Vanishing Point

Project Athena - Day 259 (Vanishing Point)

Waiting for Spring

Challenge: Winter storm with gusting winds, 11˚ temperatures and blizzard like conditions on a day when vanishing point is the theme.
Solution: A warm fire, some camera maintenance, and choosing a shot from the archives.

Grated Metal Park Bench

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 55mm • F/10 • 1/50s • ISO 400


Project Athena - Day 258 (Vanishing Point)

It's Implied....The Vanishing Point

I've passed underneath this bridge hundreds of times on the drive to my parent's house but I have never actually walked across it. Still haven't. I attempted to cross to the other side because I really was very curious about the perspective looking to the West. But alas, the fear of heights won out yesterday. Sigh....

Bridge Over Highway 287, Lafayette, CO

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 55mm • F/22 • 1/200s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 257 (Vanishing Point)

Under the Bleachers

There are always at least three events going on simultaneously at any given stadium gathering. There is the competition or performance taking place in the arena that generally involves hundreds of people who have orchestrated their amazing talents to put before the public audience some form of entertainment. There is also the cohesive buzz of the audience in the stands who are connecting through their mutual interest in what is being staged. And then there are the happenings under the bleachers...the happenstance meetings, the kids playing and peaking through the cracks (cracks of the bleachers that is), and the folks who are avoiding a panic attack from the overwhelming energy of the crowd or the height of their seats. Been there. Done that. Met some fellow acrophobics.

Underneath the Bleachers

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 28mm • F/25 • 1/125s • ISO 800

Project Athena - Day 256 (Vanishing Point)

The Classic Vanishing Point

This is kind of the classic vanishing point photograph, long train tracks disappearing on the horizon line. I considered "jazzing" it up a bit in photoshop but thought better of it and decided that classic shots are a nice addition to the portfolio.

Rail Road Tracks Looking West

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 48mm • F/25 • 1/25s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 255 (Vanishing Point)

Fading Away

I get it. The addiction to gambling I mean. Spending the day in Blackhawk with my family, I felt my true self begin to fade away and some distorted reality begin to take over...a different definition of "vanishing point."

It's an odd experience to feed money (energy) into a machine, observe the emotional fluctuations within myself, build hope on some random poker hand, and be sucked in by the occasional successes. I guess gambling once every five years or so offers some perspective on life. Had I walked away with lots of money, I think the perspective would be different and the new camera ordered. Honestly, I am glad it didn't happen that way as I am acutely aware that my commitment to my path is based on a deeper conviction than luck of the draw.

My big win for the day was taking this picture and time with my family.

Blackhawk Casino    Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/3.5 • 1/60s • ISO 400

Blackhawk Casino

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/3.5 • 1/60s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 254 (Vanishing Point)

Neighborhood Sidewalk

It's been over seven years now since I moved to Loveland and into this very quiet neighborhood. There are so many things I have come to love about this location such as the view of the city from the foothills, our friendly neighbors, the kids playing in their yards, and the fact that most people pick up their dog's poop. There have been a few misfits over the years, and they have come and gone mostly, like the paranoid lady who called the police several times a day to report slow drivers, cars parked for more than an hour, and neighbors who left a kid's toy in their yard. I think she is Virginia's problem now.

And then there was the loud, drunk chick who had no clue that her voice could carry for several blocks whenever she was outside on her porch slurring her sloppy stories on the phone. Everyone knew everything about her job, her family, her sex life, and her general state of mind.

Last week, in a very bizarre turn of events, a woman was assaulted at knife point while taking her trash to the curb by some random dude. VERY out of place for this peaceful slice of suburbia. Fortunately, (i think) we have a former Navy Seal, SWAT Team member who lives across the street and when the reverse 911 call came in, he strapped on his side arm and secured the perimeter of our house as well as the entire block.

We tend to get a little more snow, wind, and hail pressed up against the hills here on Enchantment Ridge. Still, it's a wonderful place to live and work. Hope you enjoy the view.

Neighborhood Sidewalk, Enchantment Ridge

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 55mm • F/29 • 1/160s • ISO 400