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365 Day Photo Challenge - September 2011

Updated on October 28, 2012

Daily Photo Project - September 2011

I'm having lots of fun with my 365 Photo Project so far. Last month I did most of my shooting with a Canon ELPH 100, with a couple pictures from my Droid and an ancient Nikon Coolpix 4800 thrown in. This month, I hope to do some of my shooting with the Holga camera I bought last month and my Pentax K200. Whatever camera I use I'm having fun and learning things, so I guess I can say my project is a success - so far. I even posted one of my pictures on Facebook and a couple of "Pro" photographers liked it. Hope you enjoy the pics...

A Photo a Day for September - The first full month for my 365 project...

September is another great month for shooting pictures in Sparks. I'll probably keep doing most of my picture taking with my ELPH 100, but I just got 5 rolls of film for my Holga and a new lens for my K200 so we'll see... I also got the book Photo Idea Index that has a lot of ideas I want to experiment with. Should be a busy month. Enjoy the pictures and please leave a comment...

365 Photo Project - Day 9 - Study time - September 1, 2011

365 photo project day 9 - Doing homework
365 photo project day 9 - Doing homework

Studying for a spelling test - NOT his favorite thing to be doing:) Shot with my ELPH 100.

365 Photo Project - Day 10 - Spidey takes dinner - September 2, 2011

365 photo project day 10 - Spiderman aeting dinner
365 photo project day 10 - Spiderman aeting dinner

Even Spider Man needs to eat:) Shot with my ELHP 100.

365 Photo Project - Day 11 - Ugly as beautiful - September 3, 2011

365 photo project day 11 - Slant Six in my Valiant
365 photo project day 11 - Slant Six in my Valiant

Well, I wouldn't really call any Slant Six "ugly," but this one - and the Valiant it sits in - have definitely seen better days. I wish I had the money to restore them now, but it looks like at least a couple years away. For now I can dream. I like to dream...

365 Photo Project - Day 12 - Sunday drive - September 4, 2011

365 photo project day 12 - out for a Sunday drive
365 photo project day 12 - out for a Sunday drive

Some people have "walking around money" - I have "driving around camera." In my case, it's an ancient Nikon Coolpix 4800. Sometimes I just like to let my wife drive and snap pictures through the windshield. Sunday was one of those days, On our way to Costco...

365 Photo Project - Day 13 - Dodge Dart Swinger in Sparks - September 5, 2011

365 photo project day 13 - Dodge Sart Swinger
365 photo project day 13 - Dodge Sart Swinger

I like walking around downtown Sparks in the morning before it starts to :wake up." Today I spotted this Dart Swinger and being a Mopar guy I just had to take the picture. I want to get one of these some day. Love those early 70's A Bodies...

365 Photo Project - Day 14 - Chalk mark on sidewalk - September 6, 2011

365 photo project day 14 - chalk marks on sidewalk
365 photo project day 14 - chalk marks on sidewalk

I was walking around downtown Sparks again and came across this chalk mark on the sidewalk. Nothing significant (again!!! LOL) except my first deer rifle was a Remington Mohawk 600 in 243 Winchester. So naturally seeing this 243 scrawled on the sidewalk unleashed tons of good memories of target shooting and hunting with my dad and my uncle Leon.

365 Photo Project - Day 15 - Picket fence - September 7, 2011

365 photo project day 15 - parked in front of our new house
365 photo project day 15 - parked in front of our new house

I'm spending a lot of time this week at our new (old) house. Here's a boring shot of my station wagon parked in front, taken from the front porch. I love the white picket fence (and yes, I know the lawn needs mowing...)

365 Photo Project - Day 16 - Toy trains - September 8, 2011

365 photo project day 16 - Toy trains
365 photo project day 16 - Toy trains

OK - so this picture is a perfect example of how not to do a photo journal. I'd screwed around all day and by the time I realized I was running out of time it was dark outside so I had to find something interesting to take... and saw my trains. I love trains, so why not? Well, the picture looked OK on the camera's LCD but when I got it on the computer it's out of focus. My bad...

365 Photo Project - Day 17 - Bookshelf - September 9, 2011

365 photo project day 17 - messy bookshelf
365 photo project day 17 - messy bookshelf

Why is it that every single shelf in my house and garage is so disorganized?

