Day 196 - Ole!I'm trying to give us all a hand with the economy. This is one of those shots where the "making of" was way more entertaining. Believe it or not, I was pretty much surrounded by people. Some were doing an interview, some were waiting for me to finish so they could have a turn and others were fascinated by my wireless shutter rig. There were even people at the "business end" of the bull. I had another fantastic day in NYC taking lots of street shots. I wandered aimlessly again, but managed to take pretty much the same route as last time. Next time, different lens, different route. I posted today's shots HERE for those who are interested.
Day 243 - GPS.I am pretty sure that the day that I got a gps is the day that I started enjoying taking long car trips.
Day 134 - Cup O' Kitten.I have been helping my mom out with some light construction projects around the house, so I get to see these little guys quite often now. I took a whole bunch yesterday but I was not too happy with the lighting or all of the extraneous lint and kitten hair which seems to be invisible until the flash goes off. I think I will take more today after grooming them with a lintbrush.
Day 293 - Power Grab.This stuff really isn't as strong as I thought it would be. I'm exhausted again today. I am not used to all of this physical labor in the humidity. It is a good tired feeling, though. When I was relaxing on the couch trying to think of a POD my eyes landed on the power grab. I remembered seeing the commercial on TV where this guy is awakend by his neighbor hammering up some paneling. He goes over in his bathrobe with a tube of this stuff and glues up a sheet of paneling then he glues his hammer to the ceiling. I took the two pictures last night and did the composite this morning. I created a layer mask by painting it on by hand. Halfway through I realized how tedious that is.
Day 343 - Ilprepared (12/06/2008)I guess it has been a while since I have been in the midwest in the winter time. Not exactly my idea of an RV vacation. Although it did snow all day today at least it wasn't brutally cold and I was able to get a lot done on the RV today.
Day 277 - Big.This is the largest size paper that my photo printer can handle, aside from the roll. Sorry for the lame picture, but I was out of ideas and I didn't want to have to resort to taking a picture of my big toe.
Day 195 - Dry Erase.This is the second idea I came up with yesterday. I was having a hard time trying to figure out how to pull it off but decided to give it a go anyway. The concept is what I wanted, but it is more subtle than I intended. I may revisit this some day.
Day 150 - SP ala Dry Erase.I only wish I could draw one half of one percent as good as that. Another creation spawned out of desperation. I got home late (for me) after having a great dinner with Jill and her family, exhausted, fat and happy - but no POD yet. I was sitting at my desk and this idea came to me. I was too tired to pull it off, but I took the picture of me in front of the white board anyway hoping that the next day I would be able to find a filter in PS that would make a photo look like a dry erase drawing. This was the colored pencil effect with the stroke size and weight almost as high as it goes.
Day 171 - Ahh, Spring.Reaquainted with my old pal, the lawnmower. I still like him better than Mr. Snowshovel.
Day 97 - Solitude.I decided to shower and shave today and get out to see the world. The last two days of chilling out has put me into a very relaxed state of mind. This was taken at the old Mortar Battery adjacent to the Sandy Hook Light House. My favorite view of the light house is from this spot. I got some ideas rolling around in my head for a picture here, so I am scoping it out. I did a photoshop version of the Velvia Effect. I got the idea from Gareth (Celtic Camera). I love the colors in the ones he did. Edit: Ugh! I meant to put a hyperlink on Gareth's site. He explains the Velvia effect on his 2-5-08 photo better than I could. It is here: http://thecelticcamera.blogspot.com/
Day 346 - Trial by Fire (7/4/2009).I'm back! Or, at the very least, I no longer have the excuse that I have been using for the past year to not take pictures. Yes, I sold my house and the closing was on last Tuesday! I am really bothered by the fact that I have put my life on hold until my house sold. This shot was taken at a July 4th party. My friend Larry told me that he still checks this project every day to see if I have posted a picture. I was very touched by that to say the least. I brought my camera to the party to take before and after pictures of people taking tequila shots. That never really materialized this year, but I was "contracted" to photograph a spouse who had too much to drink and passed out. That was a hillarious, but ugly scene. My advise to you if you have a tendancy to pass out at parties...don't. Especially if there are other party goers who have a high quality camera. And, even more importantly, if said party goer has access to props such as hats, wigs, live crabs and zuchinnis. Yes, plural. That is all I am going to say about it. Your mental image will probably be uglier than it really was, but not by much :) My goal now is to finish this project and to start taking lots of pictures...that I am not in. I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th!
