Monday, August 8, 2011

Proj 365 Aug 8th

And so it comes to a close. I want to thank Brian Hatch for starting this project and the place to post on Facebook. My thanks to all who posted and contributed. Photography is a learning experience and I have learned so much form all of the others and from the experience. Again, I just feel I found my self taking too many shots for the sake of a shot that day. That coupled with upcoming events and I just felt it was time to discontinue the project. My thanks to all for following this blog.

If you want to follow me, I am still occasionally on Facebook but more on Google +.

My blog is at (Go read about me and my tick collection!! July 5, 2011)
My website is at

Again my thanks to all.

Lee aka Sportymonk

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Proj 365 Aug 3

If you have watched my work, you will know I love old houses and old cemeteries. Here is one I spotted coming out of Greenville NC as I returned form having a tooth extracted (jack-hammered out?)

Another view.

An old grave. Perhaps died at birth?

Top half of a monument.

The bottom half.

 The entire thing. Harder to read.

Another old grave. A little distorted due to perspective. Actually I had to rotate the photo as it was shot upside down.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Proj 365 July 29th

 Here is an exercise in varying lighting. Here is a shot with the point and shoot using the flash and a fairly quick shutter speed. Notice the moth is lit (perhaps a little too much) and the background is dark. The flash lit the moth and the quick shutter limited the light from the background. (Using my Nikon D300 would have made this easier but I didn't have it and that is the advantage of a Point and Shoot.

Now the shutter is open longer letting the background become more exposed. I think I managed to turn the flash down a little.

Now the flash if off and the shutter open. the moth is underexposed as there is little light from overhead (I'm in a outdoor hallway) and the background is lit from the ambient light and having the shutter open longer.
Finally the light is properly balanced and the focus is correct. (The others were a little soft.)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Proj 365 July 28th

What an addition to a building. Not sure which is the addition.

Yes, time to announce. If you notice I missed a day. Since I am posting this about a week or so after the fact, I will go ahead and tell, I missed several days after this and frankly two things lead to to quit. (1) I had too much on my plate with work, and getting ready for upcoming beach wedding. (2) The quality of what I was shooting was not what I wanted. I found my self getting shots for the sake of a shot a day. I felt is had gotten to the point I was taking to many shots for the sake of a shot that didn't show my work or creativity and so I am discontinuing the project. I may occasionally post something noteworthy but in a few more posts, this will be it.

My thanks to Brian Hatch for starting this effort. I truly learned a lot for it.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Proj 365 July 26th

 June bugs everywhere, even though its July! Decided to do a little wildlife shooting. Trouble is they don't sit still but just a second, a least when the camera is on them! So here is one flying along.
 Finally he lights and stays. Got him.
 OK, W... A...I....T...I...N...G for him to fly again. Now they stay, and stay, and stay. Its hot. Learning patience some more.

Finally he flies off. And yes I know, it might have been a her.
And off they go.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Proj 365 July 25th

We needed rain but this was too much. Once again, I heard form certain quarters about my doing stupid things like shooting a photo while I am driving.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Proj 365 July 24th

Some people can't drive. There is a small spot of shade under the tree where I work. Notice that this ONE driver took up THREE spots - In the Shade!!

Yes I know I am behind. I will have an announcement in a few posts. You will know it when you see it.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Proj 365 July 23rd

These were taken below the dam at the old Rocky Mount cotton mill and to be honest, not many came out. The notorious Tarheel blue / grey sky was a killer. The overcast is typical here and for those that Thaven't tied, when something is blown out on a digital image, you can't just color it blue or whatever. Also I didn't bring my tripod so the darkness was enough that shutter speeds made shooting difficult.  Anyway, here they are.

This last one was erie as it was as if ghosts of swamp things were arising.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Proj 365 July 22nd

A really cool old house in the Rocky Mount area. I liked the early light (ok not so early) coming through the trees.

Here are some of the other photos I took of the old mill. BTW all of these were taken with a point and shoot.

See if you can spot me in the photo at the left. A little help below.

Now I am not in the photo (ok just a tinsey bit) . Ansel Adams did this once.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Proj 365 July 21st

 OK, where am I shooting? This shows how when you get in close, you can get an amazing difference in perspective.

Answer below.

The answer, the inside of a hollow tree trunk! I was doing some preliminary shooting for photography at the old Rocky Mount Mill and found this.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Proj 365 July 20th

Who says I don't have my ducks in a row?  Took a couple of try to get this one. Learned patience.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Proj 365 July 19th

Woo boy now I have something different to shoot. My son is building a fire pit for when it turns colder (?? if ??) . He had it taller but had to redo some stuff. I'll keep you appraised of developments.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Proj 365 July 18th

Experimenting with the depth of field on my P&S Thought it would go down to 3.1 but this is at 4.0

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Proj 365 July 17th

Mailbox flowers again. I can't believe they are surviving in this heat. Many are gone.

Proj 365 July 16th

My other girls (besides my daughter) guarding the fort. The good side of beagles is they are intelligent and inquisitive; the bad side is the are very smart and inquisitive.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Proj 365 July 15th

Caught this blue sky. Lately a little uninspired but this looked nice. I must say Proj 365 will challenge you to get a photo everyday. Obviously some are when you get the inspiration and others are ... less so.