Monday, December 5, 2011

The End is Near

In loo of finals coming up next week, I would like to dedicate this post to those of us who do not know if we will  live through finals.  Studying requires a mountain dew, a pizza box, few fifteen minute breaks, and patience.  It's that simple really.  The hard part is we actually have to pay attention and use a part of our brains we don't want to because its about to blow a fuse.  Four classes to study and finish final projects for all together at the same time can be stressful.  It's amazing how two weeks of one's life can be so amazingly  stressful.  However, there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I find if you do your best now and keep the faith all will be well.  I advise to those losing hope, continue to have faith - the end is near.  The more you focus and study (even though it may suck) you will be far happier when all is done and grades are in.  And then the best break there is "Winter Break", is upon us and the partying can commence.

Now Isn't that Extraordinary?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Life In a Day

Whenever I have the rare moment of free time, I love to spread out on the couch and watch a good movie.  One of these rare instances I was perusing the Netlfix library and found the film, Life In a Day,  which I had heard about a year ago in one of my communication classes.  The concept of this film is incredible- alright let me give you the low down. Life In a Day is about people all over the world who submitted a few minutes of their lives all on the same day of July 24, 2010.  Sometimes I think my daily life is pretty normal and not a lot of excitement happens, but that's how everyone is.  I watched this and was so awed by the different ways people live around the world.  Once I finished watching this, it made me realize how incredible my life is.  Life is so beautiful everyone loves something or someone, everyone is afraid of something, we all are born, and we all die.  But its in those special miraculous normal moments of our lives that makes it all truly worth it.

Now isn't that extraordinary?

I recommend everyone watch this movie.  Here's a short clip:

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Parents, Those People You Call Mom and Dad

How grateful am I? 
Recently I realized how grateful I am for the two individuals that raised me. Sure your grateful for their cooking and providing you a warm home, but when you move out you REALLY are grateful for what you had.  You think after throwing together a little soggy mac n' cheese for yourself ,"wow, I could really use some of mom's homemade meatloaf." Or how you wish you could have some clean clothes, because now you have no time to do laundry.  Those people are incredible.  They show so much love and affection for you and half the time you don't realize how hard they worked to get you on the right path.
So, in loo of  Thanksgiving I want to publicly thank my wonderfully amazing parents.
Thanks mom and dad.
Now isn't that extraordinary? Or should I say they?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Photographing Your Travels

Today I am releasing my new website,"Photos That Speak"  (Its really not that big of a secret, so spread the word).  Please feel free to check it out and gather some great tips on travel photography.  If your hobby is photography, but you don't know all that much about it - then this website is just for you.

Simply click on the link here and you are on your way to a magical land (really I'm serious)

http://fs.finearts.utah.edu/~hdonaldson/travelphotosite/index.html

Monday, October 31, 2011

Weeds.

No I'm not talking Puff the Magic Dragon. I'm talking literally about weeds, those unruly things that grow out of the ground and kill your flowers or vegetables.
Usually that is how I view weeds, but one morning I was out taking photographs when I stumbled upon some beautiful weeds.  The lighting and frost could have helped... a little.

All it takes is just getting a little closer and you see things you've never seen before.

Now isn't that extraordinary?

Friday, October 21, 2011

A photo (or video) Is worth a Thousand Words

Here's something that is truly remarkable.  This video astounds me every time I watch it!  My professor in my photography class, shared this video with us.

 Everyone can take a photo nowadays its as easy as 1..2..3, flip out the cell and you are good to go.  But here is this man taking pictures of many different kinds of people in the streets, he photographs their personality and caricature (which many of us could probably do).  Yet, he goes beyond sharing these stories from Paris to the Middle East.  He makes an incredible statement- large posters in slums, on trains and homes, on walls separating two groups of people.  Watching this you know that if you were there in person, you would not be able to merely glance and pass by; you would have to stop and visually drink it all in.  As in the old adage:  "A photo is worth a 1,000 words." .... I think I'll just leave the video to do the talking.

Now isn't that extraordinary?