Day 208 - Losing weight?I think I might have actually lost a couple of pounds. I thought for sure I was going to bust out of my suit at the wedding, but somehow it survived again. I certainly haven't changed my diet - I eat enough for an entire family. The only thing I can attribute it to is mowing the lawn. My lawn mower is the self-propelled, push type. Last year the lever that engages the drive wheels broke. I decided not to fix it, since I needed the excercise. Now it takes me over an hour to mow and it is a pretty decent workout.
Day 344 - Dirt (2/17/2009)Hello everyone! Yeah, I'm still alive. Thanks to some friendly nudges from friends I have blown the dust off of my camera to see if it still works. I got a couple of truck loads full of fill dirt delivered and I needed to move it around. Fortunatly, I found out that Lloyd has a bucket for his tractor. It sure beats the hell out of a using a shovel. This camera angle was inspired by one of JY's photos, which I have always really liked. I hope everyone is doing well. I also hope I can keep the dust off of my gear and not be such a stranger.
Day 235 - Lost my head.Not really, besides it looks like my body is what's missing. I gave Amy my old tablet pc. She has been pining over it for about a year now. I was going to use it for a digital picture frame but I don't see why I can't use the new one for that, since the frame wasn't going to be permanent anyway. She has been such a huge help to me with the cats and she will be even more so in the next month or so. Good luck with it, Amy. I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.
Day 316 - September Eleventh.My secret to getting through the day seems to be hard work and avoiding television. It wasn't planned that way but the RV is surrounded by trees so I don't have a satellite signal. And I had to dig a 7 by 3 foot deep trench for an electrical conduit. I am, what I guess you would call, a World Trade Center survivor. I was in building two when the plane struck the other building. I had made it to the underground mall by the time the plane struck my building. Every year my friends and family would usually ask how I got through the day. The first couple of years I felt a little guilty becuase I wasn't overwhelmed with sadness. After that, I allowed myself to visit the site and to watch those incredibly sad television broadcasts. Those days were pretty difficult to get through. The last couple of years I have been focusing a lot more on experiencing and enjoying life. When I was working in NY I absolutely HATED my 1.5-2.5 hour commute. But year after year I continued because the money was good. I guess the only thing all that money would have gotten me, had I been incinerated in that building, would be a very nice funeral. I got through today with some honest work and by sharing some Coronas with the crew that poured the concrete in my barn. All relatively guilt free. I hope your day was as good or better. My thoughts go out to those who have lost friends and loved ones on Setptember eleventh. [EDIT] I accidentally checked the hide photo checkbox when I was leaving my comment. Ugh.
Day 157 - Ninety Nine.That's how old my grandmother is today. Froliche Geburtstag Omi. I wish I knew how to put an umlaut over the 'o'. Well we had a productive day. We went to motor vehicles to get her drivers license renewed. She passed her vision test, barely, but that was without glasses. Then we celbrated with pizza at the mall. When I stay with my grandmother I feel like such a giant. Not only because she is pretty tiny, but also because of her house. The ceilings are of normal height but the top of the medicine cabinet, for example, comes up to my chin. The shower is at chest height and the doors are very narrow. Not to mention all of the furniture is so close to the ground. It's amazing that I don't walk around saying "fee, fi, fo, fum..." all day long. I am very proud of my grandmother, she is an amazing woman.
Day 288 - Yesterday's News.I am still pretty tired today. We did a lot of walking yesterday and I had pizza, which always makes me tired the next day. I decided not to delete this one and, instead, use it for today's POD. This is another example of getting this great idea for a picture and then seeing it on the computer and wondering where it came from. So I decided to have at it in photoshop and make it a little more interesting than it was in the camera. Matt, this is the shot that drew blood. That is another reason why I should not just delete it. I wasn't sure if this was "out of bounds" or not. There was a bar, but I didn't see any signs. I was so carefull not to damage anything, that I managed to cut my finger somehow. I posted my Shots from ESP today. The pictures of the gang are at the end:)
Day 211 - Casa de Tiethof.Its not the Taj Mahal but I do have cold beer and internet. Not to mention the wheat. I guess I've got quite a bit of work to do before I am ready to move.
Day 244 - Jean-Yves,Marie and Corinne in NYC.Today I got to meet fellow smug-mugger JY (Ifocus). We took some pictures,did a lot of walking and had a lovely dinner. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to meet them and I had a fantastic day. This was taken at the Heartland Brewery near South Street. Lens blur added unintentionally and I was in too much of a hurry to get back to my dinner to check. I was trying to look like the waiter but, as Marie pointed out, it would have been more believable had the sunglasses not been hanging from my shirt. Oh well, at least the beer is in focus :) It was a great day, come back any time!
