Categories: _Photography, UrbanArtistry
It's official. I am now the owner of www.thephotocult.net. There isn't anything up yet, but this is the first major step towards establishing the cult! Can't wait!
Also the photocult is having an outing tonight. Attendees committed so far are TamLeeps, KatieGardener, Doug, JustinKerr, and myself. We will be heading down to the GasLamp district for a night session, should get some great material!
P.S. If you are downtown tonight and you see a bunch of hip kids walking around with tri-pods and camera bags, be sure to holler out a "Viva la Cult" or something to that effect, you might even see your mug on www.aesthetic-mindset.com! Who knows?
On our way out of the shoot monday, we decided to take a couple action shots. Here is a shot me jumping over a rail that was about as tall as Tam...
photo by justin, lighting by tam.
Also, the first shot from the night is up at Aesthetic-Mindset.com. Go check it out, it's fabulous!
So the PhotoCult had our first outing last night. That's what I've decided to call us anyhow. Tamara Leeper, Justin Kerr, and Ryan Gwillim. PhotoCult is just a nice catchy name for a group of ppl that walk around together at night taking pictures for hours. That's what we did, that's what we are. I still need to check if photocult.com is taken, if not, I think I might reserve it. But I digress...BOOO...
No more than 20 minutes after arriving on location to do our mass photo shoot of Balboa Park last night, my beloved camera, died. Yes, dead, like no longer of the land of the living, and the damn thing took a good AP 35-70mm lens with it too! I was busy taking some photos of light reflections on a still pond when I moved my tri-pod a bit and the camera JUMPED off the top and came crashing down on the the concrete below. The lens exploded into a few pieces and the camera will no longer wind film. DAMMIT.
I'm not a happy camper. And I am tired of not having the equipment I need. I need a good camera, and I need a good tri-pod to put it on. This really sucks.
On the bright side I think we got some good shots with Justin's 20D. Can't wait to see how they turned out. I'm sure the next couple weeks of Aesthetic-Mindset will be littered with shots from last night.
On thursday of last week Bob and I decided to go backpacking. Usually you want a week or so to prepare for a backpacking trip, even if it's only a three day trip, so when we decided thursday afternoon to leave friday morning things got a little rushed. Two trips to REI and a couple trips to the grocery store later, we were on the road. Our destination was the Sespe wilderness, in the mountains east of Ventura.
After way too much traffic through L.A. and one fabulous stop at Arby's for lunch, we finally ended up at the trailhead, at dark. The first night was spent falling asleep to the tune of about a million Arroyo toads. Anyhow, Here are a some of the photos that I took from the weekend...
This shot was taken from our first campsite. The tent was ten feet to my left!
The little black blob on the left in the meadow is Bob walking along the trail. Just to the right is a drop-off of about 300 feet down to the river.
This is at our second campsite.
Second campsite scenery again.
This little guy didn't want his picture taken so he ran into the grass and tried to hide, I got him though! (It's a horned lizard)
Grand totals for the weekend: 5 blisters, 3 ticks, 1 toad in backpack, 1 lizard on backpack, zero phone calls, lots of fun!
So my friend Bob and I play Mahjong. If you don't know what Mahjong is, look it up on wikipedia. Basically it is an old Chinese game that is played similar to rummy. Most of the people that play it are old Chinese ladies and they use it to gamble. The game is quite fun and VERY complicated. Enough about the game. The other night Bob, Howie, Jenn Weiss and I went to our favourite sushi retaurant, Meijo Sushi, to play Mahjong for 5 hours. It was a blast and here is my favourite shot of the evening.
I went to a Padres game a couple of weeks ago and just got the film developed. It was a good time, however we lost the game. Here are some pictures of people. I love having a 300mm lens because I can take close pics of ppl and they have no idea I am taking photos of them. Makes me feel sneaky :)
He films me, I film him, that's how it works!
I think this guy caught me, but I don't think he minds.
Some random hottie that was sitting in front of me. YeeHaw!
The story behind the WMS building is pretty cool, look it up on Google!
I have decided to get a new camera.Since I can't afford the 20D ($1200 camera) that I want. I've decided to go the opposite route and buy an antique Russian camera. It's called a Lubitel 166, and it freakin' ROCKS! I have been more and more interested in old school photography ever since I started using a 35mm SLR back in december. It just intrigues me to know end some of the things that these old "outdated" cameras can do without the help from digital post-shot manipulation. Plus they produced images that are so beautiful and archaic that can't be recreated digitally.
Needless to say, I'm a little excited. I haven't bought the camera just yet, as it will be about $50 after the shipping from the Ukraine, but as soon as I get it I will start pounding out some shots and putting them up at Aesthetic-Mindset for all to see.
I haven't been updating this blog much. I have been very busy at work, very stressed with my personal life, and spending a lot of time getting my photoblog going. If you haven't checked out www.aesthetic-mindset.com yet, you should. We have 50 photographs up and are adding new ones on a daily basis. There is some good stuff up there! We also have RSS 2.0 up and running for those of you who use Sage or other syndication tools.
Anyhow, just wanted to plug my photoblog one more time, and let ya'all know why I haven't been too active here.
After months of planning and years of anticipation... it is here.
This is the photography showcase of my friend Justin and I. The site is still going through a few changes, but it's in working order.
Please take a look, leave a comment, do whatever. Photo's will be added on a daily basis. The site should be completely finished in a week or so.
(RSS is up and running, so add aesthetic-mindset to your sage feeds!)
Yesterday I framed my first print. The one you see here is a simple 8'x10' print in a wooden frame. The photo is one of my favourites and was taken at my friend Scott's backyard while I was waiting for him to get off the phone ;)
Anyhow, I am really excited about finally framing a print, and hope to start doing so more and more as gifts and eventually maybe making a bit of $$ with it. The first print went to Scott since he has told me numerous times that he liked the photo, and he is the one that reared the beautiful plant.
I should have my photoblog, which I am co-producing with my friend Justin, up in a couple days. It's a project I have been planning in my head for about six months and it is about to come into fruition, so that will be yet another milestone.
So, here's to milestones!