The family walked along the Embarcadero today. The streets were crowded getting ready to kick off the New Year. I took a few shots of the Bay Bridge to complete my 2011 365 journey. Thank you very much for visiting and commenting. You all have inspired me to challenge myself and learn new things in this craft.
I owe several of you "10 things about me". If you need help getting to sleep, give this a read. It will surely put you in a dream state in no time!
Wishing you and your families a healthy and prosperous New Year! See
you in 2012!
1. What got me into photography? I was surrounded by photography ever since I was a little kid. My father used to take a lot of photographs with his Nikon SLR camera. He still has his camera and unbeknownst to him, I plan on grabbing this vintage camera from him very soon. My older sister owned a Nikon SLR in her college years. My half brother is a professional photographer and I used to watch him develop prints in his dark room when I was younger. I also watched him do his thing at photo shoots every so often. He now lives in Florida as a successful professional photographer.
2. Continuing from #1. In 2010 and early 2011, I took a few photo seminars with a friend and was completely inspired (I also did a lot of reading on the subject). I decided to take on a 365 project to learn how to take better pictures using whatever camera I had at my disposal (DSLR, phone, or compact). I also wanted to learn how to use my DSLR manually. Lisa Bettany created a site called mostly365 where she encouraged people to 'try' to share a photo a day. It was a relaxed version of a project365 where you were encouraged to take a photo with whatever camera you own and share it. It didn't matter if you skipped a day as long as you kept it up whenever you could. As a matter of fact, I almost forgot to take a picture on January 1 of this year (it was a poor capture of some books on a shelf taken with my iPhone. I got out of bed, and took the snap). As 2011 progressed, I started seeing awesome photos from other 365'ers on flickr. I would look at many of these captures and wonder how it was done. I started posting my photos to various groups as well as comment on your amazing work. Before I knew it, I was surfing the 365 wave with many of you. Thank you very much for visiting and commenting on my captures. It means a lot and it certainly helped me move forward with this project when I did not have the motivation. I would have likely quit if this interaction never took place. It has been a great year hanging out with all of you like-minded individuals and whether you know it or not, you all have challenged me to photograph and try new things that I normally wouldn't have.
3. Thanks to this whole project 365 initiative, I was offered a job over the summer to take photos for a certain city here in California. I would be their sole photographer (for a little over a month). These photos would be published in a San Francisco based magazine as well as in various collateral materials. After a few meetings and reading the contracts (describing what they needed), I had crazy cold feet. I didn't feel confident in my photography skills to provide what they wanted (and they needed this photo spread rather quick). With a lot of vacillation going on in my mind, I ended up politely declining the offer. If they ever want to use any of my photos, they will contact me and negotiate a price. To cut to the chase, If I were given this opportunity again, I would take it in a heartbeat. ;)
4. As several of you know, distance running is a big part of my life. If my ability to run was taken away from me, I would go nuts. I ran a few marathons (and half marathons) this year but the king of them all was the Boston Marathon last April. In order to run Boston, you have to qualify for it in a sanctioned marathon event (I qualified for Boson in the San Francisco Marathon in 2010). I am hoping to run a 50k in the near future. I also want to get back into triathlons... Though I do not actually 'box', I follow a boxing training regimen as a cross training activity. A boxing workout is a fantastic way to get your mix of cardio, strength, and resistance in.
5. I love tech gadgets. You name it... iPhones, computers, home theater, video games, etc. If it blinks, beeps, and accepts commands, chances are that I would be very interested in it. I enjoy fixing/hacking them too.
6. I am highly allergic to most nuts (including peanuts). If I ate peanuts right now, hives would take over my body and I would look like the elephant man. I haven't had a severe reaction since in many years and it is second nature for me to ask (or read) if something has nuts in it. I can eat almonds and love them! Lain (my kiddo) is only allergic to peanuts. I will never know what a peanut butter and jelly sandwich tastes like!
7. Before I was married (pre 1998), I played in a few bands. Most notably, I was a singer/rhythm guitar player for an industrial band as well as a pop/punk band. We played many shows with some incredible bands. In fact, some of them have made some names for themselves. My parents made me take classical piano lessons. I was able to transfer the music theory over to other instruments. I am totally rusty now. That was another lifetime... Whenever I want to lay down an idea, I have a little home recording setup on my Mac. It's so cool how you can make studio quality music with a computer these days.
8. Like Anisha, we are Disneyland regulars (though not as regular as Anisha). Ever since I was a kid, we would frequent Disneyland. This carried on through my teen years then to my adult life. , My sister used to live in Beverly Hills and we would visit her and Disneyland many times a year. She now lives in Sweden so our Disneyland visits have been cut down to two to three times a year (we continue to renew our annual passports). ;)
9. Random fact about me: I have never been stung by a bee, broken a bone or have gotten stitches (knock on wood)...
10. My handle/username has always been 'jbone66'. jbone is my first and last name more or less combined. '66' is the month and day of my birthday (June 6). ;)
11. One quick bonus (it won't get lengthy): I was a strict vegetarian for four years (though I never used the label to describe my eating habits). My vegetarianism ended last March when I started eating salmon. So yes, eating food with a central nervous system has a place in my diet again... ;)