September 30, 2015

Moments of the Month | August 2015

JUST in the nick of time, here’s my “Moments of the Month” post for August.  Oh, August.  It was a great month.  I played a lot in August.  Really settled into the whole “summer off” routine and enjoyed my time.  I also played a lot in photography.  The photos in this post are from SIX separate cameras.  In addition to the Canon DSLR, Fuji XT1 and iPhone that normally populate these monthly posts, you’ll see some fun photos from a little Canon point-and-shoot for which I have an underwater housing.  Also a GoPro Hero that I borrowed for a few days.  And finally, in a surprising turn of events, there are some from a medium format film camera that I acquired unexpectedly — the Mamiya 645.

I also played with different angles, all kinds of light sources, and various throw-the-rules-out-the-window compositions that I’ve noticed tend to show up most frequently in August than in any other month.  I guess I’m such a routine girl that it takes some real settling in to summertime for me to go this route.  Anyway, there are LOTS of photos this month!

Lots of beach time, of course.

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A super fun, though rainy and necessarily shorter than planned, camping trip.Moments of the Month August 2015_0006 Moments of the Month August 2015_0007 Moments of the Month August 2015_0008

I talked about this photo HERE.
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Fun with my miner’s headlamp around the campfire.Moments of the Month August 2015_0012

Oooh, and the day we went canoeing/kayaking, I brought my waterproof point-and-shoot.Moments of the Month August 2015_0013 Moments of the Month August 2015_0014 Moments of the Month August 2015_0015 Moments of the Month August 2015_0016 Moments of the Month August 2015_0017 Moments of the Month August 2015_0018 Moments of the Month August 2015_0019

Back to the beach…Moments of the Month August 2015_0020 Moments of the Month August 2015_0021

LOTS of fun with visiting cousins….Moments of the Month August 2015_0022 Moments of the Month August 2015_0023

This baby cousin played shy until her big brother broke the ice with a photobomb.Moments of the Month August 2015_0024 Moments of the Month August 2015_0025

These two second cousins live on different continents but are both named after the same amazing woman, their great grandmother.  (My grandma).  (Whose name would have been all three of my boys’ middle name if they had been girls).Moments of the Month August 2015_0026 Moments of the Month August 2015_0027August 2015 Moments of the Month-100

I took the new Mamiya for its first spin during a cousins day at the bay beach.  Since I wasn’t sure how to use this beautiful manual-focus monster, I figured I’d just try it out using the film that had been in the bag it came in.  Problem is, it expired back in 1998.  At first, I was bummed that I had missed out on the chance to freeze these moments in the vivid color and clarity I would have gotten if I had brought my DSLR, but then I started thinking how cool it was that these have the retro feel of the photos that were taken on this same beach in the seventies and eighties of me and my cousins — these kids’ parents.  Moments of the Month August 2015_0028 Moments of the Month August 2015_0029 Moments of the Month August 2015_0030 Moments of the Month August 2015_0031

I included this one in case you’ve ever wondered what you’d find in the middle of a softball if you took it apart.  Or if you wondered what you might do with what you’d find.  Moments of the Month August 2015_0032

The GoPro Hero, which I borrowed for the camping/canoeing trip but never ended up taking out of the box, was fun on another bay day when the ocean beaches were closed due to shark sightings.  (!)Moments of the Month August 2015_0033 Moments of the Month August 2015_0034

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My two big kids both had summer jobs this year — as a cabana girl at a beach club and a pizza delivering, ice cream scooper extraordinaire.  I’m so proud of them both, and happy that they were able to have this great experience. Moments of the Month August 2015_0040 Moments of the Month August 2015_0041

I took these two with my iPhone on his last day of work.  I’m not completely sure why I never took photos of him at work during one of the many times we went to the Dugout for ice cream, but I think it’s probably because he would have killed me.
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I had lots of good quality time with these two fun guys. Moments of the Month August 2015_0043 Moments of the Month August 2015_0044 Moments of the Month August 2015_0045 Moments of the Month August 2015_0046 Moments of the Month August 2015_0047 Moments of the Month August 2015_0048

Toward the end of the month, Kate, Emmett and Matt had their first live gig as special guests of “Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder” at the Sugar Bowl — a new act that had its beginnings here in the sunroom on Iden Avenue, and the early rehearsals for which have been featured many times in photographs right here for the last five years!Moments of the Month August 2015_0049 Moments of the Month August 2015_0050 Moments of the Month August 2015_0051 Moments of the Month August 2015_0052

In every August Moments of the Month post, I use my artistic license and include some photos from Mardi Gras weekend — even if it happens to fall in September.  It’s Breezy Point’s way of saying goodbye to summer, and I feel like the photos belong here.  And since I’m the boss around here, that’s how it is.
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Lots of Instagram moments …

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And my “1 Second Every Day” video from August is HERE.

Phew!  That was a lot.  I hope you enjoyed it.  If you didn’t, I hope you tolerated it.  Or didn’t look at it.  I’ve got to do this every month or I’ll fall hopelessly behind on all my personal moments and photographs — something I’m not willing to do.  Getting it done always feels like a bit of a chore, but I never don’t enjoy the walk down memory lane. 😉

Thanks for looking!

~Jaye

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