From the Met

 

The Met

In November, my sister was determined to show me as much of New York City as she could in the three days that she was off from work. We roamed around Manhattan, absorbing the fast-paced life and assortment of coffee and restaurant options. One of those days was dedicated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (better known as the Met). We quickly scanned through a few of the exhibits and read as many placards as we could. As we stopped to admire a crystallized deer (it’s a real thing, I promise), I stumbled across a tiny window on one of the upper floors that overlooked the scene pictured above. The photo was taken with an iPhone, but there was something so serene and satisfying about that view that I felt compelled to share.

Enjoy the weekend!

Banana Bread

BananaBread(1)

52mm, f/5, 1/80

BananaBread(2)

135mm, f/5.6, 1/40

The holidays always provide a convenient excuse to eat more sweets—as a result, I looped today (even though it has been eight days since New Year ‘s Day) into the holiday season and made some banana bread. The recipe comes from Smitten Kitchen and was a delicious alternative to eating the mushy and spotted bananas on our kitchen counter.

Have a great weekend!

18mm, f/5.6,  1/320,

18mm, f/5.6, 1/320

Walking through a park with fall trees surrounding white garden arches and stone pathways, my sister and I didn’t expect to stumble upon this rustic, brick house. Despite our curiosity to find out what was inside, we ended up just taking a picture and heading in the opposite direction.  Still, this little adventure of ours reminded me of the classic game my friends and I would play as little kids — “Finders keepers!”

Finders Keepers

Between the Lines

Lines (1)

f/5.6, 1/800, 55 mm

Lines (3)

f/3.5, 1/3200, 18 mm 

Lines (2)

f/5.6, 1/250, 50 mm

There’s a certain danger in taking up a hobby as a steady commitment – the excitement that comes with experimenting gets suppressed by a drive to find perfection, or something decent enough to share.

When I took a photography class last semester, our professor encouraged us to value the process, not the product. He made an effort to push us away from the mentality of always thinking ahead, of taking steps only if we knew our destination.

These photos were taken earlier this year, but looking at them reminded me of the values that I pulled from the class and how applicable they are to a variety of contexts.

Have a great weekend!