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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
5:53 am
April Photo Marathon!!
As of Sunday April 30th, I have 709 exposures. Its a lot of exposures even if it does fall short of the 720 exposure goal. Man that was close. I'm going to keep taking photos until I use up all my film, which I have about 288 exposures left, then I'll buy a digital camera and take a picture of my pile of film.

Keep on shooting!

Current Mood: awake
Friday, April 14th, 2006
4:17 pm
When I moved from disposable point and shoots camera to SLR, it was because I wanted more control over my photos. So for a year now I've been taking tons of photos and playing with various controls. Mostly I use manual focus and I set the camera mode to manual as well. I've been able to experiment with over-exposing and under-exposing photos, and understanding what caused those exposures.

After a year, the one thing that still boggled my mind was DOF and focus. I understood that the aperture controlled how much light came in, but so does the shutter speed. So if the subject isnt moving, does it matter what the aperture is? So I researched further and found that aperture also controls the "Depth of Focus". Lots of sites talk about this, but they hardly explained how this works with the Focus lens.

Then I found the Photospot Blog. It goes over DOF like all the other sites, but it goes more into how it relates with the Focus lens. From all this I gathered something I hope other people trying to master these controls.

The Focus lens sharpens your subject while the aperture determines how sharpened the background is.

A great site to learn how all these controls work together is the Shutter Bee.

While none of this is really important when taking photos. I took many great photos with my disposable cameras without knowing anything other than when to use flash. Automatic mode works rgeat 80% of the time, but the photos I want are in the other 20% =D. So I learn when to turn off automatic and how to use manual. For instance...

Automatic turns waterfalls into mud, manually setting the shutter speed makes them waterfalls.

Automatic focus takes forever when photographing people on the red carpet. Setting focus to a prepared spot, and snapping photos as the person crosses that point is better.

Taking macro shots in a ministudio are nice with automatic, but great with the aperture manually controlled.

Basically what I'm trying to say in this long post is that dont fret the not knowing manual, but as you learn how to master manual you'll think back to past photos (as I did) and say "thats the touch I needed". Also, on Photosig, any bad picture is great if you have a nude girl in it, not that theres anything wrong with nude girls.

Oh and Monday, I'll be upgrading from my Cannon Rebel to a Nikon D50 DSLR. Yup, gomi is going digital =D.
Reason 1. Photolabs wont "correct" my photos.
Reason 2. I can experiment and study the results quicker.
Reason 3. I can post the awesome pics on-line faster.
Reason 4. Nude girls are squimish that photolab techs will make copies ;)

Current Mood: mellow
Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
3:29 pm
April Photo Marathon!!
Ah spring is here. This April I plan on taking 24 exposures a day, every day. My goal, as always is to improve my skills. I’ll start journaling my progress in [Bad username: hourly hotos], and cross posting the good pics =D. Anyone else interested in doing this challenge with me?

PS: I also have four rolls I need to send off to be developed
Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
3:13 am
Random shootings are now being organized
The problem with taking lots and lots of photos is that they keep getting harder to organize. In the past I tried to organize everything via a file system, but my cache keeps growing and the time to sort and fiddle with directories and links is also growing. Sure, I could probably build some type of snazzy DB and maybe even a website for it as well, but I would be happier if I didn’t snort another line of code in my life again. I even thought of trying to force iTunes to organize my photos, but the hassle-benefit ratio was too high.

Luckily for me the company that can do no evil (Google) has made Picasa to help us organize photos. It has more features than I’d like, but it does what I need it to do very well. My only wish is that it had a method for including copyright information into the photo. Luckily I own the copyrights to most of my photos, but I can see it being more of a problem in the future. So if anyone knows of a product with the organization capabilities of Picasa, but also keeps track of photo dependent data then please let me know. (Perhaps all I need is a decent EXIF editor :S.)

One thing I like about Picasa is that I can upload images for printing to Snapfish, which I also use for developing my negatives. I wish they supported uploading images to Imageshack and Photosig =D.

While I’m on the subject of photos, I’ll remind Charlie that its time for a Irish party with photos from her last Halloween Party.

Current Mood: satisfied
Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
2:44 pm
Pyramid at sunset
I orginally posted this old photo a few weeks ago. I thought it was a decent shot, but one critique gave me the ideas to modify and post this new photo which is far superior. The biggest modification is playing with the "levels" of the image to adjust the contrast and brightness. Now I'm going to go back through my old photos and experiment with this technique.

I found a nice tutorial on this here.
Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
8:20 am
DC Shorts Film Fest
A while ago I did a paprazzi gig at the DC Shorts Film Festival. My photos are hosted here by one of the other photographers. One was even used on their website, w00t. =D

It was a lots of fun abnd I'll probably do it again. I was the only one there using a film SLR :S. One thing I learned is people walking the red carpet move too fast for autofocus, so set manual focus to a spot you plan people to be at, and shoot when they reach there.

