#52weekproject: Week 3 – The L From Above

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Week 3 of my 52 week photo project…

Takes me to the rooftop of the Kinzey Wells parking garage, which overlooks the Merchandise Mart stop. (Photos were taken Tuesday, Feb 18th, 2014.)

I took the hike over after work, and set up my tripod and camera precariously on a ledge of the roof to get this shot. The roof was un-shoveled from the heavy snowfall the night before, and luckily there were no cars or people around to have to explain myself to. It was a little windy, and standing in foot high snow didn’t make it feel any steadier, but I think the shot turned out pretty good. I have a couple ideas for how to make this shot better, so I’ll be back here to take a few different angles under different conditions (possibly after a storm or during a summer sunset)

I originally preferred the image in black and white, but I think the color version has some merits as well. What do you think?

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#52WeekProject: 2/52

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.

Virgil, 2014

Virgil, Photo taken Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Here’s the picture of the actual end table though as a bonus:
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#52weekproject: Week 1 – Madison & Wabash

In an effort to go out and take (better) photos, I’ve decided to engage in a 52 week project. Each week, I will put some effort toward taking a quality photo, and will attempt to post one photo every week. It might seem like I started a month late, but really, I procrastinated until the Vietnamese New Year to get started.

No set subjects or themes, just whatever I happen to put some thought towards each week. So, if you have suggestions/topics/locations/ideas, I’d love to hear them.

Chicago, 2014

Chicago, 2014

Madison/Wabash station in downtown Chicago on the way home from work, Thursday, Feb 6th, 2014.

Photo actually turned out better than expected, so, I may have set the bar a little high the first week.

Big Sur Timelapse

So after Christmas with my family in San Jose, California, I rented a car, and drove down the coast to spend time with my friends in Los Angeles for New Years. My plan was to camp for a night in Big Sur, and do some timelapse photos, but with everyone being on vacation and the weather being super nice, all of the campsites ended up being booked before I got there.

I didn’t get to spend much time in Big Sur, since the sun was starting to set by the time I got there, so I just found an area I could pull over, and hike around a bit. I set up my camera and started shooting, but after the sun set, the air cooled, and the fog and moisture seemed to literally, come out of thin air. So, in my mind, I thought I wasn’t going to get really great photos of the sky since it was starting to get foggy, so I ended up skedaddling after about an hour and a half to find a hotel.

Anyway, after checking my photos, it turns out I didn’t end up with enough shots to make a real long timelapse, but I decided to put it together anyway and make it more like a fast moving slideshow.

But I guess it’s a learning experience. Just another reason for me to return to the West Coast sometime, and plan on spending more time out there!

That’s it for now!

P.s. Be sure to watch it in HD for full effect.

Montana Timelapse

Greetings from Ashland, Montana from Justin J. Le on Vimeo.

Stick around, the cool part starts at 00:00:35.

I tried to manually bulb ramp, which is why the exposure bounces around in the beginning, and then I moved the camera later on. Would have loved to have a longer timelapse, but I pulled a total rookie move, and had my battery die on me at the end there. Would have loved another 30 minutes worth of photos.

Shot over Thanksgiving, 2013 from the top of a water tower.