Monday, July 29, 2013

the kindness project: a bottle of water

i approached this man at a gas station. he was a perfect stranger. he let me buy him some water. he was a really nice guy.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

travel thursday: a door in tuscany

a door in tuscany
it was a sunday afternoon
we rented bikes, my brother and i
and rode through the hills of tuscany.
we took a wrong turn
and found ourselves on a path longer than our intended.
a rainstorm came and drenched us,
causing us to find shelter in a small church
in a remote italian village.
it was empty, for the most part
and being the sabbath, we prayed.
the rains stopped and we once more took to our bikes
riding along the countryside.
we found ourselves in the center of san gimignano
eating pizza and watching the locals
breathing in the sites.
italy is so welcoming, like an open door.

a tuscan door, italy 2004 "love, holga"

Friday, July 19, 2013

carolee's tip of the week: photo tip recap

if you've been following along, you are already aware that every friday i share a photo-related tip here and on my fb page.

i love helping others develop their skills with cameras and increase their abilities to take better photos. these tips that i share are just as much for me as they are for you. through teaching photography i'm in touch with a lot of concepts and questions that help me to decide what types of tips to share. i also really appreciate personal questions from you. i've received various messages regarding my photo tips on facebook and through emails, and there are questions that i have yet to answer. but keep them coming. i promise to get to every single one of them answered in time.

have you missed some of the tips that have already been shared? if you have here is a list with links for you to explore.

what dslr camera should you buy?

what type of gear should i buy when just starting out?

give yourself a photo-challenge.

modes on a digital camera.

what is shutter speed and what does it do?

the power of a simple background.

what is ISO?

the power of understanding depth of field.

understanding & using your histogram.

how do you find your own voice and make photographs that are unique to you?

taking family photos.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

travel thursday: the colosseum

the colosseum
if you've ever been to rome you know...
that there are italian men dressed outside of the colosseum
offering to pose for photos
only to charge you for it.
that busy roads weave in and out of roman ruins.
that amazing gelato is on every corner,
that nothing beats a fresh italian margarita pizza,
and that whatever happens in rome
doesn't really stay in rome...
if you've been there it stays with you forever.

colosseum, italy 2004 "love, holga"

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

the kindness project: checking out at walmart

have you ever finished checking out just to leave everything you purchased behind? this girl did just that. i ran after her and gave it all back.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

travel thursday: lemon plant

lemon plant
the monastery was cold at night
the hallways long
bikes for rent
tuscan hills
the smells so fragrant
the train from rome was crowded
and arriving in certaldo
we trusted that our ride would be there
to take us to the hostel
and then we slept

lemon plant, certaldo italy, 2004, "love, holga"