Sunday, September 13, 2009

Beachtimes Grid (9.12.09)

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Jay and I decided to take the pup to Half Moon Bay yesterday, where it was surprisingly misty and cold. It was refreshing though, and we had a good time.

Jay says I make the face in number five a lot. Not so good, really. Also, where did those freckles come from?!

I'm going to have some work up at the Art Ark gallery in San Jose starting Monday. The reception is Sep. 20th from 1-5, there's also a closing reception during first Fridays in October. You should come!

Grid for 9.9.09

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Another day, another insect. Arachnid. You know. From what I can gather from the internet, this is a Golden Orb-Weaver Spider. When I first saw it the spider looked like it was floating in the air because its web was so fine. It stayed still the whole time I was shooting, even though I got pretty close with my lens.

I've been trying to focus on other subjects beyond insects, but they just keep appearing in my life. I suppose I can do both, if nothing else it give me a great joy to discover these beautiful little things.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Grid for 9.8.09

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Another grid from my parents' home in Fresno. A dragonfly was caught in the screen door and I only had a few minutes to shoot these before he figured out what was up and flew away. Number one is beautiful and number eleven makes me sad for some reason.

About two years ago I discovered my multi-lens technique with a dragonfly, so to me they are a lucky sign. Dragonflies are really strange, archaic things. I like them a lot, but you won't catch me wearing one. I like them too much for that.

Homtime Grid (9.6.09)

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Day two of my visit to my parents' in Fresno. Three and four feather my sister's and my senior portraits. Who made the smart decision to not cut herself 11 year old's bangs before senior portrait time? Not me!

That globe in number two is really, really old. Like pre-USSR old.

My mom made pudding (numbers six, eleven, twelve) because Syd (ten, with my sister) won first place in his bike race. Go Syd!

Doesn't my mom's hair (eight) look great?

For some reason Contact Sheet II keeps putting these out of order when it didn't before. Come on now.

Football Grid (9.5.09)

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Football season is upon us, and for me that means getting dragged out to various tiny Central Valley towns to see my little brother play whenever I visit my parents. Here my brother's team was playing in Mendota, the "Cantaloupe Capitol of the World". My little bro is number 70, he's a kicker, and you can see him doing his thing (in a blurry way) in number twelve.

My favorite by far is number eight, which was some crazy dad who kept yelling all night. I am impressed by how majestic I made his nasty little beard. (It was nasty. It really was.)

This has nothing to do with any of the photos, but man the recession has hit the Central Valley hard. Mendota, always a pretty small town, seemed so sad and empty. San Joaquin, always a pretty sad down, seemed fit to implode. It makes me sad to see these towns struggling, they're so important. Without them everything would be so homogenized.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sunny (grid for 9.3.09)

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Heston and I enjoying the sun in our own ways.

I mean, just look at that guy. Could anyone or anything be happier than that pup in a sunbeam? I don't think so.

Superflash (grid for 8.31.09)

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I have a bit of a backlog but I won't push it though all at once, I promise!

Another LOST picture in number 2. On this day I did both the laundry (6) and the dishes (7). Nine is for my loom, which I haven't touched but I need to. This was so long ago now that I don't even have any witty commentary.

I just keep doing this though, even when the pictures are boring. I think its the boring days that push me to do better.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hands (grid for 8.29.09)

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Four & five = engagement ring love, which is obnoxious I know but that is what blogs are for, obnoxious vain crap.

Seven: dog rump!

Nine, ten, eleven: intentionally overexposed! I particularly like eleven, which also happens to be my lucky number.

Twelve: I introduced Heston to Daisy, with adorable results. Daisy, suprisingly, was not afraid at all and Heston was a gentleman, as always.

So, tomorrow the finalists for Critical Mass are announced. I may have entered. I may be waiting on the edge of my seat for the results, even though I have next to no chance because no one knows who I am. I get a book out of it no matter what so I guess its ok.

Grid for 8.28.09

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How do you feel about the numbers/font? Not sure myself, maybe it isn't the right font. Maybe I'm too lazy to change it.

Kind of a simple subject grid because I had guests coming so I had to hurry up and meet my quota. Check out the squash (personal fav, number seven)! I grew that with my own bare hands! The tomato too! A few weeks ago I had about seventy million tomatos (I'm under-estimating here) and I made some tomato sauce with them. Talk about amazing! I highly recommend growing your own food, it is gratifying in a way that can't be explained.

