Friday, April 30, 2010

The Axieties of the Future

Ever seen Mai Fete like this?  I didn't have a tripod and so that's why its a little blurry.  But I think this is one of my favorite HDR images I've shot so far.  I think its mostly the colors that really make its it as interesting of a picture as it is.  I have others in the works, but this is the only one I have done now.

As for the future, I talked to someone who seemed to really know where they're going in life and has already done quite a bit with their life already.  It made me kind of depressed to realize how little I've done with mine and how little I know of my future (...what do you do with philosophy?...)  I don't even have a place to live yet in Paris next Fall..

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Quarterback Club

The Quarterback Club is a small restaurant across the highway a couple minutes from Carleton.  I was expecting something like Applebee's.  It was more like a Five Guys -- sorta fast-food-y/food fast.  $5 meal for a burger, fries, and a drink.  It wasn't bad.  Wasn't great though.  Another interesting fact is that the second picture of Christian is fine DSC_9999.  That means that my file numbers have made one complete numerical rotation and have reset on my camera :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

4 Hours of Heidegger

Apperently it takes me 4 hours to read 30 pages of Heidegger's Being and Time.  Leading class discussion today (in 10 mins).  Met with the prof before hand to talk over some of the concepts in the reading.  This is probably the first time all term-long that I feel like I sort of understand Heidegger!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Plastering Clothes

So I decided to add a slight change to my original sculpture plans.  I recently learned that plaster crumbles when fired.  So now, I'm thinking that I'll plaster a hoodie + jeans, cover it in barbed wire to keep a rough humanoid form, then fire the entire thing until the plaster crumbles.  Then I'm thinking I'll shove a huge metal rod through the whole thing.  That's just a part of it anyways.  We'll see what actually ends up happening though.

Oh, and for today's pics, I was wondering which style you thought looked better?  Vibrant or muted colors?  LMK.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Figured out my Sculpture Idea

For the most part anyways.  There are a couple details still floating, but basically there's a lot of barbed wire and burning of stuff.  I'll disclose more about it as I progress on the project.

As for my panorama project, it seems most of them are too large of a file to upload, so I'll share what I can, but there are many being left out.  You can click on the image to enlarge it.  Here's one centered on Lyman Lakes.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Toff Takes a Nap

Toff meows outside my door at 7:30am this morning.  I opened the door to let him in, petted him for a while, then took some pictures.  Soon enough he fell asleep in Reed's bed on some sorta-dirty clothes.  Soon after I started sneezing, itching my eyes, and before I knew it I had a stuffy nose.  I left my door open when I left for breakfast so that he could leave whenever he wanted.  When I came back he was still asleep.  Eventually, when I left for lunch, I had to wake him up and kick him out my my room cause I needed to lock the door and it seemed cruel to lock him in there too.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Went Contra Dancing for the First Time

and it was AWESOME! :)

I really like the look of this photo.  I really muted the colors, added a lot of warmth, and tried to give it a really over exposed look (with partial success).  What do you guys think?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

How do you mortar glass together?

So for my next sculpture project, I first need to figure out how i can make a wall of glass from a collection of rectangular fragments.  Nothing is really coming to mind...

Brainstorming Sculptures

First off, I really liked this picture because it was taken as a 30 second exposure in the basement of parish while everyone was watching Mike's favorite movie: Robin Hood: Men in Tights.  Definitely not my favorite movie.  The picture originally had a red glow to it from the EXIT sign which has become just a white rectangle of light once converted to black and white.  I played around with it for a while, but finally decided to go with really muted tones as to emphasize the depth of field in this picture.

As for sculptures, we're on our second project now.  There's no longer a requirement to use plaster, but I've grown to really like it.  I'm not really sure why to be honest.  It's rather annoying to work with and, imo, really hard to get exactly what you want out of it.  Whatever I end up doing, I think plastering clothes will be involved.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

First Time Giving Blood

My blood type is AB+, so I always thought that it would be pretty useless for me to donate blood since only about 4% of the population can use it.  I figured, chances are its gonna go to waste.  The nurse said that its actually quite the opposite.  Given that there is a need for AB+, then AB+ blood reserves will be used first.  Through this logic, there is a high demand for AB+ blood.  But my question is, how often does AB+ blood go to waste due to expiration?  Not that the answer will affect whether I donate blood again or not, but just curious is all.

