June 17, 2006


Sorry for the lack of updates here in the past several months. My life seems to have been caught in a whirlwind, and lately I've taken so many trips (weddings, graduations, vacation, etc.) that I feel as though I've been away more than I have been at home. For the past two weeks, Mike and I have had the pleasure of being in beautiful Venice, Italy. Naturally, I took many photos, and now that I am settled down at home again, I will be posting again.

But before I post about Venice (I haven't had time to go through all the photos yet), I wanted to share a bit of good news. A few weeks ago, Wiley and Sons released Gravity's Arc, and the cover photo for the book is from the Chiaroscuro December 2004 archives, Newton's Apple.

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January 3, 2005

Reflecting on 2004












As the new year dawns, I'm following luminouslens' example and have looked back at all my posts to pick out a handful of personal favorites. I'd love to have your opinion on which of these is my best photo, and which one I should enter in PhotoFriday's "Best of 2004" challenge. (I can't enter "Golden" and "Shirts" because I've already entered these in past challenges.) If there are any other photos on the blog you think are better than the ones I've picked here, I'd appreciate knowing this as well.

Also, I'm following ViSuaLLyMiNDeD's example of seeking more general comments on my photography with the aim of taking better pictures in 2005. Are there aspects of my photography that you think are underdeveloped? (No pun intended.) I'd be interested in knowing what aspects of my approach you think work well and what aspects I should strive to improve.

And finally, I'd like to thank all the visitors who have taken the time to give me feedback on my photos. I've appreciated every comment.

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December 27, 2004


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 9, 2004

Cat Trouble

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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November 30, 2004

Photo Friday

Well, thanks again to all who voted for claire-obscure in last week's Photo Friday challenge for granting me my 15 minutes of fame. What can I say...my picture wasn't really worthy, but fortunately life isn't always fair.

Incidentally, while I was browsing through the list to cast my own votes, I stumbled upon a really cool picture from a photoblogger called wideangle.ca. Wow, that picture is simply amazing.

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November 16, 2004


I entered one of my lily pictures in the photofriday "radiant" challenge (under my alter-blog-ego, CLAIRE-OBSCURE) and found out today that it made the noteworthy list. I'm so surprised. I didn't think anyone voted for it besides my fiance and my sister, because its been sitting there with no comments all week. But hurray!!! Thanks to all the people who voted for it, whoever you are. It's been a stressful week at school, and this really made my day.

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October 26, 2004

Birth of a Blog

Today is my birthday...and also the birthday of Chiaroscuro. This new photoblog is my desperate attempt to take my mind off of unpleasant things, such as politics and my dissertation.

With election night getting closer and closer, when I'm not working on school related stuff (or even when I ought to be working on school related stuff), I'm fixated on political news. The polls, to my dismay, seem to show Kerry gradually slipping. For the past few nights, I've actually been having politically themed nightmares. In some of these, I'm having futile and frustrating arguments with people about who should be president, and in others I'm faced with bizarre election scenarios like Nixon vs. Bush.

I think I'm starting to lose it...I think I need to work on my hobbies.

I'll start by posting a mix of the old and the new. I have a ton of pictures I've taken in the past few months that I haven't had a chance to wade through yet. But I also want to start taking new pictures again. My camera has been sitting on the shelf getting dusty since the semester began.

Here's a bit of the old...A collage of a few shots I took in Sydney this summer:


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