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Some of the photos that were featured this week on the 365 Days with Disability Project are being shared here. But don’t stop there! Check out the project itself and join in.

This is so super awesome – know why?

Because getting something that goes across the lines of disability -that is seeking to visually capture the lives that those of us live with disability, visible disability and non-visible – is preciously rare. We’re all hung up on being a part of the d/Deaf community or Bi-polar community, or Autistic community or Down syndrome community or whatever community it is along this massive disability spectrum.

We don’t tend to just stop and figure out our commonalities and celebrate our lives, in all of their mundane glory.

Know what I mean? I’ll be you do. So check it out. Join in. Share. Spread this big sprig of soul juice.

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365 Photography challenge

I’ve been a little frustrated recently because I want to study my photography books more and have the time and space to really focus on programming the camera… but I just don’t have that right now. When I get to bed, I open my kindle and start reading and invariably, I’m asleep before I’ve finished the page.

In  November, we’ll be heading back down to Mexico and I won’t be solo parenting anymore. It’ll be a good time to get caught up!

Here’s some forward movement in the Photo Challenge:

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Meriah Nichols 61
Photo Story:

If you just say, “bath”, Moxie’s hopping in! The only thing she just can’t stand is having her hair washed, so after making SURE that I won’t wash her hair, she floods out with joy over some bathing time. It’s pretty adorable.

Photo Details:

ISO 1000 85mm 1/800 sec at f4 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Meriah Nichols 62Photo Story:

Micah loves cooking. LOVES IT!

I don’t know why I’m always so surprised by that, given that both Mikey and I are total foodies. We both cook, we both love cooking, we both love watching cooking shows and we revolve a good portion of our travels around food and culinary adventures. So it makes sense that our kid would love it too, right?!

Mikey’s taught him to make perfectly poached eggs. Here they are.

 Photo Details:

ISO 6400 35mm 1/320 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Meriah Nichols 63Photo Story:

Part of the drive on the way back home. It’s nuts here, you know. I doubt I’ll ever be able to really capture it through the camera, because there is so much more to this than the jaw-dropping view. It’s the tiny road that leads down. It’s the deer that are hanging out. It’s seeing a car waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down there, moving forward and it looks like a toy or something. It’s the smell of salt and the feeling of power simply from the combination of elements present.

Photo Details:

ISO 100 35mm 1/3200 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Meriah Nichols 64Photo Story:

 

Mack ran into a little house on the playground. Moxie around it and starting “huffing and puffing” to blow his house down!

Photo Details:

ISO 560 85mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Meriah Nichols 65Photo Story:

It was one of those times in which I was left quiet by his beauty.

Photo Details:

ISO 160 85mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Meriah Nichols 66Photo Story:

He needed the dose of confidence that being in camp in town for a week brought him. He surged with bright energy, joy in a sense of belonging and being included and made this mama smile.

 Photo Details:

ISO 14600 60mm 1/800 sec at f3.8 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Meriah Nichols 67Photo Story:

Moxie has ALWAYS loved the fastest, highest, spinniest of slides! I remember when she was barely walking and she’d climb up the top of something SUPER high and fly down and laugh her ass off. Other moms in the playground would give me that “oh, you horrible mother, you” look, “how could you??” and withering stares but they didn’t know Moxie.

And Moxie… was born with moxie. Lots of it.

Photo Details:

ISO 160 85mm 1/1600 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Meriah Nichols 68Photo Story:

gotcha!

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ISO 200 56mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Meriah Nichols 69Photo Story:

Maybe one of the photos I love most of these two.

 Photo Details:

ISO 450 85mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Meriah Nichols 70Photo Story:

 

I have to record his laugh sometime. And then sell it as a ringtone or something (and make a million bucks)

 Photo Details:

ISO 6400 56mm 1/30 sec at f3.8 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Follow the real time photos:

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Never Too Late!

