August 17, 2009 :: 3:24 pm
November 16, 2007 :: 9:29 am
I love this artist’s series of photographs: Jan von Holleben’s “Dreams of Flying”
November 6, 2007 :: 10:02 pm
This is a photograph by Olivo Barbieri. I love his work. He makes big giant scenes look like they’re miniature models. I learned how to fake this technique in Photoshop, but he does it the authentic way: in-camera tilt-shifted focus taken from a helicopter. Click the photo for more images from his series Site Specific.
September 12, 2007 :: 8:44 am
Doc and I spent a couple of days last week in Las Vegas for the Photoshop World conference. The conference was really good and I learned a lot about a lot of things, and came home with “The Phone Book,” the name everyone was calling the 2-1/2-inch-thick conference workbook. That thing is amazing; it’s got all the instructors’ notes and presentations from all the sessions, so if you weren’t able to attend a class you still have the materials from it.
Despite both of us being sick in various ways (see last post), we still managed to have fun. Neither of us really wanted to “Vegas it up” this time, so we didn’t feel pressured to go to expensive shows or drink or gamble. We did a lot of walking around, taking photos. On our last day, I gave Doc $3 to put into a slot machine and 2 minutes later he cashed out with $43. Not bad! We bought a nice lunch.
A few interesting observations: In Las Vegas, it’s sometimes hard to tell the real whores from the regular tourists that are just dressed that way. Everything in Las Vegas is about double the cost that it would be almost anywhere else. “But it’s a dry heat” is bullshit. Adequately padded shoes may not look fashionable, but they’re crucial.
I estimate that I may have walked close to 5 miles each day of the conference (in flat sandals…. owwwww my feet). I think it was about 1/2 mile between our hotel room and the convention center, and this was in the same freaking hotel. All the restaurants except for one in the Land of Foodcourtia in the convention center were closed. The one that was open had only greasy fried food, hot dogs, and $9.50 hamburgers. We ate there only once, and then trekked 1-1/2 miles over to the Luxor hotel for lunch on the other days.
This is a good representation of what it feels like in the casinos. Imagine sucking in a lungful of stale smoky air to complete the picture.
The sunset was quite lovely. These colors are fairly accurate.
The castle at cheesy Excalibur.
Mandalay Bay had a really nice “beach” area with a wave pool filled with showoffy 17 year old boys, and a couple of regular pools filled with fat women of questionable sexuality on inner tubes. I spent a little time soaking up the sun, covered in sunscreen of course, reading and making vitamin D.
Paris was lovely, as usual, with the painted ceiling and cobblestone “streets.” As a side note, Paris and Aladdin used to be connected…. but now Aladdin is the Planet Hollywood Hotel. They’re taking down all the beautiful Middle Eastern decor and replacing it with flat “glam” Hollywood looking stuff. No more sandstone arches, painted ceiling, or fake thunderstorms.
We paused for a self portrait on a bench in Planet Hollywood. 1 a.m., our feet hurt and we were exhausted from walking.
A fake crystal chandelier.
May 6, 2007 :: 4:08 pm
Today after lunch I saw a car with a banana peel draped over its door handle:
I’ve been playing around with the nightshot mode on Doc’s camera. I like the effect I get when there’s still a little ambient light.
My garden is growing! Some of it, anyway. I may not have any tomatoes or morning glories, but by god I’m going to have lots and lots of zucchini this summer.
April 22, 2007 :: 4:47 pm
Doc and I like to take photo walks when the weather is nice. Usually we just start from our house and head off in a random direction and see what we can find that is interesting. Today we ended up at the YMCA pool in a park a mile or so from our house.
As I circled the pool looking for interesting things to photograph, I kept getting whiffs of strong pot smoke from a couple of guys sitting on a picnic bench near the treeline, smoking. Doc wondered aloud what kind of people come to a public park to smoke out. I said, “People who don’t want their parents to smell the smoke coming from their rooms.”
April 18, 2007 :: 8:54 pm
This awesome little SmartCar parks in my parking lot at work sometimes after hours. The license plate says “PIGLET.” (I’ll wait for your cute fit to die down before continuing…)
They’re gas-powered, get incredible mileage (probably similar or better than my hybrid Prius), and cost about $25,000 US. Yes, you read that right, 25 grand for this car. I really truly wish that people in this country would get on the ball and buy smaller cars like this one (check out the monstrosity parked next to it) but for that kind of money, I’m not sure it’s going to happen for the SmartCar.
Squishy Little World
I’m not certain what this is, exactly, but I stepped on it. It made for a cool photo. Kind of like a little planet, sitting there on the concrete.
March 26, 2007 :: 8:37 am
Doc is in the process of putting his photography online. I spent several hours yesterday updating his website and creating a photography section for him. Bookmark this page; there will be more to come in the next few days!! I’m so jealous of his talent. He has an amazing way with light and composition.
March 1, 2007 :: 9:37 pm
WOOHOO! I am now the proud owner of two tickets to the Police concert in Dallas in June!! Through an odd set of circumstances, I was able to obtain them through a special ticket pre-sale. I think that I will also try to get some tickets at the regular sale on Saturday, to sell on eBay and make my money back.
You seriously don’t want to know how much I paid for these tickets. I have NEVER spent this much money on concert tickets before. I sure hope that it will be worth it.
I got a promotion and a raise at work, and to go along with that, I also get an employee of my very own: a junior designer. I will be shaping the mind and talents of a young artist. Wish me luck!!
Tuesday night I went out for dinner and drinks with Kathryn and Yvonne. I had a fantastic time. It was lovely patio weather once again, and great company.
Today is Brittney’s birthday. Happy birthday, if you’re reading this!!!!!
We visited our tax man this evening. We owe the government more money than we paid for our down payment on our house (we planned for it, and have enough). Ah, the joys of self employment. At least it wasn’t quite as big a bill as we’d thought that it would be.
I got an e-mail from a researcher at the USDA Wind Erosion Research Unit in Kansas, asking permission to publish the photo I took of the dust storm last Sunday on their web site. Pretty cool, eh?
I just made myself sick trying to take a spinny chair photo for my photo of the day. I had to stop because my tummy was churning dangerously.
I just realized that the word “etcetera” contains “cetera,” as in the singer Peter Cetera of Chicago fame. So I wonder, if your name was something like Edward Thomas Cetera, you could go by E.T. Cetera. That would be pretty damn funny.
August 21, 2005 :: 10:04 pm
doc and i both “sold” our pieces that were in the art auction last night. together we raised $300 for the guys & dolls lifewalk team, benefitting AIDS arms of dallas.
neither of us sold our pieces that were up for display/personal sale, though.
doc’s auction piece was a close-up gecko photograph, and mine was a painting, “land of counterpane.” actually, i will miss it. it was one of my favorites.