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Archive for March, 2011

Signs of life and death

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

A few days ago, I got out of class early. When this happens, sometimes I’ll work on homework in a computer lab, or go to work early, or read a book. This day just happened to be absolutely gorgeous; the sun was out for the first time in what seemed like a long time, and it felt warm (even if it was only in the low 40s). I had my camera and Lensbaby with me, so I walked around for a while listening to Andrew Bird and trying to see if I could capture the feeling of the day. A few bulbs have begun pushing up through the dirt. Seeing signs of life was wonderful. Even though I was just outside the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) building, there was a creek rushing and a large wooded area. IU has a beautiful campus.

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pine

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The Lensbaby does some amazing things with highlights. I love how brilliant the rushing creek water looks here.

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It’s a little hard to tell, but the photo below is the same creek, leading to a small bridge.

bridge

I turned my attention to the small cemetery that lies directly adjacent to the IMU. It’s an odd place for a cemetery, but it is quite a beautiful one.

two_graves

lizzie

graveyard

There’s a chapel, also.

chapel

I had to try two different treatments of this gate. The first one has not been treated much.

gate_normal

The next one has a sort of tri-tone thing going on. It didn’t turn out quite how I wanted, but I still like it.

gate_tone

There is also this small “well house.”

wellhouse

I only spent about 30 minutes doing this, but it was absolute bliss. Then I got to ride my bike — though unfortunately, I had to go to work. Still, a wonderful bright spot in the middle of my day.

Unbelievably busy

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

I can’t believe how demanding school has been lately. This week is the worst yet, with two midterms, and three major projects going on. Most of it is behind me now, except for my hardest midterm. Riding has consisted only of going to class and work, and home, for the past couple of weeks. But next week is spring break, so hopefully I’ll get to do someĀ  recreational riding.

My latest photography assignment was portraits. Here are some of the shots I turned in. Some of my classmates did very commercial/fashion type shots (and some of them were impressive). For better or worse, I went for something a little more “real.”

Dave

Dave 1

 

Mom

Mom 1

Sarah

Sarah 2

Avery (my nephew)

Avery 2

I also had to do a couple of self-portraits.

Self-Portrait 2

Self-Portrait 1

I’m fairly pleased with most of them. The assignment had some constraints that were rather limiting, but overall I was pleased with my shots.

Overwhelmed, but satisfied

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

I have three major projects due and two midterms this week. I’m still surprised at how demanding school is of my time. The upside is, basically all of my projects are interesting. I’ll post more about those later. I did manage to spend some time on things of my own. I have a new photography toy, which is proving to be quite a lot of fun, and gets some beautiful results.

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