Monday, January 31, 2011


The second and third shot might look a little familiar. That's because it was in the same park in Berlin as this picture from last week. Again Kodak Portra VC 160iso. I'm just getting back into the rhythm of Carleton again, so hopefully I'll be shooting around here soon.

I have a midterm exam at 8:00am tomorrow (err.. I guess today now). I was in bed around 11:00, but haven't been able to fall asleep :(

Sunday, January 30, 2011

5th Week

I feel like I posted this sometime last summer, but I'm not sure and I just got around to editing and processing this batch of pictures. This is on the Goodhue bridge (between Goodhue and Myers).

Today is the start of 5th Week, which means Winter Term at Carleton is almost halfway over.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Anyone have a Summer Job for Me?

Another film shot from Berlin. Film: Kodak Portra VC 160iso. This was in a Christmas fair thing going on in town. I tried soo many delicious foods there!! Unfortunately I don't remember what any of it is called...

As for the title of this post, I'm still looking for any photography opportunities anyone might know of for this summer. I wanted to check out New York to see if that's where I want to be after Carleton, but any job/internship would be great! I applied to the Davis Projects for Peace, but I figured its best to have a plan B.

As for the shoot I'm setting up in about 10 days, I think I just got my make-up artist (MUA) on bored. Not 100% sure yet though.  Now I gotta find a model and confirm the lighting gear. I'm excited for the concept :) I googled a picture from The Matrix to help illustrate what I wanted to my MUA.

PS. 30 hours until everything is finished backing up in my hard-drive.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Another 2TB

My new 2 terabyte external hard-drive came in today :) I've almost filled up my other 1TB drive, and that's without backing everything up... So I figured I needed to invest in more digital space.

The pics above are from Berlin. I've spent the last couple days in the CMC (Computing and Math Center at Carleton) scanning in color negatives. This weekend in Berlin was the coldest couple days during my stay in Europe. The shots above are Kodak Portra VC 160iso. I messed up the exposure a little...

Thursday, January 27, 2011


These were the other two of Andrew Bacon (everyone calls him Bacon), Carleton '12. Here's a link to the other shot in case you've forgotten. I'm in the process of setting up a shoot for the Monday of 5th weekend right now. I'm in touch with a make-up artist, still looking for my model. I have one concept in mind, but I don't know if I can pull it off with the lighting equipment available to me. We'll see I guess. Let me know if you have any crazy awesome concepts that I can use :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Back to Berlin

I scanned in a few more frames yesterday. This one is from my trip to Berlin a while back. It might be a little confusing at first, but I'm confident you can figure it out :)

Film: Kodak Porta VC 160ISO. (Kept the film borders in to show that it isn't cropped.)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Another one from last summer. The original image was taken by Andrew Bacon. White balance was set to day-time for the amped warm color effect. So I guess you can say that is done/can be done in the post, but it could have been captured on film too. (Except the contrast was digitally boosted in the post ... but you can do that in the darkroom!)

Monday, January 24, 2011


This one's from last summer at Carleton. To be honest, I just kinda snapped the pic without looking and she happened to be in that pose.

Psychology of Language mid-term test today. (So back to studying.)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Hai-atus is Over

It's official, hai-lights is back. And as promised, a $35 giveaway with its return! The theme of the contest was transparent objects. Let's start with the runner ups:

Cory Fauver, Carleton class of 2012. A sort of mysterious yet romantic setting with wonderful colors and a great background setting!

Christopher Kosednar, Carleton alumni '09 and winner of hai-lights' previous giveaway. Originality is certainly one of his strong points.

And without further adieu, hai-lights' Transparent Object Contest Winner:

Andrew Bacon, Carleton class of 2012, but soon taking two years off for his mission trip. Absolutely gorgeous lighting with a mysterious and intriguing subject. (In case you were wondering, it's a jar of honey.)

PS. I wanted to congratulate Odin Bowen on becoming a proud brother of Siri Bowen. The parents are Phil Bowen, Carleton alumni '96 and Paige Bowen, Carleton alumni '00.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Back to Academia

Here's one from last summer.  Andrew Bacon, class of '12 ... except he's taking two years off for his mission trip. We used Thomas Dunning's lights for these shots. I guess this was the first time I had ever "used" lights. I had no idea what I was doing... Turned out okay though :) It was on the bridge between Myers and Goodhue.

So have two papers and a midterm to study for this weekend. That's not a particularly large load of work, but it certainly feels like it is after a semester of art school. I'm not saying art school was easier or less work, but it seemed more purposeful, rewarding, and enjoyable (to me). Back to the paper.

