Archive for the ‘photography’ Category
Saturday, December 19th, 2009
Christmas lights are a holiday ritual I dropped years ago. All the cost, time, and effort it takes to put up a really nice light display just seems beyond pointless, and the worst usage of time and energy I can imagine. I don’t think I’ll ever have lights, a tree, or any decorations of the sort.
I thought of shooting some lights in a way that they’d look unappealing or sinister. While I didn’t hit the mark with this one, I think I’m on to something. Next week is probably going to be awful. The core of the holidays always are for me.
Last Christmas, I found out that my employer was going under, and my Christmas present was unemployment. This year, I made my way back to another graphic design job, and while at least this one is sticking around, it’s going about as poorly as the last did. I’ve come full circle, from shit to shit.
Friday, December 18th, 2009
Things are suddenly beginning to look pretty shitty for next week. The firm project deadline is Wednesday, and that potluck lunch thing is going to suck away valuable time and productivity. At this stage in the game, I want to skip it and just finish the work so that we can all get the hell out before the holidays are a total wash.
I stopped by Advance Auto Parts on Colonial to pick up some supplies for my car—a pair of tail light bulbs, and a set of windshield wipers. The wipers were especially necessary today due to the rain, but I didn’t have time to install them during the remainder of my lunch break. This is the parking lot where I parked. I like the setting.
Thursday, December 17th, 2009
Things, work-wise, are actually running more smoothly than I expected, and the project deadlines aren’t as stressful as the last big project we had. Q&A started today, so we’re really just fixing bugs and tidying up at this point.
Holiday week might just turn out to be a breeze. I’m more anxious about figuring out what I’m going to bring to the office holiday potluck than anything else. It’s another typical workplace thing I’m experiencing for the first time. This job has a lot of "firsts" for me, even if it’s not my first proper career sort of job.
Also, the photo is from the inside of my car. I’m glad it’s getting back into working order again now that I can afford the repairs I’ve been holding off on all year.
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
There’s an abandoned building near my work that I pass by every day, and I’ve been wanting to take a photo or two there for a long time. Today, I took one. I figured the vintage-ish app on my phone would be appropriate for the run-down, unoccupied building.
The project that’s been forcing the long hours is almost done, so at least I’ll have a (hopefully) less hectic week next week.
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
I managed to get something important done: I had my brake pads replaced. That meant getting a ride to and from work today. Fortunately, I got out of work considerably earlier than yesterday—when I got out nearly at midnight.
I’m still enjoying the FxCamera app on my Android phone (see above). After a 15-hour day and corresponding lack of sleep, I’m dead tired. Once this next project is done and handed in (just in time for the holidays), I’m going to have earned the rest.
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
I uploaded this shot late with good reason: I didn’t get home from work until past midnight. And this is what I saw after I left the office…fog scattering the lights so that everything was orange and it looked like the whole world was on fire.
When I left for work at 8 AM, the fog was so thick you could barely see. When I got home at midnight, the fog had rolled in again just as thick. Fog transforms the world into something normal into some alien landscape. Thick fog like this makes you feel like you’re dreaming. I like these bouts of fog, and I liked that the night looked like it was on fire tonight.
Sunday, December 13th, 2009
I’m still having fun with that photo app on my phone, and took a bunch more pinhole-style shots. I’ve been using my phone’s camera more than ever before now that its low-fidelity shots actually look interesting.
I stopped by the office to finish up some work done that I didn’t want bothering me on Monday. I also checked out the bike I’m buying, which is in the process of getting painted right now. And that’s about it. I got to sleep extremely late and so woke up pretty late today. No big deal; the weekend went pretty well.
Saturday, December 12th, 2009
As I expected from the week of long hours and little sleep, I woke up quite late today, and basically didn’t manage to do anything but play some video games. I never expected to get much done over this weekend anyway.
I didn’t do anything to this shot, but I did use neat app that emulates the pinhole camera look, the Polaroid, look, etc. Did a pretty good job at it. This doesn’t look like a camera phone shot at all.
I’m making time now until I get out of the house and go to a party. Good to actually do something on a weekend for a change.
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
I decided to mess around a little with my photo today; I guess I tend to do that when a shot doesn’t come out as well as I’d hoped. It was chilly and rainy and this shot came out kind of washed out. I’m sure someone somewhere has a name for this style of processing. I just like really sharp, sharp lines.
I’ve passed by this sign many times and have always wanted to take a shot of it, so I chose possibly the worst day to do it, but all I wanted was for the dilapidated, dirty, rusted-out look to come through in the shot, and it did, so I’m pleased. I’m also liking the gray weather so much.
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
Sure, this is a blurry shot, but there’s a reason for it. It’s pretty representative of what I felt like at around this point in the day, and it only got worse. See, I made the mistake of mostly not sleeping last night. I think it was four or 4:30 in the morning before I finally got to bed, and I woke up at six or seven.
I managed to stay functional by consuming much more coffee than I should drink, and even then, by the end of my day I was pretty much out of it. Heck, by lunch time (when this shot was taken) I was already starting to slip.
As I write this, I’m somewhat in my second wind, more awake and alert than before, and feeling good. Clearly, I’m going to go to bed earlier this time so that I can compensate for yesterday. And start fresh tomorrow.