Thursday, July 29, 2010

3 For The Price of 1

Thanks to all the amazing photo challenges out there in the blogosphere, I have been hauling my camera everywhere with me these days.  No longer am I relying on my phone to take pictures when I see something I can't resist (although you do a pretty good job little iPhone).  As if I didn't have enough challenges to participate in, here comes a new one, and I love the concept.  If you haven't heard of Mortal Muses yet, you should check it out.  This week's theme is "stay cool", and photos are shared in their newly created flickr pool.


I was walking through a fountain at Columbus Circle yesterday and thought it might be the perfect spot for a "stay cool" photo shoot.  This dog made my day when he pranced into the fountain and splashed around for a bit.



As I was taking the pictures, I thought this would also be a good shot to enter for the "play" prompt this week at "I Should Be Folding Laundry".  I had a different picture lined up from earlier in the week for that, but I like this one better, so there. (now if only some crazy New Yorker had come running through the fountain with their clothes off, I could have used this photo shoot for the "naked" prompt over at "The Sunday Creative" too (oh well, I am still working on that one).

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So let me vent for a moment...I've been stressing a bit about my work (or lack thereof) lately.  I am a consultant, and things have been S-L-O-W going for me these past few months.  Today I am writing a proposal in hopes of getting hired for a project.  All this self-doubt and negativity keeps bubbling up--am I good enough?  can I pull this off?   Deep down I know I can do it.  I have done much more difficult things before, but for some reason I am slowly losing my self-confidence.

As I write this post, I am thinking that I need to be more like the dog in these pictures above.  Have some fun, don't take it too seriously and "stay cool" because everything is going to work out fine.  I don't think I will go running through the fountain at Columbus Circle anytime soon, but I am going to relax and let it flow, knowing it will all come together.  Huh, I think I just had a "Bigger Picture Moment" and I wasn't planning on posting one this week.

30 comments:

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

That is getting "your monies worth!" Thanks for the shout-out!! So excited!! Yay!!

Thisstupidlamb.com said...

beautiful!!!!!!
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Ashley Sisk said...

I'm also a consultant so I know what you mean. I often don't feel the pressure of getting work, but lately we've scaled back on the number of people we have on staff to perform the work so I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. And on top of that, I've turned down the AC and it only seems to get hotter in my office.

Thanks for introducing me to another great blog. I love it!

Pam said...

Fabulous photos! Sorry your work is slow. I'm a teacher and I guess I should be happy that I go back to work next week, but I'm not. Not really.

Corinne said...

That photo makes me smile :) What a great capture! It's so fantastic when the Bigger Picture sneaks up and finds you when you're not looking.

Andrea said...

I love that dog in your picture! He/she looks so refreshed!

Krystal said...

those dog pictures are SO good. I love them. good luck with your proposal!

Kate! said...

Love the photos!! The pup sure looks happy!

Stephanie said...

oh my... i love the second photo! puppies always make me smile with their silliness!

Virginia said...

Those photos are great! And I have seen that very dog (or one that looked remarkably similar) splashing around in that very fountain.

I have been known to splash around in that one myself. :)

Paige said...

Hope the consultant work picks up soon but in the meantime it looks like you're getting out and having fun with photography. I struggle with wanting to take my camera out more but it's a digi SLR and bulky for running around sometimes.

michelle said...

way too fit it all into one post....that should help give you more time to play. i love the dog in the fountain...and it makes me want to go splash around myself.

Bec said...

The one time I visited NYC, all the fountains were off because of a drought so it is nice to see they really do work :)

bec@theiheartblog

R Montalban said...

I know exactly what you mean, but stressing doesn't usually result in you getting the thing you want most, but of course we all do it knowing we shouldn't. Putting in a tender, all you can do is put forward what you think is your best, if you get picked, yey - happy days and you know the client had good taste! If not, see if you can find out why, and you never know sometimes things don't work out with who they have chosen - as long as you have been graceful with your handling of it, you never know, sometimes it can turn out, and maybe by not getting it it is because fate has something bigger and better lined up for you as a project. Hard though, I know only too well, and easy to write and say - your mind is a powerful thing!

Justine said...

Great pictures! Perfect for the prompt at You Capture. Dogs and kids in water - I can't think of anything better :)

Thanks for stopping by over at my place.

Brooke G. said...

These are AWESOME water shots!
Amazing :D

Mothers' Hideaway said...

These are GREAT GREAT pictures!! I'm starting to work on my photography, but with the two kids it's hard to find the time! (I found you through Buddy-Notes)

Check out our Makes It All Worth It Fridays! :) (http://mothershideaway.com/blog/2010/07/29/makes-it-all-worth-it-fridays/.html)

Marty said...

Yes! Be like the doggie...relax, have fun and don't take things so serious. (loved the pics of this 4 legged friend by the way)

Good luck on the project!

A fellow bf ff friend=)

Tracy said...

The thick fur on that dog makes me hot. He deserves that fountan to play in. Nice pic!
Good luck on the job hunt. You can do it!

Daisy said...

Love the pictures -- we have a fountain (smallish) outside the Starbucks across from our condo, and love to watch the dogs stop to play and cool off. Here's my question: You say you aren't going to be running through fountains anytime soon. WHY NOT?

krissilugbill said...

LOVE THESE DOG SHOTS SOOO MUCH! great for both challenges :) Also, i wanted to pass along an award to you given to me by Jamie from Lyrical Journey but then i saw she passed it to you as well, so I gave you a re-shout out instead! :)

http://kristinlugbill.blogspot.com/2010/07/cherry-top.html

Gina said...

Sweet pics! I have to admit, I am not a "photography" blog person, I'm not good at it, so good photographers make me feel stupid. So I'll admit, I almost bounced (I'm from blog frog comment thread) when I saw that it was a photography challenge, but I really like that pic. Well done, super cool!

Jenn Schwilling said...

You're right - we need to be more like the dog in your photo. Doesn't he just exude "life is GREAT"? Glad to have found your blog - luv your pics!

Marla said...

Taking pics is not really my thing. I'm not good at it. Now, I can definitely edit them to make them look better, but I just don't have the eye to take awesome shots in the first place. So, well done, my friend.

And that dog looks like he's having a blast. Oh, to be that carefree!

Jenna said...

aww, cute! :)

Brooke said...

Great post! I think the impending end of summer nearing is making us all realize we need to have more fun! Great pic, saw it in the flickr mortal muse pool, love it!

Jersey Diva Mom said...

those pics made me smile!!

happy friday (ps- FF from BF)

Lisa Madden Bass said...

You are going to just fine; thank you for reminding me that I need to take life less seriously and enjoy just living...I WOULD run through the fountain (and I would be sober)!
You are going to do great!

Julie said...

Hello fellow blogger/photographer. I'm so so jealous you get to photograph NYC while I'm stuck in boring Central NY. HAHA. I found you on Follow Friday on the Blog Frog. So nice to meet you!
I hope you find time to make your way to my blog and while you're there enter my SKOY cloth giveaway. You have plenty of time to get your entries in since it doesn't end until 8/13. Good luck and I'll be seeing you around. =)
Julie @ Bunches of Bargains
http://bunchesofbargains.blogspot.com

Lori ann said...

That's very cute, you are lucky to have such warm weather. we've had months of cold fog. i love it, but it's getting old now.
I am over from Robyns fragments blog.
take care!