Scenes from the Big Apple

One of my favorite things to do when I visit big metropolitan areas is to go on photo walks around the city. I was in New York for the Web 2.0 Expo last week and each day I walked about 14 blocks to the convention center for the conference. I tried to carry my camera with me as much as I could.

Here are some of the pictures I took:

The Daily Dreyfuss

I rediscovered Dooce this week. Her story about her washing machine reminded me of why I originally started reading her — she’s a terrific writer. And absolutely hilarious.

As I was navigating around her site, I was reminded of something that she does called the Daily Chuck. Dooce takes a picture of their family dog Chuck (and sometimes their other dog CoCo).

Floss | Photo copyright 2009 | Heather B. Armstrong |®

Now I don’t have near the readership that Dooce and Blurb (her husband) do. But I love my dog equally, if not more and he is certainly as cute. Now he probably won’t sit still so I can balance a bowl of Cocoa Puffs on his head, but he’s cute all the same. So starting September 1, I’m going to start posting a daily picture of Dreyfuss here on Shane Life.

It won’t interrupt my normal posting schedule, but I thought it would be fun to take pictures of my dog. You know…for posterity and stuff.

Nearby Beauty

167th Street

Tonight, I got home from work about 40 minutes before Alli was scheduled to be home from dance practice. I grabbed my camera and headed out, wanting to capture some pictures that were within about a mile of my house. I live on the edge of the metro (on the edge of civilization, really) and I wanted to get out and capture some of that beauty.

I got a 50mm f1.4 lens for my camera for Christmas and I love the pictures that it takes. You can see the whole set on Flickr.


Photomosaic Meme

I originally saw this at Average Jane’s blog, and Logtar and Bea have both done it. Now, it’s my turn.

Shane\'s Photomosaic for Meme

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

The Questions:

  1. What is your first name?
  2. What is your favorite food?
  3. What high school did you go to?
  4. What is your favorite color?
  5. Who is your celebrity crush?
  6. Favorite drink?
  7. Dream vacation?
  8. Favorite dessert?
  9. What you want to be when you grow up?
  10. What do you love most in life?
  11.  One Word to describe you.
  12. Your flickr name – Or online handle.

Your turn. Alli even did one over at Today’s Favorites.

WITFV26: My Camera

A couple of years back, I got a digital camera for my birthday. It’s an amazing camera, a Canon EOS Digital Rebel, and I love using it.

I haven’t been using it very much in the past couple months, but we’ve gotten a lot of use out of it recently. We have some great Thanksgiving photos, like this one of my brother doing a spinning jumping kick for no reason:

Or this one of two of my cousins, Hunter and Carly:

Or this one of everyone who was at my parents’ house:

But what is especially great about digital cameras is that you can take random strange pictures, like the one below and you can keep them as long as you have room on your computer.

I took my family on a tour of my new building at work today and we brought the camera along to remember some of the best moments. Like this great picture of Alli and Ashley coming down the slide:

I love my camera and I really enjoy taking pictures. I wish I had more time to spend with photography because I think if I wasn’t a graphic designer, I would like to probably do that for a living. I always thought that being an Associated Press photojournalist would be a totally sweet job.

For now, I will just be thankful that I have a nice camera to take day-to-day photos with.