Stationary Drifting


Photojojo rocks (as always)

If you don’t follow Photojojo on everything you’re missing out. Its a dream job of mine to work there because then I would get to geek out on photo tech stuff all the time and take pictures forever. But that’s besides the point, the real point is that Photojojo has lots of great equipment for sale at reasonable prices and awesome DIY photo based projects. So they are a favourite of my nerdy nerdy heart for those reasons alone.

Now they have started offering phoneography (phone + photography) classes online though and I’m really excited! If you sign up now its $5 and you’ll get a twice weekly online class for a whole month. I start March 1 and am (obviously) really excited. Click the photo if you’re equally excited about this and want to give it a shot.

I’ll post a review of it once I’m done or during.

And no, I’m not being paid for this and I paid to get into the class. I just like Photojojo.

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2 new (to me) favourite photographers

For those that don’t know me I should preface this by saying that I love photography. I have since forever. I remember my mom giving me a camera as a gift when I was 7 or 8 years old because she was impressed by the pictures I took for my brownie badge and I’ve been hooked ever since. My dad’s siblings are also photographers and I have been lucky to get some personal lessons from them at different times. My Aunt Johanna was the photographer at my wedding (blog post and pictures coming soon I swear), and I have a happy memory of  being 13 and visiting her by myself for the weekend. She gave me a camera, loaded me up with film and let me go, including inside her darkroom. It was basically the best ever. I collect cameras, I read camera blogs, I take photos as much as I can. I’ve been having a personal revival with film ever since my good digital slr was stolen, so you don’t get to see as many of my photos here as I would otherwise post if I had digital but take my word for it, I’m a fan.

One of my favourite photoblogs is Photojojo. It appeals to all my nerdiness for gadgets, gives great product reviews and lots of fun photography related tips and projects, as well as links to other photographers doing great stuff. So without further ado, here are my two new favourite photographers, as introduced by photojojo.

Daniel Beltrá

Originally from Spain, but living in the US now (according to his bio) Beltrá does what he calls Conservation Photography, and does it well. He reminds me of another great artist that I love, Edward Burtynsky, in his portrayal of human impacts on natural landscapes from a view point of epic proportions.

click through the pictures to seen them in their full, photographer website, glory.

Jon Shireman

I have no info about this photographer, except when you look at his flickr there are a lot of great and different shots that play a lot with light and lighting of a whole array of subjects. My particular favourites of are these frozen and smashed flowers because it it takes something beautiful and ruins them in a beautiful way, but also because the way that they break is so unnatural that it kinda doesn’t compute in my brain.

Ugh, flickr is annoying about not letting people post images so just click on the links to see the gorgeous photos because they really should be seen in their entirety.

 


Bad Blogger

I don’t actually know what happened…I suddenly became terrible at blogging. Maybe I got more interested in Pinterest…I know that I’ve been spending less time in front of the computer, my days have been spent a little more running around. I also started a major addiction to Bones, I’ve been spending all my spare time watching that. I quit my cleanse, Marseau made a big soul food dinner about a week into it and I couldn’t say no, them I was totally off it and couldn’t convince myself to get back on. I feel guilty about that, and since I’ve been tracking it here I guess I was avoiding it. Jared got a job and the two of us kinda stopped taking pictures. I haven’t been very into writing down ‘small things’ they were feeling kinda repetitive. I lost energy, filled my time up with other things and haven’t written here in too long.

new month new start amiright? May will be back to the gym, back to the blog, back to the books, back to philly? Not necessarily in that order. Wedding planning is in hyper gear so I’ll probably be writing about that. Amongst other things. PULLING THE THREADS BACK TOGETHER PEOPLE.


52 Themes: Macro

Week 3: Macro

So its not exactly the 3rd week by the gregorian calendar but it is the 3rd week of this project. Both Jared and I got a bit distracted by other things going on in our lives. Apparently he had been writing his first feature length film! I, less excitingly, have been working on my thesis. We’ve been emailing each other back and forth a couple of times a week, apologizing for not having kept up our end of the bargain and promising to finish soon. Finally, here are my photos from the newest theme, I imagine Jared’s will also be up soon.

This week was Jared’s choice: Macro. Neither of us have macro lenses, and so we were relying on the digital macro functions on our cameras. They aren’t as good as macro done with a real lens but they do pretty good for what they are. I, personally, love taking macro photos. I love the close up view of the photo’s subject and what that reveals. I like the different perspective on every day things and how something as simple as snow melting on a jacket can turn into a really interesting picture. Macro can show what something is really made of, and it can also render something totally unrecognizable. It forces me to get up close and personal with the thing I’m photographing. I was really excited about the theme this week.

I played around a bit with a close focus on a mundane object so that I could blur out the background. I really like that effect and how it changes the way I look at the bigger picture, like how the packing tape on the pole illuminates the sky and the apartment building behind,  how the paper crane makes me want to look at my kitchen, and the close up of the flower buds makes me see all the other buds coming to life. I also did some traditional macro by getting up close to something and trying to capture its details, I started with some flowers growing along the edge of a building (a sign of spring!) but got really excited about getting up close to a discarded apple core and trying to capture the dirt and wrinkles. I think my favourite from this theme was the reflection of me taking the picture of the bolt covers in the closest cover while the rows of the other covers go up in the background. I really like the perspective that happens in that photo.

