Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday Morning at Carleton

Woke up this morning after a relatively early night.  Brushed my teeth, etc. and put on my jacket to walk to Mayers where my laptop was forgotten.  It wasn't till I made it to the bald spot that I was reminded/remembered how wonderful Sunday Morning at Carleton is outside.  Last year, on one of the last days of school spring term, I had for whatever reason woke up pretty early and walked to the bald spot.  There I took a seat at one of the wooden benches and took out my French review sheets.  Campus is just so quiet and tranquil.  And its the loudest you'll ever hear the birds sing too.

Keep it in mind.  It's a great experience.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


It's probably a horse, but I'm just gonna call it a pony.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Late for class

Here's a quick on cause I'm late for class.  it's the basement bike storage of watson.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

More Carleton Graffiti

This was my favorite piece of graffiti that I saw.  It's just so creative!  AND IT'S TWISTER!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Carleton Graffiti

Does this look familiar?  It didn't to me first time I saw it, but then I was sent this link:

Quite impressive wouldn't you agree?  Looks almost identical if you ask me.  The black/reddish semi-circles on the pics is just my lens food blocking some of the flash.  

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

On Rocks

This one wasn't Carleton, but its been sitting in my to-post folder for a while.  I was playing around with shutter speeds on this one. unfortunately I didn't have a tripod.

Starting tomorrow there'll be a short series or the Carleton tunnels.  Probably won't see all that great to anyone who isn't familiar with Carleton..

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday, Janurary 25, 2010

Had morning practice.  I always feel soo great after, but then in class, I can never seem to stay awake...
In CS class right now.  Struggling to keep my eyes open.

Anyways, I took this pic cause I thought it had a very classical romantic look/atmosphere to it.  I'm not really sure why... I think it's the lighting and the finished oak wood.  Makes me wish I knew how to play the piano.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Ever Greens

Fyi, this post is from 2:15 am.  Just some random pics of the aura frost to end the series.  Probably not the best of my work, but I thought I'd share it anyways.  Hope everyone is having a great time!!


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Carleton Rooftops + Roomie's Bday!

First off, HAPPY BDAY REED!  I was considering vacuuming the room, but I didn't think you'd notice anyways.

Second shot o the Carleton rooftops aren't spectacular, but I figured it was a fresh perspective.  There's still a couple more aura frost pics coming up, but they aren't amazing.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Water Tower

Here's a couple more, but still not the last.
I wish I knew what to do with the skies... but I don't...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Over-shot Frozen Barries

These are kind of cliche, but I didn't have the shots yet and I wanted them.  There's still more of the aura frost to come!

I had $9.42 in ebay bucks that expire in a couple weeks.  I ended up buying 1x 52mm reverse mount for my 50mm lens.  That means I'll have a nice, fake macro lens now :)  That was only $4.40 though, so I still have $5.02.  Someone said I should buy a kaleidoscope, but I don't think that's a great buy...  I'm thinking I'm either gonna buy cheap non-electrical extension tubes for my lenses or a 62mm circular polarized filter for my 70-300mm lens.  I figured I'm not buying any nice UV filters anytime soon, so a cheap polarizer will have to do for now.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Aura Frost: Carleton's Chapel

Had to get pretty high to take these pics.  This was probably my first good use of my new 70-300mm lens!  As expected, some lost of fine details and lens distortion, but nothing photoshop couldn't hide from the naked eye :)  One day I might come back to these pictures and see what they look like if I add a  nice blue cloud-filled sky.

Stay tuned.  More to come.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Last day of the Re-edits Series

Here's day 3, the final day of the re-edit series.  If you were here in Northfield today, you would have witnessed an aura frost, the second one of the term.  Simply breathtaking.  Spent a little less than an hour taking pictures :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Day 2 of Re-edits

These should look familiar.. Day 2 of the re-edits series.

A series of re-edits

So yeah... just to let you guys know, the next few days are just a series of re-edits that I did for my meeting a while ago (like I said yesterday).  Hope you still enjoy them though!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


I took this shot to try to match perspectives with an older picture.  This one isn't as good in my opinion, but I think it'd be a nice little collection if I get the shot in all four seasons.