365 Photo Project - Day 18 - Denim - September 10, 2011

365 photo project day 18 - denim
365 photo project day 18 - denim

I've been reading a few books on photography lately (always looking for new ideas), and Understanding Closeup Photography talks about texture as a subject matter. Sounds interesting and since I love denim I decided to try it. Not too bad I think, especially coming from my Coolpix 4800.

365 Photo Project - Day 19 - Another Sunday Drive - September 11, 2011

365 photo project day 19 - Clouds on a Sunday drive
365 photo project day 19 - Clouds on a Sunday drive

Another book I've been reading is Photo Idea Index and the author says "collect clouds." We don't get a lot of clouds in northern Nevada, but today we had these. I decided not to crop out the car window... I kind of like the framing it gives...

365 Photo Project - Day 20 - More clouds - September 12, 2011

365 photo project day 20 - More clouds
365 photo project day 20 - More clouds

Wow, all I have to do is say we don't get a lot of cloudy days... and we get more cloudy days. Hey, I can control the weather!!! Well not really but I liked this cloud scene near my son's school so I decided to use it instead of the quail I shot (with camera, not gun) in the morning. Shot with my ELPH 100 in Super Vivid mode.

365 Photo Project - Day 21 - Mopar 318 in my 66 Barracuda - September 13, 2011

365 photo project day 21 - 66 Barracuda/Built 318
365 photo project day 21 - 66 Barracuda/Built 318

Today I started working on the Barracuda. Didn't get too far because the shop that did the engine/trans swap - I don't know what they did but the radiator is impossible to get out without some serious cutting/grinding. Very frustrating. My friend who is helping me will is going to bring over a compressor and die grinder to help me cut the flanges down. If anyone wants to know a shop to NOT take their car to, just ask me and I'll let you know who to avoid...

365 Photo Project - Day 22 - Rooster folk art - September 14, 2011

365 photo project day 22 - Rooster Folk Art
365 photo project day 22 - Rooster Folk Art

Tomorrow I'm getting the garage door installed at our new (old) house - yippee!!! So tonight (first day I'm legally entitled to remove someone else' junk from my own property), I'm getting rid of a lot of crap that my "tenant" left behind so the garage door installer has room to work. Not a happy thing but then I remembered the rooster painted on the back fence. If this isn't folk art I don't know what is. Besides I'm sure no one wants to see more cloud pictures (and yes, I got some good ones today). Oh, and my mom collects rooster art so this one is for her.

365 Photo Project - Day 23 - My "new" Yashica Electro 35 GSN - September 15, 2011

365 photo project day 23 - Yashica Electro 35 GSN
365 photo project day 23 - Yashica Electro 35 GSN

I love old film cameras, and after reading this user report I decided I wanted a Yashica Electro 35 to add to my collection. I didn't have to wait long, I found this one on eBay for less than $100 total. I'm always a little leery buying cameras from eBay but this one is a beauty. Both camera and case look almost brand new. I've got a roll in now so hope to have some pictures by next Tuesday. Too much fun...

365 Photo Project - Day 24 - So many toys, so little time... - September 16, 2011

365 photo project day 24 - Relaxing with his toys
365 photo project day 24 - Relaxing with his toys

My son Robert relaxing on a Friday afternoon.

365 Photo Project - Day 25 - My better half - September 17, 2011

365 photo project day 25 - Alice in the kitchen
365 photo project day 25 - Alice in the kitchen

My wife in the kitchen. She's camera shy just like my son.

365 Photo Project - Day 26 - Jet tracks - September 18, 2011

365 photo project day 26 - contrails
365 photo project day 26 - contrails

I don't remember seeing this many contrails in a long time. Where are they going? Never thought of Reno as being in a major flight path... I guess I'll take it though, makes for a good picture especially around dusk. Taken with my Nikon Coolpix 4800.

365 Photo Project - Day 27 - Grounding bus in my PBX - September 19, 2011

365 photo project day 27 - copper ground bus in my PBX
365 photo project day 27 - copper ground bus in my PBX

I love electrical things and electronics, so I'm really blessed to be able to work on a PBX (Private Branch Exchange - a telephone switch) for a living. I thought the ground bus on the PBX power supply would make an interesting picture... what do you think?

