I don’t blog enough, and I don’t shoot enough. Recently a work friend asked me to do some headshots for her, and I was happy to do so. I’m happy with the results, but I have to say, anyone could take a picture of Diana and have it look great; she’s very beautiful!
There are quite a few more on my flickr spot. I wanted to at least update my blog with a few.
So, so excited that I ended up going to this. I was up so late being sick that I was not sure I’d get up in time to go. I did leave late (1pm-ish), but I am glad I went to see this installation by Os Gemos. I tumbled about this some time ago, and a friend urged me to go as well. I posted a link a little while ago on my tumblr. I really want to go again. I don’t think I’ll have the opportunity though, before it closes on March 24th.
Yes, this was part of the installation. Bonus points to anyone who visits and can tell me where it was. (Kinda sorta hidden just a little.)
All those are posted on my instagram. You can follow me on instagram via my username (per_lux_lucis) or follow via this link.
… I also HAD to visit Marc by Marc Jacobs off of Melrose. I went in there knowing the credit card would come out. And it did. I used it. Abused it.
My auntie actually got this MBMJ tee for me as a gift, because she said it was very me. And it really is. She definitely was not letting me leave without it!
I took some snapshots with my actual camera as well. (I love you iPhone, but yanno.) Continue reading
I recently acquired a second Canon 580EX II Speedlite, and hadn’t had the opportunity to use them together (work, school, work, school). After having minimal success with my PocketWizard Plus IIs, I turned to an extra long ETTL cable to get my flash off camera! (Sigh… Gotta replace the cable for the PWIIs so I can get as cable-less as possible!) What I love about these flashes is that I can control the amount of light from each flash with one unit (the “master” flash). Makes shooting soooo easy! You could even use EETL on both flashes, if you wanted to. That’s pretty cool.
These photos are mostly un-edited. I used a bright red and deep blue gel. I did adjust contrast and touch a little bit of weird shadowing on my cheek and near my mouth in the portrait. Otherwise… I got pretty lazy. Haha! Enjoy.
I’m really not diggin’ the hands in the last photo. I always forget about my hands and to pose them… I’m still practicing posing for pictures.
I took a few photos to showcase a tee I wore on Valentine’s Day by OBEY Clothing. Re-create of Klimt’s “The Kiss” in an awesome, psychedelic-funk style. Was primarily inspired by the light coming through a window from the house in the late afternoon. The clouds had diffused the sun, but left just enough light to cast a lovely, soft glow. (Being further diffused by the window made it just right.)
Self portraits are not easy for me, and they especially can get funky when giving auto-focus a go. Sometimes it doesn’t turn out half bad, and the shift of focus can be alluring. So glad I got my tripod back. We had been separated for some time.
And thus ends my three days of recreation. I took kind of a drive today for my final outing. I was especially fortunate to have the chance to encounter lots of wildlife. I was able to get lots of kinda sweet pictures. Pictures taken with iPhone or my Canon T1i. (1st three: iPhone. 2nd three: SLR.)
I can’t believe how good these last two days have been for me. I almost feel like I have been sedated. Spending hours alone, but doing productive things (at least, to me). I didn’t expect to appreciate it so much. I find it a challenge to explain. As much as I have enjoyed it, I look forward to getting out and being social again. Maybe I’ll do just that very soon.
After all, I’m super lucky to have the people I do in my life.
I feel fortunate to live where I do. I am close enough to beautiful gardens and places to walk or hike, and in an area where I can find all kinds of amazing foods from almost any genre you can think of. I had tea today at my favorite tea house with a half sandwich (three cheese grilled cheese), and a cup of minestrone soup. Yesterday I had an unbelievable sushi feast with delicious Fuji Apple flavored sake.
I felt like Alice, because this was surely wonderland.
I wished that I didn’t have to leave. When I was here (alone) all afternoon, I was calm. Even happy. A wonderful way to recollect myself. I love that there is a small slice of nature to escape to, not too far from my home. I don’t go nearly as much as I should, but when I do, it’s usually because I absolutely need it.
My Dad with my half brother and half sister.
My Dad went to Indiana (his home state) recently, and brought back some photos (I insisted). He’s still scanning them, but I took some photos with my iPhone of the photos. Growing up, I had never seen a photograph of him younger than about 40.
I really love Joshua Tree National Park. One of my absolute favorite things to do is be out after dark, looking up at the stars. Some time ago, when there was a meteor shower, I visited Joshua Tree with my ex-boyfriend. A segment on NPR said that it would take the eyes 45 minutes to adjust to the dark. I will testify to that, due to experience. Now I have a new, secret weapon.
I read an awesome bit in the latest Scientific American Mind about dark chocolate:
New research shows that the cocoa flavanols in dark chocolate can briefly sharpen vision – and even cognitive function - by temporarily increasing blood flow to the eye and brain.
So… I’ll be bringing dark chocolate to my next trip out to the desert. I might even go ahead and make sure I eat some on my break at work on those earlier shifts, when I am having trouble focusing!! I wonder how much you have to actually eat… And what percentage of cocoa. 60% enough? 70%?
Ok, it’s not dark chocolate, but it’s chocolate and it’s one of my photographs. I had to shoot Hershey chocolate specifically for an assignment a couple of semesters ago!