Friday, February 29, 2008


I'm currently taking a product photography class at Grand Rapids Community College. While this is primarily a studio type class, we also have to do a little architecture work. One of the assignments we had was to photograph the Applied Technology Center of the school and try to make it "beautiful". Our instructor feels the building is sterile and aesthetically unpleasing. After going through the building, I would have to agree with him. However like most other things, you work with what you've got.

Happy Leap Year Day

It feels like we should party or something.

This is a big day for me, not necessarily because it's a leap year, but because it's the end of February. I've sick of winter and just the fact that this month is over is a big boost for me.

I've given up

I hate to say this, but I've given up on the whole 365 thing, at least for the near future. I was having a hard time going out and photographing something and I would get to the end of the day and just shoot the first thing I came across. I really don't want to continue posting crap and that is what I feel I was posting.

I'm going to post the rest of the photos I took while I was doing the year in pictures since I do have a weeks worth that are not on here.

Then I'm just going to go back and do a more measured style of photography. I want to post stuff that I like and am comfortable with.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

44/366 Fence

In case I haven't mentioned it to anyone, I'm officially sick of snow.

This one will probably be out of sequence. That's what I get for procrastinating and uploading a weeks worth on Sunday morning.

South Haven and the MWLFA

Some more photos from Saturdays shoot with the Mid West Large Format Asylum.

47/366 South Haven

Out with the Midwest Large Format Asylum, a group of people from a large area who use large format cameras. We photgraphed 3 lighthouses on the Lake Michigan western shore, St. Joseph, South Haven and Holland. I took my dSLR along also, and this a a shot from South Haven. Had a great day, with the temperature in the upper 20's and good sun. That however brought the crowds out and we got a lot of questions about our gear.

46/366 Nothing

Another day I missed. I got to the end of the day, didn't have anything and frankly didn't care. Sorry.

45/366 Candy

Happy Valentines Day.

43/366 Diana Walker

An exhibit of photography by Diana Walker opened at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum this week. She is a photographer that has worked for Time Magazine and was a White House pool photographer until the end of the Bill Clinton administration. She came to town to talk about her career and had a lot of anecdotes about Washington and the presidency in particular.

A couple of things she said stayed with me.

One, was that if she hadn't been in Washington, she would probably be doing a different kind of photography.

Two, she mentioned the the "Business of Washington is politics". I've heard this before, but for some reason, this time it stuck with me.

Watching her slide show while she talked, I once again saw that photojournalism is a different kind of photography than most others. In my opinion, it is closer to the street photography style than anything else. The object is to capture a moment that tells a story. Pretty much every thing else is secondary.

42/366 Miles

Continuing with a music theme, my tastes have changed over the years. I find myself listening to more and more jazz.

When I was uploading this, I noticed I have a remarkably similar photo I used earlier, except with some books. I'm going to have to watch out for that in the future.

41/366 Cartridge

I've always listened to a lot of music. I still have a turntable I use, because I have some records I still can't get in newer formats.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Photographer Phil Borges

A totally awesome video from TED about photographer Phil Borges's project on documenting endangered cultures. 20 minutes, but darn well worth it.

40/366 Sue

A group of us got together and had a photo scavenger hunt.

The rules were simple. You had to use a 24 shot roll of film.

It was fun, though it felt weird shooting subjects off the cuff and knowing that you're limited to the number of exposures you get on the roll. I shoot black and white film quite a bit and that doesn't seem so limited. I guess because with those shots I'm doing more planning.

For this we got together in the morning, had coffee/breakfast and everyone put a few subjects on the list. We then broke up into teams with a time to meet later in the afternoon.

We actually gave ourselves too much time, I was done in a couple of hours. The film then went to a one-hour photo place to get developed. After I got it back, I remembered why I didn't care much to shoot color film. The colors were not great, and a lot of it looked flat. But since this was just a record of what I saw it really didn't matter.

We probably could have done this using our digital cameras, but I think it's slightly more challenging using film.

39/366 Nada, Nothing, Zip, Zilch

I missed today. I tried, but got squat. Though I have to admit I didn't try very hard. The winter doldrums have set in and I'm having trouble caring about much of anything. I just want winter to be over and the sun to come out.

I have a lot of respect for people who do the year in photos thing and manage to get a good photo posted every day.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

38/366 Subject

During class today we started working on our latest assignment. We have to photograph this old typewriter and document the light placement as well as turn in the final print.

37/366 Wine Rack

A wine rack with wines we bought during the summer months. Primarily in the Traverse City area. Plenty of good wines in the area and it's fun searching them out and tasting at the wineries.

36/366 Simple Song

35/366 Candle

34/366 Not from Schulers

A group of friends of mine and I got together to critique each other photographs. While I was at John's house, I saw this set of old books set by a paper bookmark from a local bookstore. I was struck by the contrast between the books and the throw away bookmarks.

33/366 Radiometer

These are cool, in a science geek sort of way.

32/366 Snowboard

We went to the Grand Rapids Auto Show. Wandering around with my camera, I came across this snowboard on top of a Volvo. I like the lines of this and the colors.

31/366 31

I actually made it the first month, with a photo every day. Hopefully I can keep it up.