Welcome, fall!

Today is the first day of fall, day 300 of my third 365 photo project, and my 100th blog post all wrapped into one.

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Working together

I enjoyed this moment from the summer. Two sisters, working together, determined to fix a scooter by themselves.

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The writer

While the girls were both involved in a quiet activity, I took the opportunity to tiptoe down the hallway and peek into their bedroom. There, I discovered our oldest, deep in thought, letting her ideas flow onto the pages of her new notebook.

Although she was aware of my presence, she remained focused and continued to write. This allowed me the time to capture an image of her doing something that she loves.

These natural moments are some of my favorite ones to photograph.

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Working on pull-ups in the hallway

Both girls are working on getting stronger; pull-ups have now been added to the mix. (More girl power!)Jean_H_de_Buren_pull-ups_5321 Jean_H_de_Buren_pull-ups-5330

Sprinklers in the morning light

With just a little bit of sunlight and a slow shutter speed, the drops of water from the sprinkler look like fireworks in the night sky!

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American Flag

Today was a rushed, hectic day, full of too much activity. I got my daughter to gymnastics, just on time, and sat down to catch my breath. When I looked up, I noticed the American Flag hanging in the back of the gym, in really interesting light. I knew if I metered my camera for the bright light on the flag, that most of the area around the flag would go dark.

I tested my theory, and this is my dramatic result.

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A small change

Today, I am fortunate to be able to sit in my favorite bakery, sip my favorite tea, and have some time to myself. I know that I need to capture my photo of the day, but, since it has been my experience that photos/moments/perfect lighting present themselves to me if I’m just patient and observant, I am not worried at all. I am waiting, patiently.

As I started editing photos, this little dog sat at the table just outside of the bakery window. I smiled when I realized that he and I were both being patient, although for completely different reasons. His owner returned to the table and I decided that this dog was the perfect subject for my photo of the day today.

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Normally, when I capture street photography, I prefer to remain anonymous. But, today, I decided to make a change; I decided to stop being anonymous and instead introduced myself to the dog’s owner. I let him know that I enjoyed watching his dog, took a photo of him, and wanted to share the image. He gave me his email address and I sent the photo to him right away.

What a difference a small change can make; I was so energized after sharing my work!

As it turns out, this little dog’s name is Happy and happy is how I truly feel this morning!