A Few Words about Wordless Wednesdays

June 22, 2011
Photowalk.24 - Beacon Journal

Window and door in Akron, Ohio

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Wordless Wednesday concept. The idea is on Wednesdays, you post one entry that has no text, just a photo. It’s an idea I’ve always enjoyed on other blogs and wanted to implement over here on iffles.com, too, but I’m always feeling like you must be tired of seeing my photos anyway. Plus I think I’ve duplicated on posts (in fact, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen the above photo before… but I’ll get to why I posted that one in a second).

I’ve also, as mentioned in the last entry, wanted to change some stuff around here so I’m not as stressed about posting, and one post that always took me a while to create, and was constantly stressing over both the content and how fast I was able to get it up, was the recaps of the photos posted to the iffles.com Monthly Themes group on flickr.

And so, I’m merging the two ideas into one. Instead of picking out a number of my favorite photos in the group at the end of the month, I’m going to pick just one a week to showcase in Wordless Wednesday. I will still, of course, give the photographer all the credit and link back to his or her photo on flickr.

Because June’s theme is Doors/Windows, I decided to post the photo you see above to kick this whole thing off in a Worded Wednesday entry. It’s one I took, and not this month, either, so it’s all-around cheating, I suppose. But from here on out – YOUR photos!

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And… We’re Back!

June 19, 2011
From a tree in my yard, with my new Macro lens

From a tree in my yard, with my new Macro lens

Or, I’m back, at least.

I know it has been too long since I wrote an entry over here. A few of you have contacted me via my flickr account asking what happened to the blog, and I’ve provided the same answer each time: life got busy, and I had to prioritize, and unfortunately iffles.com just didn’t make the cut.

I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be a profressional photographer because I didn’t want something I loved turning into something that stressed me out, and I realized that this site was doing the same thing to me, so I had to take a break.

I did not, however, intend for it to be this long!

I do have some new entries planned for the upcoming weeks, but I feel you deserve to know some things that have been going on since I last updated:

  • I did shoot the wedding, and yes, one of my upcoming entries will be about the entire experience
  • I bought a 100mm f/2.8L Macro lens. Love it.
  • I haven’t stopped taking photos – including some taken on a mini-vacation John and I took for our 5-year anniversary
  • I broke my toe. This has nothing to do with photography, but it’s one of the more noteworthy things that happened since I last posted.

I promise an entry of substance coming up soon (as you as you define “soon” as a period of time shorter than the time period between this and my previous entry), but I also I want to prevent this site turning into something I stress over, so there may be a few format changes around here.

I appreciate those of you that are still checking up on the site, and I hope you are not disappointed when the entries start rolling in again.

Oh, one more thing! I notice some of you haven’t forgotten about the iffles.com Monthly Themes group on flickr, and I’m still over there looking (and, as always, amazed at the many great photos submitted), so in case you forgot about it, may I remind that June’s theme is Doors/windows!

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Preparing For My First Wedding

March 8, 2011
A photo from my first "professional" photo shoot.

A photo from my first "professional" photo shoot.

On Saturday, I will shoot my first wedding. Well, to clarify, I will be a Second Shooter on a wedding. Those of you that have been following me for a while may be aware that I have pretty much vowed to never become a wedding photographer, but a friend of mine has booked this wedding and asked for my help. I like the idea of helping out a friend, and any experience I gain can’t be too bad, right?

So, what am I doing to prepare for this event? And what am I hoping to get out of it? Well, read on for the answers to those questions!

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What I’ve Been Reading

February 28, 2011
365.026 - Oh, Maia!

Just another photo from my 365 project this year

First of all, I just wanted to mention that today is the last day of February, which means that March is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for a new theme over in the iffles.com Monthly Themes group on flickr! And what is that theme, you ask? Transportation! Cars, buses, planes, bikes – anything you take to get from one place to the other… or however else you want to interpret the theme.

Also, I hope you’ve all gotten a chance to check out all the photos that have been submitted to the 50@50@50 group. It’s full of people’s 50 photos taken with a 50mm on the 50th day of the year, and it’s quite inspiring! I have yet to edit and post my photos, but I hope to get to it at some point this week.

What I have found some time to do, though, is read about photography on the internet!

