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
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.