The Liebster Award, Me?

I really have to thank Swav for both the eye candy on his blog, wonderful artwork you should all check out, and for his nominating me for the Liebster Award.

As many of you may know I almost always decline these awards due to a lack of time. I’m so busy with my day job, my photography “job,” and my family, especially this time of year, that I simply do not have the time to fulfill the requirements involved with acceptance.

This time though I’ve decided to half accept the award and answer Swav’s 11 questions, giving some insight into the inner workings behind my lens. Not too scary, I promise.

So, here’s a little more about me than most of you ever wanted to know.

1. What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Hiking and trail running. I’ve included both because I sometimes combine the two. 

2. What is your best photo taken so far?

That’s easy, THIS one. It won’t ever win any awards. It’s not on my website for sale. It is the one photo nearest my heart.

What do you think is my best photo?

3. What is your current best song?

Right now it’s “Figure it out” by Royal Blood, a duo from the UK. (The video is a bit “out there”)

4. What is your favorite room in your house/apartment?

My wife would say it’s the computer room, since I spend so much time behind the computer, writing, editing photos, and generally doing what I can to promote all things Jeff Sinon Photography. Doing what I can to get my photos in front of as many eyes as possible.

I say it’s the living room, where I can relax, read, or watch T.V. And not be behind the computer!

5. What is your favorite holiday/special event to celebrate?

St. Patrick’s day. Though not because I’ve got plenty of Irish in me, but because it’s my daughters birthday. (I may rethink that once she reaches 21 though. That first night at legal drinking age has me hoping for a nice peaceful coma) :-P

6. Where would you like to go for the adventure of a lifetime?

I would LOVE to dive with great white sharks on the Great Barrier Reef. 

7. What is your favorite season of the year?

Winter. Autumn is a close second, but being high in the mountains in the winter, especially around sunset, then the peaceful hike out in the dark afterwards, magical.

8. What is your favorite type of music, that makes you moving/dancing?

Rock. Hard Rock, though not that speed metal crap.

9. What is your favorite activity that you remember from your early days/childhood?

Goofing around in the woods with my friends. Our parents never knew exactly where we were. We would disappear in the morning, not to return home until dinner time most days in the summer. Remember the days when kids could do that without parents freaking out?

10. If your inner talent would speak out or play a song, what kind of song would it be?

 I’m not sure, but it would be loud! Maybe a little strange when you consider the peaceful landscapes I photograph.

11. What is your favorite quote/motto, that gives you wings?

The mountains are calling and I must go. ~ John Muir

I’d Like To Thank The Academy…

Lately I’ve garnered a bit of attention from other bloggers. Over the past few months I’ve been nominated for several awards. The Versatile Blogger Award, three times, the Inspiring and Very Inspiring Blogger Award, once each, and a Liebster Award. While I feel it is an honor to have been nominated, I have chosen to, as graciously as possible, decline them all.

While I do think it is an honor that other bloggers feel I’m worthy of such praise, I simply do not have the time to complete the required tasks that come with acceptance of the awards. All of these awards come with certain requirements should I accept. The numbers vary, but they are all variations on the same theme.

Thank the person who nominated me,

Tell 7, 10, a dozen things about myself,

Lastly,  nominate 10, 12, 15 other bloggers for the same award.

As it is, I find there are hardly enough hours in the day, without adding to the “to do” list. With a full-time job, a family, Facebook fan page, website, this blog, and trying to add fresh content to each, I already spend so much time at the computer that I often wonder if my wife and daughter remember what I look like. On top of all that is the, time-consuming in its own right, task of actually making the photographs that keep my readers coming back.

All of this may sound ungrateful and that I don’t appreciate the thoughtfulness behind the nominations. I assure you, nothing could be further from the truth. To me however, it is award enough when I read a nice comment left about one of my photographs, or the email notification I get every time someone subscribes to my blog.

In closing I would like to properly and publicly thank all of those outstanding bloggers who felt I was worthy of an award.

My heartfelt thanks go out to:

Vladimir and Johna, from Wind Against Current , for a Versatile Blogger nomination.

Amruta, from Not So Creative, also for a Versatile Blogger nomination.

Cornel, from Words, Versatile Blogger nomination #3.

Sheila, from Shecall, for the Liebster Award

Ioanna, from life portOfolio, for a Very Inspiring Blogger

and lastly, from The Retiring Sort, an Inspiring Blogger award nomination.

Every one of these blogs is worth a read. When you get a minute, pay each of them a visit, you’ll be glad you did.

So, in the future, rather than nominate me for an award, simply stop by and say “Hi!” I’ll be glad you did. :-)

Doing The Happy Dance

Time to gloat.

Sorry, I can’t help it. For those of my blog followers not following me on Facebook as well, (we’ll get to the why on THAT in the future :-)), I just had to share this. I have just received what I consider a glowing critique of one of my favorite photographs from one of my favorite photographers. Recently, Jerry Monkman, who writes regularly for Outdoor Photographer magazine, and others, and has many books to his credit, featured this photo, “First Light On The Auto Road,” for the image critique for the Week 5 Composition – Perspective, Depth, and Scale assignment. To have someone at his level in the “photography game” take notice and have, what I consider at least, nothing but good things to say about one of my photographs…

Well, I gotta go, cause it’s time for more Happy Dance! :-D

Thank Jerry!

Pink and blue sunrise over the Mt. Washington auto road

FYI, following one of Jerry’s suggestions in his critique I brightened the road just a touch with the adjustment brush in Lightroom 3.

Versatile Blogger Award, Who Me?

I’m honored, plain and simple.

I’ve had the honor of being nominated / awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by not just one, but two Bloggers who’s blogs I read regularly. Within days of each other I’ve been nominated by both (all three) of these people.

Wind Against Current, Johna and Vladimir have a lot of interesting things to say about kayaking(one of my favorite activities that I don’t pursue often enough), science, technology, and life in general.

My second nomination came from Not So Creative. Don’t let the blog title fool you, she really is pretty creative if you ask me.

A great big thanks to all of you!

7 things about me huh? Ok, here you go.

1. I think my daughter is the most beautiful thing I ever had a hand in creating.

2. Extreme Sarcasm is my middle name

3. I have zero tolerance for stupid people

4. I think smoking is absolutely disgusting

5. I love my wife

6.  When it comes to food, I will try anything once

7. I can find the humor in anything. And I do mean anything!

Bonus Thing about me: Considering how much I hated English class in school, I’m still surprised at how much I enjoy writing this blog. Go figure.

On to the nominations. 

This is going to be tough. I don’t follow a lot of blogs,(where do you find the time?), so coming up with 15 may take a bit of time, and several updates to the nomination page. I do stop in for a visit to every single blog that has “liked” or left a comment on my blog though. I have stumbled across some amazing photography and beautiful and insightful writing on these visits. I’ll be making updates to the list until I reach 15.

Here are a few to get you started.

iltana  Amazing photography, pure and simple. Great photos and writing about places I’d love to visit, but likely never will.

photos from the loonybin I like her photos, she’s better with her camera than she thinks she is.

When This Becomes There Excellent photography along with great writing and post processing techniques.

rubicorno iPhone photography at its best. Makes me want to leave my dslr home more often.

A third of the way there :-D Over the next week I’ll have the ten remaining nominations.