  • Christopher F is a photographer I discovered through the iffles.com monthly theme group on flickr and I was excited when he started his own blog. I especially liked his list of 10 things he wished he knew sooner – such good points!
  • I can’t say I’ve done much online photo editing, but if you do, perhaps you’re interested in these 5 free online tools for photo editing.
  • Tired of noise in your photos? Check out these tips for reducing noise without using software.
  • I shoot in Av mode 90% of the time, but there a whole lot of other options on my mode dial… what about yours? Want to know what they are and why you should or should not ever use them? Check out how to translate the mode wheel.

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Reminder: Day50 project!

February 18, 2011

Just a reminder, for those that were interested in participating in the Day50 Project (taking 50 photos with a 50mm on the 50th day of the year), tomorrow is Day50! Well, the 19th is, at least. I’m not good at time zones and all that jazz, so it’s tomorrow for me.

And Shotslot was nice enough to set up a group on flickr called 50@50@50. So if you’re a flickr member, go ahead and add your shots to the group!

You don’t have to be a member of flickr to participate, though, just take your 50 shots on the 19th (and if you don’t have a 50mm lens, don’t worry, just use whatever you have), and post them wherever. I’d love to see the results of anyone who participates, so whether you’re on flickr or not, post a link to your wherever you uploaded so I can take a look!

And have fun!

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The Best of Monthly Theme: Lines

February 13, 2011

January’s theme in the iffles.com Monthly Themes group on flickr was lines – and you guys found lines all around you! I thought that was going to be a tough one, but there were some really wonderful photos last month. February’s theme is drinks and there’s still plenty of time to get some shots taken and added them to the pool!

I noticed there were some new participants in the group for this month, so before I post all of these, I just wanted to say again that there’s not only stead-fast rules for the photos I pick. Well, okay, there is one – I check out the EXIF to make sure the photo was taken in the month in question. If it meets that qualification, it’s basically just my own subjective opinion. Some photos I pick because I just like theme and some photos I pick because they fit the theme very well. I don’t look at names, so if I didn’t pick your photo, it’s not personal. The upside of these entries is that I get a chance to showcase some great photos that I see from other people… the downside is that I alwasy feel guilty about all the ones I DON’T post! Anyway. Enough of that – just enjoy these photos!

Lines Across the Table

By shirley319 - I like the lines reflected in the mug, too

Straw Vortex

By BrianPColt - awesome perspective

Tesla Cage

By rachel_pics - Lots of curvy, bright lines! I love the small spash of red.

Cinnamon Lines II

By elora.daphne - Very yummy lines!


By bgottsab - lovin' these curves.

[46/365] - In 2D

By Krystal T - this one made me giggle :)

iffles.com Monthly Themes

By Joyce445 - Love the combination of the lines and the curves of the curtain.


By Fran Efless - wow. Just beautiful.

January 17, 2011 - All You Need is Love

By kaningyip - Seemed appropriate since I figured some of you would be reading this post on Valentines Day. Also, once again, I love the straight lines of the grids inside of the curved lines of the hearts.

Film BW Kai

By ._Tj - aww :)

23/01/11 - Day 209/365 - Lines

By Caitra_ - I love that you guys thought of things that I never would have - like the lines of a book.

Línea 1

By Leidi.jorge - the vine agains the lines of wood is beautiful

Winter Lines

By team.breeze - so many little lines!

By Governmentality - love the colors and simplicity here.


By San Marcos Image Makers - I believe this is just one photo as part of a class project, which I think is pretty cool. I narrowed it down to just one to post, but I was impressed with the creativity of the entire group of them - if you click through to the photo, and then on San Marcos Image Makers, you can see the entire group.

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A Quick Project Idea: Day50

February 9, 2011
50mm.29 - Pair of Chucks

One of 50 photos I took with my 50mm on February 19, 2009

For those of you looking for a project that doesn’t last quite as long as 365 Project, may I suggest you consider joining me in a Day50 project?

Back in 2009, on the 50th day of the year, I took 50 photos with my 50mm lens (you can see all 50 photos in this set on flickr). What a blast! I loved the project for a couple reasons:

  • There was no time large time commitment – the project was over in just one day.
  • You didn’t have to do anything special – I just went through my normal day and took my camera with me wherever I went. Some of my photos were more artistic some were more “hey, this is what I’m doing right now”
  • It forced me to use a lens that I love, and yet rarely use

The 50th day of the year is February 19, which happens to be a Saturday this year, which might make it easier for others to particpate (in 2009, it was a work day, so I had to bring my camera to work, which I felt a bit awkward about, so I didn’t get many pictures during the day). Don’t have a 50mm lens? No problem, just take 50 photos at 50mm on a zoom lens, or at any set focal length if you don’t have a zoom lens that covers 50mm. Don’t have a DSLR? That’s fine, just commit to taking 50 photos in one day.

