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December 27, 2004

Hiatus

For the next five days, I'll be visiting family in the midwest, where I will very likely be cut off from the civilized world of the internet. No time to post a photo today, but I wanted to wish everyone a happy new year!

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December 25, 2004

Electric Orange

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More fun with light and glass.

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December 23, 2004

A Study in Scarlet

Glassworks

My favorite color.

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December 22, 2004

Remembering Lazy Summer Evenings

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Though the work never seems to end, I'm past the latest hump. And the best part about that is it means I can get back to photography. Yay!

I don't have any new images to post today, though. Browsing through some of the more skilled indoor images at Usefilm has made me realize how little I know about light. This is rather embarassing, considering I had the nerve to name this blog "chiaroscuro." So, today I started reading a book about lighting in the hopes of making my still lifes not suck.

In the meantime, I've dipped into the archives to find this scene of a stranger enjoying a summer evening in Fells Point. I cropped this picture considerably. My original composition included more of the scene, but I think it left the subject too small. If you have an opinion, please let me know what you think.

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December 17, 2004

Need to Focus

Nose in a Book

Sometimes, I feel the most horrible sense of mental inertia. Like when I sit down to write a paper, it seems to take me ages until the thoughts start to flow and then form themselves into words fit to be printed. Lately, I've been having a particularly rough fight with the writer's block. So last night I sat myself down at my desk and told myself I would not leave until I got over it. Well, here it is, about 12 hours later, I've gotten no sleep, but the good news is that the block is gone and I've actually written something. Yay!

Now that I'm starting to get into the flow of writing again, my new resolution is: no photography and no photoblogging until I'm finished with the darn project I'm working on. Well, after this one last post anyway. Hehe.

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December 15, 2004

Newton's Apple

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An apple and its shadow.

It's cold outside, so you'll probably start to see more indoor photography from me.

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December 11, 2004

Jolly Abstract

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A pseudo-painting made with Jolly Rancher candies. Apparently, they're now cylindrical instead of the old boxy shape I was used to as a kid. I also have an alternative version posted here, so if you have a preference between these two please let me know.

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December 9, 2004

Cat Trouble

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Photo courtesy of Visual Field.

My cat Frosty has been sick lately, and by doctor's orders we have the dreaded task of giving him his medicine every night until he gets better. At the vet's office I asked whether they had any trouble giving him his pill. "Oh no," came the response. "Not at all. Frosty is an absolute doll!" Uh, yeah right. Unless by doll they meant Chucky.

Last night when we tried to give Frosty his first pill at home, it was a 30-minute tangle of arms, legs, and fur. In the end, I had him wrapped in a towel and sat on him, while M pried open his mouth and threw the pill in. But not before Frosty managed to give M several scratch wounds on the hand. The final score: us-1, Frosty-4.

I'm not looking forward to round 2 tonight.

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December 8, 2004

Rainy Days

Rainy Days

This guy's bright green umbrella caught my eye on a rainy day. No PS work on the umbrella, but I did desaturate the pavement to create more contrast and emphasize its color. I also have a slightly different version here, and would appreciate hearing which composition you think works better.

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December 7, 2004

Galvanize

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This scene also comes from the Hampden Village neighborhood in Baltimore. And yes, it was purely luck that this sleek, silver, retro-yet-modern beetle parked itself squarely in front of a vintage store called "Galvanize." This sure makes up for all those times I wanted to take a picture of a building and found some ugly car in my way.

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December 6, 2004

Colorful Hampden II

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December 5, 2004

Colorful Hampden

Fence and House

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December 3, 2004

Red, White, Blue

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December 2, 2004

Wattamola Lagoon 2

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Canon A70

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