It’s always a fresh day to start a 365 photo project, challenging yourself to take one good photo a day, for a year. Join me! Tag your photos on IG #photoswithmeriah, you should be able to upload in the comments here too. Let me know if you can’t.


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.

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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

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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?
‪#‎deafproblems‬

 Photo Details:

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Follow the real time photos:

on Facebook and Instagram

Never Too Late!

It’s always a fresh day to start a 365 photo project, challenging yourself to take one good photo a day, for a year. Join me! Tag your photos on IG #photoswithmeriah, you should be able to upload in the comments here too. Let me know if you can’t.


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365 Photo challenge

I’m still chugging away at this. You know what the biggest thing I’ve ever learned through blogging is? It’s that you can do absolutely anything, so long as you consistently practice at it. I’ve learned to build websites, all kinds of technical whaaat? stuff, simply by waking up early every day and practicing.

Photography will hopefully be the same way. Just keep at it, keep trying, keep learning, keep swan diving onto the ground for what looks like a great angle, right?!

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small boy holding up a sundried tomato in apparent disgust and outrage
Photo Story:

HOW COULD I HAVE SUNDRIED TOMATOES IN HIS FOOD???????

Photo Details:

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

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kids playing in the old solar panel control housePhoto Story:

I was raised on a sheep ranch in Northern California before we moved to the Fiji Islands. My earliest memories involve a clear and very strong sense of freedom – running around with my brother, the feeling of the wind on me, the happiness in being who I was, where I was.

I think I felt the biggest sense of failure as a parent when we lived in the Bay Area, being unable to give my kids that feeling that I treasured, of power and freedom through being connected with nature.

When I found the kids like this, playing in the old solar panel control house, so happy, so free, so clearly connected with each other and with their space, it just… yeah. It was an awesome moment.

 Photo Details:

ISO 1000 35mm 1/800 sec at f3.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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little girl walks forward, smiling broadlyPhoto Story:

I was not particularly looking forward to mothering a girl. I guess I was scared about how much drama girls can bring, how difficult they are, hormonal and all that. I didn’t expect myself to fall so hard in love with my daughter. Sometimes I step back and think I’m a little ridiculous, but I can’t stop myself from loving the way she walks, her confidence, her smile, the way she pulls herself together, her curiosity, imagination, her explorer’s heart.

Photo Details:

ISO 100 70mm 1/800 sec at f5.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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road overlooking the ocean and leading down to itPhoto Story:

Rounding the corner on the way back from Costco, I always have a view that literally causes me to stop the car (and this is ok because there are no cars around – and if there were, I wouldn’t stop). It’s spellbinding, and to me, it’s the presence of God. I can’t look at this and NOT think of God.

This is also part of the reason why we live in the fabulous and unheard-of-for-California isolation that we do; the highway was diverted clear around this coast because of how rough and dangerous these roads are.

Photo Details:

ISO 250 35mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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man holding up two cherriesPhoto Story:

CHERRIES ARE BACK!!!

I went with the kids to get the eggs and let the chickens out of their coop and Mikey happened to be working nearby so he came over and we had some fun, picking cherries from the small orchard that surrounds the chicken coop. It was hilarious because the chickens come and jump up for them – exactly like little dogs jumping for treats

 Photo Details:

ISO 280 52mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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spider web on the groundPhoto Story:

 

The ground here is covered with these gorgeous bits of spider artistry. Makes me feel for little bugs – nothing is safe for them, is it?

Photo Details:

ISO 1000 35mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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two children make playdoughPhoto Story:

Moxie’s teacher gave us this recipe last year – it makes the BEST playdough, ever!

4 cups flour + 1.5 cups salt + 4 Tablespoons cream of tarter + 4 Tablespoons crisco + 3.5 cups boiling water (with the food colouring added to the water for even distribution) = silky, gorgeous playdough that will enthrall your small people for HOURS 🙂

 Photo Details:

ISO 6400 35mm 1/400 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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small boy stuffing cherries from a tree into his mouth...Photo Story:

Mack and I snuck into the cherry orchard while the older two were away at school…and had a blast!!

