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?

The strange beauty of my unbrushed hair (2/26/09)

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Sorry if this seems a little narcissistic, I was just taken by the way my hair looked through the camera. I normally hate to take my own picture unless I can focus on little details like this. This idea will probably get revisited in the future, possibly with a model (like who? I don't know) so I have more control of the shots.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Flash!

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By the time I got home today it was dark, so I busted out good ol 430exII and scooted around a little. Can I just pause and gush about that flash a little? It is a good one. You know, everyone goes on and on about the 530exII and stuff, but my little 430 is a trooper! And its smaller. And its awesome. Canon users, I recommend it. Nikon users, you are out of luck. For several reasons. (I kid I kid!) So I took some flash pictures of the rose hips, which made them look pretty eerie to me.

Also, check out my guinea pigs. They are always cute. Sweetpea (the black one) is always so hard to photograph because she is so dark, she absorbs all light and the rest of the picture is horridly overexposed. Its tough being a piglet I guess.

One last thing: The outlet. For some reason that plug looks really ominous to me. Maybe that means I'm turning into David Lynch. I mean, that'd be cool. Sorta.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Rainy Day and my website

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The first frame is from Mad Max. Took a picture of the tv.

Also, in Centa-news, my website is up: http://www.centaschumacher.com Look at it, bookmark it, love it, tell me what you think about it.

Studio Grid

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Portrait shoot on Friday. Which famous photographer was I imitating in these images? Our assignment was to emulate an image from art history.

My lovely model was my partner Elisa. She ended up using me as her model too, which resulted in this image:

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Yeah yeah my lipstick is a little smudged. This picture amuses me a little though, I never see myself in this way. When my boyfriend saw this picture he said, "This is pretty, but it doesn't really look like you."

I like studio class though.

Spider in the garage

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I was a little late, but here are a few grids in a row again.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Today's Grid

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Today was sort of a hard day.

Grid for 2/15/2009

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Mostly the flowers I got for Valentine's Day. :)

Grid for 2/14/2009

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I know I haven't posted in a while, but a cold and a broken card reader have been holding me back. To make up for it, here are three in a row! Zowee!

These are pictures from my sister Anne's boyfriend Syd, who races bikes. Despite having a dude crash into him, Syd got 6th place! Also, he is a cool guy. It was fun to watch him race.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

12

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I really like the sticks. Also, that wasp's nest could use some revisiting.

So far--and I know this is two days in--I really like this project I've given myself.

Monday, February 9, 2009

First Contact Sheet

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Here's the first one! Not sure how productive it was, but now you know what my shower looks like.

Unrelated: Maybe its bad to be admitting this, but I am watching RuPaul's Drag Race. It is amazing. RuPaul is out. of. control. ("Are you a Diana Ross? Oh heeeeyyy! Or are you just a supreme? Oooh!")

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Attempts

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I'm taking a class in the studio again this semester. I like working in the studio, but I'm awful at coming up with concepts for "commercial" photography. It is very difficult for me to think of making photographs in order to sell a product. Some people are great at it, but I would rather just get out some rocks or bugs and shoot those instead.



Here's another one I shot in the studio. This is me. I love the motion in this, the blur and the mess of hair. Hair monster.

What am I getting at? Something, anyway.

I think I'm going to start something new. I'm going to take pictures every day, even if they are bland. I'll make a little grid of 12 images and post them here. I'm sort of ripping this idea off from Liz Kubal (http://www.lizkuball.com/blog/) but my images will be so different I don't think it is a problem. Hold me accountable, my two readers! Tell me if you like what you see.

I'll start tomorrow though. These are tantalizing enough for tonight.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

thinking

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Sometimes I freak out and think that I am a terrible artist. Sometimes I take a picture like this and get cocky. Neither is productive.

I'm concerned with my output. Not enough work being made. I'm afraid this new job I'm getting will take all my time away again. At my old job I never had weekends. Rarely had a day off, I was either at work or school or both. I'm worried that this will happen again, hell, it will happen again. But its either work away all my free time or mooch off my boyfriend and parents. One of these is better than the other but both are awful. (In the UK they would call this whingeing)

Well, this blog was supposed to be about my art making process. I keep coming back to leaves when I shoot. They are so articulate. Well designed. Did you know that the way branches form--with one study branch that shoots off into thinner ones that eventually grow and produce even more branches--is the same way our veins form in our body? Nature is efficient.