Saturday, September 15, 2012

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

KILLY!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!






Happy Birthday Killy!  Been great knowing you all these years!


Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Tale of Three Browsers

A Tale of Three Browsers by killy
A Tale of Three Browsers, a photo by killy on Flickr.

Todd, would you do me the favor of providing some insight on this phenomenon?

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Dezma's Birthday

Dezma's Birthday by killy
Dezma's Birthday, a photo by killy on Flickr.

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.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012





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Sunday, July 15, 2012

A weekend with the D800

Concrete Jungle by killy
Concrete Jungle, a photo by killy on Flickr.

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

The Upgrade

Orchid by killy
Orchid, a photo by killy on Flickr.

It happened yesterday and it's a whole new world. I've been shooting DX for far too long.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Hey Colin! Happy Birthday Amigo!

Wishing Colin the Flynn the happiest of birthday.  I hope today brings you much cake or cake substitute.  May the Dr. Pepper flow freely.  May your knees feel great and your penmanship be bold.   

Thursday, July 05, 2012

July 4th - USA!

July 4th - USA! by killy
July 4th - USA!, a photo by killy on Flickr.

I hope everyone had a good 4th of July. We spent the day at the house relaxing and grilling hot dogs, burgers and fajitas. Food. We were full of food all day. In the end, sparklers.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I'm doing a Triathlon, In Washington, In September

and I need your help.

All of you know Dezma was diagnosed with Leukemia this year. She has been treated and has had a successful bone marrow transplant as well.

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!

I'm offering an incentive for donations.

For a $100.00 donation, I will create and send you an original watercolor painting.
For a $50.00 donation, I will create and send you an original pen and ink drawing.
For the biggest donor I get, I will embroider your name on the shirt I will wear during the race.

I am already working on two original watercolors but I still need your help.

Thank you for your spiritual support and your hearfelt good will. It means a lot to me that you might be thinking of me on September 9th.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lonely

New Couch by killy
New Couch, a photo by killy on Flickr.

Many of you are very far away from us. I wish that were not the case and more of you were nearer so that we can sit and chat.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Mini Summer Vacation - Port Aransas

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

The People of the Sun

School Project - Aztec Temple by killy
School Project - Aztec Temple, a photo by killy on Flickr.

Today was the last day of school. To celebrate we head to the coast (Port Aransas) this weekend for some fun at the beach with Carlene and Ben.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wednesday Photography: Adolfo

Photo Night: Adolfo by killy
Photo Night: Adolfo, a photo by killy on Flickr.

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.

Happy Birthday Taggart Sorensen

San Francisco, 2011, September by killy
San Francisco, 2011, September, a photo by killy on Flickr.

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.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

In the OR

In the OR this morning with a contract photographer taking photographs of a spine surgeon.

There is a patient on the table obscured by tubes and wires, and then further dehumanized by layers of ioban and blankets (so many blankets). In the end, there is no patient only a square of skin, yellowed by rubbings of iodine and surrounded by a giant blue tarp.

Doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists move in and out; every move with purpose. The odor of burning skin fills the room. The yellow skin bursts open red. I expected lots of blood, but it opens easily like cutting a steak. The suction tube moves intermittent drops of blood. Instruments are handed back and forth - shiny and silver one way, silver and spotted with blood the other way. 

The conversation is casual as the doctor cuts his way to the problem. Vacations, kids and jokes. This particular surgeon is indifferent to music. Others fill the room with the blues, classical or rock music. Here, the room is filled with the hum of surgery

 



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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wednesday Night Photography: Food

Food Photography - Dinner by killy
Food Photography - Dinner, a photo by killy on Flickr.

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

Wednesday is Photography Night

1333 ParkTowers by killy
1333 ParkTowers, a photo by killy on Flickr.

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

Sorensen

Carmen in a Tree! by killy
Carmen in a Tree!, a photo by killy on Flickr.

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

Taggart Sorensen, Photographer

Taggart Sorensen, Photographer by killy
Taggart Sorensen, Photographer, a photo by killy on Flickr.

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

Preparations

Cilantro by killy
Cilantro, a photo by killy on Flickr.

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.

Expecting Rain

Paola in the Rain by killy
Paola in the Rain, a photo by killy on Flickr.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The DaVinci Code

Adolfo Chavez III by killy
Adolfo Chavez III, a photo by killy on Flickr.

Had the opportunity to sit in on a rectal cancer surgery yesterday in which the physician used the DaVinci Surgical Robot. Click to my flickr to see a shot of my sitting in the control panel!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

According to my calculations

it is the birthday of the Todd. Therefore I declare today to be a day of celebration in honor of the birth of the Todd. Happy Birthday the Todd!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dezma, update and an opportunity to Help

As many of you probably know my niece, Dezma, was diagnosed with Leukemia about a month ago. So far, things have been going just about as well as one can expect. She has responded well to her first round of chemo, so much so that they have allowed her to spend a few days at home before she begins her second round. As you can probably guess, the cost of treating Leukemia is eye-crossingly unimaginable. My sister has now earned the dubious honor of accruing far more debt than her big brother. It's laughably, mind-blowingly, unimaginably huge. To help offset that cost a Recovery Fund has been established for Dezma. Following that link will take you to a donation page where, if you are able, you can help. Thanks for all of your prayers and positive thoughts.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dezma Benitez has Leukemia

Most of you know Dezma, Killy's neice. She is 10 years old and was diagnosed with Leukemia.
Please visit her website and send her a note of hope and love.
Thanks!
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