Summer Evening Grid (8.27.09)

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New and improved! With numbers for easy reference!

This was a lazy hanging out outside while waiting for food to grill kind of grid. The ultimate griller did most of the work (#5) while I hung around with the dog and drank a peach beer (#2, 3, & 4). Aren't my shoes awesome? Just had to say that.

Also, doesn't number six remind you of LOST?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Things in My Kitchen (Grid for 8.26.09)

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I read once that when you are having artist's block you should paint/shoot everything in your kitchen. I wasn't even thinking of that when I started shooting the bowls, I was just watching for dinner to finish cooking (Hamburger Helper, natch. I only roll classy, you know). Who knew that my kitchen shelves would bounce my flash so nicely? And check out that Spock cup. Old Spock and new Spock!

I would also like to brag a little: The tomatoes and the pepper are from my garden. I grew those.

Also also, have you ever tried Barefoot Coffee? It is the best coffee in the Bay Area, for sure.

Heston Grid (8.25.09)

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So, as I mentioned before, Jay and I got a dog. What I didn't mention is how I have wanted a dog fiercely for years. So, I'm just warning you now, I will probably take a million pictures of him because he is the best thing to happen to me in a long time. But he's cute, right? So then its ok.

I don't like the pinkish cast these all have but I was evidently too lazy to try to fix it. Its been a tiring week, school started Monday.

Also, because of his coloring, I think Heston looks like a balding old man. I like this.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Grid for 8.24.2009

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I get annoyed too easily. This doesn't have anything to do with this set of photos, I'm just putting it out there.

Here I go again trying to take my own picture. I kinda like these, although I'm a little frowny. Hell, I'm always a little frowny.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Saturday Afternoon Fiddling (8.21.09)

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As you can see, my basil has gone to seed and its far too late to fix it :(

Also, I would like to draw your attention to the novelty steins. Jay and I each have one, Avon made them in the 90's and there's basically one for every nerdy interest. Jay drinks from the Country Music one (preferred beverage: Simple Times beer from Trader Joes) whereas I hoist from the "Conquest of Space" stein (not as preferred beverage: Coors Light). Check that thing out though, the handle is a Saturn rocket! The Eagle Lunar Lander is on the side! There's an astronaut on top! I can't say as much about Jay's, I think the Carter family is on it.

I would like to encourage a trend of hip internetty types drinking out of Avon novelty steins. To do so, I have found ebay links for other amazing steins so that you too can get in on the action!

For the history buff, a tribute to the Gold Rush


For the acquirer of California facts, a Rainbow Trout stein


My personal favorite, "Great Dogs of the Outdoors"

So, awesome people out there! Get a stein, they're only like 20 bucks and you can fit not one but TWO cans/bottles of beer in them.

(A small ebay complaint: I wish they had some sort of social networky "share" feature so that you all could actually see pictures of these instead of clicking on links. I know how lazy you are and I know you don't want to click on anything.)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Heston (8.21.09)

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Jay and I got an English Bulldog, who we named Heston. You know, after Moses. He is probably the cutest thing ever, people even stop us in parking lots to tell us that, so its not just me. He is smooshy and cuddly and he snores, so he fits right in with Jay and I.

It has been unexpectedly nice to have a dog. Growing up (on the farm, yehaw) we always had at least three dogs, usually more, so Heston has filled a little gap that I wasn't even aware of until we got him.

Vaughn's First Birthday Party (8.16.09)

Maybe I'm posting too many of these in a row, but I don't know how many people even read this, much less how many of those people care that I'm going to post 5 updates in a row.

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This is my nephew Vaughn, he just turned one. He is a happy baby, also a very photographed one. At one point I counted 5 cameras on this kid. It made my efforts seem a little futile, but I like to think that I took the best pictures. The kid with the black hair is my other nephew, Trace, who is a nice kid and photographs exceedingly well. The other kid, who doesn't photograph well is my brother Caleb (its a Schumacher thing I suppose).

I adore Caleb. He is 13 and is so awkward that I can't help but stick up for him all the time. Which makes him feel more awkward. What a sister.