Anyway, here is my submission for the 3rd week of 52 Themes. I’m still not feeling like I’m really stretching my photography skill and maybe for the next one I will go out on a photographic adventure to capture what I want from this. In the meantime I just like the fact that I’m carrying my camera with me everywhere and how it forces me to look at my everyday surroundings differently.


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{wishlist} Fuji x100

Fuji x100

Ever since my Canon Rebel mysteriously disappeared from my house a couple of years ago I’ve been sans a manual digital camera. Not a huge issue, I have a beautiful film Nikon FE and a small point and shoot canon, as well as a couple polaroids and a fuji instax. And my phone. Plus its not like I depend on having a good camera for my work or anything. I just really love taking pictures. Having a good manual digital has been lacking in my life and in my photography. I’ve been in the market for a while, watching to see what comes out, going to LL Lozeau regularly to oogle and dream. The weight of a manual camera, the ability to look through a viewfinder and see the picture I’m going to take, the quality, the functions that allow a greater range of lighting, speed, etc.

Okay, I really miss taking great digital photos. I know that’s not all about the equipment but you know what? Sometimes it is.

Anyway, I had the pleasure of talking shop with a friend, Michael Abril who is a fucking fantastic photographer. I was asking his opinion on what’s out there these days and he suggested this camera. Its a good blend of an SLR without all the bulk of the other cameras. It takes HD video and is fully manual. The only downside is that there’s no way to change lenses. Which is ultimately fine because I don’t do that often anyway.

Since talking with Michael I’ve done a bunch of research myself on this camera and have become obsessed. I’m not normally a fuji person. I tend to stay with canon and nikon for their proven quality and long history. I do have one of the fuji instax and I like it a lot but its a (relatively) cheap plastic camera that I wasn’t expecting much beyond fun times with. For my fancier cameras I’m a little more picky. I haven’t played with this camera in real life (yet – I’m planning a trip to LL Lozeau soon) but I like what I’ve read, and I like the smaller size (sometimes the bigger ones can be cumbersome),

I like that fuji has kept the old school look of it. I love the way camera look and some of the newer ones don’t really look like real cameras anymore.

The x100 is pretty pricey though, and nearly as nice is the fuji x10

Which, truthfully, is probably what I will end up getting. Its half the price and therefore closer to my budget (which is nothing right now but I’m hoping it will be something eventually). I haven’t played with either and am not totally clear on what the practical differences are. Other than the x100 is probably better and faster at everything. Anyway, I’m pretty excited about this camera in my future.

Has anyone tried these cameras out? What do you think? A list of pros and cons would be so great!


52 Themes: Waiting

Week 2!

This week was my choice in theme. I picked ‘waiting’ because I was waiting every day for spring to finally show up. I had all sorts of plans for what I was going to take pictures of this week but none of them really ended up happening. So instead you get a variety of shots I took when I remembered to take them. They are loosely based around the idea of waiting, or later rationalized as fitting into the idea of waiting.

I only have 8 this week because I would rather put up 8 good ones than have a couple of (extra) random ones just to make the 10 mark. What can I say, I wasn’t really committed to the project this week. Not that I ignored it, just that I had a busy week and didn’t get a chance to set aside a day or an afternoon to focus on taking pictures.

That said, I’m happy with the ones I have. They aren’t all stellar but I really like the one with the green church. I have been playing with the white balance function on my camera. Not just for balancing the picture in the moment, but also using an old white balance on a new shot, I’ve been finding its adding interesting colour washes to pictures. I also like the close up of my drink, I’m still very into macro photography. I like the ways views that it gives on regular objects. In the glass picture I like the up close focus on the sugar. I like the shots of M because my boyfriend is really cute/hot, I think the pictures themselves are good but the subject is really fun to photograph.

Remember that this is not just my project, Jared will be putting up a bunch of photos on the same theme over on his site. Make sure to check them out.

UPDATE: Ha! Jared killed it this week with his series of his cat Yeltsin and a stuffed deer taking turns waiting for things. I laughed out loud at each shot as I scrolled down. He took the shots with his polaroid and scanned them so they have a nice yellow tone and interesting sharpness. My favourite is the one of Yeltsin picking up his dinner can. Not just for the cuteness but also for the framing, the light on the floor and the colour. Bar raised brother. I’m going to have to think up something good for this next round…week 3 is Jared’s choice. Check back on or around Monday.

 

waiting for M to wake up

waiting (patiently) in line

waiting for the light to change

waiting = time

waiting for my turn

waiting for our food

cherry waiting

waiting to get his picture taken


52 Themes: Outdoor Activities

Week 1 is up!

Jared picked the first theme, which was Outdoor Activities. Being that he lives in LA there was a bit of a bias in his favour on this week because he didn’t have to freeze his fingers off trying to find a shot. He was his week to choose though and I was game.

One thing I learned is that I don’t really do that many winter outdoor activities except walking to/from the grocery store, market, friends houses and metro. So that was really my theme for this week. What I find in my daily outdoor walks. I added a couple of anti-outdoor activities for the housebound winter, just to make my point about hibernation. And I did a small study on snow/ice since that’s the main factor in outdoor activities this time of the year.

Feedback is more than welcome. I’m a little rusty with the digital. Make sure to check out Jared’s post from his this week, hint its a really great series of kids playing basketball. And check back next Monday for the new theme.