Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Step 1: Prepare the Digital Files

Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

This the product of the highlights and shadows masks you've seen in this and last week's blog posts:
1) Highlights
2) Shadows (Sneak Peak)

This was shot on 120mm Ektar 100 film. If you're on campus winter term, expect to see this image transferred on to a 45"x45" piece of wood in the library. So far on this project, I've scanned in a lot of film, looked through it all, selected three photos, re-scanned them at super high resolution, and processed them. Step 2 is print, cut, stitch together, and prepare the wood medium. I'll update you as I go :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Dad

Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

Here's my dad, watching over the bike as I explored the beach with my cameras, lenses, and tripod.

Monday, November 28, 2011

1 Terabyte

Paris, France 2010

If all goes well, all my pictures will have been successfully back'ed-up when I wake up. And its official. I have over 1TB photos and photoshop files.

The picture above is a portrait of Brian from my Lighting Seminar class in Paris. Shot on Ilford 400 B&W film.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Holiday Cards

Paris, France 2010

I was cleaning out my basement the other day (only because I needed to move a desk from the basement into my room.) I haven't worked on a desk at home since... well, I don't think I've ever worked on a desk at my house. I've always worked on the couch, on the floor, and sometimes the kitchen table. But now that I'm suppose to work on my senior thesis, I figured I should set up desk space.

Anyways, I found a bunch of blank holiday cards around the house. I never really understood pre-made holiday cards... doesn't have much sentimental value, doesn't say "I tried", doesn't really seem to add any value to one's gift. At best it says, "I saw this specific joke/picture on the shelf and it reminded me of some memory we shared." I guess I'm one of the few though cause Hallmark seems to be pretty well.

More (bad) Photos

 Paris, France 2010

Paris France, 2010

A little bit of a continuation from yesterday's post. Very bad touristy photos, I know. I promise I'll start shooting again! Unfortunately I'm shooting on film ... (so there's a very long turn around time.)

Office Depot

Paris, France 2010

Fanciest looking Office Depot ever? Was going through some old Paris photos to find a specific one to print for someone as a gift. It's the last picture in this post.

Also, I have a new email address! hai@hai-lights.com

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nha Trang, Vietnam 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! My family's having roast pork and roast duck for Thanks Giving dinner. (We're not big on turkey.)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Highlights


Here's the other half of yesterday's image. This one is the image's highlights, yesterday's is shadows. Both were manually drawn.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sneak Peak


For those who follow hai-lights regularly, you've probably noticed a few similar images to this one. Here's another sneak peak at what I'm working on for my Winter exhibit. (Still a work in progress.)

Also, to the alumni who will receive the Winter addition of The Voice, note that while I am grateful to have my pictures in the issue, I did not have much of a say in the photos that were selected. Also note that the artist-side of the project is not well represented (to my knowledge). But I'm sure the people who are in charge of The Voice will make it great nonetheless :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Waterfalls

 Da Lat, Vietnam 2011

  Da Lat, Vietnam 2011

 Da Lat, Vietnam 2011

Now that I think about it, this is one of my first times shooting waterfalls. I recall wishing I had some ND filters because these tourist spots were only open during the day when the was too much sun. The ND filter would have allowed me to slow down y shutter even more to have even a greater softening effect on the water.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Finals

Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011 

Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011 

When I saw this sight in Vietnam, I ran down to the edge of the beach and casually pulled out my camera (I didn't want to scare anyone away). Unfortunately by the time I did this, the fisherman (top picture) was already returning to shore.

Here at Carleton College, finals are starting to wrap up. I figured out what to write for my Kant essay and Aristotle is almost done. (All stuff I'm sure you don't care about.) :)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Kant...

 Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

Saigon, Vietnam 2011 

Saigon, Vietnam 2011 

Here's some random film shots ...(I'm really running low on quality photos to share.) Its finals right not at Carleton College though and I'm struggling to figure out what to write for my Kant essay due in a couple days.

