Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tis the Season



Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Graffiti Love

LoveGrafittiI recently had an appointment in a neighborhood I was not familiar with. I arrived at my appointment early, so I decided to drive around and see what I could see. This grafitti didn't strike me as vandalism. I thought it even made the lowly dandelion look good.


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Give it Up


These potatoes are about to be given (a few at a time) to someone who is hungry. You may not realize it, but there are people in your town who are hungry. Especially now. They worry that their kids may miss a meal...or two.

When people are out of work and have limited funds, they pay their bills before buying food. Believe me...I've seen it. They pay their utility bill, their insurance, or their rent. It gets particularly bad when the end of the month approaches and funds evaporate. The end of the month is approaching.....

Ya know those food drives that you hear about? Your son or daughter may have brought a plastic shopping bag home from school for you to fill. Or the Boy Scouts may have hung a plastic shopping bag on your door knob for pickup the following weekend.

That stuff goes to people who need it. It's for real and it's in your town. Do it people. You'll feel good about it.


Friday, May 15, 2009



Olive week continues with a blast from the past.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Boy and His Dog

Olive & Danny

This photo I snapped a few years ago just became far more significant to me. It's been a difficult week. Our home seems far too still.....and painfully quiet.


Monday, May 11, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Olive Denardo - Rest in Peace


My self-imposed week long hiatus from blogging has come to an end in honor of our beloved dog, Olive. She's not been well these last months and we knew her days were numbered. Today was her final day.

I am convinced that God gave us Olive to teach me tolerance. Now that I look back, the things she did that drove me crazy are the same things that endeared me to her. She had a big personality. And she was full of life.

Olive's method of giving me a zinger was this: When she would poop, she would ALWAYS point her butt in my direction. Then she would look over her shoulder and stare me down. Nice. I'm certain I deserved it. Now that she is gone, I'll miss that. In fact, I wish I could see her do it at this very moment. I'll miss EVERYTHING about her.

We're gonna miss you, you hound dog. Thanks for being our dog. We were lucky to have you...and now we're terribly sad that you are gone.

We love you, Olive.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Happy 100th...


I would have never believed it, but the D2 Photo Journal is 100 posts old. I'm very grateful to those of you who have stuck it out with me. Your encouragement and support has been nothing short of amazing.

In honor of my 100th post, I decided to do something I've only done once before and that is to post a photo of myself. I believe the only other photo is in my profile.  I've never felt that this blog was about me. I've tried to make it about what my camera has been aimed at. And for once, I am aiming it at me.

I've been wanting to do a self-portrait for a while...simply for the challenge of it. Granted, this is not a typical portrait, but I suppose I'm not typical...just ask my wife. In addition, I've been wanting to become more proficient at using small flashes. For this shot, I combined both wishes.

When I shoot in the studio, it's usually with studio strobes that could light the dark side of the moon. This shot was created using 3 small battery-powered Nikon SB800 Speedlights...each about 6" x 3".

Speedlight Nikon SB800 Speedlight

The 3-flash set up was as follows:

1. A Speedlight at camera left with a grid attachment splashed light across the outside of the laptop.

2. A Speedlight lying on the keyboard, aimed at the monitor. This bounced light onto my face.

3. A Speedlight behind me with a snoot on it (to narrow the beam) aimed at the background. This outlined my head and shoulder to keep me from totally blending into the background.


Once again, thanks so much for joining me in the blogosphere for these 100 posts. It's been a joy.



Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Proud Father


My 12-year-old son ran in a school track meet today. He ran against 23 other kids in the 1-mile and took first place in 6:13. He ran from the middle of the pack and started picking runners off one by one. His margin of victory was about 15 yards.

One of the best things I've experienced as a parent has been the opportunity to run with my son.  We are not able to do it often, but when we do, it's terrific.  He's a very good runner. Before long, the student will be teaching the teacher.  He'll be cruising on by me very soon.  He's a good kid...he'll remember to wave.

PS - Believe it or not, the hairdo is HIS choice.  Hey, I guess it's aerodynamic.