Taken March 23rd, 2014. I had been wanting to get a koi fish tattoo for a long time, and finally, last year, talking to my brother, I finally went out and did some research to find the right tattoo artist. I ended up finding Robin “Solokill” King at Metamorph Tattoo in Wicker Park. She had been booked out for months, so I was super excited to get in for my session for outlining and shading. I decided to do a timelapse, and grabbed some photos for Week 8 of this project. I’ll be back in June for my final session for full color, and I can’t wait.
The Chicago Theater
Decided to try a little bit of free-lensing for this week right around the corner from work. Taken Monday, March 3rd, 2014.
What is free-lensing, you ask? (No, you didn’t. But I’ll tell you anyway.) Free-lensing is when you take your lens off of the body and hand hold it, so you can tilt and shift the lens to create a different plane of focus (basically a poor man’s tilt-shift lens).
I used a 50mm lens from my medium format Bronica ETRSi setup, which allows me a little more room to tilt and shift the lens without drastic vignetting, but you do end up with a softer image and some light leaks. Not sure I really dig it the final image, but you know, it’s all about trying something new!
Week 2 of my 52 week project:
So my friends, Samer and Sameer, had asked me to come over and take some photos of an end table they have for their startup, Unbranded Designs, but while I was shooting, Virgil decided to join in on the fun. I shot this using a couple of off camera flashes, with a shoot through umbrella on the left, and a reflective umbrella on the right. I used a black muslin as a backdrop, but ended up doing a little photoshopping to bring the contrast out in the photo.
What happened last night?!
That was the first thought that crossed my mind last Thursday. After my last blog post, I gave my teeth a bristling rubdown, and I promptly zonked out on my friend’s couch. During the night, as I was busy sawin’ logs, people were busy readin’ blogs. I awoke to my regular morning routine (well, as regular of a routine as you can have for only being in existance for about 6 business days at that point), to find that I had 30 unread emails. Which isn’t necessarily unusual, but these all came from the same source… Some inbox-clogging spammer who goes by the name “WordPress” was probably trying to get me to help out his rich uncle with an unclaimed inheritance… But wait a second. WordPress? I rubbed my eyes. Is this real life? Well, let me back up a bit…
What’s my “regular morning routine?” (Which, I realize, is redundant to say regular, in regards to a routine.)
Well, the first thing I do when I wake up, is to promptly hit the snooze button on my alarm. I’m trying to sleep, dang it! Once I’ve done that a couple times, and I’m ready to wake up, the first thing I do is check email on my phone. People might think that’s weird that I might be tethered to my phone, or addicted to internet or something. And while those things may be true, the real reason I do it, is because I find that forcing myself to read something really helps arouse my mental faculties. Sorry if it weirds you out that I’m talking about arousing myself early in the morning, but am I the only one who does this? (To clarify, I’m talking about checking emails first thing in the morning…)
In any case, it took me a moment to figure out that my blog was busy getting some action last night, and didn’t even think to leave a sock on the doorknob.
Blogs would be terrible roommates, wouldn’t they?
Not only don’t they tell you before hand that they’ll be getting action, they are the kind to brag about it later and let you know every time a sexy blogger is giving them some love.
Anyway, come to find out that I was…
As I’m sure you all know by now. I mean, that’s how you found my blog, most likely. Either that, or you are typing in some really specific google searches right now. Of course, I was as surprised as could be.
How did they find me?
It’s not like I’m going out of my way to not be read, but I don’t really blog too often, and I don’t really promote my blog to people. But, for some reason, I feel the need to update periodically, as if I only do it out of some strange, innate and primal urge to document something in my life. And I wouldn’t say I’m that prolific or proficient of a writer. I usually start off a blog post with an idea of how to start it, and the intent of sharing some photos, but rarely do I ever know where I’m going, and when I’m going to stop. Usually, I get bored of my own ramblings, and then end up posting photos without ever really fully getting through what I thought I’d say. But, in any case, thanks for reading my blog anyway! I appreciate those who read, liked, commented, or followed my blog. I obviously made some grandiose claims in the last blog post about me posting more frequently or something, but if I were you, I wouldn’t put any money on it. And, it’s not too soon, is it? I mean, I know in some cultures, there is typically a 2 day waiting period where you gotta try and play it cool, or you’ll seem really needy. But with what seems like an audience now, I may feel the need to update more regularly.
But I will add, if I get nervous, and have writer’s block or something, be warned that I’m probably picturing you naked.
Just sayin’… I mean, it works for public speaking, right? So, it’ll work for some public writing too, right? 😛 It’s just science.
