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just me and merrik

On Thursday, I dropped off Maliea at my parent’s place so Merrik and I could have some time together for a change and so Maliea could get uninterrupted nap time. It was wonderful. Merrik and I headed to the “beach park” to ride his bike. He really wanted me to ride mine too but we don’t have a rack on the car to get my bike “off the hill.” I used to ride down the hill and back up all the time when I was younger…much younger. So, we just took his bike and I followed with my camera.

Life is so incredibly leisurely when I am with just one of the kids. I would be terribly bored (or getting a lot more personal work done) if it was still just Merrik. I do cherish that alone time with each of them so much more.

I decided to take some pictures of San Clemente. I am uninspired by the town aesthetically to say the least. I’ve tried to photograph it like I used to photograph places: by exploring unknown corners tucked in behind the well traveled places. I am having a hard time seeing the city where I grew up in a different way. I have thought about making it a new photography project but I just can’t seem to put my finger on what I would do. So, I spent the entire time “looking” at the beach trail with a new perspective and I took my Nikon 50mm prime 1.8 to try to hunt down some good Bokeh. I didn’t get any images that really excited me except of course ALL the pics that Merrik is in. Images based solely on composition just don’t do it for me anymore. An image seems to need someone in it for me to feel something from it. Nonetheless, here is a fun composite I created from our afternoon together.


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    January 18, 2009

    Love the collage. Totally captures beach trail with a preschooler in tow! Glad you have time alone with that precious love!

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    January 19, 2009

    Great post. I so value the one on one time, infrequent as it may be.

    These images are so helpful for a beginner like me. I can see what you would see in a similar setting. It’s helpful. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    January 20, 2009

    Thanks guys! I love the feedback. I am so glad these images inspire. I will do more. There are more from this day at my photostream on flickr. http://flickr.com/photos/riddlecrew/sets/72157612716772699/. Subscribe and you will be updated with new ones as I add them.