December 10 on 10

I know the whole purpose of the 10 on 10 is to encourage us to shoot more of the everyday with our family and kids and I will be working on making that a priority in 2012 (one of many resolutions…) but to be honest, my kids are really tired of my camera and the christmas card session about put them over the edge.  I did  have some time to shoot for myself this month and so I am featuring some of my favorite images from the past month.  In November, my husband and I celebrated our 15 year anniversary. We went to San Francisco and Sonoma to celebrate – we were gone for 5 nights and it was the longest I have been away without kids since my oldest daughter was born 8 years ago.  Here are some of my favorites:

This one was taken by the valet guy at the hotel.  It’s blurry – probably due to camera shake. In the spirit of embracing imperfection,  I’m going to let it go – I have very few pictures of me and my husband so I can’t really afford to be picky.

The following image was cropped to a square but for some reason the blog is stretching it vertically.  I have this happen from time to time and I haven’t really figured out why – it usually happens on images that have been cropped.  Anyone have any insight feel free to leave it in the comments section – you’ll see the same issue on the last square image.  Again,  letting it go… (really a reminder to myself – it’s hard for me).

These 2 were for an assignment for Tracy Clark’s composition class through Big Picture Classes.  We are at week 11 of a 12 week class and I will be sad for it to end.  It has been so great – she has posted video critique of all the images in the gallery for 12 weeks so you get critique on your own images as well as everyone else’s.  I have learned so much and it has really changed how I shoot.

And this last one is my sweet nephew at Thanksgiving.  Wish we lived closer so I could see him more often.

Next on the circle is Carey Pace.  Check out her 10 on 10 here:

December 10, 2011 - 11:36 am

Leslie - These are great! Makes me want to be in San Fran! Not sure exactly what you mean with the square pics..they are square on my viewing. And I can totally relate to the ….letting go. I am so picky! Darn it…

December 10, 2011 - 11:59 am

Laurie - Congratulations Melinda on 15 years!! I’m jealous.. I would love to get away from the kids for 5 days! We honeymooned.. 20 years ago in the San Francisco, Carmel area.. loved it and I LOVE Ghirardelli Square .. and the Italian restaurants. :) Beautiful 10 on 10 photo’s!!

December 10, 2011 - 10:37 pm

jasmine - Melinda – so many of these are just amazing! Love that 1st panoramic image, the leaf – oh, perfect snap of fall, the olive tree, and your texture on the sky of the vineyard shot – it’s just right.

December 13, 2011 - 10:20 am

Chesney - What a great trip you must have had. I spent a week away from my babies this year too for the first time. I really like the use of texture in the picture of the vineyard. Many of these have a fine art feel to them. Great work.

December 13, 2011 - 7:05 pm

Mary Schannen - Melinda – I actually like the vertical crop – would have never know it was supposed to be square! lol

Love these – and really like that last one and the one of you and your hubby!

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