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Summer Colors

ISO100 50mm f/5 1/1600 sec

Walking around downtown today was a bit chillier then it has been the last week, yet despite the bitter cold I was able to find some warmth with this scene.

Finding this was a bit of a surprise as it was a major contrast to the dull surroundings of the immediate peripheral cityscape.  Everything else had been grayed and muted by the city life. Like its lost its soul long ago, and now only reminisces of the good ol days. But not this wall here! Its like the new kid on the block trying to bring the fun and excitement back into the streets. Its the kid thats banging on the door as soon as the sun is up trying to bring everyone out to play ball, and then keeps the energy going till the sun goes down. With its vidid colors is not afraid to make a bold statement, and is just waiting for the rest of the street to join in on the fun.

Blue Windows

ISO 64 4.28mm f/2.4 1/620sec

Can you believe this picture is from Michigan in the middle of the winter!?! The snow is starting to melt away, although the forecast shows a few more winter wonder days right around the corner! However with the melting snow, it allows me to switch gears from the cold weathered photos Ive posted the last few days, and add some warmth to the blog with this vibrant summer-ish photo taken again with my iPhone today at a little breakfast restaurant called “The Omelet Shop”. My girlfriend and I were searching around for an open bank not realizing with MLK day, all the banks were closed. So pulling out of the deserted Chase parking lot, bummed that our mission of check cashing was foiled and would have to be postponed til tomorrow, we decided to cheer ourselves up at this restaurant across the street. I had never eaten here, but the exterior was so enticing, and as they say you should always judge an omelet shop by its cover.

This photo brings me back to my recent days of living on the beach in Virginia! In fact my neighbors building was painted almost an identical color scheme, with the addition of some orange and green. I can imagine walking by the blue window sills of the building with sandals and a loose fit tee that I threw on just after an intense game of ultimate frisbee on the beach. There was a 7-11 across the street that we frequented often, and if it weren’t for the no shirt no shoes no service sign, we would have spent all summer in our swim trunks and shorts. I would say Im still a beach boy, just in a Michigander disguise, which works well with the counter part of a Michigan omelet shop in a beach shack disguise.

Cross the line?

ISO 64 4.28mm f/2.4 1/250sec

It’s funny, my feelings about posting this image are inline with the image itself. There seems to be a big wave of people posting pictures of their feet on flickr and other image posting sources and I did not want to fall into that category, because Im sure the last thing people want to see is a photo of my feet. However I do love this photo and the idea of the “lines” we cross on a daily basis. So I found myself asking do I “cross the line” into an area I was planning on avoiding and post the picture or toss it over into the recycle bin. Well I decided to be adventurous and post it anyways.

I had actually forgotten I had taken this picture. Like I posted the other day I’ve been trying to get more in the habit of shooting with my iPhone throughout the day. I was on my way into the grocery store and a moment of inspiration hit me, as it often does throughout the day. Which have you ever realized how abusive inspiration really is, it just hits you when you least expect it, no warning at all. sheesh. Anyways, Im looking down at the pavement thats covered with the remnants of melted snow that has been recently plowed away and Im walking over these cool yellow lines. I keep saying to myself “don’t you cross that line”.. step.. “oh yeah, better not cross this one”.. step.. while at the same time constantly looking up to make sure I wasn’t pulling a bugs bunny move on myself making me step off a cliff or something haha. Then it hit me, this is one of those times I should be shooting with the phone. At this point Im standing in traffic, and now Im looking down taking pictures of my feet and the line to be crossed. Needless to say the impatient shoppers were.. well impatient, so horns started to blare and I quickly bolted inside to get my shopping done and completely forget about my picture until uploading the pics later in the evening.

I do love the thought behind this photo, of the lines we choose to cross or not cross throughout the day, whether they be¬†emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual or all of the above. We come against so many decisions throughout the day, some we don’t even realize until we take time to look, like the yellow lines in this picture. I find a version of this saying coming up in my mind a lot lately. Im working on losing some weight, diving further into my religion, growing my business and relationship among other things and because of that I encounter so many lines throughout the day in which I decide whether or not to cross. There’s a fast food restaurant… do I cross that line and risk my diet/health? There’s a new training on photography or design.. do I cross that line. Some lines we need to cross are easy and thoughtless, others not so much. Some Im sure even scare us, we may not even want to look across the line because we don’t know what may be on the other side. Either way we find ourselves connecting with this image more than we realize.

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