Shooting our annual Christmas card photo always seems to stress me out. I don’t know why…I can shoot portraits for other people without a problem, but I stress about shooting stuff for myself. Due to the nice weather we had in late-November and early-December, we decided to do an outdoor family portrait for our Christmas card.
I recently came across the blog Everyday Carry (EDC), where people document the items or gadgets that they carry with them everyday. I found myself rather intrigued as to what people carry everyday, and the thought that they put into these items. I imagine most people don’t spend much time thinking about the items they carry with them everyday…they just throw their keys, mobile phone, wallet, watch, pocket knife, or whatever else in their pockets, jacket, or purse, and hit the road.
As I was looking through the images of people’s everyday carry items, I got to thinking about my everyday carry items. So without further adieu, here they are…
I am going to take a moment to promote myself, but mostly just brag…
I shot the photo above on a very hot, very muggy morning last summer at Fort Sheridan. Earlier this week, I found out that the my photo was selected to be published in the winter 2012 edition of the Lake County Forest Preserves quarterly magazine, Horizons, to accompany an article about the history of Fort Sheridan.
It may just be a local publication, but I am pretty proud regardless. You can see my photo in the latest issue of Horizons, here (pages 16 and 17).
Two weeks ago, toward the end of the Phenology & Photography workshop at Ryerson Woods, a few fellow photographers and I had the opportunity to photograph the Lake County Forest Preserves’ rescued Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio), while he was perched on the hand of an Environmental Educator.
It has been a strange winter here in Chicago. After so-called experts predicted Chicago would have one of the worst winters on record, the mercury has barely dropped below freezing as we pass mid-January, and we’ve received exactly one measurable snowfall…of about four inches. That snowfall promptly melted, as temperatures then climbed into the forties, and we received two-days worth of rain immediately afterward. Today, we are receiving our second measurable snowfall of the season, of which we are projected to get about six-inches.