Anyways, I have a new photo project.  Rented a tripod from PEPS for the week.  Originally I just wanted it to try out some HDR scenics I've had my eye on.  But then I figured, while I have it, might as well shoot panoramas.  And so my latest photo project idea is to shoot 360 degree panoramas around all of campus.  What will I do with them?  No idea.  Panoramas aren't very display friendly as you can tell by how it looks in this post...  It won't let me upload it at any higher of a resolution.

Campus Job Status

So instead of freelancing for the school, due to some miscommunication between myself and the publications department, I'm now being hired as a student photographer.  I'm not sure which one is better/would have gotten paid more.  On a different note, I'm running out of pictures to post...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Concept Reshoot

These should look familiar.  I didn't like them exactly as they were last time.  I still don't like how they are now.  I'm playing with subtle radial blurs and zoom blurs, but still haven't gotten the effect I wanted.  A work in progress I guess.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Still Homeless in Paris

So I still haven't had any luck trying to find housing in Paris for Fall 2010 ... Originally I was planning on using some fellowship money but I don't think that's gonna work anymore ... hmm ...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

GOP vs. CUT in Sectional Finals in TCF Bank Stadium!!

These are the last of the flower pictures from earlier this week.  Each one just had something different about it that I liked.

But in other news, GOP beats U of M Gray Ducks at College Ultimate Sectionals to play CUT in sectional finals at U of M's TCF Bank Stadium!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Not a Mellon Mays Fellow

Unfortunately sometimes things just don't work out.  I am very sad to say that I was not accepted as a Mellon Mays Fellow.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Time Smiles

Because you don't need a jacket to go outside anymore!

Also, for those who are interested, Engineers without Boarders is hosting a furniture sale at the Northfield Middle School Gymnasium (right by Parish).  Carleton is demoing the school to start construction on the new art facility and so all of their old furniture must be removed.  So bring a few dollars if you want super cheap scratch and dent furniture:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Little Bit of GOP

GOP: Gods of Plastic - Carleton's Alternative Ultimate Team

Monday, April 12, 2010

Losing Sleep Over Studio Art

So I've found myself in Boliou well after bed time the last couple nights just working on my sculpture project.  The problem is that I have other unfinished homework that "I'll do later."  And now its cutting into my sleep and I'm not even an art major...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Playing with Point-Exposures.

So I guess the school athletic department has a full-frame sensor camera with a 300mm Prime that shoots at 10 frames a second for 23 frames.  IT WAS AMAZING!!  Anyways, these pictures above are playing with different treatments of essentially the same picture.  I'm wondering which exposure you guys think looks the best?  Drop a comment and lmk.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring Time

Which focus is your favorite?  Mine's the first one.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Intro to Sculpture

So we're on a second project (or the final of our first project if you will).  It's suppose to be a bigger scale plaster peice which can have other materials in it as well.  I still don't have any ideas for what I'm going to do though I came up with a with ideas for my final project.  Anyways, I went in the shop and took some pictures of what sorts of materials were available to me.  This is one of the pictures.

Ever since 4th grade, most all my projects have always incorporated electricity.  I like fire and electricity... For a high school English Frankenstein project, I made a jacob's ladder, which really had nothing to do with the book now that I think about it.  Still got an A though :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Jon Hahn steals the last leftover pizza slice from 4th Myers Lounge.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Parsons Paris

So the plan is to be in Paris next fall in Parsons Paris (an Art school) where I'll take a good amount of photography courses among other things (like perhaps pottery).  I just realized a week or two ago that the program fee does not include room and board.  The program is 16 weeks long and the USD isn't comparing so well to the Euro.  So I'm hoping I can get a fellowship/scholarship to cover part of the cost.  Since this is a non-Carleton affiliated program, my Andrea scholarship doesn't apply.  That's the hope right now anyways.