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Well it's the last day of 2010! I can't believe how quickly this year flew by! In the grand scheme of things I guess it was an OK year. While I didn't do anything completely amazing I managed to survive the year without any catastrophes. Well, unless you count having to get all of my wisdom teeth removed. Usually I end the year with a massive recap of everything I did. And I put together a slideshow of all my photos that I am sure I am the only one who watches. This year I was lazy. Or maybe I...

Lately, in an attempt to restore my blog fully, I've been going back through old photos to recreate old galleries. This means looking at a lot of pictures I haven't looked at in years and laughing to myself at how bad they are. While I still have trouble even calling myself a "photographer" I can definitely see a lot of growth and there is a big difference from where I was just a few years ago. I've been taking photography classes in an attempt to really understand photography and how to use my camera. I can finally shoot on fully manual...

1. In case I didn't get enough bacon at Baconfest on Saturday, on Monday I made some bacon-wrapped shrimp with the bacon I bought. :) 2. These are some awesome photos of water drops I took at Monday's location lighting class. 3. Like how now that my blog is redesigned I am back to blogging way more? 4. So I was supposed leave for Texas on Thursday and that is certainly not happening :( I need to reschedule something. And then actually plan it. There is a gyro eating contest in Houston next month...

Last week I started class number 4 at the photography center. This one is Location Lighting and finally the class I've been building up to because I have no idea how to use my flash or how to make photos with a flash look good. And now I will hopefully know. The first assignment was using guide numbers and fill flash. I decided not to be lazy and actually go outside to shoot. I brought my little girlsavage feltidermy jackalope head along to model. Flash even with background. Flash one stop down. Flash two stops down. Flash one stop up. Flash two stops up....

Every year Lyric Opera presents a big free concert in Millennium Park. I always have to work it, usually helping at the info booths and whatnot. This year we decided to try something different. My sneaky plan of posting vacation photos all around my desk to show what a great photographer I am paid off and they let me run around the park with my camera to take photos of the crowds to post directly to Facebook as the show went on! That way the people listening on WFMT at home had something to follow along with! The plan went off...

My last assignment for photo class was to document a city block and tell a story in three photos. Being the lazy self I am I took these photos about fifteen feet from my apartment. But it worked. I think I have to remind myself that even if I am not the best photographer I am pretty good at telling a story. And I think the technical know-how will come. Here is my story of Roscoe Village in three photos. #1 is a view of the bridge. Heather says you need a dog and a baby to live here. #2 is...