Saturday, November 27, 2010

Just Another Manic Monday

manic monday, originally uploaded by emberangel.

I have a feeling everyone will have a "Manic Monday" after this long weekend we had. To me, manic Monday's always mean a desperate searching of the closet for something to wear.

Six o'clock already
I was just in the middle of a dream
I was kissin' Valentino
By a crystal blue Italian stream

But I can't be late
'Cause then I guess I just won't get paid
These are the days
When you wish your bed was already made

It's just another manic Monday
I wish it were Sunday
'Cause that's my funday
My I don't have to runday
It's just another manic Monday

Have to catch an early train
Got to be to work by nine
And if I had an air-o-plane
I still couldn't make it on time

'Cause it takes me so long
Just to figure out what I'm gonna wear
Blame it on the train
But the boss is already there

It's just another manic Monday
I wish it were Sunday
'Cause that's my funday
My I don't have to runday
It's just another manic Monday

All of the nights
Why did my lover have to pick last night
To get down
Doesn't it matter
That I have to feed the both of us
Employment's down

He tells me in his bedroom voice
C'mon honey, let's go make some noise
Time it goes so fast
When you're having fun

It's just another manic Monday
I wish it were Sunday
'Cause that's my funday
My I don't have to runday
It's just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
'Cause that's my funday
It's just another manic Monday.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Power of HDR

Power lines, originally uploaded by emberangel.
This month, I executed my first HDR photo. Literally. I saw it and hated it! So I had to start all over again with a brand new set of photos. And this is what I came up with. This and another photo which I will try to add before Thanksgiving.

These power lines are really close to my house and it is one of my favorite places to be. I love to hear the buzz and crackle of electricity above me. Its energizing. I feel as if it gives me new life.

I had to be quick with these photos. I had about 20 minutes to get a wide variety of shots, because I didn't want to be stuck with something that I hated. But I really like how the light was hitting the mountains. I plan on coming back here in a few days at sunset (when these photos were taken) and try to get a new perspective. I think I will wait for the sky to have those beautiful clouds again.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

This year, next year, its all the same

So this year, the 365 project got to be too much for me. I forgot to take a picture one day.. and then another. And then suddenly I stopped caring.
Next year. I am going to try again... but not be so hard on myself. Instead I want to do one quality image a week... instead of a bunch of crappy ones because my life gets pretty crazy during the week. I have school five days a week (oh my goodness I forgot how much that sucked!!) and then work. And then whatever I can manage of a social life. Add to that my amazing ability to get sick. It seems that I get sick about once a month. I could be exaggerating, but it is quite difficult to muster up the energy to take a good photo when all you want to do is sleep.
And of course, those days when I just get so into my own head. And the days where I work from home. And then there is dating which is a whole thing unto its self. Men these days seem to expect you to text them all day. And they get mad at you if you don't respond. And then if you actually want to text them because you are bored... they get annoyed with you because they are trying to do something important. Just thinking about it makes me want to throttle the lot of them.
Back to the point. Photography. I hope to be able to take at least one quality image a week for the entire year of 2011. It should be an interesting year. I will be done with college by about the middle of the year. So it will either become and easier task or an even harder task. I look forward to the challenge, and if I am able to make it through in one piece, I will attempt to do an actual 365 in 2012.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Happy Halloween from everyone at the office.

We spent our lunch break carving pumpkins yesterday. I spent a good amount of that time taking photos... but my efforts were greatly appreciated. I was also able to get some good photos of the office staff, which I am very happy about. I hope they liked it.

Friday, October 22, 2010

My second Tilt-shift

tilt shift 2, originally uploaded by emberangel.

This is my second attempt at tilt shift. I think It came out pretty well. Now that I think about it though, it needs more saturation. I will probably go back in and edit it later. Right now I need to do some retail therapy and spend hours looking at things that I won't buy because I can't afford them.

My First Tilt Shift

My First Tilt Shift, originally uploaded by emberangel.

This is my first attempt at a tilt-shift image. Really easy to do in photoshop. Almost too easy.

It is also a cool technique to play with. My favorite so far. I think I will try a few more so that I will get better at it.

