Thursday, March 31, 2011

La Paree

I thought this unfortunatley closed eatery downtown was a charming addition among its neighbors. I imagine the inside was quite interesting as well. And Im sure the Steaks and Seafood were the best around. ;)

-Rip

P.S. Did I over do the tags??? Haha. =D Also, spellcheck seems to be acting up. Be sure and critique any mistakes!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Photo to paint.....

Our close family friends who live in Decatur (the ones who my mother and father went to Spain with in February) have started to read my photo blog. Jere Weaver, my dads good friend, has recently started painting; and hes good! During our last visit, he had paintings for my mom, dad, and was working on one for my sister. I didn't think anything of it, until a few days ago, when he sent me a text message, with this photo attached! If you look back in the archives, you ll see a post titled "Luv-15" of a tennis shot I took. Well, now, I present to you the same photograph on canvas! I'm thrilled with it! Many thanks to him. He has many pieces in a local art gallery.

-Rip

P.S. I think Google/Blogger server has been down or something lately, for my email has been laggish and it wouldn't let me post on here for a week! I attempted to post a photo a few days ago, but it didn't go through. Anyhow, that's my excuse for my gap in posts. Which have been decreasing, if you've noticed. :)

Also, I am supposed to be putting stuff in the "Labels" box in the bottom right of this text box? Hmmm.....

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

500 Belleville

And here we continue! I must say, I really like this photo. I cant quite put my finger on what I like about it, but for some reason it just appeals to me. It just is full of that sleepy southern town feel, with the (what I believe to be) live oak, shutters and southern architecture. The street name is so "Alabama" also. I am probably the only one in the Milky Way who can feel that way from a photograph, but I suppose that's just part of being a/the photographer.

-Rip
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Sticking Together

Ok.... well... two things today.

What I wish I was telling you:
I took this shot of two precious twins in Madrid, Spain in February!

What I have to tell you:
This isnt my work! My mom, a casual photographer, took this one just outside a park when she and my father went to Madrid last February. I debated over whether to post it, but I figured if your heart melted as mine did, you wouldnt care who in the heck took it. So, to avoid confusion, I did not take this photograph. I am just presenting this to you, as I couldnt help but let someone else experience my love for this photograph.

-Rip

P.S. I sort of didnt keep my promise about the Brewton mini-series, did I... hmph. I conclude the following:
1) I should have taken my own advice. (see NYC posts.)
2) I should really stop this online-promising thing.
3) I will pick back up on Wednesday, when it seems that I will have time to breathe between homework and activities.
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Washing the Windows


We were downtown Birmingham the other day eating lunch. Afterwards, my dad was dropping off some buisness papers, so I fled the greenhouse of the car and whipped out my camera. I glanced up at the Regions Bank building, and the platform suspended above the city caught my eye. I mean, I suppose I dont really know that they are washing windows. But thats what I assumed. Anyone have any other ideas?

-Rip
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Southern Tradition



This past weekend, my mom, sister, and I went down to Brewton, AL to visit my grandfather. Brewton is a tiny little town with a population of about 6,000 people. My mom spent her high school years here, and my grandmother (now passed away) and my grandfather have lived happily here ever since. We were riding down a road of one of the historic neighborhoods when I called out to stop and let me photograph this home. My mom was ticking off the families who owned all of these homes, as Brewton is pretty much one of those situations where everybody knows everybody else. My next few posts will feature some of my other favorite shots from Brewton, and the southern history that surrounds it. (Fellow Bloggers: Is that called a mini-series??)

-Rip
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Friday, March 11, 2011

This One's For You...


Well, Mrs. Jones, this one is definitely for you. A few years ago, when I was a student in Mrs. J's 3rd grade class, we both went to Paris!! She went over spring break I believe... while I skipped out on the last 2 weeks of school and went with my family. (How convenient) This is one of my favs from the trip, although I took several shots I really like. This is when I really got a knack for photography.

Now, I don't just trot on across the Atlantic every few months like SOME PEOPLE do... but I did enjoy this trip we took. This was taken from inside I.M. Pei's Pyramid looking at the Musee du Louvre (I couldn't figure out how to do the accent mark...) as we were climbing that awesome staircase that I still marvel at each time I see it. As you can see, it was quite a dreary day in Paree...

-Rip

Oh yes, and please give me feedback on my change of blog template. Good? Bad? I'm sort of having fun just playing around with it.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Luv-15

This year, I tried out for the HMS (Homewood Middle School) Tennis Team, and made it. Monday, we had a match over at Simmons Middle in Hoover. The system for tennis matches is pretty weird, so I wasnt competing in this one, but taking photos for the school news paper. I seem to be the only one in HMS that can operate a camera...

Anyhow, as I was getting ready to go through the gate into the courts with camera in hand, I stopped to tie my shoe, and set my camera down, turned on, right in front of me, and the fence. (That sentence had way too many commas...) When I had tied my shoe, I got curious as to what would come out if I just pressed the shutter button without looking.... and voila! Look closely and notice two of my team-mates playing doubles through the fence. Mariel, on the right, is serving.

I guess the point here is, this isnt the Mona Lisa of photography, but I think the story to it adds a few points.

-Rip

P.S. - They did win the match, by the way.
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Meow Meow.....

This morning, I ventured outside in the nippy weather (its been so erratic lately...) and set out to photograph some of the extremely confused Daffodils in our front yard. It seems like they thought it was spring for a while so they rose up and bloomed... and now they're freezing the poor little petals off. Anyhow, one of our cats, Reesie Cup (don't laugh, I was 4.) has a bit of an issue using the bathroom in the proper places around our house...(a different story entirely...) therefore she spends quite a bit of time outside. She also paws at the front door a lot, so I snapped this interesting shot right before I headed in.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

On The Map

This is just one of those random shots that I took on a whim. I sort of like it though. hmm....


-Rip

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