Archive for December, 2006

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Further experimentation: vine lines

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Vine lines

Three exposures blended in photoshop, then pushed to the point of abstraction. I’ve been experimenting a lot with various styles of photography and color combinations. This shot is really pushing the limit between photography and raw digital content creation. I’m still definitely basing everything on a photo, but after hours and hours of work it really bears no resemblance to the original photo.

Vine lines” by sparktography

Color contrast

Friday, December 15th, 2006


Much less impressionistic and experimental than my prior post, but again with a rich color pallet. I like the contrast between the deep blues of the sky and the warm yellows and oranges in the window.

Bendix” by sparktography

Stair experiment

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Stair experiment

I finally got a chance to catch up on a lot of photo editing today. Since work was closed I went through a lot of my backlog of photos and continued a few experiments.

This is another of my more experimental photos. Some of the distortion was from the Lensbaby and lighting at the time, but a majority of this experimentation was done in post w/ Photoshop. I’m really happy about the way the rich colors and the textures of the brick and handrail combine.

Stair experiment” by sparktography

Well that was a waste

Friday, December 15th, 2006

POTD 12/15/06 - 60mph

What a good consumer whore I am! I just spent 2 hours in my car discovering that Microsoft is closed today with no power. I didn’t think to look at the bridges before I left because the weather was so nice now, and discovered the hard way (and at expense of 45 minutes) that the 520 bridge is closed because of wind damage from last night.

After battling my way across 90 I then discovered that much of the east side is without power – including Microsoft. I’m now home after my 2 hour round-trip whirlwind, and trying to figure out what to do with my launch today. Luckily Capitol Hill features underground power and aside from a few slight power glitches last night I’m still in business here.

I think I’ll go have some breakfast with some old co-workers and then tackle my day from the comfort of my couch. Oh what a mixed blessing bad weather can be!

POTD 12/15/06 – 60mph” by sparktography

5 things you didn’t know about me

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

I hate blogosphere memes, but this one sounded interesting. I still refuse to “tag” people. Here are 5 things you might not know about me:

1: I grew up in Walla Walla, WA – a town of less than 40,000 residents in Eastern Washington.

2: My first computer was an Apple IIGS that my parents dutifully bought when the school district suggested that I might be good in this “new computer field”. It came with 512K of RAM (!) and was later upgraded to 4MB to accommodate multiple programs resident in memory at once.

3: While growing up I spent nearly two years at the Morning Star Boys Ranch in Spokane, WA. Not exactly the most glamourous part of my life, but it sure was important looking back at it. I doubt I would be where I am today if not for it.

4: I have a guilty habit of buying too many books that look interesting and letting them pile up around the house unread. I would estimate that I have 40 un-opened books (and at least as many movies) laying around the house. Someday I’ll get around to them all!

5: My favorite spirit is Vodka, with my drink of choice being the illustrious Greyhound. When not drinking Greyhound’s I go straight for the sugar and like Pina Colada’s. When not drinking spirits at all I always am up for a nice red wine – the richer and more cloying the better.

It’s booze time!

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

POTD 12/13/06 - It's booze time!

After slowly draining my house of every drop of liquor I had been reduced to drinking “Condo Gin”. I call it condo gin because it’s the remainder of the bottle of nasty gin that came with my condo. After a few weeks of being a bad booze host I decided to drop by the liquor store on my way home from work and “stock up”.

In other news today was a good day! I’ve been slammed at work, but it’s being recognized: my contract got signed for another 6 months, and I managed to get a raise out of it. I may get down from time to time because my job can be so draining, but I have to keep reminding myself that I’m on the career path I want, and it’s 100x better* than recruiting!

Drink to celebrate anyone?

POTD 12/13/06 – It’s booze time!” by sparktography

*Better in this case means more interesting, more technical, good for the world, and for the love of god I feel like I have a soul again!

Siquid mantica non capit, domi relinquendum est

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Title found on the email signature of Darcy over at Tom Bihn. I noticed it while emailing back and forth with her today and decided to go look it up. It stands for “If you can’t fit it in your knapsack leave it behind”.

Worthy advice – and easy to follow if you have a big knapsack. I sure do – check out my Gearlive review of the new ID.

42 stitches

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

I went over to the Tom Bihn factory with Skype today so he could try fitting my Macbook in some prototypes of new bags. Unfortunately Skype behaved badly with his dog Reilly and tried to get into a bit of a fight, but other than that it was a great visit. I just kept Skype on his leash and right next to me while Tom, Darcy, and myself sat around for a while talking about bags and computers.

Tom made me a longer key loop for one of my bags and I got to see the coolest sewing machine ever in action. This machine sews 42 stitches automatically into a strip to seal two ends together. It’s almost hypnotic to watch it pound out 42 stitches so precisely in about a second. I took this video of the mechanical ballet – check it out:

Night photography with Bre

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

POTD 12/6/06 - Sparky framed

Bre and I went shooting photos at Cal Anderson Park and around Capitol Hill late this afternoon. He took a bunch of shots with his fisheye after dark experimenting with writing words and letters with a flashlight. Bre also had one of the Canon 15mm Fisheye lenses (this photo was taken with it) and I love it – I really should pick one up to experiment with further.

At least with photography (unlike FPS games) I can take my time, and try again and again until I get the effect I’m going for!

Sparky framed” by sparktography

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