Project Athena - Day 112 (Transparency)

In the Mood

Today, I got to experience a little bit of 1940's history at the Loveland Municipal Airport. There were all things WWII at this event, including tanks, planes, surplus gear, gentlemen in uniform, Rosie the Riveter, and even a WWII battle reenactment. I think I even saw Kilroy!!

This is the nose gunner of a North American B-25J Mitchell, named "In The Mood". This plane has quite a long history. It served in WWII and has been flown onto or off of five different aircraft carries. Once retired from the military, it served as a fire fighting tanker for over a decade and then sat derelict for many years at Falcon Field until it was restored to airworthy condition in 1977. I think it has even been a couple of movies since its restoration.

I had a wonderful day of shooting today. Check out the galleries in a few days cause I am going to post some more pics from this event.

B-25J Mitchell, In the Mood    Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 55mm • F20 • 1/60s • ISO 400

B-25J Mitchell, In the Mood

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 55mm • F20 • 1/60s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 111 (Transparency)

Chihuly White Flowers

I never met a color I didn’t like.
— Dale Chihuly

This is one of my favorites at the Chihuly exhibit in Denver. I could spend days photographing this amazing art. If you have not seen it yet, I hope you can carve out the time for a trip to Denver. It's so worth it. This artist breaths life into glass and while it's an absolute mystery to me how these wondrous sculptures are created, I am in awe.

Chihuly White Flowers

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 55mm • F5.6 • 1/60s • ISO 3200

Project Athena - Day 110 (Transparency)

Being in the flow

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
— Lao Tzu

Today's post is a photo I took earlier this summer fits the theme, I like it and I am heading to Denver to celebrate my father's 76th birthday. We are gong for a scrumptious Italian dinner and then to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanical Gardens.  Even though I have seen it before, I am stoked to go again and this time I will be looking for transparency which should be pretty easy since it's all glass. Big smiles today.

CSU Water Fountain

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 22mm • F7.1 • 1/200s • ISO 100

Project Athena - Day 108 (Transparency)

I'm Looking Through You

I think that my followers and potential customers need to see who I really am on social media platforms and in real life.
— Bhadra

I feel inspired to write today so here are some thoughts on what it really means to be transparent in social media and why it could be a good thing.

I have heard there are benefits for social media users to "have transparency" but until I took some time to contemplate this, I was not really sure why. The theme this week has evoked some engrossing questions for me. How does transparency help me achieve my dream of being a professional photographer, exactly? What is the real benefit of transparency in all of life? What if I value privacy too?

I think that my followers and potential customers need to see who I really am on social media platforms and in real life. Rather than polishing an image or trying to be something I am not, I am hoping that my authenticity will come across as both honesty and integrity. I like to believe that most people value these things and choose to surround themselves with those whom they can trust.

Whenever I feel afraid of just being me, I ask myself "What criticism or opinion could be more important than being true to myself?" I have not ever found one thing that holds more worth than being REAL. Still, I know that opinions and judgements are a part of being out in the world and they can sometimes carry a wicked sting.  If I am brave enough to welcome feedback, both positive and negative, then at least the fear of criticism or success cannot hold me hostage.

So being up front and personable on this blog is happening. On the other hand, I try not to over share either. There may be some trade secrets or tedious details about how a shot came to be that would most certainly bore you. Nor am I about sharing private going-ons in my family or relationships. Rather, I like to share what is engaging, fun, interesting, useful, relevent and professional.

I love to engage as well, so online conversations are welcome! Comment, post, repost, share, etc. This project is about opening and expanding and your input is welcome. That's why it is called social media!

I guess I believe that transparency is fundamental to the success of most things in life. My willingness to be transparent in a way that you have come to expect will only mean increasing the odds for our continued correspondence in our future.


Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F10 • 1/250s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 107 (Transparency)

Night Light

One who sees without distortion,
free of prejudice, has light in the eyes.
— Rumi

Training my eye to see through an object made of matter, to discern the picture within the picture and to recognize what lies beyond the transparent surfaces is the PERFECT exercise for me right now, both literally and metaphorically. I am being reminded that we all see life through our own lenses, with our own unique distortions and distinctive clarities.

Night Light

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 200mm • F14 • 1/1.3s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 106 (Transparency)

Hours of Entertainment

You can’t go on “seeing through” things forever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. To “see through” all things is the same as not to see.
— C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

This week starts a new theme that I actually did not list originally but is wanting to be accept the "transparency" challenge and put out the intention to make some interesting shots that step out of my comfort range for "what makes a good photo."

Transparency could also be shot as a concept. Hmmm. Another challenge.

If you have cats, this fake, motion activated butterfly in a jar is kitty crack television and worth hours of human entertainment.


Yogi Pouncing

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 50mm • F5.6 • 1/30s • ISO 3200