Tag: Foto Friday


Foto Friday – December 2, 2011

Today’s photo comes from central park in New York City.  With family in town for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, we took an opportunity to play tour guide and show our family around NYC.  After a wonderful breakfast, we ventured into Central Park to enjoy the overcast and rainy morning.  Taken from over one of the Trump sponsored skating rinks on the south end of Central Park, the low clouds, fog, rain and the last remnants of Fall colors provided a great depth and ambiance to the gorgeous NYC skyline.

This Foto Friday marks a few changes as of late, the primary one being my (attempted) return to my Foto Friday posts, as well as an addition to the camera arsenal. I originally started my Foto Friday posts with only shots from my Canon SLR, however recently with work being as hectic as it has been, my iPhone is the only camera that I have on my 95% of the time anymore, so this is the first iPhoneography shot to be featured on Foto Friday.

The shot was taken with the built in camera on the iPhone, stitched together with AutoStitch and cleaned up with SnapSeed.

Hope you enjoy it.

Camera – iPhone 4 | Software – AutoStitch, SnapSeed

Do you have any photos from some great, non-traditional Thanksgiving events?



Foto Friday – July 8, 2011

 Today’s photo comes from Cadillac Ranch, just outside of Amarillo, Texas.  This was shot on our I-40 roadie from Huntington Beach, CA to Chapel Hill, NC.

Cadillac Ranch, while beautiful in photos, is a rather random road-side attraction. Literally off the side of the road in Northern Texas, middle of nowhere. If we had not previously stopped at a truck stop just a few miles previously, we might have missed it.  With a dirt field on each side of I-40, the pole fence on the roadside was the only marker for the display that is Cadillac Ranch.

The 3 of us toiled around the small display for 15-20 minutes, took some photos, avoided a dust storm (in a dirt field, what do you expect)

Love the way this photo came out, albeit the horizon line is angled, it was the best way to get the most out of the cars and give it a unique angle.

Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens – Canon 28-105mm | Exposure –  F13 – 1/320

Anyone else have any roadside attraction stories to share?  Share them below in the comments!


Foto Friday – June 24, 2011

Around the time that I started my weekly Foto Friday postings, I came across a Twitter hashtag of #FriFotos, a hashtag used by twitter users the world over to share their photos on a certain theme.  These themes are typically announced mid-week by the #FriFotos host and garner a good following all day Friday.  I have chosen in the past not to align my Foto Friday post with the same theme as these posts were more for the sharing of the photos of my choice, rather than limiting myself to photos than to fit in with the theme.

This week I have chosen to follow in the lines of the theme, with the theme being “Blue.”

Today’s photo comes from my 2009 New England Road Trip and the Connecticut coast, a mere few hours from where I currently live less than 2 years later.  As Mike, Bryan and I left our hotel in Bridgeport, Connecticut that morning, we took our time and enjoyed the Connecticut coast on the Long Island Sound.

This photo really grabbed me as a very true depiction of the stereotypical New England coastline, with the grasses and coastal rocks in the foreground, the jetty and colonial house in the background.  These views are common up and down the entire New England coast, from Connecticut to Rhode Island, Massachusetts to Maine and they never fail to disappoint.

Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens – Tamron 11-18mm | Exposure –  F11 – 1/200

Would love your feedback on the photo and please feel free to share any other New England coast photos you might have, here in the comments!


Foto Friday – June 17, 2011

As the Stanley Cup playoffs come to an end with the Boston Bruins taking home Lord Stanley’s hallowed chalice, I felt it appropriate to honor the hockey players and fans as we all look forward to the 16 weeks until the start of the 2011-2012 season.

This photo is pretty much straight off the camera and that is what is special to me about this photo.  The color filled arena, with the orange glow against red chairs, the color just leaps off the photo, immersing and engaging the viewer.

Now that I am back in New York, I am also looking forward to a more hockey centric region and possible games at new arenas for me, out here on the east coast.

Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens – Tamron 11-18mm | Exposure –  F4.5 – 1/5

Any hockey fans in here?

Post some of your favorite photos from hockey games or share your hockey stories in the comments below!



Foto Friday – June 3, 2011

Today’s photo comes from Huntington Beach, CA and holds quite a few special memories and stories for both Juliet and I.  Lifeguard stand 9 is only a few stands from where Juliet and I were married in 2010.  Huntington Beach itself is quite significant to us as well, as we have spent many nights walking, jogging, running, biking up and down the boardwalk, as well as enjoying the nightlife on Main Street.

It is also the area in California that we identify with the most.  Even though we own our home about 60 miles east, we still refer to Huntington Beach as our home (sorry Sean, we are hijacking your house), since we first started dating while both renting rooms from our good friend Sean.

The memories are too numerous to count.  A block party BBQ for seemingly any major (and minor) holidays. 4th of July fireworks on the beach.  Parties that lasted til 2am and others that lasted a few bottles of wine. Renovations that started out with paint, that turned into a total room conversion. Dean, ahh, Mr. Dean.

Oh, and one infamous White Trash party.

That is what this photo of Huntington Beach signifies to us.

Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens –Canon 28-105mm | Exposure –  F9 – 1/200

Ever been to Huntington Beach, CA?

Do you have a photo that in one, single shot, signifies so much to you?

Would love to hear about it in the comments.


Foto Friday – May 27, 2011

When Mike and I embarked on our 2nd Epic Road Trip back in 2007, we had a much more lenient time frame than the previous year, and we also were not pulling a trailer either.  We chose to take a longer route and visit friends, family and other attractions along the way.

The only event that was pre-planned was a tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The Brickyard. Tickets were purchased a few weeks in advance and did not disappoint. After taking 3/4 of a lap around the banked turns and backstretch of the track, the shuttle stopped just shy of the pagoda and let us out to take pictures and tell stories about the origins of the track, the bricks, the history.  This is one of many shots that were taken from the track, all of them worthy of being posted here (and might possibly be in future posts) but this one was chosen for the detail of the grooves in the track, with the tower at the end and the grandstands flanking the track on both sides, I thought it was compositionally one of the best.

Oh, and this week is the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Read more here.

Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens – Tamron 11-17mm | Exposure –  1/400 – F/16

Any other motorsports fans out there?  Would love to see your pictures from the races!


Foto Friday – May 20, 2011

Foto Friday is a feature on Get Busy Livin’ and will run regularly, you guessed it,  every Friday.  This will be my opportunity to display some of my photography, as well as a short story to go with the photograph.

Today’s photo comes from one of my journeys back to central Minnesota and my grandparents house.  Situated on 38 acres of land, it is the ultimate in peace and solitude.  At any given time during the spring or fall, you can see deer out on the tree line.  Birds happily come and eat off of one of their many bird feeders positioned right out front of their kitchen window.  You truly feel one with nature, even on those mornings you wake up to a frost covered meadow, complete with a bent over bird feeder that a bear got ahold of last night.

Juliet and I ventured back for her first trip to Minnesota in September, 2008.  At the time, her first prolonged stay in the “cold”, when during the early morning it was a crisp 35 degrees outside.

Minnesota is a gorgeous place during the fall, when all of the trees are preparing for winter, a handful of trees changing colors and dropping their leaves, and weather that is cool during the day and a little bite in the air at night.  This photo is one of my grandma’s old wagon wheels that she has used throughout the years in her previous homes as decoration in her yard and garden.  Today it stands as the marker for the garage and driveway during the winter, but provides some great contrast in colors with the surrounding foliage during the fall.

Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens – Tamron 11-17mm | Exposure –  1/200 – F/10

Does anyone have any special photos or stories from their grandparents?  Would love to hear them in the comments below!