Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Needless to say, I was not in the mood to take pictures today. I took a couple quick snaps of the tread from the truck's tire and was going to title it, "I'm Tired!" Okay, that was lame...so, I crawled out of my bad mood and was determined to create a quality image. One of the topics of discussion in my photo group is shooting with a vision....actually thinking about the image, mood, etc. before you press the shutter release....then use the appropriate lighting, camera settings, post-processing, etc. to fulfill that vision.
For this shot, I walked into the dark garage and noticed the light coming through the garage door and loved how it reflected off the car. My vision was to create a dramatic shot using the light, reflections, and shadows. I don't think it came out half bad! I'm glad I washed my car this past weekend.....
Monday, August 30, 2010
My co-worker is on vacation this week so it's going to be very busy at work. My approach to the car theme this week is to focus on close-up "artsy" shots of car parts this week.
For today's shot, I tackled the rear wheel from Mia's truck. I used a large aperture to create a shallow depth of field (focused on one of the lug nuts), a circular polarizing filter to cut some of the glare off the wheel, and processed the photo using Lightroom 3 software to give it a soft, rich, monochrome look.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Here's a picture of the de Young Museum. I loved the lines, angles, and reflections in this scene.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
My parents beat their strong morals and values into us (literally) and for that I'm eternally grateful. I likewise take my responsibility as a parent very seriously. By providing love, support, guidance, morals, and values to our kids, I believe we are developing people with strong character, high self-esteem, and the determination and drive to succeed in life.
Parenting is a tough job and there are tons of books and magazines out there to provide guidance and advice to parents. My recommendation is to save your money and invest in two small, short, and inexpensive books. If you have a girl, get "Father to Daughter, Life Lessons in Raising a Girl." If you have a boy, get "Father to Son, Life Lessons in Raising a Boy." If you're like me and have both, then get both! The books contain short phrases and insights in raising kids. The key, however, is to not take these as cute little sayings, but take the words to heart. A lot of these five word phrases are tougher to live out than one would think!
It's "book" week and here's a picture of the kids reading the books. I know some day, they will be great parents....but kids, no rush please....
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This photo includes Kami's keepsake book. It contains facts, notes, and photos from her first five years. Well, technically just one year....since we forgot to fill in the rest of the pages. You see, sometimes the best of intentions get overwhelmed with life....diaper changes, midnight feedings, projectile vomiting, slips and falls, high pitched screaming...well, you get the picture. We were so busy living life with a new baby, we forgot to fully document life with a new baby. Although the book isn't completely filled out, our memories are full of fun times!
The pillow in the photo is a "Certificate of Birth" pillow, which listed her birth weight, length, etc. Kami still uses the pillow to this day. It's her favorite pillow and she even travels with it. Some day, I'm sure she'll let her own daughter borrow it....maybe....
Friday, August 20, 2010
Since I'm working on my 365 "photo a day" project, I carry my camera all the time, including on business trips. I'm actually used to getting strange looks from my colleagues, especially when I go to dinner with my camera around my neck.
Here's a picture from the window of the airplane at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Ignore all the spots in the sky....they are from my dirty DSLR sensor. My camera had a few specks of dust on the sensor. I'd been meaning to buy a blower to clean the sensor, but didn't get around to it. One night, after a few glasses of liquid courage (or liquid stupidity), I decided to blow the dust off the sensor....and ended up getting some saliva on the sensor. Not good! I then had the brilliant idea to swab the sensor with a Q-Tip soaked with rubbing alcohol. Not good! So instead of a two specks, I have an entire constellation of specks on the sensor. I finally ordered proper sensor cleaning swabs and solution. I'm fairly confident I will be able to clean the sensor....otherwise, perhaps a Nikon D700 is in my future....just kidding, dear!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
We got back from Guam on Tuesday morning at 5 AM and I decided to cancel my vacation day and go into the office. No sense wasting a vacation day wandering aimlessly around the house in a comatose state, trying to stay awake for fifteen more hours. I figured I could catch up on a week's worth of work e-mails, get status updates, and other brainless activities....and spend my vacation day on more productive things. By 4 PM, I'd been awake for thirty-something hours straight and was so tired, I felt like throwing up. I finally went to bed around 10:30 PM, reached a state of unconsciousness by 10:31 PM, and the next thing I knew, it was 8 AM. The best sleep ever...speaking of which, I'd better shut down now....
