Sunday, July 31, 2011
product junkie [prod-uhkt, -uhkt] [juhng-kee]
1. a product addict, especially one addicted to beauty products.
2. a person with an insatiable craving for beauty products to use and test
3. an enthusiastic follower; fan; devotee, especially of beauty products
I'm sure many women are very familiar with this term. I'm trying to kick the habit. I can actually count the number of products on one hand (ok, maybe two hands) that I use everyday but every time someone with similar hair raves about a product, I buy it. They're trying to make me go to rehab but I say no, no no!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Tonight, I went to the beach to do some light painting and the incandescent lights all around town create a nice fiery color in the cloud cover. It was such a cool night. I love Santa Barbara cool nights.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
I got my first pair of Converse All Stars a few weeks ago and I had a shot in mind that I wanted to do with them but I decided the longer I wait, the dirtier they'll get. So I decided to go ahead and capture them now and execute my other idea later.
I hope everyone's having a great weekend!
Friday, July 22, 2011
This picture almost didn't happen tonight. My camera battery was dead and my cell phone's battery is still completely dead. I thought I charged my camera's battery earlier today only to go back to the charger to realize that I didn't completely push the battery all the way in the charger. Good grief! So I push it into the charger for 10 mins, took it out, popped it in my camera, and grabbed this pic.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
What do you do when you're waiting for your order? You take a long exposure shot of your own car's cousin - the Nissan 350Z.
While I'm not a fan of the body style of the Nissan 350Z, I admit that it drives like a beauty. The handling is amazing. I don't own one and will never own one out of principle until Nissan makes another sports car that's unlike anything else on the road.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I love buttons and t-shirts with funny sayings. Just in case I lose it, I've documented that I had it by taking this picture. I didn't put much effort into taking my 365 tonight because I was on the phone with a high school friend that I haven't talked to in a while. We were on the phone for 4 hours - I just love catching up!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
As someone who makes cupcake soaps, I can appreciate the niche soaps in the industry.
- SB-600, 24mm, full power, bare, 3ft high above soap, pointed at white background, fired with Alienbees Cybersyncs
- LP160, 50mm, 1/64 power on floor, laying on its back, slightly angled upwards toward the face of the soap, camera left, at ~20º angle to the soap
View in LB. Press L.
Monday, July 18, 2011
I am surprised I pulled off a shot that I was pleased with tonight. My eyes were rolling in the back of my head and my head was rolling around my neck like I was bobble head because I was so tired. But there's nothing like a passion to really get ya going! Now that the processing is over, I'm at the end of my road and I'm going to sleep (hopefully). :)
See the outtake for this shot. I couldn't decide which one I liked the best but I made the one you see here my front runner.
I like it better on black.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I have a few camera applications on my Motorola Droid X but rarely do I get to use them. My favorite is Camera 360. Tonight, I played around with its setting to create line art and I really like its rendering. It's a bit noisy but that's my fault. The subject wasn't lit well.
Can you believe it's about to be 200 days?
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Does this remind you of Wall•E too? This is straight out of camera (SOOC).
I bought a composition notebook to use as my lighting journal as well. Now I just have to remember to keep it somewhere I can find it and probably attach a pen to it since I can never find one when I need it.
- SB-600, 50mm, 1/16 power, bare, 90º to right of subject, camera left, fired with Alienbees Cybersyncs
- LP160, 50mm, 1/4 power, bare, 90º to left of subject, camera right, fired in optical slave mode
Friday, July 15, 2011
And I say that in my best impression of Carrie Bradshaw when she says "Hello Lover" to a pair of Manolos. (Reference)
I've told you before how much I love Rainier cherries and I was a bit disappointed that I didn't see them in our Costco for the past two months but today I went to Costco hoping that through some miracle they would have them and guess what...they did!
They actually had them for a while but they put them in a different section of the store and they only had 3 containers left when I finally found them among tons of containers of sweet red cherries. It was like finding a needle in a hay stack.
