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The Daily Grind

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For four weeks, I sat around trying to force something creative. If I sit down long enough and concentrate, these ideas will practically photograph themselves. Well, that’s not the case, and I’ve known that for years. If it doesn’t involve math, then my creativity has to be spontaneous. I finally succumbed to the futility of these brainstorming sessions and decided I needed to just grab a camera and see what finds me.

Every morning between 6:39 and 6:44, I leave my house for work (or, as the fathers of twochmuras would say, I leave home for my shit job). Today was different from all the other mornings I’ve driven to work. Today on the 12-mile, 20-minute drive, I took 60 pictures. It was nearly pitch dark so I left the shutter open for 2.5 seconds on each shot. Since I was driving (and because distracted drivers really piss me off), I just pointed and clicked, not lining anything up or even looking at the final result. I just hoped that at least one out of 60 would look decent. Turns out I got a few more than one. I made adjustments on all of them, mostly in contrast, sharpness, and brightness. I was interested to figure out that some looked better by increasing these parameters, while others looked better by decreasing them. So please ride along and gain a new perspective on the simple task that is driving to work.

Perhaps creativity doesn’t require all that much creativity.

d. owl claw

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November 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm

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Lake Alice and the Rule of Thirds

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To start my unofficial undergraduate photography degree, I got an assignment to figure out the rule of thirds. It’s pretty simple – split the field of view into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. Make the focal point(s) of the picture lie along these “thirds” lines, rather than right in the middle. It definitely adds a different perspective to things. Here are a couple tries at noticing this difference. These were taken at Lake Alice on the campus of the Univ. of Florida.

The first pair is a plain old tree just off shore. Perspectives are a lot different when it’s not right in the middle!

I really like the next pair of pictures. That building across the lake is called the Baughman Center. That’s where you propose to your girlfriend. If it has any other uses, I haven’t heard what they are. Again, it’s almost the same picture, but lining the building up off-center really opens things up. You may notice the gator swimming around in the “thirds” picture.

Finally, I included a couple of others that I liked. That gator was doing what most gators do:  taking a dirt nap on shore. They don’t bother anyone, except for the drunk idiots who try to swim in the lake. Therein lies the danger of having frat row so close to a giant body of fresh water in Florida. Across the street from the lake is the bat house. If you stand there at sundown, thousands of bats come out and fly right overhead looking for dinner. It’s real neat! 

Last lesson of the day:  my cousin was right about contrast making a huge difference in pictures. POP.

 d. gator claw

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October 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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Outside of the box…

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A big part of this blog, for me anyway, is to help me think outside of the box. I have always had a passion for photographing people and documenting important stages of their lives… so I’m trying to force myself to photograph other things. Along with doing that, I have also been trying to be better at finding different events and things to do in my new town of Holland… and this weekend, I hit the jackpot! Holland’s Farmer’s Market was hosting The Carve, which is a competition where chefs from all over the nation make cool things out of food! It was really incredible what you can do with food, and I’m still having trouble deciding what some of the things were actually made of. Anyway, enjoy! Here is a bit of Holland for you 🙂

The Wonderland display

So pretty!

Some of my favorites!

And last but not least, this one is for you, Drewbert. Even though your Gators were terrible last night 🙂

j. monkey claw

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October 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm

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Two Can Play At This Game

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So begins an adventure away from the ordinary. I’ve never been the creative, right-brained type, but I’ve been attempting to channel that inner artist with photography for a little while now. With a coach [aka cousin] to help me along, I’m gonna try to see things with a different perspective. Hopefully I can take that book I’ve been going by and set it aside for minute or two.

To get things started, here are a few of my favorite pictures I’ve taken this year. One was taken 1.5 miles from my house. Another was taken 7000 miles from my house. The other two were somewhere in between.

d. zebra hoof

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September 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm

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life in the middle of nothing…Alpena :)

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I do like Alpena, it is a very pretty, cute town. My favorite part is the water, of course. So here is a few pics to show you what it is like. I played with the contrast and saturation a bit, because it was a cloudy day and they originally came out kind of dull. Originals are on the left, edits on the right 🙂

Okay, and I know they are just rocks, but they are pretty rocks!….once I tweaked them a little.

Maybe I’ll take some more pictures the next trip up for you…it got kind of chilly at this point.

j.whale hoof

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September 29, 2010 at 10:47 pm

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Welcome, RavenHoof.

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Nothing good so far–just getting the blog up and running. Pictures from Alpena to follow in a few days 🙂

j.cat hoof

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September 29, 2010 at 2:30 am

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