Day 214 - Sports Photographer II.Although I am still struggling with little league, I think I will avoid photographing shooting sports altogether.
Day 339 -Brian Hart.Brian was in NJ on business. In fact, he was staying very close to my favorite restaurant, Iberias. We shared some sangria, rodesio and great conversation. I really enjoyed meeting Brian and I hope we can get together again.
Day 272 - Merlin's table.I really don't play pool anymore anyway. At some point during a game he would jump up and attack the balls. He is also fascinated by where they go after they are sunk and the noise they make on their way there. I left the two balls where they are and I would be surprised if they weren't both off of the table by morning. I just downloaded Lightroom 2. I am enjoying all of the new features. I am surprised that they haven't incorporated Import presets like they have with export. Am I the only person who would be interested in that?
Day 193 - Happy Mothers Day.I had a wonderful time visiting my mother today. I got to do all kinds of fun things outside to help my mom celebrate. My sister and mom are still fostering cats and kittens for njcattitude.org. They are caring for 9 kittens and 3 cats, in addition to all of their own. Seems almost like a cat-hoarders apprentice program to me. :) They are extremely cute and sweet, though. I posted a bunch of shots in my cattitude gallery for those who can't seem get enough of cat and kitten pictures.
Day 178 - My Assistant.Merlin is probably one of the most curious cats I know. Whenever I am doing something Merlin needs to be right in the middle of it. Most power tools don't even phase him. So when I set up for an SP, this is pretty much how it is.
Day 219 - Doggie Sitting.My turn to watch Amy's furry children. I would have brought a photoshop book to read to them but I was afraid that I would fall asleep mid-sentence.
Day 314 - Computer, lobster please.I'm still enjoying the novelty of having my wacom tablet mounted inside my desk. I would have set this shot up with a glass of white wine but I was worried that it would have clashed horribly with the plywood. And the paper towel napkin. Today was actually the first day that I made a meal from scratch in the RV. I made steak burritos with black beans and rice. I did cook the steak outside on Lloyd's Weber grill, though.
Day 221 - Terrabyte.I'm not talking about eating dirt, either. Not just yet, anyway. I found out there is one downside to photographing something every day. My hard drive has gone past the 80% mark and caused my backups to fail because the drive is so slow. Hopefully this will buy me some time until I can figure out a better solution to dealing with these large dslr raw files. BTW, 1 TB takes a long time to format :)
Day 345 - Silent AL (2/20/2009)If you have ever seen the movie CLERKS then there will be something familiar to you about this scene. The movie was filmed in Leonardo, which is pretty close to my house in Belford. I drove by the "Quick Stop" the other day while making a u-turn in the RV and noticed how much things have changed. The video store isn't there anymore and the vacant lot across the street is no longer vacant. I figured I would get a picture and maybe incorporate it into my POD (or POM). As I pulled up I noticed a bunch of guys that could only be Clerks fans hanging around. I asked them if they would like me to take a pictures of them and they were very gratefull. I asked "Jay" if he would pose with me. Now that I am looking at this I realize how greatful I am that they were there. This shot would have been pretty lame without him! Oh, and I STILL have never actually been inside the store. How lame is that!
Day 356 - THE Corner. (8/13/2009).So, I'm standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona eating a sausage mcmuffin with cheese... I didn't torture enough people on Facebook with this. After having the Eagles song in my head for the last 12 hours, this place shows up on my google search for RV parts. So, I had to check it out. Guess what song was playing from a speaker hidden somewhere...aaaaarrrgh!
Day 289 - Archival Media.Time to stop hoarding (raw) photos on my hard drives. I ordered MAM-A dvds for archiving. They are supposed to be reliable and long lasting. We'll see. I better not be getting any read errors a hundred years from now.
Day 291 - Dead tired.I'm the tired one, fyi. Big packing day and RV cleaning day. Fortunately I had some help (thanks Mom, Adrian, DJ & Amy). One of the cats is responsible for the dead cricket. It seems like they are as annoyed by them as I am.
Day 203 - Surreal.Straight from the camera into lightroom. From lightroom it went straight into photoshop. Then back to lightroom and straight up to smugmug. I went back to Gatway National Park in Sandy Hook again. Between the sky and the wide angle lens this shot ended up a bit surreal. I decided to accentuate that a bit more in photoshop.
