Project Athena - Day 306 (Curves)

Makes Me Want to Run

I did track back in my day. Long jump to be exact. I never really did like running that much but this squishy track makes it a little more inviting.

Short and sweet tonight. Working on taxes and it's just better if I don't go off on that topic.

Track and Field at Thompson Valley High School, Loveland

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 34.5mm • F22 • 1/60s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 305 (Curves)

My Alma Mater

After walking around the CSU campus for a few hours, I have to say I barely recognize my alma mater.  There are so many new educational and student housing buildings that I had to use the old Clark Building to keep my bearings. The Lory Student Center has had a magnificent face lift and the library looks brand new, even though the construction started while I was still in school. The iconic Moby Gym is dwarfed by all the new buildings surrounding it now. I definitely want to be around the day they raze the old towers on the corner of Shields and Laurel. I hope I am not starting a rumor. I don't know of any future plans for this but those things were nasty ugly when I was in high school. I can't imagine a renovation that would bring them up to par with everything else. It would be great to see some new architecture at that location that matches all the beautification that is taking place on and around the campus.

I am still not sold on the idea of a new college football stadium smack in the middle of town and campus. But if it is anywhere near the amazing improvements that I saw this week, I am sure I will be impressed.

I enjoyed my tour and plan to go back as soon as all the new fountains have water flowing. This ram's head is part of a fountain that I want to reshoot when he is spewing water.

CSU Campus Ram's Head Fountain

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 58.9mm • F22 • 1/35s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 304 (Curves)

Springtime! Yay!

Alas, it feels like Spring is finally here. This is my favorite season, a time of rebirth when the arrival of the light begins to awaken life all around us. The egg, with its gorgeous feminine curves, is a potent symbol for fertility and new beginnings. Ancient creation stories from many cultures tell that the earth itself was hatched from an egg.

While dyed eggs are a traditional part of the many springtime celebrations because they represent wishes for prosperity and abundance during the coming year, I chose to shoot in black and white again tonight. After shooting every single day for almost a year now (sick days excluded), I  feel that my unique style is finally beginning to emerge. It's in the incubation stage and I want to cultivate it, like a baby chick that has just been hatched from the egg.

My love for black and white has always been here, but I am realizing that one of the qualities that makes it so appealing for me is that it is restful. The eyes can relax which in turn allows the being to relax.

Sending wishes for a prosperous and abundant year to you all!

Eggs in a Bowl

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 29.3mm • F4.3 • 1/13s • ISO 200

Porject Athena - Day 302 (Curves)

Accelerate on the Curves!

I heard this piece of wisdom a long time ago from an eccentric old grandmother, advising her grand daughter who had just completed her high school education and was preparing to head off to collage. It stuck with me through the years and I use it not only while driving, but whenever life throws a curve my way.

Old Plow

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 34.5mm • F4.3 • 1/600s • ISO 800