8.16.09

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I'm a little embarrassed about these ones because they are of me! Not that you could really tell I suppose. I have always been wary of self portraits, I don't like showing my face, I don't like coming off as self obsessed. I hate showing people pictures of myself, even just normal ones. So I forced myself to deal with it a little, forced myself in front of the camera and tried to show a version of myself that I was comfortable with. I like these, there's something powerful there.

Mayra & Luis' Wedding (8.1.09)

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This was a hell of a day. Woke up early and took my last walk on the beach before entering into a frenzy of getting-ready-for-wedding-ness. Jay picked me up in Cayucos and we hauled ass to Monterey to be there for Mayra and Luis' wedding. However, Mayra is a cool lady and Luis is a cool dude, so it was worth it. I was their table settings photographer (because Luis knows like 80 bazillion photographers so everyone did a tiny part of the photography), which sent me into a details oriented bliss for a while.

This was the only wedding I've ever been to where there was tequila instead of champagne, and I definitely approve. The shot glasses had the date of their wedding on them, but of course Jay and I are fools and left ours at the wedding.

Re-restart

So, I'm trying this again, thanks to some gentle prodding from my friend Luis and some very strong prodding from my own self. I've redone the format a little, the pictures are bigger so you can, you know, see what's going on. Maybe I'll write a little more, too. Maybe.

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This was from 7/30/09, so I guess its a little old by now, but I love these images. The kid is my cousin Ben. Doesn't he have nice hands? I love his thumbs.

Last year for Christmas I made Ben a photo calendar with pictures of animals. While we were walking on the beach he told me, "Centa, you know how you can make money taking pictures? You should make calendars, because you make really nice ones. You can make them about all kinds of things, like you could make a beach one or even one just about rocks." So these pictures are for our calendar about rocks.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

5/12/09

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Let me give you a numbered description:

1) Jesus embroidery, kitchen 2)Hello Kitty shot glass 3)Alfred 4)Good luck! 5) Screaming rock 6)grumplet 7)David Lynch 8) fiance 9) pincushion 10) upskirt sailormoon 11) synthesizer (yeah we have some) 12) guinea pig dance

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

5/11/09

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Today was a sorta weird day. Spent a lot of time embroidering onto my weaving (see above) and watching star trek (also see above). Shake and bake for dinner, really tasty even if that is embarrassing to admit.

5/10/09

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There are only 7 images here because after the last one was taken the grill lit on fire! We were ok, but those tasty burgers were ruined.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

5/9/09

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Yesterday I slept too much and then watched a Japanese horror movie that ended up having a heavy-handed pro-life message. I want my time back.

5/7/09

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The flower is from a squash plant in my garden. I already have several squash growing! I am excited about the garden.

Also, I made chocolate covered strawberries! These are amazingly easy to make and everyone is verrrry impressed when you bring them to something (like a final critique in studio photography). Want a recipe?

Restart

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I unintentionally slacked off on this project, so I'm restarting it now! This is from last weekend, which was a good weekend. This weekend has been kind of sluggish so far.

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Did I mention that I am engaged? To Jay, even? (see above grillin-dude) This partially explains why I have slacked off in the 12-photos department. Planning a wedding is crazy! Why knew that people were going to care about the color of your napkins? (THEY DO.)

For those of you who care about these things, we are thinking next June, Madonna Inn.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Talent Show

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I volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and today we had a talent show. There was a puppet show and quite a bit of dancing. I really enjoy being around all these kids, they're a lot of fun.

Its funny how shy these kids, who hang out together every week, can be when they are put on a stage. I can relate, I was a pretty shy kid too. I was always hyper consious of everything I did, but in the end the coolest people were always the ones who didn't care anyway. I'm working on that.

My little sister is the girl in the purple shirt.

All cute all the time (3/29/09)

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My guinea pigs are a constant renewable source of cuteness. And when all else fails and I can't think of anything to shoot, there they are. And I can pay them in carrots!

Catch Up

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Took this a few days ago when visiting my parents. There is an eight acre pond/wilderness behind their house, I believe this had some sort of effect on me during my formative years. Besides my family and friends, its the only thing I really miss about Fresno on a daily basis.

Monday, March 23, 2009

How doth the little busy bee improve each shining hour

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Some good stuff here, some real good stuff.

Sometimes amazing things will just fly up and find you.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Family time

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Drove down to Fresno to visit my family. My brother John was up from LA and so all five of us siblings were in the same building, which is a rare event. I was able to spend some time with my nephew Vaughn, who makes funny faces into the camera. Also, my sister Anne likes to eat cake, and Aaron got a new gun.