Photo was taken in San Diego in January 2010.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Seems that photographs can have great power. They say things that you can't find the words to. They also have the power to intimidate. Lately I've been too intimidated to take out my camera and shoot. I shouldn't be because at the end of the day we all need something. And for me that something is photography.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fresh start

So here is the thing. Life caught up to me. While trying to juggle everything I lost sight of the little things and forgot to take pictures and I didn't want to spend the time to post them online. It was just one or two and then I would get back into the swing of taking a picture everyday. But then the one or two days added up to three and four and it just didn't seem worth it to try any more because I wouldn't have an entire year of pictures. And I know exactly whose fault it is. Mine. Its all on me. I forgot what was important to me.
I want to finish the project but with where I am at, I will have to start all over. So I need a date. Do I start right now, with a new project or do I wait until the first of July so that I have a solid ground to work on?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Day 121

Day 121, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Buttons, buttons, who's got the buttons.

Do you ever feel like you are a button. The one falling off the shirt.. only hanging on by a thread.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Day 120

Day 120, originally uploaded by emberangel.

It's a dog's life.
This picture makes me smile. Sometimes I wish I could roll around in the grass and get the same enjoyment out of it as a dog does.... then I remember that the grass is just one giant toilet. I guess I'll just stay behind the camera for now... Until I find a nice giant hill with no dogs around.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Day 119

Day 119, originally uploaded by emberangel.

My cat likes fresh laundry. She jumped up on the clean sheets as soon as I put them down.

Day 118

Day 118, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Growing out my hair for my sisters wedding. I can wear it in a ponytail now.

Day 117

Day 117, originally uploaded by emberangel.

This is what I do in the mornings. Although sometimes I wonder why I bother.... since I am the only one who cares.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Advice Please!

Right now I am searching for the perfect point and shoot camera. One that is small enough to carry around every day that also has manual settings. While I love auto because it is fast and easy… I love being able to change the settings myself so much more. It makes me feel in control and that I serve a purpose.
So the question is… can anyone recommend a good point and shoot camera.

Day 106 - 116

Day 106 - 116, originally uploaded by emberangel.

I guess this quarter is crazier than I thought it would be. Then again.. work, school, homework, friends, boyfriend, and helping my sister plan her wedding... leaves little to no time to upload photos to the computer. Because I don't know about you.. but after a long day I would rather unwind with a good book and not staring at the computer for another hour.
Maybe its just me.

If you want to see the individual photos... here they are:

Day 106
Day 107
Day 108
Day 109
Day 110
Day 111
Day 112
Day 113
Day 114
Day 115
Day 116

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Day 105

Day 105, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Through the looking glass. Sometimes it is harder than you think

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Day 104

Day 104, originally uploaded by emberangel.

This will never happen again. They were watching my dad as he pulled up and I was outside taking pictures of our driveway that currently looks like a maze.. and smells like.. a sewer. But then I saw the dogs and well. Its my favorite picture of the month... for now.


103, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Peace Tea. Enough said

Day 102

Day 102, originally uploaded by emberangel.

I swear that I was parked. :)
I was waiting for my friend to get the heck outside so that we could go to work together.

Day 101

Day 101, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Its a terrible photo... but I wanted to make sure I took one that day. I spent most of the day at the beach on a date. And the afterwards we got dinner. Right after he ordered he told me he wasn't hungry and wanted an excuse to hang out with me. I laughed. Turned out that I wasn't all that hungry either. But he didn't even touch his burger.
This picture. Was taken on a cell phone. While driving. Above the speed limit. Opps. Is there a law against taking pictures with your phone while driving in California?

Day 100

Day 100, originally uploaded by emberangel.

I liked the play of shadows. And.. afterall, this is what I did all day.
I played in the shadows. I wish. I read a good chunk of the Odyssey

Day 84

Day 84, originally uploaded by emberangel.

I mixed up my numbering at some point and forgot to put this one up. My birthday dinner with friends and family.. Haha. So the last photo I uploaded should be #100 and not 99. Well. Close enough right? I knew that I was missing something

Friday, April 9, 2010


98, originally uploaded by emberangel.

