Saturday, September 15, 2012
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Yesterday was my niece's 11th birthday. Earlier this year we were not sure that this day was going to come for her. The doctors at Texas Children's hospital, her strength, a multitude of love and support from friends, and the Grace of God helped her to reach this day.
I just want to say thanks to everyone for all the love and support.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
For the first time in a very long time, Taggart went out to take photos with me. It was a nice change of pace for him, although he still used a tripod for every shot.
For me, though, it was an exercise in relearning how to see through a full frame camera. There was so much more in the frame and so much to consider both compositionally and exposure-wise.
We got in the car not knowing where we would end up, but not far down the south loop, we suddenly remembered a concrete barrier storage spot we had seen on our way out of town last week.
Luckily, the place was open and there were no 'No Trespassing' signs. We had the run of the place! So we photographed as long as we could handle the late afternoon sun.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Monday, July 09, 2012
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I have a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. To accomplish that mission, I’m participating in a sports endurance event as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. Like the other members of TNT, I will be raising funds to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. I’m improving the quality of my life by participating and with your support, I can help improve the quality of life for patients and their families as well.
Also, there are prizes for EVERYONE!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Monday, June 04, 2012
Vacation, as I once understood the word, no longer exists for me. I understood that vacation came with the idea of an escape from one's normal routine where you might find peace of mind. So no, i did not go on vacation this weekend. Instead i drove 3 hours south and my life followed.
That isn't to say it wasn't fun, it just wasn't restful. And fun isn't a good word to use either, really. I mean, fun is a temporal word. Things can be fun one moment and then unbelievably shitty the next. Take, for instance, Adolfo IV who in the picture above was having an unbelievably fun moment. Just a few minutes later he would have man-o-war tenticles sucked to his leg. It was not a fun moment for anyone.
The cloud of the jellyfish attack would hang over the rest of our time in Port Aransas: the boat tour and pirate attack; the plate of fried shrimp and hushpuppies, souvenier shopping.
The next day, however, it was very nearly a distant memory. Two souvenier hermit crabs and a cool car ride home would be the final high note to our life away from home.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Having missed last week for whatever reason - i won't even try to remember what kept me from it - i had to do something today.
Again, after a busy day at work, my mind was a barren wasteland. Adolfo became my l'objet du soir.
I used a small beauty dish that i hadn't used in a good while. I had been wanting to tool around with it after reading this post on strobist. It's not quite the same (he uses an umbrella and a flash on a swivel), but it worked out nicely, i think.
It's only 9:38, perhaps I'll re-configure things and try again.
I believe this is a working birthday for Taggart. Happy Birthday, buddy.
This shot was taken with my Bronica while we were working on a room in San Francisco. The loud KERPLUNK! of the Bronica shutter startled him. He turned to me and laughed, "Jeezus, that thing is loud". The delicate shutter of his Canon whispered in agreement.
Friday, May 18, 2012
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Thursday, May 17, 2012
WNP #2 rolled around faster than I expected. Naturally, I had no idea what i was going to do. Monday, I thought to myself that I would strap my equip to my bike, ride along Alan Pkwy and engage in more building photography (this time, downtown).
That plan crumbled, however, under the weight of Carol's cravings: steak. Friends came over and brought Korean beef short ribs. Carol put together a series of sides that i ate faster than i could photograph: spinach/jicama salad, creamy mushroom rice, and caramelized onions.
Lighting is pretty simple - a large overhead light. In this case, a LumoPro160 bounced into a white umbrella.
Dinner wouldn't have been complete without a cocktail. I made three this evening, a vodka martini, a chicago southside and a johnny drum manhattan; but i only photographed one - the manhattan.
Anyway, a pretty good night for photography. Next week? Who knows.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Turns out, just like everything else, I have to schedule time for photography. I've managed to carve out three hours out the tail end of Wednesdays. Props to Carolina for making it happen. She put it on the calendar and forced me out the door. Tonight was my first night out.
Even though i had received a reminder on my phone (photography night!) it caught me by surprise. I didn't think about it or plan anything as i commuted home across houston on the train and bus. Instead, I kept my head buried in a book until i got to my stop. I exited the bus and walked home with an empty mind, having left the story of the sea bass buried in the bottom of my bag.
When I opened the door, the kids did not trample me. Instead, Carol says, "Do you want to eat dinner before you leave?" and suddenly I was nervous. Oh yeah, i'm supposed to do this. What am i going to do? Why am i gonna do this? Is this stupid?
I ate dinner with the family around the most recent episode of the Legend of Korra with the question, "What am i gonna do again?" on repeat. I gathered my stuff and i was out the door and into the car.
I should get the car washed. I should fill up before i come home. I have to stop by the ATM and get cash for after school care. How about a cup of coffee? I think i'm still hungry. Now, what am i going to do?
The further i got form my house the louder my mind got, and i was forced to listen.What i heard most was fear. I am actually scared to take a photo. Why? Fear of failure - straight up.
This is immature, i know. But it's there.
I drove around for most of my time. First, I thought about doing a simple city horizon from Alan Parkway. Nah. Then, i thought about the new Dynamo Stadium, but it was surrounded with construction material.
But then i remembered the building above which i had seen many times before at sunset picking up Carol from Ann Taylor in Uptown Park. I arrived just before the sun was setting and found the bldg just as you see it.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Keeping with the Sorensen theme, here is Carmen Sorensen, who gets bigger and more adorable everytime i see her.
The whole family came by for a late breakfast of eggs, beans, fruit, barbacoa and carnitas. After breakfast, we headed to the park and visited a familiar tree with low hanging limbs. Carmen got comfortable long enough for me to snap a photo of her.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Spent yet another four days with our friend, Taggart, in Louisville, KY for a shoot at the Hyatt on Fourth Street. Despite some pretty awful support we managed to get the shots done - quite well, I may add. Despite his facial disfigurements, Taggart is truly a pro at his craft. I have learned a great deal working with him.
While waiting for the magic moment for a evening shot from the roof of a nearby parking garage, I managed to set up and shoot a quick portrait of Taggart.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
This week, I will be heading to Kentucky as Taggart's assistant for yet another hotel shoot. I really enjoy 'making' photos.
Here's a freshly potted cilantro i made this evening. Strobist info: sb-600 in lumiquest from directly above. Bare LumoPro160 from below.