Day 161 - Reo's Barber Shop
Another last minute PaD entry, I've driven by this shop numerous times, I've never actually stopped in (though there was this one time when I tried to stop in but they/he was closed). I shot this with my Tokina UWA so I had to get pretty close.
Day 160 - Shoe
A last minute PaD entry. I'd wanted to go with a bit of a desaturated color version, but this quad-tone works very well. No real story here.
Day 159 - Nice Ride
Just about any day is a good day for a ride, but tonight was great. I found myself with no work or family commitments and nice weather to boot. I checked the Maine and NH Tags, and found that the NH Tag was achievable. It is a game that is basically an excuse to ride somewhere. One per state (some states have many different tags going on at once). You have to find the current tag and take a photo of your bike and the location for proof. You now own the tag and are responsible for moving it. People jump all over you if you drag your feet. I moved it East and already posted the new tag. I am trying to help out some of my local Tag buddies. I took this on the ride home, just outside of Dover, NH. Yes, I am moving in this shot.
Day 158 - Finding the time
My wife had guard duty this weekend, the last one of the summer (they have July off because they double up in March). I caught her coming out of the shower, door locked, no chance of her escaping. I did wait for the clothing to go on ;-) I came up with this idea while waiting for her to finish, I was lying on the bed watching something on NatGeo or Discovery and realized our bedspread made a great background.
Day 157 - Nature Boy
My son started shouting while I was working on my bike. When I checked on him, he was pointing to this dragonfly that landed on the driveway while he was on his scooter. I told him to hold on while I ran inside and grabbed my camera. We were able to get the dragonfly to climb up on his finger and pose, however, it happened pretty fast, this was the best of only two shots I was able to take. Right after I took this shot, the dragonfly took flight and my son tried to track him down with no luck. We really like dragonflies, they are like natural bug spray, their larvae feed on mosquito larvae & the adults eat mosquitoes. Not to mention, they look cool too!
Day 156 - Following instructions
Sometimes the pictures take themselves. I was heading home from our practice this evening trying to figure out what to shoot for today's PaD. I was a bit rushed as I just found out I had a scheduling error for tomorrow's game, it is supposed to be at 9am not the 1pm that all the parents thought it was. Here I was contemplating missing a day, when literally right in front of me at a stop sign, in a church's parking lot this scene literally jumps out at me. I pulled over and grabbed the gear (my son was in the Tahoe and knows the drill). I had the tripod out on the sidewalk and had quite a few spectators. One person was asking me if it was a "Model A". I told him I had no idea, it was the scene I was after. Parents have been notified and I have a photo I really like. Nice day!
Day 155 - In the mirror
I am actually shooting my wife's reflection in our bathroom mirror. I can't believe I got her to actually pose a little. We tried a few glam type shots with her bath towel, but the lighting was off. We were pressed for time as the kids share our shower for some odd reason, even though there are two other showers in the house.
Day 154 - Looking up
I didn't feel all that photographical this evening, while pacing around looking for a shot, I spied our geranium bush (I call it a giant weed) off our deck and grabbed the gear. At one point a huge bee came by and upset my photo shoot as the shutter speed was pretty slow & he was bouncing this flower around. I prefer this angle over all the other shots I took of it.
Day 153 - Where have I been
I saw this tractor on Sunday I believe when I was out and about riding. This was the shot I wanted to go for last evening. It worked out OK this evening, sun is setting much later, turns out I probably could have caught this yesterday, but you never know. I wanted a wider shot, but the tree line in the background is pretty ugly and sloped, making the photo look crooked. It was a lot hazier out than I'd expected, humidity is pretty high.
I have revisited this shot:
Day 152 - Life in the fast lane
Life is a blur, I rush home from work to rush to a baseball game. Our game ended early and one of the children was waiting for his family to pick him up. My son wanted to play in the playground so we waited and they played. I was a little peeved as I had a chance to rush off to capture a scene I saw this morning in the evening light complete with clouds, but would miss it. I could have made it if we left right after the game too. Anyway, after I came to grips with the fact that I wouldn't be capturing that shot, I pulled out the camera gear and found something to shoot. I tried to talk the boys into staying on the merry go round while I took their [blurred] photo, but they zipped off to something else. This is one of 29 photos and about 50 revolutions on this thing. I still feel sick from this damn contraption. I think I could have used the Tokina UWA for this shot. Of course, the Tokina doesn't have IS (though I think I confused the Canon IS on this shot).
Day 151 - Lunch at the Buxton House of Pizza
We actually pulled over to eat on Route 112, but before we actually began riding it. Route 112 extends North about 6 or 8 miles further than on any of the maps or our GPS. In fact, we appeared to be riding off road for the last leg on the Northern section. We put ourselves through all this (including rain storms) to claim the entire route for the Maine Motorcycle Olympics. You have to ride a complete State Route to get points for the miles. I have to do some fancy math in a bit to figure out how long Route 112 actually is. The food at the Buxton House of Pizza was very good, I had a "Real Italian Sub" and my daughter, Mikaella, had a Tunafish sub. And Mikaella is not in any danger from getting doused by the refreshing water behind her, it is just a picture.
Day 150 - VStrom Posing with Slugger
The street was deserted so I pulled up and had the 'Strom pose with Slugger. And NO, slugger is NOT holding up that sign. This was shortly after my completion of Maine State Route 25, a 41.9 mile trip that started in the boonies at the NH border and ended in Portland just around the corner from the baseball park.