and the folks at Tonegazer put on. I took a whole bunch of photos. I was mostly experimenting with my portrait lens and shooting without a flash, so some of them came out sharper than others. The lighting inside Daredevils & Queens was fantastic though (they are seriously the coolest hair salon ever) and I ended up liking the effect.

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