 Photo Details:

ISO 200 35mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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little girl smiles over her cereal Photo Story:

This was on the last day of school at the Best School Ever (update post is here).

Moxie loves school SO MUCH – she wakes up first and if I say, “school today!”, she just brightens, laughs, goes to her drawer and selects her clothes, then puts her backpack on and is READY. I’m talking, an hour before she needs to leave. At least.

It’s been wonderful.

 Photo Details:

ISO 6400 70mm 1/160 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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road winding through a redwood forestPhoto Story:

I drive 2 hours through intense cliffs, forests and coastline to get to Costco. And when I leave home on the other side – headed south – I drive through the redwood forest. Literally.

This is it.

 Photo Details:

ISO 3600 35mm 1/800 sec at f3.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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small boy holding thick chalk looks downPhoto Story:

We were tracing our bodies using sidewalk chalk!

 Photo Details:

ISO 180 35mm 1/800 sec at f3.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Follow the real time photos:

on Facebook and Instagram

Never Too Late!

It’s always a fresh day to start a 365 photo project, challenging yourself to take one good photo a day, for a year. Join me! Tag your photos on IG #photoswithmeriah, you should be able to upload in the comments here too. Let me know if you can’t.

Currently reading:

On my shelf right now – but the only book I touched this week was the camera manual.

what are you reading? Any good tips?

365 Photo challenge

My happy was back this week – we had friends visit, Moxie’s back in the saddle with horse therapy and flowers are going nuts over here on the Lost Coast. Impossible to not feel inspired.

Check it out:

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Photo Story:

Moth to a flame. Or in this case, Mack to a tractor.

Photo Details:

ISO 450 85mm 1/800 sec at f4.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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miner's lettucePhoto Story:

Miner’s Lettuce. This stuff can apparently help prevent scurvy!

 Photo Details:

ISO 560 85mm 1/800 sec at f4.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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little girl kicking her feet in waterPhoto Story:

We were at the beach, just had a picnic and saw whales. We wandered over to the lagoon and of course Moxie wanted to go swimming, but I was worried about it being too cold for that. Sitting down and kicking water was her compromise. (more photos from this day are on this post)

Photo Details:

ISO 100 85mm 1/800 sec at f4.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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boy sitting on a skateboard, rolling down a rampPhoto Story:

Micah’s a really cautious kid – he likes to go carefully, after a lot of thought. He is a rule follower, instruction reader. It was awesome when his friend Kalia got him to ride down the ramp on a skateboard – and he was obviously thrilled (more on that time is in this post).

Photo Details:

ISO 400 85mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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small boy leaning forwardPhoto Story:

 

Love bug.

 Photo Details:

ISO 360 52mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Meriah Nichols 36

Photo Story:

Ready…set… CLICK!

It was my birthday and I was hell bent on using the remote control and timer. Obviously, I had a little trouble – okay, more than “a little”. Maybe next year I’ll get it the way I visualized – but in the meantime, I like this because it’s exactly what my life right now feels like.

Photo Details:

ISO 320 52mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Meriah Nichols 37Photo Story:

 

I never met a succulent that I didn’t like. This one, though, had me in love.

 Photo Details:

ISO 320 85mm 1/800 sec at f4.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Meriah Nichols 38Photo Story:

 

He knows he’s not to supposed to pick mama’s sweat pea flowers..

 Photo Details:

ISO 1800 85mm 1/800 sec at f4.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Meriah Nichols 39

Photo Story:

On the road back home.

 Photo Details:

ISO 5600 35mm 1/800 sec at f3.2 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Never Too Late!

It’s always a fresh day to start a 365 photo project, challenging yourself to take one good photo a day, for a year. Join me! Tag your photos on IG #photoswithmeriah, you should be able to upload in the comments here too. Let me know if you can’t.

Currently reading:

On my shelf right now – but the only book I touched this week was the camera manual.

what are you reading? Any good tips?

