PAIGE NELSON

My name is Paige.

I'm an aspiring photographer with an insatiable curiosity and an appetite for the fantastic.

This blog is dedicated to my greatest passion- photography. All of the photos on here are mine unless otherwise stated.
223/365: My Heart Will Go On on Flickr.Via Flickr:
I have so many photos to get through and things to do this week it’s getting difficult to keep up. -_-
This was probably the most embarrassing picture I’ve ever taken. It’s a little hard to get any privacy on a boat with 1,000 other passengers. People kept coming out of their rooms and staring at me. I think I gave up after 5 minutes of being interrupted…I felt pretty silly in a bright orange life vest.
The editing isn’t perfect but I’m satisfied. I’ve had this idea in my head ever since Day 96. Thanks for all your titanic comments guys. Hahaha :)
I’m off to take my picture for today…which you guys probably won’t even see for like a week.

223/365: My Heart Will Go On on Flickr.

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I have so many photos to get through and things to do this week it’s getting difficult to keep up. -_-

This was probably the most embarrassing picture I’ve ever taken. It’s a little hard to get any privacy on a boat with 1,000 other passengers. People kept coming out of their rooms and staring at me. I think I gave up after 5 minutes of being interrupted…I felt pretty silly in a bright orange life vest.

The editing isn’t perfect but I’m satisfied. I’ve had this idea in my head ever since Day 96. Thanks for all your titanic comments guys. Hahaha :)

I’m off to take my picture for today…which you guys probably won’t even see for like a week.

214/365: Up With the Birds on Flickr.Via Flickr:The birds they sang, at break of day.
“Start again”, I hear them say.
It’s so hard to just walk away.
The birds they sang, all a choir,
“Start again a little higher”.
It’s a spark in a sea of gray.
-Coldplay
Don’t be deceived…it is tourist season in San Diego and this beach was packed. I would have never even considered this location 6 months ago. I have overcome my fear of shooting in public…now I will set up wherever, whenever. :)
Hope my editing experimentation isn’t throwing anyone off.

214/365: Up With the Birds on Flickr.

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The birds they sang, at break of day.
“Start again”, I hear them say.
It’s so hard to just walk away.
The birds they sang, all a choir,
“Start again a little higher”.
It’s a spark in a sea of gray.


-Coldplay

Don’t be deceived…it is tourist season in San Diego and this beach was packed. I would have never even considered this location 6 months ago. I have overcome my fear of shooting in public…now I will set up wherever, whenever. :)

Hope my editing experimentation isn’t throwing anyone off.

207/365: A Rush of Blood to the Head on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Sunset cliffs is officially my favorite location to shoot. I always find new wonders ever time I go. 
I saw one of the best sunsets of summer today. The whole sky was glowing orange and I think (?) I witnessed my first green flash. :)

207/365: A Rush of Blood to the Head on Flickr.

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Sunset cliffs is officially my favorite location to shoot. I always find new wonders ever time I go.

I saw one of the best sunsets of summer today. The whole sky was glowing orange and I think (?) I witnessed my first green flash. :)

200/365: Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Day 200…is this real? The progress I’ve made since I started this project is truly astounding. I never believed I could grow so much in as little as six months. 
I had a concept involving balloons planned for this. I went to Vons and asked for 12 rainbow balloons only to be informed there is a “nation wide helium shortage.” Not sure if I believe this since there were THOUSANDS of balloons at pride.
This looked awesome in black in white too, but I’m a sucker for blue. I stepped on a dead jellyfish…ew. And yes, I did buy roses for myself.
I have to go take my picture for today before I lose the light. See ya later. :)

200/365: Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean on Flickr.

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Day 200…is this real? The progress I’ve made since I started this project is truly astounding. I never believed I could grow so much in as little as six months.

I had a concept involving balloons planned for this. I went to Vons and asked for 12 rainbow balloons only to be informed there is a “nation wide helium shortage.” Not sure if I believe this since there were THOUSANDS of balloons at pride.

This looked awesome in black in white too, but I’m a sucker for blue. I stepped on a dead jellyfish…ew. And yes, I did buy roses for myself.

