The end of January was awes-warm!!!

     So…. in what could only be described as FREAKISH weather for the end of the month, mid 50’s and 60’s for the entire end of January, I got some great shots and had some great times to go along with them. I’m honestly having so much fun with this project I can’t stop talking about it, telling people about it, explaining the concept….. and for a “photo a day” project, I’m shooting WAY more than that and doing my best to limit myself so my week wrap-ups don’t wind up being a mile long! So here goes the first one:

     We’ll start off with my more artsy shots. Sometimes there are days that I’m kind of searching for something “interesting” to shoot, or really looking for something that’s important to the goings on of the day, then there’s other times when things just jump out at you with really not effort at all. The following to shots are exactly that. Its something about the rain, I’ve always found things around me far more visually interesting when it’s either raining, or even better, just after its rained. This first shot is rain drops pooled on the moonroof of my Audi parked next to my condo building, a great to play with even the limited, but real depth of field you can get out of the iPhone 4s, no after blur effects here:

"I can't see clearly now the rain is gone"
“I can’t see clearly now the rain is gone”

     The second of the rainy day posts randomly popped up when walking down Wilson Blvd this past Saturday night on my way to a bit of a train wreck of a social experience, but that’s another story for another blog! 😉 Just the way the street light reflected of the water on the bare tree branches was really cool. Again, no added blur, major editing or filters here, this is just really the way the world looks sometimes:

It's amazing how a little rain changes things.
It’s amazing how a little rain changes things.

     We might as well keep this particular night going and while the train wreck (a.k.a. waiting WAY to F’ing long for someone I shouldn’t have been) was going, I did fire off a quick little shot of the Ballston Mall. Sometimes I like framing iPhone shots with things obviously not intended to be part of the composition that I can blur out afterwards with the Tilt/Shift filter for that faux depth of field effect seen below. I also bumped the sharpness WAY up to give it that extra grainy, gritty look:

While waiting....... #aviewfromabove
While waiting……. #aviewfromabove

     Did I mention that all in one night I not only at a half smoke with chili and cheese, but I found wrestling panda’s too?! hahahaha While a friend was in town, and staying at The Fairmont in downtown DC, I headed to meet her there. While parking on the street near the hotel, I got out and notice the logo for something…… labeled “WWF” with a panda bear over and I couldn’t help by think how AWESOME it was that the Would Wrestling Federation was finally letting humans wrestle bears…. this, obviously, is great. Pushed up the clarity on this one again with the details filter in Snapseed, used the dramatic filter for a bit with very large center size and pushed the texture way up again for the nice heavy grain the stone facade of the building:

WWF!? Wrestling Pandas!? Awesome!!!!!
WWF!? Wrestling Pandas!? Awesome!!!!!

     As it turns out, it is for the Would Wildlife Fund, NOT wrestling pandas…. but I choose to still believe in the dream so much so that after a night of drinking away the pain of knowing we may have to wait a few more years before seeing Man vs. Panda on the Discovery Channel, we found ourselves, drunk, tired, and mostly…. hungry. Enter….. DC’s famous: Ben’s Chili Bowl. For this I decided with such a busy image I really wanted to bring focus to the name and the iconic sign, so first I pulled the image into Snapseed to do the cropping down to 1:1, then into PhotoSplash to remove the color from everything put the sign, window strip and bear statue, then back into Snapseed for the a light touch of the vintage filter.

After a few drinks and some panda wrestling with Moo..... A half smoke with chili and cheese please!!!
After a few drinks and some panda wrestling with Moo….. A half smoke with chili and cheese please!!!

     You might be asking: “Is all this why you worked from home on Friday?” No, no, no, it’s actually not. What had me working from home on Friday was not only a pile of documents that did not lend themselves to a single useable picture, but… the need to spend nearly two hours doing laundry and, my love Honey Nut Cheerios of Cup of Noodles! hahaha

     There wasn’t much in the way content for his next shot, just a good excuse to play with apps. Used Diptic for the frames, PhotoSplash again to remove all the color except the SpeedQueen logo and the Center Focus filter in Snapseed to fade the corners a little:

Speed Queen does lots of loads! Sounds dirty :-/ #itusedtobe #imverypunny
Speed Queen does lots of loads! Sounds dirty :-/ #itusedtobe #imverypunny

     And what do you do while working from home while doing what turned out to be like 6 loads of laundry…. ummm, EAT, Duh! First up, breakfast…… I got to work on what is potential my favorite cereal of all times: Honey Nut Cheerios. So there I am, laying on the living room floor, eye level with my coffee table, iPhone in hand, up close and personal with my cereal bowl. Turned up the saturation a bit in Snapseed, used the tilt & shift to push a little depth a field effect in and what do get? A laptop wallpaper worthy extreme closeup of everyone favorite (hearth healthy) breakfast food:

They should make honey nut EVERYTHING!
They should make honey nut EVERYTHING!

