Saturday, February 27, 2010

Squash and Guitar and Semicolons

Today I was in the mood to do some cooking; I am going to try my hand at an acorn squash soup. I have not made anything in a long while; I hope my recipe works out well. While at it, I should try some food photography, something I have not tried very much. I have some film loaded in Steve (my Canon Canonet GIII QL17); I will just hook it up to a flash or two and get cracking.

In other news I added another bit to the song I am working on. There is a wonderful guitar that had been neglected until recently. I can not let such an instrument sit idle when it cries out to be played, even though the only player at hand is quite maladroit.

I was going to post a photo of the guitar, but I just realized there are hardly any mentionable in my archive! I think I will also take a picture of her.

Here is a table spread at a beer tasting:


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Friday, February 26, 2010

Frightful Weather

Oh, the weather outside it was frightful, and inside was too I called out from work today. I had been wanting to take a day off from the job for a bit now and I do not think I will be mulcted too much, given the circumstances.

There are so many things to do and not to do; clean off the car, read more Bukowski, nap, write, rock out, slurp soup. I do not have soup :'(

I do not think you want to go out either.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How I Did It

If you take a look at my last post, you will notice three pictures.

The first is of symmetry made from elements [almost] at hand in my friend's diner. I use "[almost]" because none of the utensils matched. My friend indulged me by finding two sets and I got to work setting up the shot. Now that I look at it, the salt and pepper are in different kinds of shakers. Oh well. This was a timed exposure based off of a guess that turned out to be extremely accurate. After the scan I did not have to alter anything!...except a minor amount of cropping to coincide with my vision.

Shot two is of a chess game I played with my father (whom I thoroughly trounced). It looks a bit unusual - somewhat blurry, but still sharp. I accomplished this look by "dragging the shutter," which is a really handy technique and perhaps underutilized today. What you want to do is set your shutter speed really low, maybe 1/15th or 1/8th of a second along with the firing of a flash. Use those speeds if you to minimize this effect, but I really like it, so I shot on bulb mode and asked my mother to manually trigger the flash from camera right (which is where those shadows come from) upon my direction. This is how it turned out and I like it.

The last shot, I am not completely sure why I included. It was pretty late when I uploaded it and my brains may have been flocculent. I used the same technique (bulb mode, with a different voice activated flash), but the room had a bit more light in it, so the effect does not have the same gravitas. I like Scrabble. Though I am still learning, I won this game against said voice activated flash trigger. My co-worker regularly thrashes me, but I feel I am not quite as much of a pushover as I used to be. Do you hear that 3427?

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Outside My Norm

So, like I mentioned earlier, I was shying away from my comfort zone on my latest set of photographs by trying to incorporate more of everyday life.

Most of my shots included people, so I am not going to post them, but here are some of my other favorites which are still outside my norm:




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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Redressed Grievances

An end to an enjoyable and all too short weekend. Tomorrow the daily grind starts over and over again. Sounds like I need to take some time off from work.

I managed to finish up my roll, though I am not too sure about any of the shots in the last twenty-four hours. Do you ever get that magical feeling that you can not wait to see how a shot will turn out? I lack such feeling, but I am looking forward to seeing the other frames, many of which I hope turn out well.

Tomorrow I will start rocking out with my Canon Canonet GIII QL17, a ridiculously long name for a neat little rangefinder with fast glass clocking in at f/1.7 and rare and awesome focal length of 40mm.

I think it is funny that I have started this photo blog, but have yet to post a photo. Such grievances will be redressed on Tuesday when I will present a new photo or two for your pleasure, that is if anyone reads this. I can not tell :)

If you do want to check out any of my work, I have been posting the link at the end to my flickr page at the end of every entry and I more than welcome you to enjoy a view.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010


Tonight my friend is taking me to Brooklyn for some unknown happening as a belated Christmas present. The first Christmas present (an existential play) fell through for adumbral reasons.

I am told I should dress nicely; perhaps I should bust out my favorite sport coat.

The Nikon FE will also accompany me for the event. I will attempt to finish the roll of film and post some of the results within the next few days.

Enjoy your day!

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Slow Goings

I am currently working on finishing a roll of Kodak BW400CN (one of my favorite films) on the Nikon FE, which is a great little slr. It always takes me forever to get through 38 frames, but I like to take my time with each shot and I try to be very judicious.

Tonight I took two photographs, one of my friend John in a restaurant and one in the subway of a slapdash tarring job.

I have been trying to do something different on this roll of film. I usually take pictures of the sedentary, but I have been trying to incorporate more a real life energy into my images with a more journalistic approach.

Let us see what develops.

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