Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Squirrels, Apples, and even some more Hay

So I finished my Two-up assignment for photography today.  I spent a couple too many hours working on it though in my opinion.  The biggest problem I ran into this time was that I could not materialize the images in my imagination.  I just didn't have the time or resources.  Two-ups are much more simple than they sound.  They are essentially two pictures put next to each other and in some way heightens the experience of both pictures.  Common choices are contrasting pictures, themed pictures,patterned pictures, and narrative pictures.  Mine turned out to be patterned.

Some of my original ideas included getting a slow exposure shot of squirrels playing with apples and then a mound of apples on the kitchen table untouched (also a slow exposure pic with people walking around).  I could never get close enough to the squirrels.  Nor did they like my apples...  My next idea was to have a shot from a puppy's perspective (with the back of the dog's head visible) looking at his frustrated and angered owner standing by a chewed couch or a wet carpet stain or something of the sort.  The accompanying picture would be from the owner's perspective looking down at the innocent puppy.  Instead, these are the shots I took unedited:

Another annoying fact of life that stared me in the face as I put together my Two-up was that my best pictures just didn't mash up very well.  As a result, I used some not-as-great pictures that seemed to posses much more synergy.  Here are my Two-up shots, edits and all:

PS.  All these shots are around Carleton.  Know where they are?  (Thanks Natalie)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Chapel hai-lgihts

You've already seen these, but now I took the time to edit them.  The Off-campus shot took a lot of editing...  Look back to "Digital Photography: Chapel Exterior" to compare the originals to these.

On another note, if you happen to like one of my shots enough to want to make it your desktop background, but refuse to have my name-branding all over the picture, just let me know.  I can send you a .jpg without my name all over it [...or maybe super-super hidden] :)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Hey Hay!

So you might think that's a new one, but nope, I've heard it before.  Some Gods of Plastic members (GOP - Carleton's alternative ultimate team) have decided to start calling me Hey, simply so they can say "Hey Hey!"  It's actually mildly entertaining for some reason.  I'm not really sure why.

Anyways, I wanted to try to create a panorama shot of hay roles scattered along the horizon by the inter-mural fields at Carleton.  However, I was not able to do so successfully.  But I came back with a few hai-lights anyways :)

I'd say these pictures capture the image of northfield pretty well.  Just a whole lot of nothing in the middle of nowhere.  Except there's a couple colleges and a Malt-o-Meal factory tossed on to the terrain.

As for my latest photo assignment, I ended up taking pictures of the Union Street Block Party.  It really wasn't that great of a shot, but I think I did a good job of telling the story.  Problem is, it really wasn't a story worth telling.  Not a whole lot happens in the middle of nowhere.  Journalism photography is a pretty big challenge.  It's really different from what I'm use to.  As you can see, I find landscape and nature shots much for natural and simplistic.  Oh well.  Just something for me to work on!

Can you answer all What? Why? Where? When? How? and Who? with either of these pictures?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A 1-Picture Story in a Storiless Town

Rather random night last night here at Carleton.  My assignment for the weekend is to take a picture that tells a full story: what, why, where, when, and who of an event "worth telling."  I have no idea what I'm going to do ... not a whole lot happen sin Nofo, MN.

Anyways, I was hanging out with some friends and saw possible photo opportunity and wanted to play with it.  These shots aren't set up perfectly.  They were more expirmental.  I have more shots in mind at this location, but they were all tired of posing... heh.

I was too lazy to edit these shots so I just recropped them.  20" exposures on a tripod.  What do you think?  Do you know where it is?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Digital Photography: Chapel Exterior

So my first photo assignment for digital photography (we had reading and stuff too) was to take 3 shots of the chapel exterior on campus in a way that people do not typically perceive the chapel.  I took about 44 shots worth keeping and easily over 100 shots overall.  Anyways, after asking a few people for their opionions, I limited it down to a smaller batch.  Here were some of the runner ups:

Here are the 3 that I am submitting.  No edits.