     Then right from heart healthy, we jump to sodium heavy….. Cup Noodles (note the of the ‘o’, ‘of’, or any other term connecting the ‘Cup’ and the ‘Noodles’, seriously…. I looked…. it’s not there! hahahaha) A little more use of Diptic on this one for the frames and a quick vintage filter over everything, but that was about it…. this was really more about just taking multiple shots so I could put them next to each other in the frame to be able to read the label “Cup Noodles”:

Working from home today... Eatin like I was still in college! #idratherhaveramen
Working from home today… Eatin like I was still in college! #idratherhaveramen

     Then, of course….. there was this weekends visit to “Another Planet” (a.k.a. Fairfax, VA) OUTSIDE the beltway, can you believe it?! I had a friend’s birthday to attend, and as we all know….. I’m a sucker for birthday’s, I just can’t say no. So, out to Dogfish Head Ale house we went. I have always loved the logo, and they just gave me so many good changes in this place to get a good shot, that I had to take one right by the table we were sitting at. Again, into PhotoSplash first to highlight the color on only the sign, back into Snapseed for cropping and some detail, but that about it…. it was such a fun shot I decided simple was better here:

Happy Birthday Jamie!!! Good choice on party spots! #90minuteiparules
Happy Birthday Jamie!!! Good choice on party spots! #90minuteiparules

     Then while on the way home (space flight) back to my home solar system….. I stumbled upon a dark parking lot (many dark parking lots…. the native peoples of plant Fairfax go to be around 5:37pm on Saturday nights) full of signs and for some reason combining these two with Diptic just popped into my head and here’s way you get: (and no, this wasn’t a strip club! hahahaha)

Signs in a parking lot working together! #teamwork
Signs in a parking lot working together! #teamwork

     And finally…. we wrap things up with a little late night conversation with as previously expected, one of my newest and still coolest friends and, or course, the heartburn and hell that my weekends tend to end in. 100% worth every bit of the pain too! The first shot is just as simple as it gets, no filters, no tricks, no BS, just deuces and coffee….. EXACTLY what I needed a 5am after a night of pretty mayhem:

This..... Is how you end a night in DC!
This….. Is how you end a night in DC!

     LAST but not least….. my saving grace, Superbowl Sunday Morning’s cocktail of choice, shot nice a close up! Pulled into Snapseed, strong dramatic filter, linear tilt & shift over the logos, then the dark center focus really pulls everything together. Wrap a nice little frame around it and it and the contents of the bottles was enough to cure some of my hangover so I could watch the Giant’s beat the Pats!!!

After this past weekend..... This was my Sunday cocktail of choice! :-/ #ouchies
After this past weekend….. This was my Sunday cocktail of choice! :-/ #ouchies

     There you have it folks… the first weekly updated to Project i365! More to come soon…… and hell, if you’re still reading this far in… use those follow buttons off to the right and sign up, you’ll get the updated mailed to you. Thanks for reading and as always, if you want to know more or have any questions or comments, go ahead and email me or leave them in the comments section below!

Off to a great start!

     Well this is just great. I’m so pleased to have gotten such great comments from friends on Facebook, Twitter, and here on the blog…. even some text messages and emails encouraging me to stick it out through the year, make sure I keep up with the project and to tell me they love the concept. Thanks so much to all of you for showing me that support so quickly, its great to know people are actually looking at the shots and checking out the site! Keep it coming…. you guys ROCK!!!

Huge grin on my face from all the great comments on the first day of the Project i365 site being up!
Huge grin on my face from all the great comments on the first day of the Project i365 site being up!

Welcome to Project i365

     As the month of January draws to an end, I’ve decided I really do want to give this a try. I’ve seen a few people try things like “January photo a day” projects, or “365” projects where they’ll try to post something a day and I’m sure if allowed myself to include the chaos I capture with my regular camera every day, I’d make it without a problem. That just wouldn’t be could enough for me, I really wanted to twist this up a bit. Since I’m a huge nerd and I’ve really decided I have a little bit of an inappropriate tech crush on my iPhone, I made the choice that, in addition to the normal shots I take with my digital SLR, I would attempt to document an entire year of my life with at least one picture a day take on and completely edited with my iPhone 4s.

     Even thought the blog is a month behind, the shots started right away just after the first of the year when I woke up a little hung over from my New Year’s Eve party to capture this image as I want out to get some food:

Sunset over north Arlington today on my way home. #hadtopullover #pweeeeetty     I’ll go over some of my favorite shots from the last month to start things off with a bang, then the idea is, at least once a week, I’ll create a new post and catch you up on the last weeks photos. Just a quickly little blurb about where I was, what I was thinking at a time, and maybe even how I made the shot look like that if I did anything neat!

     The next few shots are from a quick trip I took to Minnetonka, MN for a few days, then an overnight stop in Chicago to get myself into a little trouble! The first shot below is a sunset I caught then leave the office my last night in Minnesota…

The sunset over Minnetonka, MN leaving one of our offices today!     The next a view of downtown Minneapolis when I went out driving around looking for a late night snack….. turns out that’s actually much harder to find around there then you’d expect!

It's hard to find a late night snack out here.... But it sure is pretty!     The following to shots are from the Thursday night and Friday morning I spend in Chicago with some friends. What a great city! I had an AMAZING view out of my hotel room, as you’ll see, walking around the city was beautiful, and needless to say there was surely no shortage of nightlife, awesome people, and things to be seen!

The view out my hotel window! Now..... Out for some drinkin!!!!!
The view out my hotel window! Now….. Out for some drinkin!!!!!
Huge Marilyn statue in downtown Chicago!! Das a huuuuge chic! Hahahahaha
Huge Marilyn statue in downtown Chicago!! Das a huuuuge chic! Hahahahaha

A few more quick highlights are below, more to come in future posts soon:

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Happy Birthday Allyson!! #ihopeyoulikecreepyskullsonthewallHappy Birthday Allyson!! #ihopeyoulikecreepyskullsonthewall

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