Deaf Pride, Woes, Friendship and Joy: 50-60/ 365 Photography

365 Photography challenge

I adore my camera. I absolutely love that thing, and I love my lens too.

It’s a full frame and I kind of second-guessed my way through buying it. “Why a full frame?”, “what makes sense about a full frame?” “It’s so much more expensive, should I really…?”

All I can say now is, WHAT THE HELL WAS I WAITING FOR????

Good grief. I wasted so much time trying to figure out my last Nikon with it’s incompatible lenses, then the Olympus, which was fine but lopsided with the tiny body and heavy lens – and… ugh.

One good lens. One good camera body. It’s all anyone ever really needed.

I love so much about my camera, not least that I love the fact that it can actually capture things as I see them in my head. I still miss painting, but I can see that photography is becoming closer to my heart than ever before, thanks to this camera and lens.


Meriah Nichols 51
Photo Story:

It rained. We are still in a drought here in California, so rain is always a big deal. The droplets congregated here in the succulent and I swooned.

Photo Details:

ISO 6400 85mm 1/200 sec at f4 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


Meriah Nichols 52Photo Story:

Katherine and I went through security and headed straight for the gate in which we were to fly out of (to Atlanta). We told the guy at the gate that we are deaf, we showed him our tickets, we said that we wouldn’t be able to hear any changes from an intercom, etc, etc. He said no problem, you are set, come back in half an hour for boarding. Okay.
So we had this delicious coffee and chilled out. Went to our gate and THE SAME GUY said, whoops, there has been a change – you are leave from this gate ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AIRPORT IN TEN MINUTES.

Dammit!!! I mean, DAMN IT!

This picture reminds me of that – and how pissed off we were. And how nice it was to commiserate with someone else and not feel so scared and alone, like I usually do when this stuff happens (and it almost always happens…). Also, how much deaf access is still needed. I mean, why is it so hard to have captions by the gates? Why can’t an airline staff member tell us the change, seeing as we went and introduced ourselves and so forth?

 Photo Details:

ISO 6400 85mm 1/640 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


Meriah Nichols 53

Photo Story:

The view from the top of the hotel in Atlanta.

I like this photo because it captures the beauty of the lights, the movement of the room in which we were, and the general feeling of liveliness. I was feeling SO ALIVE – my day to day of struggling to get 3 bodies washed, fed, clothed and 3 minds educated and 3 spirits and hearts nourished – was on the shelf. This was all about my own heart, spirit and mind, it was about my own re-connection with my self, a self that I honestly kind of forgot about but missed terribly

Photo Details:

ISO 1600 52mm 1/5 sec at f3.8 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


Meriah Nichols 54Photo Story:

Katherine and I shared a room with Fiona, a lovely woman who we made fast friends with. We spent hours talking together, covering just about every subject under the sun.

Here, we arrived at our room and housekeeping was still making our beds. We just plunked down and continued talking.

Photo Details:

ISO 1600 35mm 1/60 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


Meriah Nichols 55Photo Story:

At the end of our visit to the Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta, Katherine and I came upon a place in which visitors are encouraged to add their own story. It’s (another) powerful piece in this already incredibly powerful place. We took our picture, typed in “I am deaf”.

I think I would change it now if I could, though, to: “I am proud to be deaf” #‎deafpride‬‪ #‎noapologies

 Photo Details:

ISO 1600 66mm 1/125 sec at f5.6 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


Meriah Nichols 56

Photo Story:

4 days away from my babies had me on my knees and crying when I scooped them up in my hungry arms. Bliss.

 Photo Details:

ISO 1600 35mm 1/40 sec at f3.2 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


Meriah Nichols 57Photo Story:

Micah – a regular cooking geek – whipped up some pancakes for breakfast with his Nana. I got the first one. I felt pretty honoured, and those were pretty fine. I think it was the blueberry goat cheese that he added in the batter.

Photo Details:

ISO 1600 35mm 1/60 sec at f3.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


Meriah Nichols 58

Photo Story:

We drove for 7 hours, stopping for groceries along the way…stumbled out of the car, and the kids were overjoyed to be home!

 Photo Details:

ISO 1000 85mm 1/125 sec at f9.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


Meriah Nichols 59

Photo Story:

This is a photo I like because of the story, not anything to do with the quality of the light or composition or whatever. The kids wanted a snack. I gave them a plum each. They just walked outside and sat down, companionably. I love that about them; that they seem to genuinely love being with each other and just choose to sit together and munch plums in quiet.

 Photo Details:

ISO 400 80mm 1/320 sec at f10 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


Meriah Nichols 60Photo Story:

Love bug.

On another note, I’m interested in that line between blur and movement – the one that is about storytelling and purpose, not about a lack of control over the camera. It seems some photos can really work with blur – and the blur helps tell the story.

 Photo Details:

ISO 1600 85mm 1/120 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


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  • Meriah, I’ve been loving all your photos! I noticed a big difference in your photography lately, and I’m so glad you got a camera that you love. Keep it up! I’ve been thinking about doing a 365, too — hopefully I’ll be able to make it happen soon. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy yours! 🙂

    • Awwww, thanks Laura!
      I’m really glad I started the 365 and most of all, that I am public about it because it really helps keep me going. I know I need to learn So. Much. More. about editing, but for now, little by little, just doing it daily helps, I think. Oh, and having a camera I’m crazy about!

  • I am done with the semester, so I can do a daily photo now. I recently buggered up photos at a friend’s daughter’s birthday, so I think I am going to play around with exposure first and learn the histogram feature on my camera – all my indoor photos were awful – I can do the ‘kids playing outside’ ones just fine, but get me indoors with diffuse light, and all the light coming inside when I am shooting towards it and it all goes to hell. So I think that is what I need to work on first.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your photos and stories!

    • congratulations on being DONE!!!
      I struggle with indoor light too. What has been helping me is actually keeping the camera in Aperture priority mode, and studying what the camera selects as the best options, and then switching to Manual mode when the lighting is really awful and plugging in versions of what the camera said, usually adjusted higher or lower.
      Have you read Scott Kelby’s books? He’s pretty funny and I like how he addresses light.

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