Dogwood blossoms

Our neighbor's dogwood tree looked pretty in the afternoon sunlight.
It inspired me to take pictures with it as the backdrop. I've always liked dogwoods.
It probably has a lot to do with me adopting one when I was just a young tyke. We had a dogwood tree with pink blossoms in our yard. It was the only tree that had branches low enough for me to climb on. My older brother Ben could climb the maples and evergreen trees in our yard, but the branches were to high for me to reach. Therefore I took possession of the dogwood.
As I looked at the pictures I was taking I noticed that the lighting wasn't quite right.
The colors didn't look right either.
I stuck a shovel in the ground to serve as something that I could focus the camera on. I then put the camera on timer, and ran back to where the shovel was, and held up a white piece of paper to reflect more light on the side of my face. I'll keep working on getting a method of soft lighting for an outdoor portrait.


When I started my 30th year of life, I decided to commorate it by documenting it every day.

I missed the first few days of intentionally taking pictures, but here is an overview:


On May 4th, we went to the Lake Michigan College graduation.

May 9th was a nice day for a motorcycle ride. I am still learning how to ride. I worked on turning consistently, and shifting gears. I still have to concentrate every time I shift gears, to make sure I don't pop the clutch etc. I also did some circle 8's which is one of the manuevers needed for the road test. I ride a Honda Nighthawk 250.


Visiting the Penguins at Brookfield Zoo, on May 10, 2008.