I love these paws. My cat is a polydactyl.. which means she has the cutest paws ever..


97, originally uploaded by emberangel.

We still have to park in the street....

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Day 96

Day 96, originally uploaded by emberangel.

The hole is now 19 feet deep... and they have to dig another.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Day 95

Day 95, originally uploaded by emberangel.

I am getting so lost counting the days. We are finally getting the leech pit fixed. Woot. And then I can take the longest shower ever.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Day 85-94

Day 85-94, originally uploaded by emberangel.

I've been pretty busy the past few days. Sorry about the slow upload. : )

April 1st was my birthday and I was in Vegas to celebrate. I also started dating someone new. I've only been on two dates with him, but I am starting to think that they are the best dates I've ever been on. Well. I am young. I guess I have my whole life to go on the best dates of my life. Like this June I am going with him to a concert in San Diego. That is, if he sticks around for long enough.

Lots of things are happening here. School starts tomorrow and this weekend I am going to the beach.. that is if it doesn't rain. I've been looking forward to it for the past couple days... so I am praying for good weather on Saturday.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Day 84

Day 84, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Today is March 25. Spring Break. And I am finally not sick. I was sick for about a month. I think that was the longest that I have ever been sick.
I went to Botanical Gardens with my mom in Clairmont today. It was pretty fun. I love these pinkish flowers. I want a garden full of them. Maybe we'll plant some this year. I actually got some good photos. Some cute squirrels and a cute photo of my mom. And she took a few of me.

Day 83

Day 83, originally uploaded by emberangel.

dinner time.

Day 82

Day 82, originally uploaded by emberangel.

This is what a weeks worth of studying and homework will do. Leave you with a complete mess. Well.. Mostly I just spent my time writing an essay. I rarely actually study for more than 30 minutes.

Day 81

Day 81, originally uploaded by emberangel.

This is finals week. I should study more... I'd get better grades

Day 80

Day 80, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Went shopping today with my friend. I only had my cell phone. I think I need a cell phone with a better camera. Birthday present maybe?
If I get a new cell phone I am pretty sure that I'd have to get a new plan that supported the phone. I have a really old plan. I like having to pay only $25 a month.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Day 79

Day 79, originally uploaded by emberangel.

There is a little birdie nest outside the window.

Day 78

Day 78, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Went to work and as soon as I got home I did homework.. still not finished but I have until Thursday.

Day 77

Day 77, originally uploaded by emberangel.

I was at school all day and then after spending an hour at the grocery store.. I came home and did homework until I went to sleep

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Day 66

Day 66, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Happy St. Pattty's Day

Day 75

Day 75, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Day 74

Day 74, originally uploaded by emberangel.

And this is what I call the Epic List of Doom. It actually felt pretty good to put it all on paper. Made some of the frazzled thoughts go away. And It felt good checking some of them off.... although I added more than I checked off.

Day 74

Day 74, originally uploaded by emberangel.

And this is what I call the Epic List of Doom. It actually felt pretty good to put it all on paper. Made some of the frazzled thoughts go away. And It felt good checking some of them off.... although I added more than I checked off.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Day 73

Day 73, originally uploaded by emberangel.

A new construction

Day 72

Day 72, originally uploaded by emberangel.

My sisters cat... just got a bath and had to be dried.

Day 71

Day 71, originally uploaded by emberangel.

My sisters cat.. loves playing on the stairs. And hates sitting still

Day 70

Day 70, originally uploaded by emberangel.

I don't like being sick. And I don't like going to the doctors.

Day 69

Day 69, originally uploaded by emberangel.

I love these slippers. They keep me nice and cozy.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Day 38

Day 38, originally uploaded by emberangel.

I can has popcorn??

Monday, March 8, 2010

Day 67

Day 67, originally uploaded by emberangel.

