nisaa: (me with camera)
( May. 26th, 2009 11:22 pm)
Today I took photos of [livejournal.com profile] rightkindofme and her daughter and had a lot of fun. I think I'm more excited than hesitant about the project after today.

I'm taking a lot of photos of my friends and family. They're not all great photos from a technical viewpoint but they're fun photos and they convey a lot of happiness. And right now, that's ok by me.
If I think of this as more of a photo album of my loved ones and their loved ones, I can forgive myself for the flaws.
nisaa: (me with camera)
( May. 25th, 2009 11:08 pm)
Is it really Day 10?

I took some photos of friends today who will appear in the book. I also spend a bunch of time last night and tonight playing with layout in blurb. It's really quite easy to use. I've put 10 photos in so far with text and found out that there are lots of options for text and photo layouts, which is great.

I have more than 10 photos to go into the book - I just haven't gotten them off of the camera yet. I have numerous photo ops left and photo-worthy celebrations. It occurs to me that I don't have any photos of ME in the book yet. I know that's going to be rough because I hate photos of me and now I'm the one who has to take them. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it . . .
Last night I told more friends at a party about my project and they said they'd love to be in it (3 more people).

I also took some better pictures of my dog.

Today: Nada, zip, zero, zilch. I have three minutes left to today. I'll try to at least download the Blurb software so I can start the layout.

Tomorrow: I'll bring my camera to a Memorial Day get together and maybe take some photos of people.
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( May. 22nd, 2009 11:41 pm)
This morning I took pictures of my dog while my hubby and I took her for a walk like I said I would.
And later I learned about the different options in Lightroom to help me print photos (thank you, [personal profile] joedecker).

And I learned that high quality jpegs can take a loooooooooooooonnnng time to upload. I actually don't know if this will help me when I end up laying out the book but it just might. Especially if I have to do at least 35 photos. It could take a while. I'd better start early. (Logging into blurb account now.) Mercury Retrograde sucks. All is fine now.
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( May. 21st, 2009 10:20 pm)
I took some pictures of my adorable cats tonight, including Spartacus in mid-yawn. I attempted to take pictures of my dog Sofi but she's black and it's night and it's just not happening. Maybe tomorrow I'll get some photos of her when we take her out for a morning walk.
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( May. 20th, 2009 11:15 pm)
I did absolutely nothing today for this project. But I was really productive and stayed up late last night writing some of the text to go along with the photos. Ok, wait, then I did about a 15 minutes worth of stuff today since I went to sleep at 12:15ish last night.
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nisaa: (me with camera)
( May. 19th, 2009 09:27 pm)
Today was pretty productive in terms of taking photos. I met up with [livejournal.com profile] deyo and [livejournal.com profile] mactavish to take photos of them and their dogs. When I got home, I took photos of [livejournal.com profile] stevefava and [livejournal.com profile] harpydisplayed and a few of our pets.

One thing I found difficult today was taking photos of two people at a time, especially if one or both of them are laughing. Ultimately, I'll be happy with slightly blurry photos if the people in them look genuinely happy.

Photographing dogs if they're not napping is an entirely different story. Well, maybe it isn't. It's difficult enough to take photos of dogs because they don't often sit still. On top of that, [livejournal.com profile] deyo and [livejournal.com profile] mactavish have dogs that are mostly black. My dog is black too. It's a lot more challenging to get a photo of them that's not blurry, if they're awake.

I will have to flaunt the imperfection then, embrace negative clarity and have a few blurry photos. I'm ok with that.

After today's photos, I'm less worried about coming up with 35 photos for the project. I think I've got at least five so far. And, I might have more subjects to shoot soon too!
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( May. 18th, 2009 11:45 pm)
Today I asked another friend to pose for me and I told her what my Sofobomo project was about. She agreed to be in it. Yay! And I wrote a little bit about my happy poly weekend trip.
Tomorrow I have two people lined up to take photos of (and maybe their dogs too).

I swear these posts will get more interesting as the month goes on. I have one photo so far that I can use. The book has to have at least 35 in it. I'd better get cracking.
nisaa: (me with camera)
( May. 17th, 2009 11:08 pm)
This isn't strictly a Sofobomo post but the events of this morning affected some photos I took for sure. I'll start by saying I went to sleep at 11pm last night and set my iPhone alarm to go off at 4:45am for our sunrise shoot. It wasn't going to be a lot of sleep but I had the promise of a nap after going to photograph sunrise.

I woke up when the iPhone crickets chirped me awake. I got dressed, I cut and buttered and ate half a bagel. I was about to go and meet up with my friends when I looked at the clock in the hotel room and it said it was 3am. I opened my laptop to double check. It said 3am. My iPhone said 5am. I very nearly texted [personal profile] joedecker to triple check but then realized I should let him sleep.

I went back to sleep for another hour and a half and got up again for the real sunrise. I was quite grumpy by then.

Ever see the movie "Amelie"? Remember the scene where she tricks the grocer by playing practical jokes and sets his alarm ahead so he wakes up too early, swaps his toothpaste for foot cream, cuts his shoelaces too short and puts his doorknobs on backwards? I kinda felt like that only I was glad my toothpaste was real toothpaste and it was only the iPhone playing tricks on me with the time. (BTW, I looked and could not find the scene from Amelie on Youtube).

As a result, my portraits this morning at sunrise were not so great (read: really blurry and not useable). So rather than giving up entirely, my Sofobomo contribution today was to start writing the introduction for the book.
I was going to start yesterday but I didn't get any intentional photos of my subjects (but a few where one of them was in a shot by accident). So instead, I started today. I was aiming for a few silhouetted photos of at least one person and achieved that goal while we were all waiting around for sunset. A few others were ruined by lens flare (grrr).

Maybe tomorrow I might do a self-portrait. We'll see. Otherwise, there were lots of pretty things to see and photograph in the Mono Basin for sure.

Since my bio-family news is kind of coloring my thoughts these days, it's important for me to note that even though I like taking gothy photos, I'm really not in the mood to go to the cemetery on this trip. If I'm lucky, I'll get to show my grandfather some of the photos I take on this trip. If not, maybe I'll dedicate my photo book to him.
Tomorrow is the day I start my Solo Photo Book Month. No matter what happens, I'm committed to at least trying to see it through. The theme ("My chosen poly family") may change depending on the course of events in my biological family over the next few weeks, but I'm still gonna give it a try.

When I wasn't able to sleep this morning, I started thinking of the text for the book. I can pretty much write that anytime when I'm not taking photos.

Today the photos will start at Mono Lake.

I cut my left thumb this morning but I suppose it's better than cutting my right index finger which I use to I press the shutter on the camera.
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( Apr. 30th, 2009 11:27 pm)
This is a test just to let y'all know I'm here. I'm sure it'll work. Will this be better than LJ?
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