Monday, February 28, 2011

Up. Over Paris.

This is a raw image from Kristian Kasi, Parsons Paris class of 2014. He wasn't happy with the results but I think it's pretty nice. Its also from the rooftops of where I stayed last autumn :)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Other Perspective

Now do you know what it is?

How does it fit the theme of Through the Window? Niccolo explains that he was capturing the light that spills (through the window) onto the dark sidewalks at night. A more abstract approach, but well done nonetheless.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Through the Window Giveaway Winner

Novelty had a big role in the deciding factor in this one. Again I think Christopher Kosedna's 1st picture from yesterday's post is genius! But this picture by Niccolo Tzu presents a perspective I've never really noticed. It also requires manual white balancing which was mentioned in this week's posts, namely Creative White Balance. (So extra credit for that.) A part of what makes this image is figuring out what its a picture of. It helped that I had another picture that gave me another perspective of the object. For now, I'll let you guys see if you can figure it out without the other picture :)

Friday, February 25, 2011


Christopher Kosedna takes runner up for hai-lights' Through the Window Giveaway. This is probably the hardest decision yet. The top picture is amazing and the bottom picture is just a classic with absolutely wonderful colors. First place will be posted tomorrow. Thank you to all those who participated.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Ilford HP5+ 400iso. Paris, France 2010. If I remember correctly, this day I just hopped on the Metro, got off at a station I had never been to, and just walked around for hours with 3 cameras and a collection of lenses in my backpack. (Minolta Cameras. They're cheap.)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


This was the lighting-test shot for a shot you saw a while ago: Hogwarts. Yea... I'm running out of pictures....

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

One More Time

You might remember this picture from a while back. Those pictures were digital. This one is Kodak Portra VC 160iso.

Just a reminder, the deadline for the Through the Window Giveaway is coming up. As long as you can justify the relationship to the theme, it is completely open to interpretation.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Covered in Snow

It snowed almost all day today. I don't know how much, but you can go sledding down the steps to my house. These pictures are from a few days before when the weather was warming up and the snow was melting away.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Back from Book Across the Bay

After over 24 hours away from Campus, I'm from Duluth after Booking Across the Bay! It wasn't quite as beautiful as I had imagined it, but still an enjoyable experience nonetheless. We also ran into a Carleton Alumni class of '82 who hosted the 6th hospitality-stop.  He claims to be the original hospitality-stop stop. He was also giving out free drinks with a tropical themed tent.

Here's the last processed picture of the chapel and moon shot from the last couple days: Original and Creative White Balance.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Creative White Balance

Well, for those of you know don't know, white balance is the adjusting of the intensity of colors. On your cameras, you might have a sunny mode, shade mode, florescent mode, flash mode, etc. There's an entire section of light theory behind this involving color temperature. White balancing is typically used to get the right colors in different light temperatures. But if you understand how it works (or just guess and check), you can use it creatively to get different tones in your pictures. Notably, ALL OF THIS CAN BE DONE IN-CAMERA. Now film is pre-white balanced, but if you are using the right film, you can get the same effect!

The pictures in yesterday's post is slightly more blue than what the natural colors were. Now I don't have a Canon D5 Mark II, so I can't set precisely what Kalvin temperature I want my white balance to be, but my Nikon D3000 (and most other cameras) lets me put it to Daylight. As seen in the second picture, the tungsten lights (light posts) become a lot warmer and the moon gets a warm accent to it (because it gives off a much weaker light than the Sun). The top picture was a manual shift in white balance in the post process.

There's one more version for tomorrow. Meanwhile, you can think about your concepts for the Through the Window $35 Giveaway.

Friday, February 18, 2011


When I woke up this morning, there was a light fog-cover on campus, so I carried around my camera and tripod for the day hoping the fog would stick around. Unfortunately, it didn't. But then I saw a vibrant pink sunset which I rushed to capture, but by the time I got my settings and composition right, the sun had set too low. Then finally, after dinner, there was a full moon beside The Chapel. The clouds were moving really fast, so that's why they seem blurry in these longer exposures. These aren't my favorite shots, but this is probably the shot I would have ended up with before I went to Paris. Check in again tomorrow to see what creative white-balancing can do.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


A quick candid from the airport on my way to Tampa. I think he was filming his wife(?). He also had his own power strip that he plugged into a recharge station to charge a collection of electronics.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Through the Window: $35 Giveaway

Kodachrome. Paris 2010.