365 Photo challenge

Second week in a row of feeling blah.

Okay, not so much of feeling ‘blah’ as just feeling like life is rising up and I’m trying to meet her where she lands and I trip and fall on my face.

Lots going on with this particular photo week – introspection from birthdays, over-thinking absolutely everything (it’s what I do best), and burning bacon to a charred crisp.

Check it out:

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small boy reaches for sliced apples and arranges the slices on the tray in front of himPhoto Story:

“see, Mommy, you want to put the apple slices like this”. Mikey’s Mom was visiting and taught Micah how to make open-faced apple pie. Raised on the electronic breast of Julia Child and Jacques Pepin – with splashes of Andrew Zimmern, Tony Bourdain, Nick Stellino and America’s Test Kitchen, he was completely, utterly thrilled.

Photo Details:

ISO 6400 52mm 1/250 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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tall snap pea flowers in the foreground and a hammock and round house in the backgroundPhoto Story:

Home, sweet hammock. We bought that hammock in the Yucatan – Mikey bargaining while I tried to wrangle the kids while using crutches and having a terribly broken foot. This old guy wanted to talk to me – I told him I didn’t speak Spanish and he smiled and kept trying to talk. I love old people. He patted my hand in the end and while I have no idea what he said, the gentle kindness and warmth that came from him made me all gooey on a day that was hard.

I think of this when I see that hammock.

And it makes me happy.

 Photo Details:

ISO 900 35mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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small boy by the river reaching down to pick up a  stonePhoto Story:

“Mama, OCK!!!”

He can’t really say “rock” yet, but he makes himself understood. This is the river that flows through the valley we live in – it reminds me so much of the river that we visited in the Ocosingo valley in Chiapas (see? check it out)

 Photo Details:

ISO 220 35mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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pink rosePhoto Story:

These are growing wild at our place now. All over, so lovely, and they smell divine. They make life itself feel romantic.

Photo Details:

ISO 100 85mm 1/2520 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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small boy holding up an artichoke that is steamingPhoto Story:

Gulp. Fresh picked, fresh steamed. He’s going for the heart.

We picked and ate the 2 artichokes that we grew ourselves. This came from a local farmer. He emailed me back after I expressed interest in buying some from him, told me to go in through his gate, I’d find the artichokes in a tub, choose what I like, leave the money in an envelope under another tub.

 Photo Details:

ISO 6400 85mm 1/40 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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woman's torson leaning over

Photo Story:

Ready…set… CLICK!

It was my birthday and I was hell bent on using the remote control and timer. Obviously, I had a little trouble – okay, more than “a little”. Maybe next year I’ll get it the way I visualized – but in the meantime, I like this because it’s exactly what my life right now feels like.

Photo Details:

ISO 6400 35mm 1/30 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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small girl on a horse with a riding helmet onPhoto Story:

“Moxie, ready to ride the horse?”

– “yeah”

We’re back at horse therapy!!

 Photo Details:

ISO 360 70mm 1/800 sec at f4.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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meat and bread on fire on a grillPhoto Story:

Oops

It was Mikey’s birthday and I was trying to make him grilled things that he likes. Only problem? I was a using a grill I was completely unfamiliar with. Somehow the bacon fat caught fire and spread and… sigh.

 Photo Details:

ISO 500 45mm 1/800 sec at f4.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Currently reading:

On my shelf right now – but the only book I touched this week was Nikon D750

what are you reading? Any good tips? Also – if any deaf photo enthusiasts are reading this – or people who just like captioning – I’d really appreciate info on captioned classes in photoshop… Like, a solid program and not just YouTube videos on bits and pieces

365 Photo challenge

I was feeling a little overwhelmed this past week and just really… really struggling to implement some of the changes I’m reading about, capture the images I see in my mind’s eye and live with the life that’s going on around me. You know?

If you are up for the 365 Photo Challenge,it’s never too late – upload your own photos in the comments below !