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Caleb broke his leg playing rollerblade basketball. When you are 12, things like that seem like a good idea.

Friday studio

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My sister is one of the most beautiful people I know. She is also an excellent model. However, it is strange to view my sister in an artistic way, looking at the angle of her neck or the shadow her nose makes and having to make critical judgments about that.

Lost time

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Haven't posted any in a while, sorry. Here are a few to make up for that.

We got some new lights in the school studio, this is Ron under the beauty dish. He is a nice guy.

Monday, March 16, 2009

not enough

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Didn't take too many that I liked today. The rest of today was pretty great though.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunol Wilderness

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Sometimes going out into nature is like giving myself a good scrubbing. It has been a very good day so far.

Sunol Regional Wilderness? I highly recommend it.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Honey-jam cookies

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See the blurry picture of the building? Thats how everything looks like when I take out my contacts.

I baked today; made some cookies that used honey instead of sugar. They're pretty good, a little chewy and topped with boysenberry jam.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Pug hair on my sweater

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Amanda's pugs!

Also, we drove up to Mt. Diablo, which is beautiful! Up on the summit you could see all the way to San Jose. The clouds hovered over concord but it didn't rain. You could see the windmills too, they looked like toothpicks.

Quality day.

Chrysanthemums (3/7/09)

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I kind of like these better than the studio shoot. These flowers are so weird looking to me, the look like they belong under the sea. And the color! What a strange green.

Also, those fish are my salt and pepper shakers. Just braggin. The knife? From ikea. No braggin there.

Also also, my Jay bought an SLR, so he is taking pictures too, which I am excited about. He has a flickr, so go give him some love.

Studio 3/6/09

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I'll post the final picture when I'm done editing it. I'm only semi-satisfied with this shoot, but what can you do? The assignment was "reflective object", which is the canister the flowers are in. I decided to minimize the importance of the canister though, I hope that doesn't get points knocked off (it will).

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Woz

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Had to do this quick before it started raining again. There are two that I think need to be viewed larger because you can't see the awesome details here.

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Check out the weird light! That is from the blue building in the background. Every day around 4ish the street lights up blue like this.

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And I just really liked this one. I feel like taking all these pictures is helping me get to know my home more.

In between

I didn't make a grid again until yesterday, so to fill in for those grids are two cute pictures of guinea pigs.

Sweetpea and Daisy

and

Daisy

Daisy always looks at me like that! Like I am mean to her or something. She is always watching me though. If I am in her line of sight, her little pink eyeballs are following me.

Sonic Adventure (grid for 3/1/09)

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On Sunday Jay and I decided to drive to Gilroy to get some Sonic. While that may sound pathetic, consider that I have not had a tasty, tasty toaster sandwich in TWO YEARS.We also ended up shopping at the outlet mall, which I decided was not worthy of document.

Here are four words that describe outlet shopping:
-zombies
-slow
-samsonite luggage

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tired colors

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The first one was inspired by Adam (http://majestic-eagles.blogspot.com). All of these have the same muted colors, unintended but interesting. It is interesting to see how my mood effects what I end up shooting.

On tv there is a girl standing in a hotel made of ice with candles on her head. St. Luica's day? December 13th. Its a celebration of light.

Speaking of light, here is the moon and Venus, looking lovely as always.

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This is the kind of picture my dad would like.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Looking through the peephole in the front door

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Took most of these out in the front yard, where I ran into the mailman.

"New camera?" he asks.
"Got it for Christmas, still getting to know it," I reply.
"There's a hawk that lives up in the blue building, you should take pictures of that."

Also, the pictures of the interiors of the house--the blinds, the peephole, the windows --remind me of the shut-in feeling I get about living in the city. I can hear other people's lives happen if I open the windows, so we usually keep them shut. That doesn't happen in the country. This is neither good nor bad, here no there, just something to think about.

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Here's the final version of that studio shoot I posted earlier in the week. We were supposed to recreate an image from art history and add a modern product. I chose this Man Ray photograph, mostly because I love Man Ray. I should have thaought about that more when I chose the image, because this one was a little difficult to light. It turned out pretty good in the end though, don't you think?

Tonight I'm getting Thai food with some photo friends, isn't that good?