This is my favorite “quickie” photography project I’ve ever done, so I think a few of you might enjoy it as much as I do. If you decide to do it, too, after you post your photos somewhere, leave a link in the comments (of this post or any post) and I promise to go check out your photos!

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The Best of Monthly Themes: Food

February 2, 2011

I have two other half-written entries in the works… those of you following me on flickr are probably already aware that we’ve been doing some major home renovations at the moment, but the good news is it’s almost all done, so hopefully I’ll back to semi-regular entries in a near future!

In the mean time, these are my favorite photos entered into the iffles.com Monthly Themes group on flickr for December. The theme was food – so don’t read this entry if you’re hungry! I’m stuffed and I still started drooling!

If you took any Line photos in January, there’s still time to post them to the group. And February’s theme is drinks – a cool glass of water, a refreshing can of soda, a good glass of wine – whatever! I look forward to seeing what you guys post!

Day 10 - 25 Days of Christmas

by Joyce445 - mmm, I can just smell these peanut butter cookies!

349:365 Gift of Time

By team.breeze - what a wonderful holiday spread! I also like the person drinking a hot beverage in the background.

(9) 51/52 red*

By Jen likes to snap pics* - The water is just a perfect addition to the photo. I love this!

Candy Cane Hershey Kisses

By evelynspikes - Love the white surface and bokeh lights - beautiful!

Space Saving Configuration

by shirley319 - And this is right about the time I started to really drool.

Cinnamon Roof

By elora.daphne - This looks like an awesome ginger bread house - and a great photo of it, too.

Peppermint Fudge

By Stephanie.Grace - you guys, this is peppermint fudge! I don't even like peppermint and I still want to gobble this up.


By Tabula Rose - I love the simplicity of this shot.


By J*Lynn - I just love the tones here.

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Why I Don’t Like 365 Projects (But Am Doing One Anyway)

January 24, 2011
One of the photos from this year's 365 project.  It's tea, btw.

One of the photos from this year's 365 project. It's tea, btw.

I remember reading a friend’s blog when she mentioned she was doing this 365 thing. She was taking a picture of herself once a day for a year. I thought this sounded so cool, so with my trusty point-and-shoot in hand, I started on January 1, 2008. 366 days (of course I picked a leap year) and one camera upgrade later, I had a set of 366 self portraits on my flickr account. It felt great to finish, I was proud of my accomplishment, and I could see how much my photography skills had improved in just one year. And then I decided I never wanted to do that again.

Not quite ready to completely walk away, in 2009, I started a open topic (read: not self portrait) 365 project. I quit after 264 days. Why? well, pretty much all the reasons I’m about to list below. Keep on reading to the end, though, if you want to know why I’ve decided to try again in 2011.

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The Best of Monthly Theme: Trees

January 5, 2011

Oh goodness, there were so many good Tree photos taken in the month of November that were posted to the monthly themes group that I had a really hard time narrowing it down to a reasonable amount!

It’s too late to still take photos for December’s theme of food – but if you took some, you still have time to add them to the group. But everyone has time to take some photos for January’s theme – Lines!

Day 306

By thedigitaliris - I think pieces of a tree count as a tree, and I've always loved the juxtaposition of nature against man-made stuff like this.

The Mighty Oak

By brybejomom - I love the tones of this photo

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By hlcombs314 - cutest little tree-hugger I've ever seen!


By Fran Efless - Oh my, the colors took my breath away!


By Revenspath - Love the shape of this tree

Tree reflections

By GenBug - that bright green tree (and it's reflection) is just lovely!


By mtbcat - tree graveyard (as mtbcat called it) is such a perfect description for this photo.

Fall Aspen

By Beendog230 - Oh, the color of those leaves! Yum!

Moon over the trees

By Drysdale1 - the trees make such a beautiful silhoutte against that sky

Pinecones & leaves

By rachel_pics - I'm so glad you were able to capture this before your camera malfunctioned.

Fog of Morning

By Shotslot - this is the type of photo I just dream of taking someday.

Jay in tree

By Tokyo Rhino - this little guy is so cute!


By toots18k - I just loved that I was browsing through all the photos of fall colors and trees with no leaves there was suddenly a palm tree! Also lovin' the clouds

Half Trees

By Marco Mehmet Moretti - Love the processing on this.


By shirley319 - Glowing was a perfect title for this photo!

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