June 2016 Desktop Calendar - Coastal Kauai

Kauai is a magical place, worthy of your bucket list of places to visit. We were there a year ago, and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

The cliffs at Maha'ulepu, on the southern end of Kauai, a great place to hike. Or fish, as the lone fisherman has discovered.



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Kauai Coast

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May 2016 Desktop Calendar - Cast Out

May crept up on me, so I apologize this is late.

Not your typical May flowers scene, but I hope you enjoy it - taken in Florida during a fishing expedition - casting for bait.


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Free May 2016 Calendar - Cast Out

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Along My Run | 23 Crunch Time

I'm headed to the starting line of my fourth full marathon! It may be a rainy repeat of last year's Illinois Marathon, but I've survived one deluge, so I can do it again.

Here's what's been happening with my running:

March
March Running 2016
1. New scenery on today's Rrun, 2. 6 Drops, 6 Miles in the Spring Rain , 3. I'll stop complaining about DST now, 4. Rinse and Repeat , 5. Saturday miles, heading uphill , 6. Many The Miles Today. One down, 19 to go , 7. 19 Down, One to Go, 8. March running

In March, I ran a total of 170 miles, a new monthly PR. I also had weekly PRs of 42 then 43 miles. This was the peak in my marathon training plan (Hal Higdon's Intermediate 1).

So far in April, I've run 123 miles, with lots of great people:
Partners in Crime #shirleyruns #runners #friends #runningpartner

Friends Made While #Running

I'll be running with some of them today with the mindset of enjoying the run and being grateful for our abilities to run.

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Class of 2016 - Senior Evan

I first met Evan at a Cross Country banquet - when he was in middle school. He's still running and plans to continue in college, at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

Senior Evan

I'm friends with Evan's mother and she prefers black and white photos, so I converted the ones she liked.
This one is also a favorite of mine, and happened to be one of the last photos of the day, when I could tell he was tiring of the whole posing / smiling process (that modeling thing is hard work!). I loved the how the light was catching in his eyes, so I took "just a few more". Evan was so polite through all my crazy requests!
Lean In

Amber

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Some photography details:
Shot with my Nikon D600 DSLR with a 70-200mm f/4 zoom lens, aperture set to f4 for all the photos. I have been using this set up for all of the portraits I have been taking over the last 3 years. I get great depth of field and nice bokeh. Post processing done in Lightroom 5.

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Fleeting Spring

fleeting (adj) ....passing swiftly; vanishing quickly; transient; transitory

spring blossoms bring bursts of color from the dormant ground
buds emerge from barren branches
color abounds

before lush greenery fills the branched air
the magnolia, cherry blossom and sakura create a veil

petals rain down in the warm breeze,
a fleeting spring,
alive from the ground and in the trees

Lace Over Water




Has Spring Sprung?

Reaching

it is not a metaphor for life? enjoy it while you can.

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April 2016 Desktop Calendar - Red Bud



Nothing says Spring like the Red Bud - heart shaped, tiny flowers provide a delicate veil of color through the emergence of green.

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Class of 2016 - Senior Caroline

Caroline is the daughter of a friend, and I am used to seeing her wearing sweatpants or a soccer uniform. She was super fun to photograph - even if it was a little windy and chillier than we would have liked. Caroline has a wonderful smile that matches her fun personality and is simply beautiful. These are but a small sampling of our work and we have a follow up scheduled to capture sporty photos on the soccer pitch with friends.

Caroline

Caroline


Caroline plans to attend the University of Illinois in the fall and she looks right at home on the Main Quad, with Foellinger Auditorium in the background. It's Spring Break week, so we had the entire quad to ourselves.
Next Steps

This photo is one of my favorites from our session. I knew it was special when I was looking through the viewfinder.
Caroline

Photography Note - To shoot this, I asked Caroline to look down as I set the focus point on the camera, and then I had her slowly lift her head to look at me. This gives the model some "downtime" from smiling / trying not to blink and allows them to relax a bit.

I still have many photos to cull through and I look forward to getting together with Caroline again.

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