LMK what you guys think and whether I made the right decisions are not.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

My Desktop Background

So far, this is my favorite photo i've taken at the moment.  It's also my desktop background at the moment :)  Hope you like it!

 I have no idea what kind of flower they are... just thought it looked really cool.  On another note, classes start tomorrow which means I probably won't be posting pictures very often anymore.  I'll aim for once a week.  I'll probably have to get pretty creative by the end of the term...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

.NEF Files

So I finally decided just to use the software tha came with the camera to convert/view my Raw Nikon files (.NEF) for now.  Photoshop's Camera Raw doesn't seem to be working for me.  I probably just need to update it.  But the update is suppose to take20 hours to download all in one sitting.  So we'll see how that goes.  Anyways, here are some shots I took with my SLR at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

I've also desided that anything I edit with have the hai-lights water mark.  If you don't see it, it's unedited.  Thanks for following my blog!  Remember, you can also comment on my posts by clicking the small blue comment button at the bottom of every post.  Look forward to hearing from you :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Back at Carleton

So I'm back at Carleton now.  These are the hai-lights of my last night in the cities.  That's the new 35W bridge in case you didn't know.  I have a working photoshop right now... for 30 days anyways.  But I can't seem to find anything to open and convert my NEF files...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

First Shots


And I immediately went to the U of M Arboretum with Tam.  Unfortunately my battery which I had not allowed to fully charge ran out pretty fast and so I used his camera.  He's given me complete rights to all the photos we took.  This also means that I have no idea which photos are mine and which are his.  So just dropping some credit to Tam Bui of BuiPhotos.

Anyways, here are three shots I wanted to share.  Click to see the full-size picture.  There were plenty of others, but I figured I can only share so many on blog and still have people actually look at them :)


I didn't think captions were necessary.  None of these photos are edited.  Only because my photoshop stopped working.  I'll have to wait till Carleton to download updates and whatnots.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Sarrows of Labor Day

Labor Day use to signify the start of school.  Unfortunately this year, it means that I will have to wait one more day to get my camera cause UPS doesn't work on Labor Day...  :(

So turns out, the guy didn't really like my design for his website homepage.  He wanted it more modeling oriented as opposed to still life photos and less name-marketing.  Anyways, I edited another batch of his photos to put this together.  Personally I still like the first one more.

I definitely think this one could be better.  There's a lack of a strong focal point.  My intention was for the top photo to be the focal point, but honestly the bikini model on the right is just too hot not to grab your attention.  Unfortunately for him, she's not one of his models.  But yeah, I moved all his still lifes to the background.  I probably could have spent more time to eliminate all the hard lines in the still-life photos, but I'm not getting paid for this and I figured I've spent enough time on it.  And I don't think it's very noticeable anyways.  If he comments on it, I'll fix it.  Hope he likes it I guess.
Back to Carleton at the end of the week to start another year of CUT.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Nikon D3000 Shipped

 So I received an e-mail from J&R yesterday saying that my package has been shipped.  That's right.  Though you probably have already heard from my facebook and/or twitter updates, I am expecting my Nikon D3000 sometime between Friday and Monday.  They said it should take three days to ship to Minnesota, but idk if the day of shipment counts as a day or not.  And whether Saturday counts either.

This first picture I took as a part of a Photoshop project I took on for Tam Bui - BuiPhoto ( and  I created for his homepage picture, but I'll have to wait to see if he likes it.  I uploaded the final product/final picture on twitter: BuiPhoto Homepage Picture

Caterpillar on the Driveway

On another note, here's my first official photo for my photoblog: Caterpillar on the Driveway.  Yeah... nice title right?  I might get more creative once I feel like I might actually get somewhere with my photos.  The picture was taken with my cheap Samsung digital camera.  It's heavily photoshoped.  Created more depth through lighting and dulled the background while sharpening the caterpillar itself.  Pretty wild looking caterpillar though right?  Look forward to reading your comments.