I have to go take my picture for today before I lose the light. See ya later. :)

194/365: Never Let Me Go on Flickr.Via Flickr:And the arms of the ocean are carrying me
And all this devotion was rushing out of me
In the crushes of heaven for a sinner like me
But the arms of the ocean delivered me
Though the pressure’s hard to take
It’s the only way I can escape
It seems a heavy choice to make
And now I am under all
And it’s breaking over me
A thousand miles down to the sea bed
Found the place to rest my head
Never let me go
Never let me go
-Florence and the Machine
I’ve been wanting to do something like this for awhile…this song was my complete inspiration. Music is magical.
I wanted to shoot this in the same place I took “Swimming”; at Sunset cliffs, but it was high tide and all the rocks were covered with water. Andrew and I kept walking along the cliffs and went farther down than I had ever been. Someone tethered a rope to a rock so you could scale the wall down to the beach. At the end of the sand was this beautiful outcropping of rocks that overlooked a cove the waves carved out.
I wanted to shoot in the cove, but waves kept washing in….I still wanted to try. I stripped my jeans off to my bathing suit bottoms (even though you can’t see..) because I had this strange feeling I would get wet. 
Andrew was in charge of protecting the camera. Sure enough, just as I was about to start shooting, this HUGE wave came and DRENCHED us. I don’t know how he did it, but Andrew pulled a ninja move and saved the camera. Not a drop of water got on it.
I don’t know how risky I’m going to get with the MKII anymore…I settled for this dry(er) location.
P.S. Thank you Simon for the email this morning. Made me smile. :)

194/365: Never Let Me Go on Flickr.

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And the arms of the ocean are carrying me
And all this devotion was rushing out of me
In the crushes of heaven for a sinner like me
But the arms of the ocean delivered me

Though the pressure’s hard to take
It’s the only way I can escape
It seems a heavy choice to make
And now I am under all

And it’s breaking over me
A thousand miles down to the sea bed
Found the place to rest my head
Never let me go
Never let me go


-Florence and the Machine

I’ve been wanting to do something like this for awhile…this song was my complete inspiration. Music is magical.

I wanted to shoot this in the same place I took “Swimming”; at Sunset cliffs, but it was high tide and all the rocks were covered with water. Andrew and I kept walking along the cliffs and went farther down than I had ever been. Someone tethered a rope to a rock so you could scale the wall down to the beach. At the end of the sand was this beautiful outcropping of rocks that overlooked a cove the waves carved out.

I wanted to shoot in the cove, but waves kept washing in….I still wanted to try. I stripped my jeans off to my bathing suit bottoms (even though you can’t see..) because I had this strange feeling I would get wet.

Andrew was in charge of protecting the camera. Sure enough, just as I was about to start shooting, this HUGE wave came and DRENCHED us. I don’t know how he did it, but Andrew pulled a ninja move and saved the camera. Not a drop of water got on it.

I don’t know how risky I’m going to get with the MKII anymore…I settled for this dry(er) location.

P.S. Thank you Simon for the email this morning. Made me smile. :)

173/265: Swimming on Flickr.Via Flickr:Your songs remind me of swimming,
Which I forgot when I started to sink
Dragged further away from the shore,
And deeper into the drink
Sat on the bottom of the ocean,
A stern and stubborn rock
‘Cause your songs remind me of swimming,
But somehow I forgot
I was sinking, and now I’m sunk
I was drinking, and now I’m drunk
Your songs remind me of swimming,
But somehow I forgot
Florence and the Machine
As I was sitting here watching this epic sunset, it hit me how much this project has opened my eyes to the beauty of the world around me. Not only have I seen a record amount of sunsets this year, I’ve also discovered breathtaking scenery here in my own backyard. I never knew there were tide pools at Sunset Cliffs until yesterday and I’ve lived here for 20 years. I saw an octupus for crying out loud!
Sometimes we take the things around us for granted. This project allows me to take time to breathe, soak it all in and appreciate what I’ve been given. And for that I am forever grateful.

173/265: Swimming on Flickr.