- SB-600, bare, 24mm, 1/4 power, 3 ft high, 2 ft away, camera left
- SB-600 fired with Alienbees Cybersync
- LumoPro LP160, 24mm, 1/4 power, 3 ft high, 2 ft away, camera right
- LP160 fired in optical slave mode
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I went to this bridge that overlooks a highway thinking that I would not get a shot that I was pleased with because of the fence. Then I decided, what they hay and went for it!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Two weeks ago I was tearing up my place looking for a sharpie. I have a black one and a brown one and they are never where I need them to be when I need them. And then today lo and behold when I'm not looking for it, there it is on one of my tables. :/
Did you get your free slurpie from 7 Eleven today? I didn't. :/ Maybe next year.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
This is actually a pseudo HDR shot. I didn't combine multiple exposures. I just did some HDR toning on a single image. I used the Nikon SB-600 on camera to get this shot. I don't remember the setting of the flash so I can't share those. Sorry. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to be on the road where this was so I stayed in the car in case someone came out yelling. I wasn't breaking any laws that I know of. It's a public road with a tiny industrial type building across the street but I still checked for no trespassing signs.
First, I applied a HDR Toning Image Adjustment in Photoshop using the More Saturated setting. Second, I duplicated the layer, changed the blending mode to Soft Light and applied a High Pass filter to bring out more of the detail. Then I pasted the original image on top as another layer and reduced the opacity to 50% and applied a Curves layer to brighten the photo a bit.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Even with all of the technology around me, every once in a while I still go back to the classic - paper and pen!
This photo was taken with the Retro Camera app on Android using The Barbl camera. The link goes to the free version but there is a paid ad free version as well.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
My friend Mike gave me a bag of plums the same day he gave me the Royal Ann cherries. Tonight, I didn't know what shot I wanted to take (as usual) but I knew that I wanted to do some more experimenting with post processing. So I sat down in front of the TV with one of these juicy plums and with one bite, I knew I that I was going to photograph them and use my first texture in my 365 project.
Texture is courtesy of Cloak on Deviant Art.
- SB-600, 24mm, 1/2 power, thru shoot through umbrella, 6ft high, 3 ft away
- Flash fired with Alienbees Cybersync
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Today, my friend Mike gave me a jar of Royal Ann Cherries! I'm not usually a cherry person. I only liked Rainier cherries at first but now I can add Royal Anns to my list.
- SB-600, 24mm, 1/4 power, thru shoot through umbrella, 1 ft away, 3 ft high, camera right
- Fired with Alienbees Cybersync
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
My Flickr friend Andrew (AndWhyNot) always has such amazing light painted car photography and his work inspired my shot tonight. Since I'm way too tired to go out and spend time light painting an actual car, I borrowed a friend's toy car and decided to light paint that instead with a small LED book light I got from the 99 cent store. Just so that Andrew knows, I'm not copping out. I will someday go outside and light paint a real car. The year's still young! :)
This shot is mostly SOOC. I had to clean up two small dust dots in the bottom of the frame.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Tonight was my first time attending the Goleta Fireworks Festival and my second time ever attending a fireworks display. I didn't want to go at first but I promised myself that I would capture fireworks at least once in my 365 and since I believe it's illegal here to have your own fireworks, it was tonight or never.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
I was in the mall and saw these delicious candied apples. They had a great variety of candied apples and they gave me a sample of a sweet Granny Smith apple covered with salty caramel and peanuts. I loved the sweetness of the apple but not so sure I like the combination of the two.
This is my 4th apple shot of my 365! Guess you can tell I love apples! To see the other 3, click here.
Friday, July 1, 2011
I was pleasantly surprised to receive this lovely gift in the mail tonight. It's a bracelet of semi-precious stones. From its description, each stone is said to possess different properties to promote areas of life.
Clear Quartz - Master Healer
Orange Calcite - Cleansing
Jade - Prosperity
Sodalite - Meditation
Hematite - Self Esteem
Carnelian - Motivation
Aventurine - Perseverance
Amethyst - Spirituality
Rose Quartz - Unconditional Love
I taped a white piece of paper to a piece of glass. I flipped a chair stool upside down and sat the piece of glass on bottom of the legs of the stool. I positioned the bracelet in the middle of the glass and used black construction paper to on the sides of the glass to prevent flash spill through the uncovered part.
- SB-600, 14mm, 1/16 power, bare, handheld below the bracelet, fired with Alienbees Cybersyncs
- LP160, 35mm, 1/2 power, thru shoot thru umbrella, camera right
I don't like that it's a little darker on the right side than on the left but through my 365, I hope to get better with my lighting skills.