self-PSA

April 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

get off your ass.

AND BE USEFUL.

still life

April 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

let it rain.

April 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

moving forward

April 13, 2010 § 3 Comments

Sometimes, in your day to day life, there are moments when you realize that, all around you, amazing things are happening.

I don’t know if it’s the fact that the warmth of spring has sent a burst of energy and awareness through me, or that I’ve been so active.  I can still feel the adrenaline pushing through my veins, and the rush of the sky above and below me.  I can smell the chlorine on the clothes thrown on my floor, and the bass rhythms of music clouding my ears.  Then, there’s the memory of chants between friends, and the way we all held on to the moment together, like it was never going to end and it was ending right then. All at the same time.

It’s hard not to think about how we’re not always going to be this way. That, with time, we’ll all change cities. We’ll try new worlds. We’ll prioritize our goals. We’ll move in with lovers. We’ll meet new people. We’ll be in different places in so many different ways.

And maybe this is me just being nostalgic, realizing what I have with all of you, holding on to the millions of memories we’ve made together, and fearing that life may never be the same as it was this past weekend, month, or year.  And maybe I’m overreacting, and maybe I’m right.  Maybe it’s not supposed to be the same as we learn and grow and become who we’re supposed to be, but I just want you to know that I have loved what we’ve had.

I’ve loved every minute of us.

mastering the machine

April 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Oy, I cannot, for the life of me, get the 7D to love me as much as I love it. There’s something I’m missing in handling the camera. Some technical deficiency that I need to overcome. I think a huge part of the problem is lack of practice, and I desperately need to change that. I find that I was much more comfortable with my analog Pentax and my Rebel XTi, naturally, and more successful at banging out pretty good shots on the regular. But, but, but I’m growing, so, 7D, you and I must be friends.

For one, I’m having a hard time working on the fly. I’ve not yet figured out what conditions require what combinations of settings, and how to make adjustments quickly. However, I am proud that I’m experimenting much more. I have always really favored using Av, but now I’m learning how to use the other values to get similarly successful shots.  It’s all trial and error right now, except for the things I’m trying to learn from reading a digital field guide, a thoughtful gift from one of my photo-heroes, Kris Mendoza. In the end, I think reading the guide is moot if I’m not also out there making pictures.

So, another goal for spring and summer: bring your 7D with you. Everywhere. And just play. (And look good while doing it.)

I think I’ll get better.

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