Showing posts from December, 2014

Take a breath and it's 2015

New Year's Eve has never been about partying for me. Honestly, I'd rather just go to bed early and hibernate until the following New Year's Eve. I don't care for the TV specials, the entertainment, the company, or the staying up "late." That part lost its splendor during college when midnight became the hour I began to consider going back to my dorm to have a snack, watch a movie, and eventually get around to my homework before class started at 8 the next morning. I've never even kissed someone at the stroke of midnight.

No, I don't care much for the festivities, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy New Year's Eve. I do.

I love the New Year's holiday because it is like a comma, a breath between something that came before and something very connected that comes after.

A favorite poem of mine bears mentioning here. Alfred Tennyson wrote the poem. Maybe you've heard of it; it's called Ring Out, Wild Bells. If you're interested, yo…

A weighty matter

You've likely heard the maxim "When performance is measured, performance improves." (Thomas Monson)

Today I offer my own failure to measure performance as a cautionary tale. I'm going to talk about my weight.

Like many of you, until I reached my mid-twenties (so, about 3 years ago), I could eat absolutely whatever I wanted with no consequences that affected my physical appearance. In fact, most people were concerned for my health because my skinniness caused me to appear sickly.

[caption id="attachment_204" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Me being skinny and eating cake on my 20th birthday[/caption]

My mission president actually told me to include ice cream as a regular part of my diet. I'm not kidding. (He probably didn't realize this would lead to a cake addiction, but that's another story for another day.)

Then I reached my mid-twenties.

My mother and grandmother were delighted. "You're finally filling out," they…

Frozen misty accent

Today I drove with my family through Provo Canyon toward Heber. The beauty of that place covered in snow and misty clouds defies description. I was simultaneously sad I hadn't brought my camera and resigned to the fact that, even if I had, I would never be able to capture the majestic beauty of those mountains, even if I spent hours trying.

As with most of my favorite shots, this one just kind of happened. I was trudging along, inner tube in tow, when I noticed sunlight catching the edge of some snow stuck to a light pole.

The sun was so bright I couldn't see my phone's screen, but I hoped I'd captured something that I could work with later. Here we have it. A frozen, mystical landscape covered in mist and eerie light--a symbol of winter beauty.

Wintry Temple Square

There is something extremely special about the quiet winter provides. Snow hushes distraction. Early evenings invite repose. Long daylight shadows lend a dreamlike quality to our surroundings. Yes, winter stillness is especially quiet. Peacefully quiet.

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Believe in raw

I've loved mobile photography (aka mobilography) for a long time. Before that I loved shooting with my super basic DSLR, and before that I loved shooting with a digital point and shoot. Go back ever further, to a time without digital cameras, and you'll find me using up rolls of my mom's film taking pictures of dirt and rocks. It's been an enormously fulfilling hobby.

I've been shooting my images in RAW for a while now, but never really taken advantage of the format. Until now! I am taking a course from and learning all about how to edit raw images. It is SO much fun. I haven't had much success yet because I still have so much to learn and so much practice ahead of me. That said, I'd like to present to you the first edited raw image that turned out pleasingly.

I added this to my New York City post since I took it on that trip. For some perspective, here is the original, unedited photo.

Nothing really incredible to see here. I find that I enjoy the pr…

X Wing Christmas


New York City

These are a few of my favorite images from a recent trip to New York City. The city is full of interesting angles that jut up into the sky, history that reminds why our country is unique, and architecture that spans a century.

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