HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s Resolution Time….

I’m going to eat better, work harder, lose weight. I’m going to spend more time with my family, be nicer to people….

That’s right – it’s time for resolutions. We do it every year it seems. We make New Year’s resolutions and say that “this is the year I stick to it”. I have no factual numbers, but I would venture to guess that 80% or more are abandoned before Valentine’s Day. And maybe another 10% don’t even get to see the St. Patty’s Day parade.

So what is your resolution going to be for 2011? Over the past few days, I have come up with two for myself. The first one, my three year-old son helped me out with the other day. He likes to stand on our digital scale and call out the numbers. He said “look Daddy, thirty-seven”. Then he started pushing me towards the scale and telling me it was my turn. I hopped on the scale and didn’t even need to look. Zachary yelled “wow! three twos”.  So needless to say, I am going to try to lose twenty pounds in 2011.

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Now my second resolution came to me yesterday morning while I was at the office. I was sitting at my desk and had just turned my head to look out the window when I notice a huge Red-tailed hawk standing on the roof of my car. Yes, the ROOF of my car! This bird was huge. I reached under the desk to grab my camera bag, which goes everywhere with me. I pulled out my camera and as I went to turn it on, I noticed that the top display was on. Uh huh, I had left the thing powered on the last time I used it which was three days ago. And this brings me to resolution number two: Always carry a second (fully charged) battery and make sure to turn off the camera after each shoot.

THIS IS WHERE THE PHOTO OF THE HAWK SHOULD BE

So there you have it… I finished up 2010 by missing what very well could have been a really great series of shots. But instead of putting up a post with no photos, I’ll leave you with my two favorite shots of 2010.

Nikon D300s, 62mm, f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO 400

Nikon D300s, 70mm, f/13, 1/60 sec, ISO 200 - Radial Blur applied in Photoshop CS3

They may not be my best, but they’re my favorites.

Happy New Year to you and yours. And here’s to keeping those resolutions until Easter this year. Or maybe even Memorial Day….

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