365 Photo Project - Day 28 - Fuji X100 Test Pic - September 20, 2011

365 photo project day 28 - Fuji X100 test picture
365 photo project day 28 - Fuji X100 test picture

So far I'm disappointed with this camera...

365 Photo Project - Day 29 - Another Fuji X100 Test Pic - September 21, 2011

365 photo project day 29 - ME Super shot with Fuji X100
365 photo project day 29 - ME Super shot with Fuji X100

A little better, but still (see Coolpix shot below)... How can a $1200 camera that's billed as "The professional's choice" not even manage to take as good a picture as an ancient consumer grade point and shoot? I'm just not getting it...

365 Photo Project - Day 29 (alternate) - Same shot, different camera...

Same shot as above but taken with my Coolpix 4800

365 Photo Project - Day 30 - My garage - September 22, 2011

365 photo project day 30 - Man Cave
365 photo project day 30 - Man Cave

I love my garage. It's the only room in the house where I can do whatever I want and not get in trouble with my wife. It also reminds me a lot of visiting my grandparents when I was a kid and hanging out in their garage watching Grandpa work on his model airplanes.

365 Photo Project - Day 31 - Looking out the window - September 23, 2011

365 photo project day 31 - Firebird through the window
365 photo project day 31 - Firebird through the window

Another test shot from the Fuji X100. This one isn't too bad, especially compared to some of the other disappointing shots I've been getting. I'm focused on the Firebird that's probably about 80 feet away through a dirty window. The bokeh is alright too. Hope to do some more testing later.

365 Photo Project - Day 32 - House across the street - September 24, 2011

365 photo project day 32 - house across the street
365 photo project day 32 - house across the street

The house kitty-corner across the street from our new (old) house in Sparks. I love this neighborhood, lots of old style houses built in the 1920's and 30's. Wish we had the money to buy another one... Taken with my Nikon Coolpix 4800.

365 Photo Project - Day 33 - Same house shot with Fuji X100 - September 25, 2011

365 photo project day 33 - still unimpressed with Fuji X100
365 photo project day 33 - still unimpressed with Fuji X100

More disappointment from the Fuji X100 - never mind the banding, that appeared when I scaled the image down to fit the page. Even so, overall image quality isn't even as good as the shot I got with my Coolpix 4800 - an ancient, obsolete camera with just a 5MP sensor - I don't know if I'm doing something wrong with the X100 or my friend just got a bad example. I'm going to suggest he send it in to be checked and serviced.

365 Photo Project - Day 34 - Grandpa's Batwing - September 26, 2011

365 photo project day 34 - Batwing
365 photo project day 34 - Batwing

Airplane designed ny my Grandpa.

365 Photo Project - Day 35 - Self Portrait - September 27, 2011

365 photo project day 35 - self portrait
365 photo project day 35 - self portrait

Ahh, the obligatory self portrait. Just be glad I'm not doing a "real" 365 Photo Project where every picture is supposed to be a self portrait...

365 Photo Project - Day 36 - Robert - September 28, 2011

365 photo project day 36 - Robert posing by the Valiant
365 photo project day 36 - Robert posing by the Valiant

365 Photo Project - Day 37 - My Plymouth Valiant Station Wagon - September 29, 2011

365 photo project day 37 - my old Plymouth Valiant wagon
365 photo project day 37 - my old Plymouth Valiant wagon

Another shot of my Valiant wagon, this time taken with the Fuji X100. I still don't know what to think about this camera. I have some pictures with incredible image quality, but most turn out just OK (like this one) or worse. The flare in this picture is intentional - I took another shot while shading the lens with my hand to eliminate the flare and decided this shot looked better with the flare.

365 Photo Project - Day 38 - Robert with his S2000 - September 30, 2011

365 photo project day 38 - picking up Robert in the S2000
365 photo project day 38 - picking up Robert in the S2000

My son insists on getting picked up from school in the S2000. When I drive the much cooler Buick wagon he complains. Kids these days... Taken with my ELPH 100.

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