Friday, January 21, 2011

-27 this Morning in Northfield

Wow. Walked to breakfast this morning. In those 30 seconds my breath would deflect off my scarf and go up towards my eyes where the moisture froze on my eyelashes, causing them to stick together just a little bit every time I blinked.  For those checking in from Paris, -27 Fahrenheit = -32.78 Celsius (before wind-chill).

Picture above is on Kodak Portra 160 VC (I think...) That's the Notre Dame in the background.

PS. Still waiting for my defective monitor to be replaced.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dwayne's Photo Delivers!

Got a package in the mail today and its full of developed film! I had sent in about 5 rolls of film, 4 color negatives, one slide film of some shots in Paris to Dwayne's Photo for development.  I was too cheap to get proof prints or a CD, so now I just have a bunch of 35mm film waiting to be scanned in (or printed ... but probably scanned). I've spent the last couple hours wrestling with Carleton's film scanner.  It jams probably on average 2x per slide.  Its quite frustrating... I've only finished 5 slides...

Anyways, above is (apparently) a double exposure shot of a carousel in front of Hotel de Ville and what I think is the park by the Eiffel Tower.  A night and day shot respectively. Slide film.  I think its fujichrome 50iso? And finally, just a reminder to enter the Transparent Object Photo Contest for a chance to win $35!  There's already some great pictures, but its still anyone's game!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Defective Monitor

Ugh...  The new monitor came in today.  Too bad it was defective.. Set up the return and everything. Full refund and no restocking charges or anything. But it does mean I won't have a working computer in my room for a while longer...

Picture above is a HP5+ 400iso from the roof tops of where I was staying in Paris. I haven't been shooting much here at Carleton recently, so that's why I keep showing Paris pictures. Hopefully this whole computer issue gets resolved pretty soon.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Who Wants $35?

Well, I don't quite have a functional computer yet, but I should by the end of next week!  And as promised, with the (to-be) return of hai-lights, another give away for my visitors :)

CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from stylish Modern dining room furniture to ... well ... just about everything! And they've given me $35 dollars to give to you.  How to get it? E-mail me at any picture of a transparent object.  Here's an example from a previous post a while back:
(Now that I see this image from a different computer screen, it looks too high contrast.) Same rules as before.  Any manipulation to the image is fair game and up to three submissions per person.  The winner will be announced next Sunday.

PS. I probably won't have another post until I have my functional computer, which is expected to arrive soon :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

In Need of a New Computer... :(

Still down, cause now I need a new computer.

Today I got an e-mail explaining to me that my old laptop is no good and that I should just get a new one. I have all the data backed-up, so no images loss, but large inconveniences and a chunk out of the bank. I guess now I have to decide if I want to get my post-Carleton desktop early (with pretty decent specs to run After Effects, Final Cut Pro, etc.) or get another cheap laptop. And of course the Mac or PC question.  I want the Mac, but it carries a pretty big price tag. I might have to look into dual booting on a PC and then go with a laptop. I don't think investing in a really nice laptop is worth it given their price and life expectancy.

The picture above is from my first weekend (and my first days) in Paris. Just playing around with the camera.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Still Down...

This is roughly how I ended up printing this picture in the darkroom (HP5+ 400ISO film pushed to 3200 in D-76).  There is quite a bit more shadow detail in the analog print, and the silver adds so much to it, but you get the idea.

My computer is still in cue, waiting to be repaired.  They said maybe 2-3 days, but its been over a week :(  This means I'm still on break.  Just wanted to give everyone an update.  I will however be returning with another giveaway :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

On Break, Be Back in ...

So things here at Carleton are pretty busy right now.  I'm waaaay behind athletically, my computer is undergoing repairs (hopefully), and I'm just trying to figure out where photography will come in this term.

As a result, hai-lights is going to take some time off.  I'm gonig to guess about a week, or at least until I get my computer back.


Monday, January 3, 2011

First Day of Classes

Wow.  Already.  Day 1, 8:30 am class and 2 more in the afternoon.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Back to Carleton

Driving back down to Carleton in a few hours.  Spent a few great hours with a fraction  of the family that's here in Minnesota (which was still 10 people) yesterday celebrating New Years.  Got to see my nieces and nephews that I lived under the same roof for a while when they were born.  I feel so short now -- he's 12 and as tall as I am.

Pictures above are from this same night.  Just a really foggy day.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


Here's one from a while ago.  It was one of the first snow falls in Paris during my stay.  I remember I was going crazy in the digital darkroom trying to get my prints to match the screen, so I just packed up and went for a walk towards the Eiffel Tower.  It worked :)

Oh, and Happy New Years!