I (finally) have film coming back in a couple days, so I decided to post the few digital shots I have ready. This shot came as the light was getting dim and after the mosquitoes had already bitten the hell out my legs back in the woods. I tried one shot five times or so, all on a 10s timer so I could run into frame. Somehow I framed it up right to be in the right place with the right focus. I made sure to make the DOF as deep as possible, but still. I’m glad it worked. I’m obsessed with these three colors (R, G, B but there’s not too much B here) put together in minimalistic patterns, and I want to see how various films interpret them, but digital did nicely enough in this case.
Canon EOS 60D w/ Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, edited in Lightroom 4 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.1.
I’ve recently realized how expensive film photography actually is as a hobby. Between the film itself, the cameras I’ve acquired to use it, and then the processing and high-quality scanning costs, I’ve spent a big chuck of my money (which is not a large pot right now) on the entire process. I decided to go out and shoot some digital again, but after one day (yesterday) I quickly realized why I liked film so much more. It’s the colors, the accuracy, the dynamic range, the simple and sharp beauty of it. Digital feels very sterile and flat by comparison, especially pre-Photoshop. And digital can quickly come to look after editing… although maybe that’s a sign of my skill with it. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of AJ Manoulian.
I uncovered this picture from over two years ago, when I sat down with Cyrus directors Mark and Jay Duplass as part of an interview I wrote up for the Michigan Daily. These guys have both since gone on to direct the 2011 film Jeff Who Lives at Home and Mark (middle) stars in the FX show The League and is also in Safety Not Guaranteed and the upcoming Kathryn Bigelow movie Zero Dark Thirty.
Bricks are the asphalt of old Boston and Cambridge.
I’ve been in Cambridge, MA for the past four days visiting my brother, who’s attending Harvard Law School. After having dinner in Boston’s North End last night, my family and I took a trip out to Boston today, visiting Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, and the surrounding areas.
Not having been here in a long time, I could easily forget that Boston and Cambridge are very, very old cities. But even here, where there are numerous landmarks to document, I wouldn’t try to take very interesting photos with my iPhone 4 (my Canon 60D didn’t come on this trip), save for the occasional Instagram or picture for Twitter. But the picture above, taken mistakenly while fidgeting with my phone, offered some cool focus and blur effects I could never have achieved if actually trying. Cool road surfaces and boat shoes prove somewhat picturesque in this odd mistake that I actually rather enjoy.
I’ve been editing and re-editing this same picture ever since I took it back in May 2008. Starting with Photoshop 7 back in high school, and then moving to Photoshop CS3 in college and eventually CS5.1/Lightroom 4 now, I’ve come up with my favorite version thus far (above.) CONTINUE READING →
The thought of starting a blog never crossed my mind throughout the past years, even as I saw blogs progress within popular (and my own) understanding from opinion springboards to legitimate sources of information, discourse, and well — college humor, memes, images, and pop culture in general. The fact that sites like The Huffington Post and Deadline Hollywood (and Gizmodo and TMZ, etc.) are formally blogs but practically instantaneous periodicals is, although logically something that would draw me to blogs, actually something that turned me away from starting my own. The blog format could clearly be effective, useful, and generally more 21st-century compatible than other sources of information. But I didn’t want to be a source of information, or news. That just doesn’t make sense. And I didn’t want to have an “opinion springboard” or a place where I would simply recount my adventures. I had no need for a blog. CONTINUE READING →