In other news, since I've been playing with longer exposures (usually about 3seconds) for night time shots and other reasons. I'll be getting a tripod upgrading to a Nikon N65 with a remote so I can reduce camera shake. Lately I've been taking some wonderful photos of Columbia which I'll be posting here soon. I'm also toying with the idea of setting up my own photo website next month as well.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
12:20 am
DC Shorts
Hello, this weekend I'll be doing some event photograpy (aka paprazzi) stuff at the DC Shorts Film Festival. Its a rare oportunity for me to take candid pictures of people and not have to worry about pepper spray. The film festival will own the copywrite, but I'll be able to link to my photos afterwards. Of coarse I'll post the link here for you guys =D.

Say cheese!
- Chris
Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
11:28 pm
My first Nude series =D
As promised, here they are =D

I really like postal's black and white photos, so I striped the color from some of my photos.
I'm too sexy for color
I'm too sexy for my shadow
I'm too sexy for my silhouette
So sexxxy it hurts

Bonus pic!
I also tried B&W on this photo, but it doenst have the same affect.
The lighting I'm using gives a yellow hue which gives this photo a sepia effect.
My guardian from sgina
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
10:37 pm
Preview of nudes
Next Wednesday I'll post the complete series

but here is one for now
Bob's nude silloutte
12:20 pm
Theme: Frogger the Video Game =D
It's been a while since I've posted. My LJ habits wax and wane often. But I still take photos. These were photos I took back in June.

I was helping my friend Jason move from College Park, MD to Philly. However his van broke down in the middle of the trip. While waiting for the tow truck, I practiced playing with shutter speeds and moving lights.
Stranded in the middle of the freeway

In my constant exploration in the jungles of Columbia. I almost stepped on a huge uhm... "herd" of baby frogs that just matured past tadpoles.
Frog 1
Frog 2

They are really small.

I'm developing another roll today, and if you're lucky I'll post a teaser photo to my 1st nude series =D
keep on clicking!
Thursday, June 30th, 2005
5:00 pm
What is everyone doing for the 4th? Take lots of pictures :)

Current Mood: thirsty
Friday, June 24th, 2005
12:36 pm
Updated pictures! yay
I updated my journal finally. Hope everyones doin' well.




Since I'm shooting on Tmax 3200, I don't really have the opportunity to shoot during daylight hours. That's why I have so many low-light bar shots. That would be fine if we frequented more than one bar. So I broke down and bought an ND9 filter. It cut down the light three stops and I can set my ASA at 400, hence the daytime pictures. It really kills the contrast on some of these pictures, so I have mixed feelings. I should have undershot the "metermaid" picture but I guess that's the point of this study. :)

OK your turn :)

Current Mood: dirty
Thursday, June 9th, 2005
9:05 pm
2:08 pm
All my previous photos got lost cause I renamed them and did a bit of a re-arrange on my site. Here's the most recently added:


Loneliness is always prevolent at Palm Bay, FL bars. That, and creepy old guys who want you to sit on their lap.


My friend Petey at JD's


This is my favorite bartender, Karen, and she's working the bar all by herself on a busy Saturday night. She was always in motion, but I caught this one minute where she didn't move.


Competely and utterly annoyed.


Karen not enjoying the fact that a camera is in her face.


This guy swore that it was LEGAL to have a young friend (read:under18) of his sit at the bar. He started calling the bartenders random names so they kicked him out. He said he was going to call the cops on them! HA!


This is usually the scene in all the local bars, and thus the reason I hate them. Everyone is friends at the bars and everyone's slept with everyone else. If a "fight" does break out, it's usually a just a quick punch thrown and that's it.

That's it for now! I'm getting another 2 rolls of film from the lab soon! What have you guys been taking pictures of?

Current Mood: bored
Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
8:37 pm
Bandy Cams
Well tomarrow, I'll be "freeing" a bandy cam at work, and hopefully soon I'll be able to "free" a bandy cam for md2600. I'll update all y'll on any progress. If these work out, I'll try some freerange bandycams.

Monday, May 30th, 2005
12:45 pm
Spurlunking in the jungles of Columbia
Spurlunking 1
Spurlunking 2
Spurlunking 3

Male trumpeter swan at wilde lake
I like clouds

These photos didn't come out as I had hoped. I'll try to post updates.
Scenic point
Sun behind tree
Friday, May 27th, 2005
12:38 pm
I really like the idea of bandycams. Alot. So, I searched around for info on them (outside of the bandycams site) and couldn't find much. So I started a bandycams livejournal community since the main site doesn't have a forum. To answer your question, Yes, I am bored. But I'm not crazy, damnit. When are you sending out your bandycams? :D

Current Mood: amused. muahaha.
Thursday, May 26th, 2005
1:31 pm
I saw this suspiciously on a sidewalk outside a gas station.
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
8:08 pm
Hello. I just joined via UFO8MyCat's suggestion. I guess I should post some pictures:


The Melbourne water tower being deconstructed.

A peaceful moment during rush hour at a local gas station. That bum has a new bike.

Bars have laws about small children sitting at the bar. This guy begged to differ.

That's all for now.

Current Mood: bored
8:32 am
Metro photos
Hi, just thought people would be insterested Ridin' the Rails, a 2 1/2 hour Smithsonian photo class of taking photos in the DC Metro system. I'm thinking of attending the June 26 class.
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