I went to California for work two weeks ago. It was kind of silly to bring my camera, but I did bring it and I carried it around with me every day although I really didn't have the opportunity to use it at all. I should have known that. But oh, California... you are enticing to a midwesterner, with your temperate climes and your lack of dirty slush on the roadways. My boots stayed pretty, I never once wore a coat, and I got to see the sun rise over your mountains.
|One of only six California shots. Dinner at a |
vineyard in a gorgeous, candlelit room.
Other than that it's still winter in Michigan, and since I bought a knee-length down coat I refuse to partake in bitch sessions about the weather. Why I've never acquiesced to the call of a long winter coat, I'll never know. It is a mighty good thing.
|Thus far my coat has kept me warm on an icy lakeshore...|
|...and on a snowy hike...|
|...and while almost sliding down an embankment to a frozen marsh below.|
One of my favorite things about January in Michigan is the annual North American International Auto Show. My dad used to take my brother and I every year, and while we never bought new cars in our household when I was young, Matt and I collected every brochure we could get our hands on at the show and pored over those things for days afterwards. I was always enthralled with the color chips. I guess I still am, because I had to get up close to the finishes on many of the cars when I went this year. The matte finish is pretty interesting, but I was seeing a lot of pearly finishes, too. Anyway, I still won't be getting my hands on a new car anytime soon, but I really love to look. And shoot. That, too.
|Sweet, and in my eventual price range (maybe not this model...).|
|The one I really wanted.|
I think what I may most be excited about this month, though, is a roll of 400 ISO film that I have just sent out to be developed. I pulled out my old Minolta X-700 and took it for a spin, and I am giddy with excitement over the possibilities. Why? Good question. Film itself is pretty cheap, but developing it well is not. With my digital SLR, I know exactly what I'm getting because I can see it, instantly. I don't know what's going to come back from that developed roll--and that's kind of intriguing. Stay tuned.