Friday, December 24, 2010

Picture Worthy Christmas

 Cheese!  I hope that no matter what kind of camera you have, whether new or old, big or small, a toy or professional grade, you'll take it out while the family is around this Christmas and take a few photos.  You know you'll regret it if you don't.  Perhaps you can deviate from the traditional poses and scenes and find something original to take a picture of, you'll get extra style points if you do from the guy at the Walgreen's photo department.
These three photographers are my nieces and nephews.  Erin is up top with her girly purple and pink camera last Christmas.  She got that camera and a toy laptop for Christmas and after she took a few pictures, she took her camera over to her laptop and said that she was going to write a blog.  Hayley is taking the next picture at Dave and Amber's wedding over the summer.  And Finn is the last photographer that took my picture a few months ago.
So you see, if they can do it, you can too!  Most importantly, however, I hope you have a wonderful time with the people you love.  I hope there will be memories made that will last through the years, and I hope you have a picture worthy Christmas.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Google's Year in Review



I ran across this video the other day and really liked it.  First of all, it's made by Google and I really like them. And Second, the song and content are really good too--in fact, a little touching.  Take a watch and listen and let me know what you think.

Blue Ball

Spee with a blue ball.  It's an older picture and it's selective colored, and depending on your taste you may or may not be into that sort of thing.  Me?  Sure, I guess it works.  I mean, I'm not overly excited about it but I don't hate it either.  I know that some cameras can do this in camera, but mine isn't that fancy so I have to do it in Lightroom during post processing by just desaturating all the colors except... wait for it... blue!  Fairly easy.  There are many ways to do it, though.  As they say, there is more than one way to skin a cat.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Grandpa Duck

I'm sure Amber remembers the time that fed the ducks outside of her old office.  There was this old, ugly duck that we called Grandpa Duck.  It would come lumbering over when we pulled out the bread and hang out on dry land hoping for some.  It looked so old that it made me wonder how it can actually still be alive.  It's like that cat we had around the house years and years ago that had one eye scratched out, its ear nipped, and its tail bent out of shape.  It wasn't Fraidy Cat, that one was brown, it was another cat in far worse shape.  Anyway, I wonder where that duck is, it's been a while.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Drawings

 I missed the memo informing me that if you go to Settings and then Basic, you can update your composing screen where you can put bigger pictures on your blog.  Now I know.  Here is a picture of a picture that Hayley drew of me on a napkin.  We had some Sharpies and a some napkins one night after dinner and decided to go crazy.  I think she did a pretty good job.  It looks like I'm supposed to be a referee.  
 However, if you look at Erin's rendition of Uncle Dave, you can see a more modern/abstract style that she is using.  I kind of look like the yellow pill-shaped minions on Despicable Me.  I also look like Toxie, the pet toxic asset that Planet Money's team bought and tracked until its unfortunate demise.

Aahhhh!

If this picture doesn't make you say, "Aahhhhhh!" then you are like a Scrooge who probably doesn't like puppies or kittens either.  I'm joking, but doesn't this picture just make you smile.  What a cute boy.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Photographers

This is my cousin Kelli. Not only is she very beautiful, but she is a very talented photographer. Click on her name to check out her incredible site. This picture was taken back in August at our cousin Sara's wedding.

I keep a list of photographers I run into on the internet that I like. It's quite a long list that I update whenever I find a new one, so I won't share all of it. I did, though, want to share a few highlights that I think are worth checking out if you are interested and/or bored.

First off, I usually get a daily dose of pictures from Lens - a blog by the New York Times. I'll warn you now, these are not feel-good, happy pictures. The site usually has a compilation of pictures throughout the world during that day. And in case you forgot, there is a lot of war and trouble throughout the world everyday and there are pictures of it too. But then, you have posts like this that show New York City throughout the decades, which is pretty interesting.

On the portrait side of things, Tim Park is a photographer in California who has the ability to take incredibly sharp photographs and --to use a cliche-- makes them Pop! I wish I could get portraits like he does. He and another photographer in Arizona, Lisa Holloway, can get the skin tones just right. That is something that drives me crazy because I'm not that good at it. I'm learning, but not to the point where these guys are. Finally, Pat Furey in Pennsylvania does an excellent job putting his own personal touch on his pictures. I think he also has a Golden Retriever which he uses in some of his engagement pictures. I don't care who you are, if you use a Golden Retriever in a picture, it's going to make it a thousand times better--of course, I do have a thing for that breed.

Finally, three more photographers that I think will make you happy. Jeff Lynch is a landscape photographer in Texas and is pretty darn good at what he does. I like his dialogs that writes with his photographs as well. Then, David Hobby has become an internet sensation by creating his site Strobist.com. Well, let me clarify: he became famous by his pragmatic approach of strobes and lighting in general, and making a site to share his knowledge. Lastly, Pete Souza is President Obama's official photographer. His pictures are very photojournalistic (if that is a word) and interesting at the same time. I encourage you to check it out.

Wow, there you go. Like I said before, this is just a small sample of photographers that I like. And if you're thinking, "What about Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Anne Geddes???", don't worry they have their place too, but the photographers in my list are currently making history by taking photographs a notch above the millions upon millions of pictures in the world currently. Okay, this post took a lot longer than I expected, and to think it started from running across a picture of Kelli with her camera in my files. Speaking of which, have I told you already to check out her amazing site??

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Easy Going

I can't tell you how many times I put a picture up and then just stare at the computer screen trying to figure out what on earth I should write about. Tonight was one of those. I've thought about writing about Christmas, or about why spiders don't get hurt when they fall a long distance, or about sports. Nothing really came though.

I like this picture of Hayley quite a bit. It shows how fun and easy going she is, not to mention beautiful. I really am lucky to have great nieces and nephews that teach me a lot. I know, It's weird, I'm supposed to teach them, but really they teach me about how to slow down and enjoy life. There is one time where I could have taught Michael something when he asked me four years ago: "So you go to college, right? So that makes you pretty smart? Well then tell me how did that baby get in my mom's tummy"

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Fair Trade

If you can't tell, these are three brothers. Ha, you already know them because I'm acting like people from another country read this, but no, if you are here looking at these pictures you probably already know who they are. It was a fair trade: I take their pictures, and they get to play Angry Birds on my iPod.


So I hope you enjoy the pictures. I know Kim will at least. Among other things, I taught her Miamaids the other night to take pictures of their Christmas trees without using the flash. I also taught them about old radios, ski goggles, and Ashton Kutcher. If you haven't put them together, it was about photography. Don't worry, it probably didn't make sense to them either.