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I've been to Guam four or five times now and I always have a great time on the island. It's a laid back place, where everyone runs on island time. The big cities aren't big and there isn't a whole lot to do....except relax, go to the beach, and hang out with family and friends. But that's what I love about it....the simplicity and the quality time spent together.
If I was single, I'd consider moving there to live and help my brother in-law with the business. Then again, if I was single, he wouldn't be my bro in-law...boy, life sure is complicated. That minor nuance aside, I would gladly trade my high-paying, high-stress, high-tech job in the states for a simpler life in Guam....if I didn't have a family to feed, clothe, and shelter. The only thing I really dislike about Guam is the hot, humid weather....and the mosquitoes suck (literally)!
I titled this blog entry "Leaving Home" because although I've never actually lived in Guam, every time I depart, I always feel like I'm leaving home.
This is a picture from the airplane the morning we left Guam. I loved the beautiful, dramatic colors in the sky and the reflection in the wing. I purposely underexposed the sky a little to bring out more of the dramatic colors in the sky....and used a "cloudy" white balance to add a bit more warmth to the colors.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
This is a photo of my brother in-law, JR (on the right) and his friend Chris, dancing the night away. We were just chilling outside, drinking, eating, listening to music from an iPod, and enjoying the company.
If you're ever in Guam and need some cheap entertanment, stop by and visit my brother in-law....they have free entertainment nightly...and he may even cut you a deal on a commercial washer or dryer!
The home cooked meals were incredible and I think I gained a few pounds this past week. My diet starts tomorrow!
Here's a picture of Kami at Tarza, a water slide park in Tumon, Guam. We went there yesterday at her request and had a great time.
Friday, August 6, 2010
This brought back fond memories of my trip to Guam last year. When my father in-law passed away, he had just received shipment of a huge load of Maytag commercial washing machines. Upon our arrival in Guam, my brother in-law and I spent a day unloading sixty washing machines from a 20 foot trailer. We then spent several days installing dozens of these machines in local laundromats. I learned a lot about washing machines last year.
Anyway, I'm supposed to be going out tonight with my brother in-law, his cousins, and his friends. But, I'm dead tired and hope to wimp out...so I'm hiding in the air conditioned room, keeping low and cool, and planning on sleeping soon.
Not much time for photography today (the install went from 8 AM to 5 PM). Here's a quick shot of Kami fanning the mosquito repellant. We have a rosary ceremony every night and it's held outdoors. The kids light the mosquito repellant to keep the bugs away. Not the best photo, but I was too tired to spend much time on it today. Maybe tomorrow....TTFN.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Okay, so back on the subject at hand. Being a bachelor earlier this summer for six weeks was pretty cool. I took naps in the afternoons, relaxed in the evenings (since there weren't any family commitments), and went hiking, fishing, and backpacking on the weekends. However, now that I'm in Guam with the family, I must say, life without them isn't nearly as fun. Just look at the two goof-balls in the photo and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. Those two characters crack me up all the time.
Kids are definitely worth the hundreds of thousands of dollars required to rear them, send them to college, etc. So, kids, remember how much I appreciate and love you...and if you stick me in a nursing home when I'm old....well, you're smart kids....
This is a photo taken at Inarajan Beach. I used a circular polarizing filter to increase the contrast of the clouds in the sky, cut a little glare off the water, and increase overall color saturation.
I really needed a wide angle lens to capture the beauty at Inarajan Beach today. Unfortunately, I made a boneheaded decision to leave it at home in California. With all of the family commitments in Guam, I didn't expect to have opportunities to take many scenic photos. Oh well, I was obviously wrong....
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
It's 9:45 PM here...but my body thinks it's 4:45 AM....almost time to hit the hay!
Here's a picture of Kami working on her blog.