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young boy holds up clumps of dirtPhoto Story:

“They are like neural networks, Mommy”

Photo Details:

ISO 100 66mm 1/250 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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small girl at the far end of the table, with chopped cilantro and chillies in front Photo Story:

To be honest, I thought getting a good photo of Moxie and the food would be easy and I was aiming for easy that day. But it wasn’t. I found things were distracting and the focus was shifting. Even though I’m not crazy about the picture, I think it was a good exercise. (and Moxie LOVED her noodles!)

 Photo Details:

ISO 6400 35mm 1/640 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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white calla lilyPhoto Story:

We were out playing and I saw this bunch of calla lilies. So gorgeous! There are quite a few bunches of calla lilies here on the Lost Coast, which led me to wonder if they are native (- they aren’t).

 Photo Details:

ISO 100 35mm 1/1000 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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woman laughing in the kitchenPhoto Story:

 

Mikey’s Mom came and visited – and cooked for us!

Photo Details:

ISO 6400 35mm 1/320 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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little boy with a flan cake in front of him. he eyes the sugarPhoto Story:

Gulp

 Photo Details:

ISO 6400 35mm 1/320 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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small boy watches maypole dance

Photo Story:

May Day on the beach. I love that this community does that – meets on the beach for a may day celebration that includes flowers, wreaths, a may pole and wonderful-ness, usually despite freezing cold and biting wind!

Photo Details:

ISO 1100 35mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Currently reading:

I haven’t been reading this week, but if I were, this is what’s on my shelf right now:

Join!

If you are up for the challenge, it’s never, ever too late to start. Jump in now, with your own daily photo! You can upload your photo in the comment section below if you want. Let’s learn together. Tag your photo on Instagram #photoswithmeriah

Great week!

365 Photo challenge

For this past week, I was trying to get my ISO fixed. I set the meter on my camera to a fixed 100 and maximum of 8000, and shot primarily in Aperture Priority.

Are you in? Hashtag your photos on Instagram #photoswithmeriah to share your photos from this 365 Photo Challenge, and hey, how about uploading your own photos in the comments?!

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a small girl - Moxie - with light brown/dark blonde hair focuses on her honey stick (literally, a plastic bag shaped like a stick that is filled with honey)
a small girl – Moxie – with light brown/dark blonde hair focuses on her honey stick (literally, a plastic bag shaped like a stick that is filled with honey)

Photo Story:

Mikey is in the habit of getting the kids a honey stick after school. Moxie especially enjoys her sweet treat and takes her time with it.

That was good, because I needed quite a bit of time to figure out the light – how to capture it without overexposing or over saturating the RAW image (tricky!!).

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ISO 125 35mm 1/800 sec at f3.2 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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purple sweet pea flowers
purple sweet pea flowers

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We had been on our hill for two weeks, without internet. The storms blew our satellite dish off-kilter and it wasn’t aligning. The forced isolation was initially welcoming – I liked being able to re-think my priorities, goals for the year and so forth. But after two weeks… I was ready for company!

On this day, I had been expecting the satellite dish guy ALL DAY. It was grey, I was bummed out. He never showed up. I took a photo of the dish for my photo of the day, but didn’t feel like editing it – I wanted to edit this flower instead, to cheer myself up. And it worked.

The guy showed up two days later.

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ISO 3200 70mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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black and white photo of the view from the car mirror - a sign, "prepare to stop"
black and white photo of the view from the car mirror – a sign, “prepare to stop”

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I left the house and the hill for the first time in 2 weeks. I drove down to the post office. This was a BIG DEAL, because our road is very narrow, lots of cliffs, very rough (- 4×4 necessary) and my right foot is still broken. I drove down on my left foot and scared the crap out of myself.

I could have taken a million and three gorgeous pictures of the creek, the butterflies, cows, trees, deer – our area is achingly beautiful. But no. This was it.

I don’t know what I was thinking. I probably wasn’t thinking. I was just scared and took a photo of what made sense to me in that space: Prepare to Stop.