I think that flannel is the sexiest thing a woman can wear. Sex appeal should be about what makes you, you.
I am always appealed to people who are raw, real, and aren't afraid to be themselves. They are the people who act crazy at the mall because it makes them (and you) laugh.
At the end of the day.. sexy is a flannel shirt and a pair of boy shorts. Or a men's white T-shirt and messy hair. Its sexy because it shows that you are confident enough that you know you are beautiful without any makeup, without a sexy piece of lingerie, and without any barriers. And at the end of the day, isn't confidence the sexiest thing that you can wear?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Day 66

Day 66, originally uploaded by emberangel.

This is something that I need to remember to do "face up to fear."
I have to challenge myself more when I am afraid. Just do it.. even though I am shaking so much that it hard to walk. Do it.. because I will be proud of myself later.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Day 65

Day 65, originally uploaded by emberangel.

perfume.. it makes me happy.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Day 64

Day 64, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Come On Get Higher
Loosen my lips
Faith and desire
And the swing of your hips
Just pull me down hard
And drown me in love

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Day 63

Day 63, originally uploaded by emberangel.

In my poetry class today we read The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. If you ever want to read some dimly depressing stories, take Frost for a spin.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same, 10

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back. 15

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 20

I've heard all these interpretations of the poem.. but here is my take. I think that Frost is kinda looking back at his past decisions with regret. When he looked down the two different roads they really looked very similar.. one was just a little over grown. He took the path that not many take.. and that decision shaped his life. The path made all the difference. So basically?? You can't change the past. You gotta love Frost.
We are all on our own paths, choosing our own course and here is the question.. when you come across two roads.. which road do you choose?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Day 62

Day 62, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Despite the fact that I hid away from the world yesterday.. tonight seems like one of those nights. If I didn't have school tomorrow I would have had a drink. Well.. not this one. This one would have knocked me sideways. I would have had a nice cold beer. Sadly none of my favorites are in the fridge right now. Just left over alcohol from my birthday last year, rum from making a friends birthday cake, and tons of alcohol left over from New Years. I think by the end of this year there is going to be so many extras I'm going to have to throw a party where everyone just drinks their "extras"... although I might be the only one with this problem. Well.. back to the point.. which was?? something.

Getting ready for a busy weekend. Tomorrow I am going for a walk in the foothills with my camera.. or there abouts. Should be interesting.

But going to work and then rushing off to a city council meeting does not a good day make.

Stayed out about two hours too late,
An' now it's hard gettin' out of this bed.
Man, my boyfriend was a pain in the butt last night,
Now he's an ache in my head.
Stubbed my toe on the dresser an' I guess,
It's too late to shower an' do my hair.

Yeah, throw a ball cap on;
Hell, half the day is gone.
And nothin' else could go wrong, whoa, oh.
Fifity bucks is all I got:
When times are tough, it's time to shop,
An' my credit card'll buy a lot, whoa, oh.
What's another bill to pay?
It's that kind of day.
Hey, hey, hey, yeah.

Got twenty-six messages on my voicemail,
An' I've only called my best friend back.
An' I told her: "When it comes to my life these days,
"I'm somewhere between a cry an' a laugh."
She said my Mom just called her,
An' said I look like I've gained five pounds.

Ho, oh, slip into my fat jeans.
Overdose on mint ice-cream.
Treat the day just like a dream, whoa, oh.
Hope I see someone I know,
An' I'll smile an' put on a show,
Say I got somewhere to go, whoa, oh.
Everyone's got something to say:
It's that kind of day.
Hey, hey, hey, yeah.
Hey, hey, hey, whoo.

:. Instrumental break .:

Standin' still on the interstate,
An' I swear some old lady,
Just flipped me the bird.
Did she just flip me the bird?

Ha ha, it's gotta go up from here.
Today is gonna disappear,
An' nothin's gonna interfere, whoa, oh.
Gonna buy myself some flowers,
An' then spend a couple a-hours,
Talkin' to my Higher Power, whoa, oh.
Ask Him why life's this way.
(Ask Him why.)
Yeah, I'm gonna ask Him why my life's this way,
(Why's my life this way?)
There's just no tellin' what He's gonna say.
Oh, it's just that kind of day.

Hey, hey, hey, yeah.
Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah-a.
Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah-a.
Yah, oh yeah, yey.

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