Hello, 2012!

I welcomed 2012 alongside my family and friends (and our favorite dogs). I even got to spend a few hours with my best friend, her husband and adorable baby. He is, my far, my most favorite baby ever. EVER. I’m excited for a new year. This year Adam and I will finally be debt-free AND we’re planning a couple vacations. I couldn’t be more excited. I don’t necessarily make “New Year’s Resolutions,” but goals do motivate me. Every year on my birthday, I make a list of things I want to do. Did you make any resolutions for 2012?

On New Year’s Day I caught wind of a January Photo-A-Day challenge on Instagram (using the hashtag: #janphotoaday). You KNOW how much I love a photo challenge…so I joined.

Obviously I only have two photos so far but today I will be snapping a photo of something that I adore with my iPhone. Also, in case you didn’t know (I had to google it)…letterboxing is the practice of transferring film shot in a widescreen aspect ratio to standard-width video formats while preserving the film’s original aspect ratio. The resulting videographic image has mattes (black bars) above and below it; these mattes are part of the image. I will be interested to see how many people are confused or how we’ll all actually pull it off. There must be an app for that. If you wish to follow along, join Instagram and catch up! I’ll be tweeting out links my photos but I won’t be posting much here on my blog. And in case you were wondering, yes I will still be hosting a camera phone photo challenge in February!

Coming up this week on Show + Tell: the long awaited DSLR vs Analog vs iPhone comparison post, a Philly city guide, and my January reading list.

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Comments (9)

  • Letterboxing is also a centuries old practice that is like low tech geo caching. The kids and I do it. People hide a box with a notebook and a stamp (some people stick with the tradition to the letter and make their own stamps) and they write clues. You stamp their book and stamp your book with their stamp. Some of the coolest stamps we have found are here in town :)

  • I immediately thought people would photograph an actual letterbox. I thought about using Diptic, or possibly photographing something laying on/against a black background. We shall see!

  • Ah! I figured out how to letterbox on an iPhone! Do you want to know or want to try and figure it out yourself?

    • I would love to know!!!

      • Shoot a 5-10 second video of what you want to photograph while holding your phone horizontal. Go to the video in your camera roll, play the video, holding the phone vertical and let the screen prompts fade. Snap a screenshot, and voila! Photo with letterbox :)

        • You’re a genius!!! I’m starting to think I may have been wrong though. Maybe it IS a mailbox photo.

  • Ahh I was going to take a good ‘ol picture of my mailbox. Now that my creative juices are flowing, this should be interesting! Thanks for the insight. :)

    • Well now I’m thinking they DID mean a mailbox :) I saw a few people overseas post their mailbox photos already. Hmmm. I suppose there aren’t any real rules ;)

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