Friday, November 18, 2011

11.18.11

Da Lat, Vietnam 2011

This guys sharpening his knife to cut up the pig's ribs (or legs?).

Thursday, November 17, 2011

11.17.11

Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

Finals time at Carleton College.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Micro-contrast


Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

I processed the above image and this image in a very similar manner. Looking back at it, I'm starting to wonder if the skin looks too fake -- if I added to much micro-contrast. What do you think?

For those who are familiar with Photoshop, yesterday's post will be illuminating to how I created this micro contrast.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fovea Centralis Sneak Peak

 Highlights
Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

Shadows
Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

Here's a small preview of my winter exhibition in the makings.

12.14.11

Da Lat, Vietnam 2011

Sorry I've been so bad with updating everyday. Ultimate and finals (essays) have been keeping me occupied. I also don't think I've taken a picture in quite a while...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

MLC: Day 2


Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

CUT takes 5th at MLC losing in quarters of bracket play to Michigan. I think I was -2 (5 turns, 3 Ds) or something like that. 5 very very stupid turns: One around backhand to the  close end-zone corner, one failed inside-out backhand break, one that fell out of my hands when I threw a fake, one that I just dropped, and one that I should have just been more aware of when I threw. Not a great return-to-the-game tournament for me...

Friday, November 11, 2011

MLC: Day 1

(Near by) Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

 (Near by) Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

(Near by) Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

CUT goes 3-1 losing on universe point to U of M. Sadly, I turned it on the goal line during this game. More bad news, the padding on my $500 knee brace is thinning out and the metal of the brace is starting to dig into my shins. I decided to go without it for the last two games of the day. Good news is that I didn't notice :)

Missouri Loves Company

 (Near by) Ben Tre, Vietnam 2011

 Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

 Saigon, Vietnam 2011

 Saigon, Vietnam 2011

Driving out to Missouri today with The CUT. First tournament since last winter (cause of the PCL tear)!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Foreshadow

 Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

 Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

Here's some foreshadowing for the Carleton alumni. :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Color

Black & White
Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

Half Color
Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

Full Color
Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

Same picture three times with a different color post processing effects. Half color is my personal pick, but what do you think? (Shot on medium format Ektar 100.)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

11.06.11

(Near by) Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

Here's the full version of yesterday's post. f2.8 on Ektar 100.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Layer Mask

Northfield, Minnesota 2011

Here's one of the masking layers on a Photoshop file. I'll show you the final digital image tomorrow (See if you can guess what the point of this mask was either today or tomorrow!). The real/full/complete image is a 700MB digital negative (scanned in medium format film at 4,800 dpi and 24-bits of color) that has a 6.8GB Photoshop file.

Friday, November 4, 2011

11.04.11

Northfield, Minnesota 2011

This one's from last year. If I remember correctly, the near side of the bridge is being light by one flash through an umbrella, camera left.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rickshaw

Saigon, Vietnam 2011

A rickshaw man chatting with his friend as he waits for a customer.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Weitz Center

 Northfield, Minnesota 2011

 Northfield, Minnesota 2011

 Northfield, Minnesota 2011

Northfield, Minnesota 2011

Northfield, Minnesota 2011

This post is for the alumni who hasn't had the opportunity to visit Carleton in the current academic school year. I had an assignment a while ago to photograph the new and old inside the Weitz Center. In short, the designers were very conscious of keeping old elements from the elementary school and integrating it with the new building. For example, in the last two pictures you can see seat-backs from the old auditorium made into a lighting sculpture and wood panels from the old gym floor being used as siding on wall surfaces.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November 1st

 Northfield, Minnesota 2011

  Northfield, Minnesota 2011

  Northfield, Minnesota 2011

 Northfield, Minnesota 2011

These aren't great, but here are some other photos that I had submitted to be considered for Carleton's 2012 calendar.