Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Red Like Autumn Fires {52 Photos Project}

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.
~ Emily Bronte

Of every season, fall is my favorite.

52 Photos Project

Sunday, October 9, 2011

September Book Club- Breakfast at Tiffany's

Hostess: Mary
Book: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Food:giant four cheese party pizza, caramel apple pie, double chocolate cookies
Wine of the Night: Red Bicyclette
Month: September

Who knew this book was by Truman Capote! I sure didn't. The only other book I have read by Capote is In Cold Blood, which is certainly much different than Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Although, while not a murderer, Holly Golightly was not that nice of a person in my opinion! Jill and I have both only read the book, and neither of us cared for her at all.  I was shocked since the movie and the character seem so beloved.  Jennifer and Kelly have both seen the movie and read the book, and Jennifer reasoned that the reason Holly Golightly is probably so well liked is because she was played by the adorable and charming Audrey Hepburn. For me, this really did explain why such a terrible character could be so well liked.  In the book, she has no charm or finesse, she just seems like a selfish, self indulgent gold digger without a conscience.  Nope, I just didn't like her.  I will have to watch the movie one of these days to see how it compares.

I love my book club, and all the people in it.  This month was a little different - many of us had started new jobs or just gone back to work.  And one of us is pregnant, started a new job, and is remodeling her house to make room for the new baby.  So Kelly volunteered the use of her house the day before book club, and a plethora of wine, and Jill provided the food, to alleviate any stress on Mary, who was very grateful! 

Mary had requested we all bring a list of the weirdest names we have ever heard - and Jennifer was the clear winner for having heard the oddest names! My personal favorite is Marijuana. (as an odd name) I was the only nerd to have actually written them down.   

This was another fun night!

October book club is my choice, and I decided on The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman, one of my favorites!  I can't wait to hear what everyone thinks of it!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Why I started..

 People ask me sometimes what got me interested in photography, what inspired me to learn more about it and graduate to a better camera.  For me, the interest all began when I started volunteering at the animal shelter in my city.  I had attended an animal rescue group meeting, and the woman in charge of pound volunteers asked for someone to photograph the animals available and post them on petfinder to be adopted.  I thought this was a good place to start volunteering, a slow introduction.

I immediately loved it- and I quickly learned that the better the picture, the more likely it was their profile would be looked at, which in turn made it more likely the animal would be adopted, the ultimate goal. 

Unfortunately, this is not an easy task!!  Have you ever tried to photograph a cat that has been cooped in a cage for days?  They really do not want to hold still for a photo.  They would rather try and jump up on cages, run around checking things out, smell plants, etc. It is pretty tricky and challenging to photograph cats! Dogs are so easy in comparison.  They just stand there and let you take their pic.  For the most part.  Sometimes you get that dog who wants to leap straight up in the air, or constantly has their nose to the ground sniffing and smelling.  It usually takes me two hours a week to photograph the animals in the pound, and that is with an assistant to control the animal or make sure it doesn't run away.  If I don't have an assistant, the photos are not as good, since the animal has to stay in a cage.  Which means it is less likely to get looked at, and so on.  I usually leave with 300 some photos, that needed to be sorted through and edited- then uploaded online to two different adoption sites.  This all takes hours - but it is all worth it when an animal is adopted. :)  We recently had a cat come in as a stray, and the picture was online not even 24 hours before the owners saw her and came to get her.  They had been looking a whole month, and they said when they saw the photo, they knew it was her- that I had captured her personality.

I urge anyone who is interested in photography, whether they are pros or just beginners, to check with your local shelters and rescues, to see if they need any assistance with photos for Petfinder.  It is a great opportunity for you and for the animals!!  And if you need a photo challenge, just wait until you start taking pictures of shelter cats!

This is another good article about photography and animal rescue.