Beyond The Resolution

December 31, 2010

My new (and completely wonderful) camera has given me a chance to learn new technical concepts and new ways to express myself with better photographs (as subjective as that may be). But learning this new device is a bit challenging. I mean, there are so many dials and adjustments to make, not to mention a user manual of 100+ pages.

Producing a photograph with perfect resolution and sharpness holds the key to great pictures. It will always be trial and error. A balancing act. Alas, this is life.

Like with learning to use a new camera, life holds similar challenges. Image resolution are the details an image holds. Your life actions holds these same details as, say, an image resolution, producing the details that your image holds. Changing the resolution will often give you different details, or different outcomes to the choices you make.

An image can have too much noise, creating an unwanted dusty or grainy look. Again, too much noise and clutter in your life acts in much the same way, adding stress to your view of the world, literally causing graininess to an otherwise clear picture.

Sunny day in Santa Cruz, CA

Exposure, whether the level of light or dark are too high or too low, will affect things, too.  The amount of light captured on the photographic medium (or life), or light you let into the “camera”, all create just the right exposure. These adjustments control the amount of light that is allowed to fall on the film. In many different ways, we are all trying to find just the right amount of light exposure to fall into our lives.

New Year’s Eve always brings new beginnings, or at least New Year’s resolutions. For most, these resolutions are a few goals that usually stay with them for a few weeks before petering away with all intention to keep them. Like keeping your camera subject in focus, sometimes goals get a little fuzzy…

Outside my window

I usually don’t set New Year’s goals because really, as I don’t want to end up breaking them. And for the most part, my goals, or things I accomplish, are things I want to do already. If I’m not happy with something I am doing, I stop doing it. Things like exercise will always be a top priority of mine so I rarely need any external motivation (like a New Year’s Resolution) to keep me going.

However, there are goals out there that I do want to complete. But these goals are tucked away in the back of my head in a safe place. A place, which I never wanted to admit to myself (or anyone else), that if these goals were out in the open, they would face vulnerability. See, my secret goals are mine. If I don’t let them out into the open, they cannot be broken, failed, or not achieved, because they are not yet set. They’re secret so they are safe.

This year can be different for those goals. I can take them out of hiding, out of the safe room, and introduce them to the sun. I can work at them, adjusting the exposure, resolution, and focus, and make them into something tangible. Maybe a little birdie changed my way of thinking. Or maybe it was reading about how much one person can change their life and achieve so much. Or maybe it is just me knowing there is more to myself than what I currently show, looking beyond the resolution…

My (short list of) Goals for 2011:

  1. Teach personal training (will be certified in January!)
  2. Teach TRX (certified in late January!)
  3. Start a boot camp class with Anne (or at least help her create one so I can “intern”)
  4. Complete 10 body weight chin-ups
  5. Be clear and determined about what I want
  6. Learn to say no

How will you create a better imagine in 2011?


P.S. I heart Photoshop.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah January 4, 2011 at 12:37 AM

Happy New Year, Lori! I love your goal about being clear and determined about what you want- i think I need to make that mine too 🙂


christina January 3, 2011 at 5:19 AM

i am loving these pics!! great job.
.-= christina´s last blog ..The One Word to Describe New Years Eve Typical =-.


Pure2raw twins January 1, 2011 at 12:53 PM

We are still learning how to use our new camera…a process of learning for sure 😉 And still playing around with photo editing, still have a lot to learn there!!! HAHA



sophia December 31, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Your pictures are stunning, Lori! And glamorous in a dramatically subtle way if that makes any sense. Hee hee, nice to see you playing with it and having fun! And using it to make your wise points. 🙂


Katie December 31, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Ohhh, I am so jealous! I wish I had photoshop! I have been slowly figuring out my Canon Rebel. I’ve had it for over a year now. I need to know how to use it! =P Maybe this will be a 2011 goal of mine. 😉
.-= Katie´s last blog ..This Christmas =-.


Katie December 31, 2010 at 10:37 AM

This was a beautiful post, Lori!
.-= Katie´s last blog ..Vacation mode =-.


Christine (The Raw Project) December 31, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I hear ya on the challenges of a new camera, but I’m having a blast with mine too! Such a creative and fun post. And great goals too.


Michelle@ Housewife in the Raw December 31, 2010 at 10:32 AM

I got a new camera too (huge surprise from the husband) and am a bit overwhelmed as to how to use it. I’m looking forward to learning!

My goals are mostly to enjoy the moment more. Transitioning from corporate world to stay-home-mom world has been dicey at times. I am trying to not focus so much on what I accomplish in a day and actually sit and enjoy the luxury of being at home with my kids.

Love your blog and how positive you are! Happy New Years my blog-friend!
.-= Michelle@ Housewife in the Raw´s last blog ..My New Years Food Resolutions =-.


Kat December 31, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Love your goals!! What is TRX though? I have thought about getting certified to be a spin instructor, but I am so nervous about it. I have always thought I wasnt much of a people person, and to be a trainer you kind of need to be good with people! lol
Love all the pictures!!
.-= Kat´s last blog ..Return to normal =-.


Katherine: Unemployed December 31, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Wow I have always wanted to be a personal trainer; so glad I found you blog and can learn a bit about the journey. Setting up goals is difficult; I cannot believe that it’s a new year already!
.-= Katherine: Unemployed´s last blog ..Susie Sampler =-.


Christin@purplebirdblog December 31, 2010 at 6:50 AM

This is the most creative new year’s post I’ve seen so far. I love the use of the photos! Happy new year!! xoxo
.-= Christin@purplebirdblog´s last blog ..My Intentions =-.


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