Stationary Drifting


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.

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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.


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.


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52 Themes – about

My brother Jared is a champ of a photographer. He’s already self-published a book of his shots from when he was on film location in Kazakhstan, and rumour has it that he’s working on another.

Him and I share the family passion for photography, both our dad’s siblings – are semi professional photographers, and have shared many photographic adventures in our time together.

This summer for example, when he was living with me, we wandered around Mtl (here, here, &here), had photoshoots, took trips to a cabin (&here), our double birthday trip to NYC where between us we had 6 cameras (here, here & here).

When Jared got married in Vegas this December, for the 30 odd minutes that it took him to get married I had 3 cameras with me (here, &here), a film, a polaroid, and a digital. To be fair I wasn’t the only one, Lily’s dad and step-mom are also photographers. I took a lot of pictures.

What I’m trying to say here is that Jared and I both really like taking pictures and now we have a new picture project in the works!

Here how its going to go.

1. We’re going to take turns every week picking a theme.

2. For the following week we’re both going to take pictures along that theme.

3. At the end of each week we’re going to share with each other our favourite 10.

4. We will post our pictures on our websites.

The idea is to do this every week for the next while, aiming at a year if we like it. I tossed out the idea of collaborating on a book at the end if we’re into it.

Its like a book club for pictures!

So look for my posts on Mondays starting in March. And be sure to check out Jared’s site too.