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ISO 180 85mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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two little blue flowers with grass all around
two little blue flowers with grass all around

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One reason why I love the Lost Coast is the flowers. They are wild, always present, and always changing. Right now, we have these little tiny blue flowers all over the place – so perfectly dainty.

I got on my hands and knees to shoot this – no small feat, given my broken right foot! – and got terribly distracted by ladybugs and alligator lizards. But, oh boy, it was fun!

PS – this was where I started wishing for a 70-200mm lens

PSS – and my tripod!

 Photo Details:

ISO 100 85mm 1/1600 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Mack - wearing a a yellow raincoat, rainbow hat and rainbow socks - approaches, with his walking stick in one hand and his Dr Seuss book in the other. His mouth is perfectly downturned and he is ready to cry
Mack – wearing a a yellow raincoat, rainbow hat and rainbow socks – approaches, with his walking stick in one hand and his Dr Seuss book in the other. His mouth is perfectly downturned and he is ready to cry

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We went for a great walk, but kept it easy because of my (still broken) foot. I stopped to try and and get photos of the daisies growing and Moxie climbing the tree.

Mack had stopped in protest about 50 ft away from where I was shooting, wanting me to carry him. He finally got up and walked over with the help of his walking stick, with this precious pout the whole way.

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ISO 180 75mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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sweet pea flowers

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You love sweat pea flowers, right?!!

I took this baby on a tripod, and it was a first. First time taking a picture of a flower on a tripod. It’s no joke; the tripod REALLY makes a difference, doesn’t it?

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ISO 1000 85mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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young girl with red sweater looks down - behind her are mountains

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Moxie was running ALL OVER THE HILL – the light was perfect and my breath was perpetually caught with the beauty of her, the moment, the light, the hill. This photo was after she came running back to me and was still for a split-second as she pondered on what she wanted to do next.

I was trying to shoot in manual mode – then switched to aperture priority because adjusting the ISO and the shutter speed was proving to be too difficult for me.

Photo Details:

ISO 140 35mm 1/800 sec at f/4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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365 Photo Challenge

Trying something different here – Photo Friday on A Little Moxie – a week’s worth of my daily photo challenge, including updates on what I’m reading, goals, and specific techniques I’m working on. Want to join in? Awesome! Tag it #photoswithmeriah on Instagram and leave a link to your own blog post on your photos in the comments! (- if there is enough interest, I’ll open up a space on the this here blog for you to upload your own photos – so just let me know if this is something you’d like to do)

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Mack has his back to the camera and is cooking in his play kitchen
Mack has his back to the camera and is cooking in his play kitchen

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I was thrilled to have finally completed the Ikea play kitchen (yes! me! I did it all by myself! unreal!) and I wanted a picture with the kitchen in it somehow, to commemorate the feeling. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait long – Mack loves that thing like a mouse loves fresh cloth. He went right over. The light was right. Angels smiled and the unicorn farted a big ole’ rainbow 🙂

Photo Details:

ISO 400 70mm 1/30 at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

 

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Moxie is on the far right, Mack on the far left, both smiling. The plastic doll (naked) is in between them, and a black and white stuffed panda bear is next to Mack. Both children are under the barbeque grill, in the space normally reserved for the propane. Moxie’s hands are placed on ledge, as if it is a steering wheel

Photo Story:

I was in my rocking chair eating popcorn and these hooligans were playing in the propane space for the grill. They set it all up, carefully putting the “baby” in between, Mack’s beloved panda bear next to him. They set off, both bellowing their “choo choo!!”s. I ran for the camera as fast as my broken foot would allow me.

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ISO 400 38mm 1/500 at f3.2 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Mack is sleeping on a red pillow that is on a green carpet. He looks really squishy and cute.
Mack is sleeping on a red pillow that is on a green carpet. He looks really squishy and cute.

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I was set to photograph Moxie outside and took many photos that I liked of her. Then we came back inside and saw Mack sleeping on the floor and I jumped at the chance of capturing his adorable sleeping self.

