Most of my spare time (haha, spare time. That's a good one!) lately has gone to helping Grf set up his warehouse gallery for his art exhibition, titled Hardships. My contributions pale in comparison to what L. and J. have done- this space has gone from being the warehouse time forgot to looking like a cutting-edge display space. It was no small feat, that's for sure. The show is next Thursday evening, so hopefully everything will be in place and ready to go by then.
I'll likely have to hop in the car and hotfoot it down to Chattanooga immediately afterwards for a big photo op, so that will be a packed 24 hours. To get there, the 'Neers have to win this weekend's game (on ESPN at 4:00 EST).
In addition to shooting the game (with Blue Ridge Blogger, of course!), I've been hired by ESPN to shoot some promo pics of one of the announcers for his upcoming autobiography. Should be pretty sweet (it's hard to tell with announcers, though. Some of them are real jerks.). It's a neat gig, at any rate, and since I'll already be there, who am I to turn down a book photo cred and some cash?
In a related story, a few posts down on BRB's site, she has an amusing photo of us on the sideline this past weekend, freezing our bootays off during one of the interminably long TV timeouts. And look- we're in HD!
And here's a "Congrats on the new job" to Vivi, a "happy belated birthday" to Ziggy, and a "will you please calm the hell down and enjoy this show because you're making everyone bonkers" to Grf. Hugs to you all.
Currently Listening to:The Sound of Silence, by Simon and Garfunkel
Here we have DJ le Spam. Wednesday evening I shot the Spam All-Stars, a funk fusion band from Miami. My shots of the rest of the band are fine, but the DJ was standing basically in the full dark, so in order to salvage anything of him, I had to resort to overly-arty measures. OK, so that probably isn't a graphic for the local paper, but it's a neat picture- I like this one too.
In other news: work is, as usual, kicking my tail. I was getting set to do an annual project when I found out that it had to be in program X...which I've never used before. Did I admit that I'd never used it before? Hell no! No problem, sir, I'll have that ready for you on Monday!
So...today has seen me furiously googling instructions and cursing at my computer. I must grudgingly admit that program X (which I have fastidiously avoided for several versions), although non-intuitive, is very cool and efficient. However, it's damn hard to learn. But I will never admit defeat, even if at some point this weekend I throw this machine out the window. Victory shall be mine.
OK, so I don't actually own a macro lens, but I really wanted to do some mega-close-ups. But, due to cheapness and the desire to do said project NOW, I improvised. I read somewhere that you can take a normal lens, flip it around backwards, and hold it up to your camera and shoot macro. Well, that sounded idiotic, but then I started thinking about how cameras work, and it started seeming plausible. So I tried it, and shock of shocks, it actually produced some neat shots. (And several very bad ones!)
Although not exactly prime shooting conditions (you know, physically holding the lens onto the camera while trying to focus and adjust all the settings), it made me feel like a pioneer. In a field where everything artsy, interesting, and innovative seems done to death, this completely bobo setup made me feel energized and excited to be shooting. There are only so many ways to shoot football, y'know? It was something by-god different. (ps- My "studio" consisted of 2 lamps and an end table with a black drape- faaaancy.) I'm sure I'll eventually break down and buy a macro lens, to get actual good shots, but for now this has been sort of a little photo adventure.
While we're on the subject of photography, I had a new experience in the music photography biz today. After requesting passes to a show for next month, the publicist emailed me back and said that I was welcome to come shoot 3 songs then leave the venue. If I paid her $91. WTF?
"Dog and weeping cherry." Oil on canvas, 2006. Oh wait, my bad... this is actually "Dog whining underneath weeping cherry because he didn't get any Easter ham." Digital, 2006.
Currently Listening to: Bill Hicks ("Me? I'm reading a book! Yeah, we're evolving back East! Is that the Big One I hear in the background? Bye, you lizard scum! Bye!") This sketch reminded me that today is the 100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. NPR did a fascinating story this morning about how the conditions are right for another major tectonic event on the San Andreas faultline.
Mainelife added to "Through a Glass Darkly: The GP." Check it out in the photo gallery.
More later...this is the busiest day I've had in three weeks. Grrrr.
ps- Do not throw things like lit zippos at the stage and hit the talent in the face. Things like that make The Reznor angrier than normal, and you wouldn't like him when he's angrier than normal. Only he is allowed to throw things, normal things like mic stands and bass players.
Close-up of icicles. It's kind of sad that whenever I see icicles I immediately think of Die Hard 2. That is about the extent of the update this evening; class kicked my tail tonight. Or rather, class bored my tail tonight.
Currently Listening to: The Boy in the Bubble, by Paul Simon
I meant to discuss Life of Pi today, and I still will, but I just couldn't bear to put it and this picture in the same post.
More after snowboarding.
Currently listening to:Returning the Screw, by Fugazi
ps- Yes, our office bathroom has the most hideous tile imaginable. The color (light puce?) is like a unicorn drank a liter of Carolina Sweet-Tart and did a kegstand, then trotted into the bathroom and vomited up rainbows and tile.
(note- I could not find a recipe for Carolina Sweet-Tart on the web, but it is a colorful and disgusting concoction that includes a bottle of sunkist, everclear, and kool-aid packets. Look at the pretty hues your barf will be!)
Currently listening to:I Want You to Want Me, by Cheap Trick (Admit it, you didn't know that was by Cheap Trick either.) Quotey-quote: From The Dark Crystal: Aughra:
Where is he?
Could be anywhere, then.
(UPDATE) OK, so it would appear that I need to edit the above sentence to read, "I'll admit, everyone knew it was Cheap Trick EXCEPT for me."
Umm, yeah. I am exhausted from today's art show goodness. I am going to reserve judgement until after some sleep and after Sunday's show, but let's just say that I've had more financially productive days. :) It wasn't just my booth, though...there was show-wide "interested tirekicking" that didn't result in many sales. The scene was pretty fun, though.
I'm not exactly looking forward to doing it all again tomorrow, but I think that's just the exhaustion talking. Plus, Max gets to go with us tomorrow. Yea!
ps- I hate that Tom was in town and didn't know about the show, but it sounds like his family had a great time in the High Country. The weather was coolish, with no humidity- I'm sure that was a welcome change from the Queen city area (which is for some unknown reason one of the absolute hottest places on earth).