The last few days have been pretty hectic, but its over now and CSN Stores has given me another $35 to give to you. With over 200 online stores to choose from, I'm confident anyone can find something they want. At the moment I wish I had some more desk. I suppose I could just clean up, but new computer desks for home are also available at CSN Stores. The theme for this giveaway, inspired by posts from this week, is Through the Window. You are free to interpret that however you like. There are no restrictions on post processing. Email me ( by February 24th to enter.

Monday, February 14, 2011


This shot was taken by Steven Wett in out collaboration from last week. Looking back at it, it might have been stronger to not have the dress in the window/not have the dress at all. Either way, we were just kind of playing around and having fun.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Just some street photography from Berlin. Kodak Porta VC 160iso

I had forgotten that because now I don't have a laptop, I couldn't post when I was in Florida this weekend. So to make it up, let's have another giveaway. More details on that soon :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Booked the Wrong Flight

Got to the airport to discover I had booked the flight for tomorrow (well, today now I suppose). So, I guess I'm heading off to Tampa tomorrow :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tampa, FL

There's something about the first picture that I really like, but the lens flare doesn't seem to be too popular amongst my peers that I've asked. I suppose it does seem lacking in some way... I'm open to suggestions if anyone has some :)

Leaving class a little early to catch my flight to Tampa, FL today. It'll be my first time in Florida :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Buzz and Bleach

I think this one is my personal favorite from last weekend. It's pretty simple, contains a fair amount of shadow detail, and dark with high contrast lighting. I'd say that summarizes my style at the moment.

Planning on getting my hair buzzed and bleached tonight for CUT's Tampa, Florida tournament this weekend! I refuse to get bleached tips, so that means I might just go bald after this weekend.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


(First off, the theme had nothing to do with Hogwarts, but there was a Happy Potter themed CUT & Eclipse get-together afterwards. So cheers to that!)

There are about 4 other shots that I'm pretty happy with from this shoot, and this was at the bottom of the list; however, I've gotten some opinions from other people, and they like this one the best. There's a lot of nice elements in it, but I want to do it again adding more drama to all those effects -- namely the back-lit dust.

I started putting this shoot together about 2 or 3 weeks ago. On paper I had 3 off camera flashes, all with wireless controllers, and 2 strobes. I have also been in contact with a make-up artist for the last few months, but she is booked till March. On the day of the shoot I had one off camera flash, courtesy of Steven Wett. The other photos will come this week.

Special thanks to Steven Wett, whom I collaborated with in this shoot, and Jenna Mahr for being a wonderful model.

Monday, February 7, 2011


Photos by Andrew Bacon. Summer 2010 Northfield, MN.

ALSO, had my first photoshoot at Carleton the other day. During the planning process, I started with a make-up artist, 3 off camera flashes, and 2 strobes. I ended up with a sole off camera flash yesterday and a make-up artist who is booked till March (and thus couldn't make it) :( BUT the shoot still turned out great! :) More on that later.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Kodak Portra VC 160iso in Berlin around Christmas time :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Oh Dear... II

Here's the other half of cheesy senior pictures that I'm kind of embarrassed to show.  Here's the link to the first two.

Ice sculpted for my first time yesterday. It's on the side entrance to the Great Hall. It's suppose to be a flame (don't look at it from the back though.) I also accidentally stabbed my partner in the picky with a 4-pronged ice carving tool in the process... whoops....

Friday, February 4, 2011


Sorry about the late post. Here's two random film shots from Berlin. The top one is the stair case inside some building. Mid-term break here at Carleton. Half way done with Winter Term 2011.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Here's a couple film shots of Kristian Kasi when we were in Berlin. He's the artist behind the graphics design of my vernissage invitations. Kodak Portra VC 160iso.

I also found out yesterday that my proposal was not accepted for the Davis Projects for Peace. I suppose I knew it was pretty optimistic to begin with. What that means is that I still have to keep looking for summer plans.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


This one might look familiar, but it's different! It's the Kodak Portra VC 160iso film version of the first post of the year. The lens flare is much different on this one and the colors are, in my opinion, much nicer on the VC (Vibrant Color) film. Also, its exposed a little darker and I guess the light did not quite make it to the bottom of the frame.

As for the shoot this forthcoming Monday, I no longer have a make-up artist coming in. She's booked till next month. So I guess I'm just gonna play around with the lighting in the Great Hall and see what I can learn :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Oh Dear...

...It's like those really cheesy senior photos... Summer 2010 in Northfield on campus. I used a strobe in the bottom shot. Didn't really know how to use/adjust lights then. Just sorta placed it down and shot. This is definitely not my style of photography.