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Walking and Walking

July 23, 2013 at 1:17 am

I like to walk a lot, which lends well to my love for photography. Most people walking wouldn’t notice things on the ground like this sign.

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Or maybe they would notice it but wouldn’t think much of it. Maybe they would take one look at it and dismiss it as garbage. But they might not notice how the bright sign contrasts so beautifully with the dirt and rocks beneath it. That’s what I see. That is the shots I love to search for and find.

I also love when test shots that I dismissed in the back of the camera turn out to be some of my favorites once i’m processing them (I shoot all my photos in RAW), like this one:

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I wanted to see how my camera would work in a low light situation so I shot this barbed wire near power lines to test it out. I figured it was just going to be a garbage shot but once I opened it up in Lightroom I loved how the silhouette of the pole and barbed wire contrasted with the blue evening sky. I don’t like shooting with a flash so this makes me rethink my ability to shoot photos at dusk.

 

Blake Schwarzenbach covering “Chemistry” by Jawbreaker

June 29, 2013 at 12:44 am

Is it still considered a cover if you were in the band? I suppose so since the rest of the band isn’t playing it with you. A couple nights ago I went to Rochester, NY to see Blake Schwarzenbach play a solo set. I have previously seen Jets to Brazil and The Forgetters, but this was my first time seeing him play by himself. A friend had seen him play in Austin the week before so I had some idea what to expect. The main thing I was excited about is the fact that he was playing a Jawbreaker cover on this tour. While “Chemistry” isn’t my favorite song, I still really enjoyed it.

I also took the opportunity to test out the video function on my new camera. I prefer still photography, but it is nice to know that my camera can shoot pretty good video and the audio doesn’t sound half bad with the built in mic.

I will be posting more photos I took soon. He also closed out his set with a cover of “Drug Buddy” by the Lemonheads. Totally made my night!

Fucked Up- Live at Doc Martens Store (Portland, OR)

June 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Last year during Music Fest NW while I was living in Portland, Fucked Up (one of my all time favorite bands) played a free show inside the Doc Martens store downtown. To say I was excited is an understatement. Just today I randomly came across a video from the show that I didn’t know existed (and it’s the whole set!) My favorite part (which starts at 20min 41secs) is where Damien dedicated Baiting The Public (my favorite song) to me, and I proceeded to go crazy and sing along with my friend Barney:

 

*note: background photo by Scott Drew. Video by Human Clock

Two Days in Chicago

June 3, 2013 at 3:31 am

P1000208I like to travel and due to recently starting a full time job I haven’t been able to until now. I love visiting Chicago but normally only go there during shows or events (i.e. Chicago Zine Fest). So I thought it was time I take a trip there for the sole purpose of seeing friends and exploring the city. I found a great deal on Amtrak tickets and took the 10.5 hour trip there.

I love taking Amtrak and have taken many long train trips before so 10.5 hours was nothing for me.  Despite the delays and lack of sleep, this trip was no exception.

I got into Chicago around 2pm and promptly met up with Derek Fulmer at Intelligentsia Coffee. He arrived with his friends Mat Stokes and Megan. I had previously designed a website for Mat so it was nice meeting him finally.

Derek and I both got new cameras this week so we wandered around the city and took lots of pictures. Today especially I found a lot of great street art. Here are some photos from the first two days i’ve been here:

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Rodney Mullen

May 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Last week I bought my first copy of Thrasher magazine in over 5 years. I haven’t owned a skateboard since I bought that last copy, but i’ve never lost my love for it. Every year when spring hits, I tell myself that i’m going to go down to Sunday and buy a new board. Unfortunately something always gets in the way.

That is Rodney Mullen, my all time favorite skater. He has invented more street tricks than anyone else. The things he can do with a skateboard is literally mind blowing. I recently watched a TED talk with him when he explained how he skates and it was really inspiring. It’s 18 minutes long but well worth it if you are interested in skateboarding at all:

And So It Begins

May 29, 2013 at 9:54 pm

After waiting all day for UPS, my new camera finally arrived at my doorstep. This is my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 with a Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens. First impressions:

  • It’s a great size: not too big and not too small.
  • The weight is exactly in the range I was hoping it would be. I remember with my DLSR my hand would get tired/sore after 5-10 minutes of continuous shooting. After holding/shooting with this for the same amount of time I don’t think I will have the same problem.
  • The body is metal and feels really solid.
  • It has a lot of options. I have a feeling i’ll never use a lot of the pre-set filters/settings aside from obligatory tests. I prefer to shoot in RAW and edit photos outside of the camera.

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Since the camera came later than I expected (and then I had to wait 2 hours for the battery to charge), I didn’t get a chance to shoot with it until the sun was already setting. Here are a few samples of my first shots with it. I plan on going for a long walk tomorrow to get some more practice with it before I leave for my trip to Chicago on Friday night.

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Good times for a change

May 28, 2013 at 12:26 am

It had been far too long since I re-designed this site so I thought (in the words of Gorilla Biscuits) “there’s no time like the present”. I am awaiting the arrival of my first camera in 3 years and in anticipation of that I decided to make this re-design more photograph focused (no pun intended). I previously owned a Canon Rebel XT DSLR, but now am going to be the proud owner of a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Micro 4/3rds camera. This will be my first micro 4/3rds camera, and all my first without an eye level viewfinder.