Anyway, as promised in my last blog post, here’s an update with some photos from…
Las Vegas & Red Rock Canyon
These photos were taken in August of 2011, when my brother, Jimmy (the dude in the pictures), and I went on a 6 week roadtrip from Michigan, all the way to Seattle, then down the coast of Cali, through Nevada, Colorado, and then back to Michigan. Las Vegas was actually the last stop for my brother though, as he was flying out of Vegas to start his new job in Montana, and I would continue on the rest of my roadtrip solo (although, I met up with a lot of friends in various places on the way back). In any case, we spent the night wandering the strip, and the day in Red Rock Canyon, hiking around, climbing on, and jumping off of stuff. It was truly a wonderful time with my brother… And here are the pictures to prove it (all taken with my Nikon d700, in case you’re curious. 🙂
Okay, so that’s it! My next post will probably be sometime between next week, and 6 weeks from now. Just to give a timeframe equivalent to what the cable companies provide. 🙂 Have a good one, everyone! And thanks again for reading, liking, commenting, or following!
Where have I been?
They say, absence makes the heart grow fonder… although, sometimes the authorities may refer to it as “unlawful neglect of a blog”. So, I apologize if it seems that my blog has been wallowing in it’s own filth, and had to survive only on the little tidbits of updates I provide my flickr feed via instagram (located at the bottom of my blog), but I promise I have excuses a-plenty!
A New Job, a New City
So, if you aren’t a facebook friend, or a personal friend, you may not realize that I just started a new chapter of my life. (Hopefully, this new chapter will see much more action than my blog does.) Even though I’ve been “Fun-employed” for the past 8 months, and I enjoyed every single moment of it, I had an opportunity come my way that was difficult for me to pass up. After my trip out to Montana, I had updated my resume, and sent it to a friend who told me of a great opening at her company. This followed with a couple of phone interviews, which then led to a day of in-person interviews. Several weeks later, that incubated egg hatched into a job offer. So, while it may seem that I’ve been neglecting this blog (which I have), It’s really only because I’ve been cheating on it by getting a job. So, is that a lesser evil? I don’t know.
So to sum up what I just said, (or TL:DR, in internet speak), I applied for, interviewed for, received, accepted, and began my new job since my last post. I am now a Project Manager at Schawk (http://www.schawk.com/), and am now sleeping on my friend’s couch in Chicago! The couch thing is only temporary, until I find my own place, but hopefully the new job thing lasts longer. I’m excited to return to being a contributing member of society, and also to have a new city to explore!
But, Seriously! Where else have I been?
Okay, so, I’m not being completely honest. It’s not like I was locked up in some dungeon, feverishly working on my resume, and practicing my interviewing skills. I was still out doing this, that and the other, when I watching episodes of Doctor Who on netflix. So, where was I?
Las Vegas, and Red Rock Canyon
My last big trip was an extended weekend in Las Vegas, and Red Rock Canyon, in Nevada. I met up with some friends there, with the main goal to do a 5.6/5.7 multi-pitch trad climb called “Cat in the Hat” in Red Rock, but also squeeze in some fun in Vegas. I’m not a big gambler, but I did end up winning $80 on slots on the first day, and gradually giving back $60 throughout the weekend via video black jack, one quarter’s worth at a time. But we balanced out the excitement with a Cirque show, (Ka, which was utterly, breath-taking, and edge-of-your-seat exhilarating).
It was a great trip, and although I’ve been to Red Rock Canyon before (I’ll post photos from last August when I was there, in my next post), I’m sure it won’t be my last time.
Anyway, I’ll post some photos now, and shut up. 🙂
Red Rock Canyon & Climbing Cat in the Hat
Whoa, so I spoke too soon. I’m not shutting up, quite yet. I just wanted to add that I didn’t take quite as many photos as I would have liked, and since we got a late start to the climb, and with how busy the route was, it seemed we were always in a rush, especially since we had to be out of the park by 7pm, or we would have been fined an additional $100+. I think next time I come back, I’ll see if I can take some night photos; the hike out via headlamps and moonlight was amazingly beautiful, even if we were trying to race against the clock. Okay, I digress, here are the photos. 🙂
The whole climb took about 6 hrs, but a lot of it was waiting for others ahead of us to come down, as the belay stations at the top weren’t very big. I’ll probably update this with more descriptions for photos, but I’m just going to publish now, because I’m going to bed, now that I have a job to go to in the morning! 🙂 Thanks for reading! More posts soon, I promise!