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Your songs remind me of swimming,
Which I forgot when I started to sink
Dragged further away from the shore,
And deeper into the drink

Sat on the bottom of the ocean,
A stern and stubborn rock
‘Cause your songs remind me of swimming,
But somehow I forgot

I was sinking, and now I’m sunk
I was drinking, and now I’m drunk
Your songs remind me of swimming,
But somehow I forgot


Florence and the Machine

As I was sitting here watching this epic sunset, it hit me how much this project has opened my eyes to the beauty of the world around me. Not only have I seen a record amount of sunsets this year, I’ve also discovered breathtaking scenery here in my own backyard. I never knew there were tide pools at Sunset Cliffs until yesterday and I’ve lived here for 20 years. I saw an octupus for crying out loud!

Sometimes we take the things around us for granted. This project allows me to take time to breathe, soak it all in and appreciate what I’ve been given. And for that I am forever grateful.

166/365: Ocean Breathes Salty on Flickr.Via Flickr:Well that is that and this is this. 
Will you tell me what you saw and I’ll tell you what you missed, 
when the ocean met the sky. 
You missed when time and life shook hands and said goodbye. 
When the earth folded in on itself. 
And said “Good luck, for your sake I hope heaven and hell 
are really there, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.” 
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste death? 
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste death? 
The ocean breathes salty, won’t you carry it in? 
In your head, in your mouth, in your soul. 
The more we move ahead the more we’re stuck in rewind. 
Well I don’t mind. I don’t mind. How the hell could I mind? 
Modest Mouse
It was overcast at the beach the other day but the sky still looked insane. I have a gazillion photos to get through.

166/365: Ocean Breathes Salty on Flickr.

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Well that is that and this is this.
Will you tell me what you saw and I’ll tell you what you missed,
when the ocean met the sky.
You missed when time and life shook hands and said goodbye.
When the earth folded in on itself.
And said “Good luck, for your sake I hope heaven and hell
are really there, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.”
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste death?
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste death?

The ocean breathes salty, won’t you carry it in?
In your head, in your mouth, in your soul.
The more we move ahead the more we’re stuck in rewind.
Well I don’t mind. I don’t mind. How the hell could I mind?


Modest Mouse

It was overcast at the beach the other day but the sky still looked insane. I have a gazillion photos to get through.

96/365: Blackout on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Stark contrast from yesterday’s photo, huh?
This is probably the most photogenic staircase of all time. It’s the same parking structure downtown I went to for Day 41. It’s hard to believe that was only two months ago…seems like ages. 
I was feeling pretty brave and went to shoot this straight from work…which was around 11:30 p.m.
I started at the ninth floor, but there were a lot of sketchy dudes hanging around up there so I ventured down to seven. 
I reassure you, I’m not crazy enough to venture into some deserted staircase in the middle of the night. I’ve heard those stories.. o_o It is completely visible from the street and gives you a nice peek into the neighboring buildings.

96/365: Blackout on Flickr.

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Stark contrast from yesterday’s photo, huh?

This is probably the most photogenic staircase of all time. It’s the same parking structure downtown I went to for Day 41. It’s hard to believe that was only two months ago…seems like ages.

I was feeling pretty brave and went to shoot this straight from work…which was around 11:30 p.m.
I started at the ninth floor, but there were a lot of sketchy dudes hanging around up there so I ventured down to seven.

I reassure you, I’m not crazy enough to venture into some deserted staircase in the middle of the night. I’ve heard those stories.. o_o It is completely visible from the street and gives you a nice peek into the neighboring buildings.

Swallowed in the Sea by P.E.N. on Flickr.
Via Flickr: Day 30. Musical Inspiration: Swallowed in the Sea- ColdplayOh what good is it to live With nothing left to give Forget but not forgive Not loving all you see Oh the streets you’re walking on A thousand houses long Well that’s where I belong And you belong with me Not swallowed in the sea

Swallowed in the Sea by P.E.N. on Flickr.

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Day 30.

Musical Inspiration: Swallowed in the Sea- Coldplay

Oh what good is it to live
With nothing left to give
Forget but not forgive
Not loving all you see

Oh the streets you’re walking on
A thousand houses long
Well that’s where I belong
And you belong with me
Not swallowed in the sea