Morning breaks

Posted: November 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mobile pics, Photography | No Comments »

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I’ve learned that sometimes, you just have to pull over to take a picture. Even if it makes you a couple minutes late, and even if you only have a mobile phone that won’t do the photo justice.

The sun coming from around the corner was beautiful, lighting up the frost that clung to the railroad tracks this morning as it shone through the mist rising from the ground. I actually turned around to get this one — I was in a hurry and initially drove past it, but I knew the shot was too good to pass up so I doubled back and snapped a few shots with my iPhone.


Koala, abandoned

Posted: May 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mobile pics, Photography | No Comments »

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Trip through your wires

Posted: March 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mobile pics, Photography | Tags: | No Comments »

I am a sucker for leading lines, which means I’m a sucker for electrical wires and telephone poles. The farther they run off into the distance, taking my attention and imagination with them, the better.

I took the photos above and immediately below during a recent run, while the others I dug out of my archives for this post, including one from my 2010 trip to Cape Town, South Africa (#2, below), with the cables running down, down, down on my ride up, up, up Table Mountain.


2011 Faves: The Instagram Collection, part 2

Posted: March 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Creativity, Features, Mobile pics, Photography | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I know, it’s a little late to still be posting my favorite photos from 2011, but I had a couple more sets I still wanted to get out and, besides, I couldn’t very well have “The Instagram Collection, part 1” without having a Part 2, right? Right. If you’d like to learn more about Instagram or see the other photos from my feed that made the bloggerful cut, check out that first post (linked above). You can also follow me with my Instagram handle, @i_am_mine. In the meantime, here are the rest from this collection.


The delicate balance of photorunning

Posted: February 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Creativity, Mobile pics, Photo essays, Photography, Running | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

The start of the Tokyo Marathon is less than 12 hours away, and what am I most concerned with? Not the weather (should be around 40 degrees at race time), not the course (mostly flat with some intimidating hills near the end) and not my time (though I wouldn’t mind running 3:30). Instead, I’m wondering if I’ll be able to take pictures of everything I want during the race.

I’ve never run a race with the intention of taking photos along the way, but the photographer in me just can’t let this opportunity pass by without at least trying to snap some shots along the way. Of course, the runner in me — the one who would love to break off a 3:30 tomorrow morning) — is worried that the photographer will get carried away and negatively impact my race. It’s a distinct possibility.

To be clear, the tough part isn’t taking the pictures, it’s composing them, as I learned during a couple recent training runs. I brought my camera along with me during my last two long runs, hoping to get a feel for how this whole “photorunning” thing would go in Tokyo. Each time, I wound up stopping for too many pictures (see samples above and below), which took me out of rhythm and gave my body time to cool down. Not good, especially when you’re running 26.2 miles. Muscles don’t need any help to tire out and tighten up during a marathon, but that’s exactly what will happen if I don’t exercise some control tomorrow. After touring the course today, I have a general idea of the things I’d like to shoot; the key will be sticking to my plan and not getting greedy. Wish me luck. (The race starts at 7:10pm EST Saturday evening, for those who are curious.)

I’ll be posting some photos from the trip (I’ve taken more than 400 so far) as well as a recap of the experience on bloggerful and some other fun stuff in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.


Empty basket, full of light

Posted: February 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mobile pics, Photography | No Comments »

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I love when pictures find me. I walked into my son’s room yesterday and came upon his laundry basket sitting alone in the middle of the room, casting all sorts of sprawling shadows across the floor. Our house faces west so the afternoon sun through our front windows can be pretty intense. Great for photo opportunities like this, not so great for AC bills in the middle of the summer.


Scenes from an 18-mile training run on Super Sunday

Posted: February 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mobile pics, Photography, Running, Sports | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Ive been fortunate so far, training for two different marathons during an Ohio winter and enjoying gorgeous weather for most of my runs. Today was no different, and it felt good to get this 18-miler in an hour or so before I gorged myself on Super Bowl grub!

Maybe one of these days, I’ll be cheering for the Browns in February….


2011 Faves: The Instagram Collection, part 1

Posted: January 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Creativity, Features, Mobile pics, Photo essays, Photography | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I first started screwing around with a camera about nine years ago, after my daughter was born. I was instantly hooked, in large part because Emma was (and still is) extremely photogenic, but despite that immediate appeal, I didn’t get serious about photography until last year. Several different factors played a role in the launch of Windowsill Photography, but in hindsight, the most important one may have been my discovery of an awesome iPhone app called Instagram.

To quote the website, Instagram is “a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. It’s photo sharing, reinvented.” Instagram users snap away on their phones, choose from all sorts of in-app filters to transform the look and feel of their original photos, and then upload the finished products to Instagram so the community can see them, “like” them, comment on them and/or follow the photographers whose work they enjoy. I’ve described it as Facebook for photographers, which may be an easy comparison, but it’s also a suitable one.

I started slowly, uploading a photo here and there under the username “i_am_mine” (a Pearl Jam reference), but by the end of the first week, I was uploading several photos a day and building a nice little following along the way. More importantly, I was inspired to shoot more and more photos with my phone, looking for interesting pics I could share with this budding community. I also loved looking through other photographers’ work and following some of my favorites, which pushed me to shoot more and more of my own photos. I took more pictures in my first two months on Instagram than I had in the previous two years combined. Easily. It was amazing to watch the Instagram community grow over time and exciting to be contributing to its development in my own little way.

I don’t post on Instagram much these days, mainly because I’m finding it harder and harder to carve out time for it, but I’ll never forget the impact it had on my life. It offered me an up-close look at just how beautiful this medium can be and instilled the confidence I needed to take an overdue leap of faith. To show some love for Instagram and hopefully introduce some folks to its awesomeness, I wanted to post a few of my favorite photos from my Instagram feed. All of these were taken in 2011 with an iPhone 4. Look for another set of Instagram faves down the road.


Black and white bulbs

Posted: January 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Creativity, Mobile pics, Photography | No Comments »

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Sometimes the coolest pictures are of the most ordinary things. These are the lightbulbs in my bathroom, flipped on their side. When I’m looking for unique perspectives of everyday items, the world is full of things to shoot.


Carbo loading

Posted: January 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mobile pics, Photography, Running | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Who needs pasta before a marathon?