Friday, January 15, 2010

An Easy Term

This is an old picture, but I re-edited it.  I did that with a handful of pictures for my meeting a couple days ago.

Just yesterday I realized how easy my winter term will be.  As classes start to pick up for everyone else, I find myself with the most free time I've ever had at Carleton.  I spend it mostly just sitting in people's rooms and on photoshop, but I'm hoping to hit the climbing wall for the first time all term today!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Observatory

Here's a picture I took last fall during the first snow fall.  I just recently decided I like it, but that I wanted to capture another image with more snow in it.  So i went out and reshot it:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pay Day

The meeting went great.  They absolutely loved  almost every single picture I showed them :)  So payment is still tentative, but I think the plan is just for me to work for them as a work-study.  So not as exciting as selling photos I guess... but we'll see what happens.  I would think they still need to buy these photos from me... right?

I took this one and edited it the morning before the meeting (yesterday morning).  Mike didn't like it but I love it.  So did the director of publications.  Click on it to view it in full size.

Blue-Green tint.  Heavy vignette.  Strong contrast, blown out highlights, and super sharp.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Meeting Day

So I go myself a meeting the director of publications today to talk about possible photo purchases.  It's just a meeting so I have no idea if there's even the possibility of money coming my way, but it's kind of exciting nonetheless.  Anyways, as a result, I had gone back through some of my photos picking out a few to show here.  Here's one I found and touched up.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Add a Little Warmth

Morning practice again tomorrow.  That means I'm posting early today:

This one underwent some pretty heavy color changes in photoshop.  The sky was originally blue... but that was boring.  Cold MN winters aside, I heated up the colors to get this fake sunset.  This shot is from the IM fields at Carleton.

4th Myers: Studio Soft Box Lighting

I think this picture has one of the best lighting in any of my portraits thus far.  The 4th Myers windows at high noon filtered through the soft white curtains while Mike reads Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (from the Ender's Series for those of you who don't know).

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Adding more hai to hai-lights

don't judge me.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Greens of Summer

Here's one from late summer '09.  The green bottom is water with a lot of algae in it.  Won't be seeing much of this color for a while in Northfield, MN...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Few More Casual Portraits

Just a few more I took the same night as the last post.

I tried to use the hai-lights Smart sharpen, but it didn't work out too well...  hmm... I'm not sure how to edit the action at this point, but I'm thinking I'll have to apply a really heavy Gaussian blur in order to diffuse the sharpen and non-sharpened areas.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Here are some of my first shots with my 70-300mm lens.  Just casual shots.  Nothing posed and didn't go out of my way to set up any shots.  I decided to show them as before and after shots.  10 mins of editing per photo.  just keepin it chill.

This one is kind of out of focus.  I don't have the greatest equipment so I was shooting at 800 ISO (which creates visible noise on the Nikon D3000) with a f/4.5-5.6 lens.  But yeah, the auto focus hit the sweater instead of his eyes.  Woops...

Major red eye in this photo.  The 70-300mm really seems to amply this effect for w/e reason.  maybe I should do some google searches and learn more about that.  I was zoomed out as far as I could go in this shot.  I decided to add lens blur to the edited picture.  Not sure if that was the right decision, but I was playing with the other blur filters and didn't really find one that I really liked.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

hai-lights Smart Sharpen

So I was paging through this Digital Photography book and noticed 2 filter masks that they used on a picture of a flower just for artistic effects.  The first one was a combination of the Find Edges filter, adjust Threshold, and then a final Gaussian Blur.  The Second one was a Glowing Edges filter, adjust Threshold, and a final Gaussian Blur.  The point of the Glowing Edges filter to that it creates a mask with increased edge-sizes (which can be manually adjusted.)  When I read this, I thought .. well ... duh ... of course one should use this for a sharpening action.

For those of you who don't know, high level sharpening is often done manually for each picture.  And it could take many, many hours to finish.  So for those of us who don't want to invest that time, you try to find shortcuts that give you a similar edging effect to mask out all non-edges.  Anyways, this is still a work in progress and to figure out whether its even worth it, I need to figure out how the system's auto-mask sharpening works.

PS.  My 70300mm VR ED lens came in the other day.  It's AWESOME! :)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

5:50 alarm...

I'm posting this one early because I have to wake up at 5:50am tomorrow..