December Portrait Challenge

•December 3, 2007 • 1 Comment

Hey everybody, just wanted to post my favorite picture of the challenge. I know it’s only day two, but out of every portrait I’ve seen so far this one shown is my favorite.
Little Darling
This is a great portrait, the expression is amazing and the black and white really works well. To all those who have already participated, you guys have put up great shots as well, but this one strikes me as being superb.

Keep on doing what you all are doing! I can’t wait to see more of your guys’ wonderful shots!

Inspiration #2 A lesson for all of us…

•November 25, 2007 • 1 Comment

Well in a last minute look at my assignment before writing, I figured out that we can’t do quotes. Darn, well I found something that might even be better. I found an excerpt from a speech made by William R. Brody to the graduating class of a University. This speech is somewhat inspiring, but it has a lesson that all of us need to learn, if we haven’t already.

Inspiration

•November 25, 2007 • Leave a Comment

The homework assignment for this weekend…. Yeah over the weekend. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I have homework. Anyway… I have to find a quote, poem, essay, speech, short story, or non-fiction/fiction book that inspires me. One that has touched me in some way. Hmmmmm. It’s not as easy as it might sound. It is supposed to be a personal letter, not fan mail or describing how we liked what we read. We have to tell the author in a letter, how what they wrote inspired us some how.

I found this site, which has a few good quotes, and one that struck home with me was “Every artist was first an amateur”. This I think applies to us photographers, as well as people involved in other mediums. We all have to start somewhere, and each and every one of us develops and grows in our skills. I have a lot of great contacts over at Zooomr that have inspired me in many ways. I enjoy looking at their photos every day, and appreciate it greatly when they comment on and favorite my pictures. You guys are great, and keep up the good work!

Bummed.

•November 23, 2007 • Leave a Comment

This year holidays just haven’t been the same.  It didn’t feel right on Halloween, and even today on Thanksgiving, it didn’t feel right.  On Halloween I had a friend over, we watched some scary movies (not that scary, my friend chickened out, and I finished it) but it wasn’t that fun.  It just felt strange.

Today on Thanksgiving was a blast when my family was over.  We had a huge and early dinner which was fun.  My grandparents stayed after dinner.  After they left though it was very boring.  I surfed the internet a lot afterwards but to no avail.  I can never find any interesting sites out there.

Anyway, what do you guys think about the holiday’s this year?  Maybe it’s just me.

Happy Thanksgiving!

•November 22, 2007 • Leave a Comment

I am very thankful for my family, my health, my friends, and the ability to be able to participate in any activity I want to, such as photography and sports.  What are you guys thankful for?  Have a great Thanksgiving, eat way too much food, and have a blast!

My daily routine in a nutshell.

•November 21, 2007 • 1 Comment

I am not a morning person, never have been and never will be.  I stay up very late on weekends and in the summer, and sleep in till 7:30-9:00.  On school days, I am forced to go to bed at 10:00.  This is a good bedtime considering I have to get up in the morning at 6:00 or sooner.

One of my parents will come in and turn on my light, saying it’s time to wake up.  I would use an alarm clock, but I hate the perpetual beeping and they never wake me up because I can turn them right off.  My parents never really wake me up either.  When they open my door and turn my light on I nod my head and say yes but then my head falls straight to the pillow when they leave.  On those rare occasions that they let my dog out while I’m in bed, they will let him in and he will come rushing up the stairs and to my room.

If the door is open he will run in, stare at the bed or pace around the room, and whine, and whine, and whine.  This goes on until I get up and feed him.  One of the reasons I think it is hard for me to get up in the morning is because I have a loft bed.  This is a bed on top of a desk with a ladder.  It takes too much energy when I’m dead tired to haul a 30 pound dog (that’s supposed to be 12lbs) down the ladder.  But that’s just the way it goes.

I will feed my dog and by now I am half awake/dead-zombie and get dressed.  Then I am pretty much fully awake and I eat breakfast.  Then I get on my computer and check Zooomr.  I will check my email which is still littered with 80 emails I haven’t read, and will never get to reading.  Then I rush the last couple minutes to get socks, backpack, and shoes to go to school.

I go to school, and come home in the afternoon.  I go upstairs throw my backpack somewhere on my floor and turn on the computer.  Then I do my homework, half reading Zooomr things, email, and other stuff.  This is not the best routine because this prolongs the agony of homework, but I got in the habit and it’s hard to get out of.

I live way in the middle of nowhere so it’s hard to go outside and play with friends because, well, there are no people whatsoever around us that are my age.  So my days are filled with boredom unless we watch a movie as a family or something.  I usually do have a lot of homework on some nights (I procrastinate a bit so that makes it worse) so I have to do that.

Then I go to bed at 10:00 or a few minutes afterwards and my routine basically repeats itself.

That is my daily routine in a nutshell (sort of).

Good portrait lens for Nikon D50?

•November 20, 2007 • 3 Comments

Do you guys have any suggestions for a good portrait lens.  I’m wondering because of Trevor Carpenter’s December Challenge.  If nothing good come up, I always have my current lenses, but I would like your guys’ input.  I hear the 50mm Nikkor is a good lens.  If you had the chance would you get the 1.8 or 1.4 lens?  Thanks.