Later though, I was muddling through the photos of Moxie and they were all *really* weird – I finally figured out that it has to do with RAW image files and my inability to process them correctly right now. Since I had this one in jpeg and not just RAW, I stuck with this and saved the ones with Moxie for later.

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ISO 400 45mm .5 sec at f3.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Mack - a small 2 year old boy with blonde hair and wearing a blue shirt with jeans - sits on the grown while the chickens come up to him. He is surrounded by big green trees
Mack – a small 2 year old boy with blonde hair and wearing a blue shirt with jeans – sits on the grown while the chickens come up to him. He is surrounded by big green trees

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We were all out playing in the trees, smelling the flowers and hanging out with the chickens. Mack was having fun with Moxie and Micah before he decided he had enough and just plunked himself down with his panda bear and meditated. The chickens seemed concerned and came on over to see if he was okay.

Photo Details:

ISO 160 85mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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a green plant stalk emerges out of the soil like a rocket
a green plant stalk emerges out of the soil like a rocket

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I really wanted to get this plant clearly, with the background blurred and capture the gorgeous light. I struggled with the focus quiet a bit – when I got the camera to focus on the plant by pressing the shutter halfway and focusing, it would lose it and re-shift when I pressed the shutter all the way, and focus on a fern. I was able to get it focused on what I wanted by moving back – I was too close. But the photo was clearly begging for a tripod.

Photo Details:

ISO 400 35mm 1/500 at f3.2 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Moxie looks at the camera. The light is behind her, her hair is in pigtails. She is wearing a black and white striped shirt, a bright green cardigan and a dark green corderoy jacket.
Moxie looks at the camera. The light is behind her, her hair is in pigtails. She is wearing a black and white striped shirt, a bright green cardigan and a dark green corderoy jacket.

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Moxie was very excited about joining Micah in school and was running around all morning. It was very hard to pin her down for a photo! I finally got this though; which while not as sharp as what I wanted, still captures the moment of her going back to school on a beautiful spring morning

Photo Details:

ISO 400 85mm 1/400 at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

 

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Goals:

– I set up RAW and jpeg captures (- the camera can store both!!!) but I don’t know how to process RAW images. One immediate goal is to find a good course on photoshop that is deaf-friendly (- meaning: captioned) so that I can process RAW

  • bring down the ISO in camera settings or shoot in manual (this was in Aperture Priority)
  • find the tripod (ack!! where is it??)
Micah looks directly at the camera. He looks a little apprehensive
Micah looks directly at the camera. He looks a little apprehensive

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Micah had been waiting for the past 5 months to go back to school. I’m talking, almost EVERY DAY in Mexico, we would hear about something related to his school. He loves that small structure with the small fellow-beings in it with his whole entire (huge) heart.

So the day finally came in which he would go back and he was nervous. And excited. And nervous.

Photo Details:

ISO 400 85mm 1/125 at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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3 kids in a contractor tote- bathtub, with  a shower made of pallets around them. One boy is dumping water over the other boy's head; the water droplets are visible
3 kids in a contractor tote- bathtub, with a shower made of pallets around them. One boy is dumping water over the other boy’s head; the water droplets are visible

Photo Story: 

I was focusing on trying to get photos of the kids without their private parts showing! I was also trying to get some more interesting angles which was challenging given that my foot was broken and I was balancing on my left foot while trying to get stable.

I was also focusing a lot on light as the sun wasn’t yet soft and the contrast between shadows and light was strong.

Photo Details:

ISO 400 48mm 1/250 at f3.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens

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Background:

I’m not sure if this photo should be called “oops” or “damn, Mommy caught me”. Actually, the latter is way more accurate.

I walked in and Moxie was there, happily dropping all of our freshly-laid eggs (by our very own chickens) onto the floor. I think she liked the crunchy sound it made as it hit the ground, and the great, glorified mess of the yolk.

 

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