Thirty, not flirty, sort of thriving?

My birthday is in July. This year it was 30. Anyone remember 13 Going on 30? I don't remember much except the "30, flirty, and thriving!" mantra that was repeated before the character magically morphed into a 30 year old. And I think (could be wrong, but thats ok because I like my version of the memory) she shortly realized that being an adult is not all its cracked up to be.
I did have a great birthday weekend, went camping with my family at Open Creek Dam west of Rimbey, my favourite campground.

In July I took 1872 photos.
I posted 155 on social media between flickr, my instagram, my dogs instagram, and facebook.

I distilled my photographic theory this month. I did this by scrolling through my albums from this year, and stopping to write down a few keywords that came up when photos jumped out at me as favourites. I narrowed this down to a few key ideas: Lens flare (I know its cliche, I don't care, I love it. #JJAbramsIsMyHero), simplicity, worms-eye-view. At this point, my portfolio is not all that focused, so these features are not as common as I'd like. However, these are key ideas I'm trying to keep in mind while shooting now, so that I can hopefully focus my style a little more. 

I tried a couple of long exposures in Canmore with my ND4 filter, that was fun, but not dark enough. As soon as I got my birthday money I ran off to McBain in Red Deer to pick myself up an ND3-400 variable. I've only had a chance to play around with it once so far, but hopefully I'll be able to get in a few more practice sessions with it before the end of August.

I also did a photoshoot with a girl and her horse in July, that was fun, they were adorable. I may post a separate blog with some more of the shots from that later.

I also decided towards the end of July that I should start taking photos of the open fields around my town that I know will be up for development soon. I have started to document that. I've dug up old photos, from my brother and from old photo albums, and I'll be doing a post soon featuring then/now. I've gone an retaken several of the shots already, and I'll keep adding to that project as I find more old stuff in the archives.

I've also decided that if there is interest in prints of my photos, I'd be happy to sell prints to most of them. Feel free to contact me through the contact page here on my site, or on any of the social media accounts I have, listed below. And on that note, here is the 155 photos from my adventures in July.