16 August 2010

You, Me and... Working Out

It doesn't taste as good as skinny feels...


There is an ongoing saga in my life about working out.
I either claim I'm too busy,
get lazy...
don't have the right gear...
but yet I am unhappy with the results (or lack of results) that comes from being a fat-ass.



The series of pictures below are some of my favourites about this ongoing issue.




my Scale is an evil bastard.
My Scale is really a Bastard sometimes



It's like I have to drag myself out of bed to workout...

09 August 2010

Heart Breaker

these heels were made for walking

I felt this photo spoke for itself.

Sometimes when you are getting involved with someone new, you're accused of hurting feelings/walking all over them.

I drew out a paper heart and used a Crayola marker to colour it in. Took it outside, found a spot on the parking lot that was clean. The original intention was to drive over it a few times, but inspiration struck when I took my water bottle and poured the remaining contents over it to make a bleeding/faded look.

Post processing was using "ACID WASH" from Totally Rad Actions.

07 August 2010

Hamster-Stories

In a previous post I spoke about how Hamsters are the absolute best photographer's subjects.

I also found with my new tri-pod with the 90 degree/extention feature... I've been able to get to different perspectives that can create some really fun images.

I can't speak more volumes about having a really nice tri-pod. Mostly for anything that requires an apeture higher than 5, the tri-pod is a MUST.

Here is Hampton (my hamster) adding to his modeling portfolio.
Although he hated the business trips, he knew that the food, litter and bedding life style he was accustomed to... had to come from somewhere.
He really hated business trips, but he knew that the bedding, food and toy lifestyle that he had become accustomed to had to come from somewhere.

This was actually a composition of six different photos to get the perfect hamster booty.

First, I took a picture of the hallway that I wanted. I had to put a stand-in for Hampton, so I used a tea box. This helped me get the depth of field that I wanted for the hallway. This is where the tri-pod was critical. My hallway is really dark, so I needed to have a slower shutter speed to get in the right light. I had the tripod on the lowest setting, the tilt/pan at 140 degrees (used my lens bag to be the counter weight) and set a timer to let the camera take the photo.

Then I re-did that shot with myself in it and the suitcase. I always like to have the photo without people in it first, in case something messes up and I need to photo-shop in a correction.

Then, I got three photos of Hampton. Hamsters don't sit still, had he sat still nicely I would have only needed one, but I got one that I liked his ears, his little body and then the tail.

Then... I put it all together. :)

Which is similar to what I did here.

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Hamtastrophe!

In this case, Hampton wasn't in his ball when I took the photo to begin with.

(4 photos).

First photo, the stair case (using the tri-pod).
Second (the ball).
Third, Hampton pushing up against the glass of the cage.
Fourth, one of Hampton in the ball rolling around.

I had to re-create him the ball using the Overlay function in Photo-shop, otherwise he'd be a blurred thing of tan.

I think I could have made this photo so much better (get the glare out), but this was part of my 100 days of photos where all of the photos need to be taken in the 24 hour period around that day (sometimes I'm late, but it's a rolling 24 hours).

Enjoy!

05 August 2010

When you Need a Sister.

I keep looking at how far my photography has come since Serena was killed.
Tonight is one of those nights that I really miss her.


Because you are my sister, I'll share with you.
Because you are my sister, I will share with you...

A sibling is one relationship that you are supposed to have your entire life and I can't stop myself from being a little envious of my friends on facebook posting, "I love yous" and the sharing back and forth of stories... and jokes.

So it's just a simple, "I miss you Serena."

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One of the best days of my life. This was Serena's first t.u. vs A&M Game and we spent the night before making her overalls... and eating a lot. In fact, everytime there is a photo of us not at the game, we were eating. As sisters we were allowed to eat... as long as the other one ate, because you were only fat by reference. My best friend Shlee is behind us making bunny ears.

02 August 2010

You have a boat?

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Summer Time on the St. Croix

The best part about the summer here in the Land of a 10,000 lakes... is the water. It's the time that I spend on the water... that makes the winter a little more bearable.


A friend of mine took me on his boat. It's hard to be on a boat and not lust after having one of your own. However, after learning about all of the overhead that you get when you have a boat... I also know that I would not be able to handle that type of commitment. So, I'll settle for having boat friends :)
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Possible Future Friends ;)

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On one of the landing beaches along the river.

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The Sun Started to go down...

Let Tomorrow Come
So Beautiful...

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Sunset on the St. Croix near Hudson, WI


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My Favourite Shot that Night

I am so in love with the Minnesota Summer... and boats.