Month of Memories #6- “The Intersection”

5-6When I was a junior in high school, I got into a terrible car accident at this intersection. Both of the cars involved- mine and a truck- were totaled, my friend I was driving broke his arm, and I didn’t drive again for three months. At the time, there were no lights here, and some of my other friends were in a wreck there less than a week later. Finally, they put in a light. I took this while waiting at the red light. It’s also one of the only times I’ve gone through that intersection in four years.

Month of Light #11- Harp

4-11In my last post, you’ll see the doors leading into the lobby of Macky Auditorium at CU. Here is the harp used in the performance, waiting for the next song. I love how it is perfectly placed in the light.


Month of Light #10- Macky Auditorium

4-10Yesterday, Taylor, Drew and I made the trek down to Boulder to watch the CU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band concert. And holy crap. Their campus and concert hall are just…. beautiful. I would post photos of it, but they don’t do it justice in any way. It’s just beautiful though. The three of us kept looking around, mouths open, going “Why can’t WE have nice things?!” (Search my blog for any photo of Foundation Hall.)

Either way, they played a great concert, and we got to connect with their Kappa Kappa Psi chapter too. It was nice.

Month of Light #7- Snow on the Ground


While it is normal for Colorado to be 80 degrees one day and blizzarding the next, we are all still shocked by the amount of snow that we’re getting right now. Even as I type this, a steady, wet snow is covering Colorado once again. In this photo, I was trying to get a photo of the steam coming from the light as it melted the snow, but to no avail. I didn’t have my tripod on me to support my camera, and got so cold I could hardly walk back to my car (since I was sitting on the stone steps in front of Kepner Hall, the business school.)

Well….. It’s snowing now, so I may yet have another shot at it.


Month of Light #5- “Rachel’s Guide to Having a Not-Awful Facebook Photo”

Okay. I’ve always been kind of a snob when it comes to Facebook photos, especially profile pictures. I’m not going to lie, when I see people change their profile pictures multiple times a day (not kidding), I’m like… “Dude. What are you doing?” Typically the photos are super blurry, poorly lit, and have pretty awful composition. (Yup. I’m a photography snob.) And yes, this post is pretty much all photos of me on a journey to get a good photo. Enjoy the ride!

First thing’s first- typical photos from my generation.

4-5-2I was having a bit of fun here. Either way, when I was a young lass in my myspace days, I took my share of mirror shots. But even then I liked the photos to be inverted so it actually looked like me and not my evil twin.

This being my evil twin:

4-5-1Yuck- look how yellow it is. Let’s get some better lighting in this place.

4-5-3Wait a second- I have a camera! Why aren’t I using that? Most phones have pretty decent cameras, especially iPhones and other smart phones, so my call/text only phone is probably not a good example of phone pictures. Anyway, if you have a camera- even just a point-and-shoot- you can get great shots.

4-5-4Alright, next up-you’re taking a profile picture of yourself. Shouldn’t you be the main focus?

4-5-6I was being a dork for this photo I guess! Either way, all SLR cameras are good for manual settings, and even newer point-and-shoots allow for moderate adjustments. Clearly in this photo, I have the shutter speed too low and the ISO speed too high. Again, being a camera snob, I hate using the “auto” setting on my camera, but it’s really up to the user.

4-5-7Oh no- it’s blurry! I hate blurry photos- unfortunately, my main senior photo from high school is slightly blurry, and I didn’t notice it until I had selected it. It’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine now.

4-5-8Another thing to keep in mind is the composition- I’ve cut my chin off, and my cabinet in the background is throwing off the photo. Don’t let something like that ruin a good photo!

4-5-9I’m not really one for editing- I think it takes away the integrity of the photo. I do mild edits, such as color enhancement or blemish removal, as I’m doing here in my favorite online program-

And voila- a pretty decent profile picture.

4-5I know, I know, I’m a snob about photos! Haha. Hopefully that helped a little bit…. Or inspired you to take new photos. I feel like people who think they don’t look good in photos just haven’t figured out yet how to take them. Maybe it’s just me. I dunno. Anyway that’s all, have a great day!












Month of Light #3- “Reflection”

4-3This was taken not 30 feet from “Month of Light #2.” (Yes, I clearly took all of these on the same day haha.) There is a fountain in the middle of Old Town’s square, and I became extremely fascinated with it and proceeded to take about 100 photos of the water. What I think is so incredible about something like this is that every photo is different. I could snap two photos, one on top of the other, and they would still be different because of how the water moves. However, I chose this one as my main photo, since I feel it really exemplifies the light the most.