September 15, 2009 - South Bend, In.My grandmother, who will be 101 next year, in her back yard. The chair to her left is a make-shift scarecrow. Every morning there is a huge swarm of cardinals that come for the sunflower seeds she puts out for them. She has been feeding them this way for about 10 years. Pigeons, squirrels, chipmunks and other animals trying to get in on breakfast are not tolerated.
Day 222 - Camera SP.This is another example of how a clearly defined idea of a picture comes to mind but I don't know why or where it came from. It kind of reminds me of that movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" where all of these different people start drawing/sculpting the same mountain. So, here it is. I like it but I'm just not sure what to make of it. I hope this isn't a sign that I'm in the early stages of schizophrenia or something.
Day 169 - Intelligent, Annoyed or Foolish.Really, just another excuse to play around with a different lighting setup. I took my grandmother in for an eye exam the day after we got her license renewed. We were joking how she hadn't had an eye exam in 30 years. I suddenly realized that I hadn't had one in about 15 years. My eyesight is still good, but it takes a while for my eyes to focus at far objects after I have been staring at the computer for a while. The doctor prescribed some computer/reading glasses. So I picked out this pair ($30) at a cool eye glass place in Chigago. Not used to wearing glasses I peered out over the top and asked Amy if these made me look smart. She replied that I looked annoyed. I asked Jill the same question and she said "foolish". They were probably both right but I do like this lighting and my thirty dollar spectacles.
Day 236 - POD Time.The only thing between me and going to bed is my Picture Of the Day. I wish I wasn't so good at procrastinating.
Day 180 - Filthy Kittens.All of the kittens that my sister Angela was fostering were adopted out to nice families. The little calico was adopted by my mom. That's one reason why I should never foster any cats. She is now fostering Alice, a very underweight tabby, and her 7 kittens. I should have fun photographing them for the next 2 months. Kitten wrangler I'm not - this is a composite image :)
Day 215 - Sittin' on a bench by the bay.I did go down to the dock for my SPOD but I was attacked by a swarm of gnats. They bite hard and have no compunction with flying into your nose, ears and mouth. This is Duke. His sister Daisy would have been in the picture too but I lost her when I had to go back into the house for the bigger tripod. I just noticed my shirt wasn't tucked in. Fortunately my "crack" is not showing. Although, that would have made for an interesting challenge to retouch that in photoshop :)
August 24, 2009 - Observation Point Trail, Zion National Park, UT.This is not my favorite shot of the day, but it is a nice change from pretty sky, pretty rocks. But, if I had the BIG lens with me, then it would be different :) It was a long day, so this is going to be a very long post. For those who don't have time for that (I really don't blame you) here is the condensed version: blah, blah, blah. Whine, whine, whine. Blah, blah and then on my drive back I saw these guys. Extended version. I had my day all planned out. Hike 3 of the easiest trails in Zion and only take pictures that had some compositional merit. Trail 1, 1/2 mile and 98ft ascent. Trail 2, 1.2 miles, 69ft ascent. And if I still felt really good, trail 3, 2 miles with 150ft ascent. So, Trail 1 is Weeping Rock that is supposed to have really pretty hanging gardens and water dripping all over the place. The water got all over me, the light was crap and I felt like I had just hiked the Burger King parking lot. As I am heading toward the shuttle bus stop, somewhat defeated, I see another trail sign. Observation Point. Man that sounds interesting, I just wish I could remember if it was a moderate or strenuous hike. No matter, I can always turn around if I get tired. I guess that is kind of like saying I can always ask for directions if I get lost. I can remember thinking at least 10 times: I should turn around...but I must almost be there! This was an 8 mile round trip hike with a 2,148ft ascent. But it was worth the pain, the view was spectacular. And I was pretty much blinded by color the whole way up. So much so that I deleted 50 of the 63 I shot. 9 of my keepers may still get deleted depending on how I feel in the morning. The other 3 got posted in my other gallery. Oh, then I saw these guys from the car on my way home.
August 15, 2009 - National Cemetery, Sante Fe, NM.I left the RV in Albuquerque and took the rental to Santa Fe for a day trip. I like Santa Fe a lot, but I was somewhat dissapointed that I couldn't find any really old looking structures. Too many tourists also.
Day 188 - Not so ugly duckling.This little guy was hatched about a week ago. Somehow there was some mixup with the eggs and a chicken was nesting them. The ducklings think the chicken is their mother and she is caring for them as if they were her own. It is cute and fascinating at the same time. I did take a bunch of pictures of the mother hen and her ducklings, but I am sorry to say I haven't posted them yet. I sure will be busy when I get home:)