Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Darkroom

Taking a semester off from Black & White photography was a difficult thing for me this past spring. Color Photography caught my interest again and so I shot loads of color film. I enjoy color but I find that it distracts your eyes from the lighting. The best kind of photo remains strong, even when you de-saturate the color from it.

Being back in the dark room printing in black & white made me realize that is my happy spot. I enjoy the smell of fixer, the sound of the water, the low light, and watching a photo develop right in front of my eyes. It slows the photographer down. Especially when you spend 8 minutes fixing a photo so it will last a hundred years.

We had our midterm tonight. I spent the past several Wednesday's preparing to show some of my strongest pieces. I will admit, I always get nervous when it comes time to put my work out there for critique. My classmates have a potluck and that makes it easier. Tonight was a wonderful class for me and I'm very happy with my final prints. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Right Now

10 Things I like right now...

1. Lemonade with mint leaves
2. Gelato
3. Driving with my windows down
4. Dresses
5. Reading before bed
6. Blasting music during my commute
7. Watching Arrested Development
8. Running on the beach
9. Dreaming about where to travel next
10. Stretching

What are you into right now?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Go Giants!

The San Francisco Giants made it to the play offs and I was lucky enough to go to the first game with some friends. We took the train into San Francisco, grabbed some snacks, and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Here is the view from the pier behind the ballpark:
Can you believe how amazing the seats were? We had first row seats. I haven't sat in the bleachers in a long time and the atmosphere was incredibly energetic! We talked to so many people and gave out high fives to everyone. It was the best game I have EVER gone to.  
I love this photo of the four of us. The usher and people in our section were very friendly and took lots of photos for me.
The characters sitting in our section photo bombed us a couple of times. :) I laughed so hard at some of the surprise memories captured.
We saw several people we knew at the game and had a few visitors since our seats were so great. The best part was that our team won! After that we headed to Tres Agaves to celebrate with a bunch of fans. We made a lot of friends, including on the train ride home. What a night!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

26 Things

Before 27...

Here is my list of things that I'd like to do or try before I hit 27!

1. Make home made gelato
2. Learn Spanish
3. Sew something
4. Finish a mini album
5. Take self portraits
6. Bake more
7. Exercise
8. Pay off my car
9. Take a road trip
10. Visit Michelle in Canada :D
11. Go on a tour of Alcatraz
12. Find a different photo booth location
13. Enter in a photo contest
14. Get photo website together
15. Eat healthier
16. Spend lots of time on the beach
17. Sleep
18. Read my library books
19. Get a massage (maybe several)
20. See the Pixar Art show in Oakland
21. Save for my dream camera (currently Nikon D700)
22. Make a new friend
23. Visit the De Young Museum
24. Avoid buying any external/internal hard drives
25. Go on an adventure
26. Be more spontaneous

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tunes Tuesday

Music has always been a big part of my life and I've been collecting it more now than ever. This song by Far East Movement has been stuck in my head for at LEAST two weeks. The lyrics are silly and the video is entertaining.
I am thrilled that Invented by Jimmy Eat World is finally out! They released their newest album last week and shared the whole album on their website before hand. I adore their single, My Best Theory, but my favorite is Movielike (probably because I like to make movies?). The whole album is filled with great songs and can be played all the way through. Check it out!

I've been listening to Sean Paul's Imperial Blaze & The Trinity while running on the beach. Sean Paul's music is perfect motivation for exercise. I especially enjoy looking up the lyrics since his Jamaican accent is hard to decipher. My two favorite songs are Evening Ride and So Fine.
I have love the exposure of the free single of the week that iTunes offers. Here are a few songs/artists that are musts for me: I Am Not a Robot by Mariana & the Diamonds, American Slang by The Gaslight Anthem, 1977 by Ana Tijoux, and Bien o Mal by Juliete Venegas. I am enjoying a lot of Latin music lately. Check out the Bien o Mal music video, but be warned that its a weird one...

If you have a minute, check out this video. Watch it a few times and it will get funnier. Jenna is convinced that Darwin Deez is her soul mate. What music are you listening to right now?

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