About Me

Lara David
Bay Area, CA, United States
I'm just a girl, writing and photographing my way through the world, one lesson at a time. Join me on my journey - you just might learn something.
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What Is This Place?

This site is a work in progress - much like life, actually. I am an amateur photographer who enjoys playing with my Canon EOS 10D. Questions, comments, and suggestions are always welcome, since I'm really just learning. Like what you see? Encouragement would be greatly appreciated!

Can I Be Your Memory?

As my regular readers already know, my father passed away when I was sixteen years old. Looking back now, I have many regrets about wasted time with him. I have questions for him, like why did he call me Boomers from the time I was a baby? There are things to say, too - apologies to make and stories to share. I wish I hadn't taken him for granted as much as I did, always assuming there would be opportunities in the future to make up for what I was missing. Turns out I was wrong.

It shouldn't come as any surprise to you that my mother is all the more precious to me in light of my father's death. I worry about losing her, and I do everything I can to ensure that i won't have so many regrets when someday - hopefully MANY years from now - she is gone. I call her up just to say hello and tell her I love her. When I visit her, we snuggle together on the couch and watch movies. And, because I lament the fact that I have very few pictures of my dad, I photograph her.

These pictures warm my heart even now, but I know that on some far-off day, they might be all I have of her. Is that morbid? Some might think so, but to me, it's just realistic. These pictures are memories, and they will be precious to me forever.

Baby Steps

How many times do we live out the tired old metaphor of life as a series of steps? And yet, the whole reason it became a tired metaphor is that it was true enough to be repeated over... and over... and over again. My good friend Tali recently posted about changes happening in her life's routine, and she asked the readers to reflect on changes in our own lives.

I feel like my life is just starting to settle into a comfortable sense of routine again, after a very long period of intense change. Some of the steps I took along the way were wobbly and dangerous; others were stable, but scary for their sheer transparency. I know that there are many more steps ahead of me, but for now, I find that I'm content to pause and enjoy this place, looking back over the steps that led me here, looking ahead to the steps still to come.

I'm happy that you're all looking with me.

BSM: An Exercise In Vanity

Is it disgustingly self-centered to pick a photo of myself for my Best Shot Monday?

It's okay - you can tell me if it is.

I've been playing with the "smudge" effect lately. So far, I've been using it very conservatively, mostly as an alternative to soft focus. I think it gives better texture than soft focus, which I think helps to bring out the subject more strikingly.

What do you think?

Seeking Texture

Along with Best Shot Monday, I'm also trying out Stacy's Theme Thursday. This week's theme is "Texture," and I thought for a long time about how to respond to it. All of my initial instincts were to learn some cool post-processing tricks for adding texture to my photos. And yes, there are plenty of options out there, but in the end, I decided to go au natural (well, as natural as a digital photo can be). Here are some pictures I've taken specifically because of their interesting textures:

No editing done after the fact - in my opinion, these textures all stand on their own.

More Experiments

One of the roses, from Monday's post, in a separate vase:

Trying some focal black and white:


Trying Something New

And I mean that in a couple different ways. First, I'm trying something new by joining in with Tracey's "Best Shot Monday." Basically, as Monday begins a new week, we look back on what we've recently done with our photography and pick one shot that really stands out as something great, unique, meaningful, etc.

For this week, I've chosen this shot, "Message in a Bottle":

The concept of giving someone flowers for a special holiday - birthdays, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day - is, to me, just a new way of saying the same old thing. What are these roses but an "I love you" in a vase? Not that I'm complaining, mind you - saying "I love you" is always a great thing, whether it's in a vase, a Hallmark card, or a basket of truffles.

Mmmm... truffles...

I was also trying new things by messing with this picture in my photo-editing program. Here are three other versions of the same photo:

Black and white.

Sepia tones.

Film grain.

What do you think?

Under Construction

Yes, things are wonky right now. Please excuse the mess while I try to fix things. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE: Well, I've fixed most of the major wonkiness by doing pretty much everything Tpiggy told me to do. Thanks, Tpiggy, for helping me!

So what do you all think of the new look?

I Am Not Dead

In fact, more than just not being dead, I'll go so far as to say I'm ALIVE! And I'm going to attempt to revive this blog. It won't really be anything new or different than what it was, but I, at least, liked the way it used to be, back when I posted more than once per holiday.

Speaking of which, it's Valentine's Day! And to celebrate, I have some recent photos that have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with love, hearts, chocolates, or Cupid. Woot!


"Size Doesn't Matter"

"Hold Your Breath"

"Still the Same - Please Forgive? XOXO, Lara."

I'm telling you - I will return soon. With more photos even. I know you can't wait...