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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Lots of Instagram moments …
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!