Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

This is the last post of 2012.

I hope everyone has a happy new year in 2013.

I hope that you find happiness, love, joy, new friends, and are prosperous!

For me I will be posting here less and focusing more on family and my new photography blog.

Hope to see you there in 2013!


2013 Goals

While I think if you are going to make a resolution for the new year you might as well start doing it now because if you really want to do it you would not wait to start it! I do have some new goals I want to ensure I want to accomplish for this upcoming year.

Here are my top four that I want to focus on the most:

Get Healthy.
This is probably the toughest one I have. I have a back problem that I've had for 21 years. I was a martial artist, skateboarder, mountain biker and I served in the military all the while I have had this problem. In college I became to lazy because of pain from my back. I gained a lot of weight and while my beautiful and caring wife Andrea loves me for who I am, I do not. I'm not looking to get back to being 150lbs (Max Army weight after basic training) but enough to be healthy and take pressure off my back by getting rid of my gut!

Buy a House.
Andrea and I found one we really liked this past fall. Unfortunately the cost to repair the roof and unwillingness of the sellers to come down in price to offset the cost made us walk away. It really was our dream home we knew we could raise a family in and not have to move into something bigger 5 years down the road. We are still looking but we are not finding anything like that one in our price range. I would like to be in one sooner rather than later but it is not something we will just rush off to buy just to get a house.

Get Better Organized.
I will admit I use to better organized, I'm still not that bad but I do need help. The main problem is I easily forget things or get side tracked and forget when something needs to be done. I would like to fix that in the next year.

Learn more about Photography. 
To me taking pictures is easy, but Photography is not. Photography takes time to learn and master. I spent years just taking pictures...lots and lots of pictures on my little Instamatic or cheap film cameras then cheap Kodak point and shoot digital camera or smart phone. Now though I'm taking the time to learn Photography and build my skill to capture more than just a quick image in time, but to convey a thought, feeling or emotion with out words universally to the viewer.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Photo Blog Coming for the New Year

Will be my new home for my photography posts starting in the new year!

As you can see by the URL it is a little more personal than my current url that has my old old old online gaming name (I still use it :p).

This one is not going anywhere, but it will probably be used a lot less.

I will also be moving many of the photography posts found here to that one as well.

Thanks for all the fun and coming to see my little part of the internet!

- Jason

My Top 5 Shots of 2012

Warning I do not foresee getting any more pictures this year that would make this list before Tuesday unless something extra ordinary happens, but if it does I reserve the right to update this list..:p

These are in no order they are just my top 5 favorites that I took:

Cutie Katie
Sweet Kiss
Redwing BlackBird

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Family Shots

Here are some Family images I tried to get during my holiday rounds (I forgot to get one of my Brother and Sister together...):

My Family:
Mother & Step-Father

Aunt & Uncle

Step-Mother & Father

Grandma, Uncle, Father & Aunt

Andrea's Family:
Mother & Father

Brother & Sister-In-Law

Aunt & Uncle


My Aunt's little protector!

Tuckered Out from present opening:


Trish, a photo by je.brewer on Flickr.
Took this quick snap of my sister at the family XMas gathering.

Feeling that I'm still a super-noob with composition and lighting I was really surprised on how well it came out with my on camera speed flash bouncing off the wood ceiling in and attempt to soften the hard evening light coming in the window from the left of the frame.

I'm still learning to use my flash better but this shot shows I'm heading in the right direction.

Now if only I was better at post processing to soften the image up a little.... :p

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bye Bye Instagram

Removed my account from the service today.

Not going to post pictures through your service when it clearly states in your Terms of Service that you can do what ever you want with my images but I can't except to share them with your permitted integration to other services (i.e. Facebook).