February 2019

Ugh, don't even talk to me about February. And I'm not complaining about it being winter or it being cold--seriously, what is up with that anyways? If it wasn't cold, we would be having some serious problems. It's supposed to be cold in winter, folks! It helps things to grow better in spring. It makes spring all the more wonderful. I just don't ever remember hearing quite this much complaining about winter. 
   I am going to complain instead about myself and how I just can't quite figure myself out. (But I'm working on it, okay?) I barely picked my camera up at all this month. Instead, in my downtime, I just moped around or did non-creative time-wasting things. Why? Because I've been feeling very King-Solomon-esque and would prefer instead to just rant, "Meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless. There is nothing new under the sun. I cannot create anything that hasn't been created before." If anyone knows the solution to fix this feeling, I would be more than happy to hear it. 

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Where to start with this one? I had my camera along with me this Saturday afternoon that I had come to the coffee shop just to get out of the house. We ended up sitting and talking for a couple of hours just about life and trying to understand various people in our lives (read: our parents). While we were talking, I noticed that Katrina was playing with the chain for the window blind and I surprisingly had the presence of thought to try and capture it. Of course, when I pulled my camera out, she stopped playing with it and took off the chunky lanyard that she was wearing around her neck--too much of a photographer herself to just let the moment be. "No, you were supposed to keep playing with the chain while you talked--it just looked kinda cool!" I told her. And it did. It looked cool. 
The set up: 35mm f/3.2 1/100 ISO 1100

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As a barista at Hub Coffee, I am now also going to be working with their social media some. Coming up with creative photos that aren't too repetitive is going to be a challenge, but it's definitely a challenge I'm up for.

The set up: 35mm f/2.8 1/2500 ISO 200

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One of the highlights of my winter has been planning and executing a brunch for the local photographer's group that I lead. I freaking love the planning process and if I all I ever had to do was plan things (and then never have to do the actual work of pulling them off) I would be one happy camper. Of course, being the insanely (read: overly) independent person that I am, I did everything myself--with the exception of some cleanup and carrying things to and from my car (thank you Katrina and Meghan). Aaaand now I know that I'm capable of planning and executing a brunch for 12 people. Now that I say it out loud, it doesn't sound like much. It was a ton of fun, a little load of stress, and, as usual, when I plan something, never quite as fulfilling or enjoyable as I imagined it to be. What does that say about me?  I have no idea. 

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The building that we were in for the brunch had a basement with a window that diffused the light gorgeously. Some of the other gals were down there oooing and aahhing over the light and so I knew I had to check it out before I left. Once everything was cleaned up, I combined my poor, failing bouquets (don't even get me started on the florals), wrapped it with some ribbons I had along, propped my camera on a chair and tried to redeem my day with some self portraits.

The Set Up: 50mm f/2.5 1/160 ISO 800

*deep breaths* spring is almost here, cherish these days. It's time to start some seeds and before we blink it summer will have come and gone. March looks to be a slow month, but hopefully I can still challenge myself creatively and not let laziness get in the way. Much love, Melody Rose