34/365 – Night Creeper

I had been wanting to do a night time self-portrait for quite a while now, and tonight I finally had a chance. This was shot at around 11:00pm, and was a 2 minute exposure. I went out and stood in the field and had my friend pop a handheld flash on me 5 or so times from about ten feet away. He then went back to behind the camera and popped the flash on the overall scene twice more.

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23/365 – Terabyte

It took forever to get this done tonight. It had been ages since I had done this technique, which is called focus stacking. I took about 17 pictures of my hard drive (with my camera on a tripod), shifting the focus slightly with each picture so that I could get the entire name in focus with still having a shallow depth of field. After taking the images I had to put them in to Photoshop and blend them together, which on a laptop (even my heavily upgraded one) takes forever. I think it took a half hour to process this final image. And I had to do this three different times, with one time taking an hour to process. So needless to say I have been working on this for more than a couple of hours. I also busted out my flash for the first time in a while tonight, and bounced it off the window behind me with a diffuser.

I seriously love my hard drive, so I thought it deserved a spot in my 365.

357/365 – Celebrate

I don’t like this. But it was the absolute only idea I could come up with, and one of the few that actually turned out to be anything decent. The colors are weird, and the shadow bothers me, and it is just boring; but oh well. And, I am aware that this would have been more fitting for last night’s photo.

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252/365 – Computer Guts and Experimenting

Confession time: I have a nerd as a boyfriend. Yes, it was hard to admit, but it is true, Elliot is a huge nerd. Tonight he had two friends over for a LAN party. I don’t know all that much about these things, but I know his friends all brought their huge desktop computer’s (built by themselves of course), their huge monitors, controllers, and a crazy amount of wires. They hooked everything up, and were attempting to play Halo. That failed (lots of technical problems, which is ironic since they all work in the same computer repair place), so then they decided to play Starcraft (which Elliot plays on an almost nightly basis). So here I am, sitting on the floor (all the seating space is taken up by computer parts), editing pictures, and listening to their hilarious nerd talk. I didn’t have a picture for today, so naturally it had to be something computer related.

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Elliot’s apartment doesn’t have any lights, other than the one lamp he brought in, so I was trying to use flash. Elliot was helping me for a bit with his handheld flash and an electronic eye, but then got distracted, so I used my hand to block my on camera flash and kept getting these “flares” of sorts. I thought it was fun, so here it is.

And still playing with the handheld flash, and the newly refilled bowl of skittles. They don’t at all look like my normal pictures, but I kind of like them because they are so different.

152/365 – Float On

I have had an idea similar to this in my head for such a long time, and finally got around to trying it out. It didn’t really turn out how I had in my head but oh well. It was a last minute, random shoot after all.

The title is from the Modest Mouse song “Float On” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdX5dBJd5GA&feature=related).

131/365 – Crying over spilled milk

I decided to be brave and use my flash today so I could get some high-speed stuff. I usually am not a fan of flash for two reasons. A) I am not very good with it, and B) a lot of times it is obvious flash was used and I love how natural light looks. But, I decided to give it a try, and I managed to get something good out of it (in my opinion at least)! Plus I finally figured a few things out which will help so much in future shoots.

I had busted this glass a couple of weeks ago but saved it in hopes of being able to use it for a picture. So I am pumped I found a use for it. And being the photo nerd I am, I am still saving it to use it again, pieces and all.