Storypost | 2009.02.25

Welding closeup

For this assignment we were supposed to apply the zone system to whatever. Ordinarily one might choose a landscape or something, find the zone iii, and expose as prescribed. I thought it'd be fun to try carefully metering something I couldn't look at, namely welding.

Film photography bracketing contact sheet roll cage installation

It was challenging, as evidenced by the contact sheets. I spot metered a shadow by looking at the lcd as some welding was going on. Then I refocused, set the exposure, and snapped a few with my hand over my eyes. I can't tell if the polarizer helped, of course I was randomly rotating it and hoping for an ideal alignment.

Contact sheet film photography

Roll cage installation cut angle grinder


Welding roll cage car BMW

Erik welds in the driver side cage bar, Ian lends his feet to the effort.
I did dedicate a few frames to the generic zone application. The best part of shooting the grain silo (quarry) was when the dead silent Prius almost ran me over. Andy Bernard would be proud.

Film photography night

Storypost | 2009.02.22

Deck renovation redwood stain before after

Okay let's get started. Chris? Present. Okay, item one: paint the deck. Behr redwood semi-transparent. Two gallons coated it twice (barely) with each coat taking a couple hours.

Renovation deck stain redwood before after

Sauna teardown renovation

Item two: sauna. Why anyone would build wood straight onto concrete I cannot imagine, but that meant the sauna had to go.

Renovation sauna removal

Item three: hill behind the fence. Jon wreaked excellent havoc with the sawzall, I simply raked the vertical foot of branches and leaves to the bottom of the grade. I'm hoping the scotch grass I planted will fare well.
And ScottD sent me a bunch of photos from the animal park last week.

Feeding bird zoo

San Diego Safari Park tram orange juice boxes

Connie's darkroom work, or in her words, 'I gots it in my flickrs!' In fact, I'll leave you with one more quote from the excitable one...

i want an A. i want an A. i want an A. i already calculate getting docked points for assignment 2 since i turned in one out of two prints required. that's a C right there. assignment 1 all turned in, but images not impressive.. at least not compared to yours and curts of solarized car parts. so that's a B. i need two A+'s to counteract assignment 1 and 2. assignment 3, my metering is all over the place...docked points right there!!! I won't get an A!!! i wont get an A!!!!

Storypost | 2009.02.17

Oil change girl Mitsubishi 3000GT film photography sepia

Four glorious hours in the darkroom. I toned these because monochrome just doesn't look good on a monitor, it's all bluish and you can't see detail.

Girl oil change Mitsubishi 3000GT wrench spanner

Oil change girl Mitsubishi 3000GT

Girl beer Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 sepia tone film photography

Portrait girl film photography sepia

Storypost | 2009.02.16

FIlm photography contact sheet portraits

Assignment three, portraits that tell a story. I went both directions, straight up portraits and capturing a well-defined sequence of events.

Contact sheet film photography oil change

Contact sheet girl beer

I imagine the four prints we turn in should be from the same roll, both have a few candidates but the photojournalism ones are more varied. Of course, the following are just blown up copies of the contact sheet frames.

Contact sheet enlargement portrait film photography

Maybe a smaller aperture. It was overcast though, so the window wasn't providing much light.

Film photography contact sheet enlargement

Lens filter worked well with the eyes.

Contact sheet enlargement portrait

Contact sheet enlargement girl Mitsubishi 3000GT

Shoulda gotten that engine chromed. I mixed up mid-motion shots with poseds.

Contact sheet enlargement girl oil change

Under the car was tough, it was very dark but it turns out overexposure was possible.

Contact sheet enlargement girl oil change film photography

Contact sheet enlargement girl beer Mitsibishi 3000GT film photography

Requisite beer, light was pretty low at this point but I shoulda risked a polarizer.

Lulzpost | 2009.02.12


There've been a few great quotables of late. I'm publishing these mostly for nostalgia's sake, but if you're real bored at work, read on. First, a discussion with my postdoctoral associate about the best course of action when the zombiepocalypse comes:

Link [Ed: Humorous zombie survival guide from Wired how-to wiki].
Shipping container? As shown in that Will Smith movie, zombies learned how to use tools and simple associative learning (low level brain function). Living in a container would be akin to being a tin of potted meat. The authors of the article would be the first to be eaten. To survive, you either live on a large ship, an island like Hawaii (UK has the Chunnel to mainland Europe - very bad) or oil platform. You would also need lots of guns and napalms like the ones in Aliens. Also, play RE. KO
Pretty nuts the statistic that police have a less than 25% hit rate within three feet. Makes Rambo movies significantly more plausible.
I think the shipping container is based on the premise that you're coexisting with photophobic zombies, so you just need to hunker down at night. I'd be hard pressed to open one of those things if it were locked from the inside (which would require a hack for obvious reasons), zombies would need some serious tools to break in within one night.
The ship's not a bad idea, some of the denizens of Fallout live on a docked aircraft carrier and it's pretty effective. Has zombie effectiveness in the water been demonstrated anywhere? Hawaii is big and populous enough that any contamination would easily survive. Remember the 28 Days Later virus didn't start in the UK, it came over on a plane.
And consider the possibility of zombie birds. It just takes one peck, and they can spot and reach you from far away.
I'm going to say a remote location that cannot sustain itself - like an oil platform - will suffer the fate they mention where you go to the grocery store, are not on your game, and die. If you're lucky you can get freshwater from rain and grow your own food, but this is not an option for non-vegetarians who dislike fish.
How about Montana? First, it's often cold which, as discussed, severely affects zombie metabolism. Second, it's got a statewide population of 12. You just have to split a few wigs and you're in relative safety, assuming zombies don't make road trips. And though you'll always have to be on your guard, it's not much worse than living in LA or New York.
Montana is large and flat, there are no sewers to hide from the sun or plan a subterranean assault. Life is good when you can pick off the undead with a psg at 2,000 yards (and miss a few times), instead of duking it out with a chainsaw and hoping their blood doesn't mix with yours. Also there's a grip of self-sustaining land up there with roaming animals that will be uninfected if you do your job.
Napalm booby traps, lights, motion sensors, you'll have plenty of time to set it up and everything works on x10!!!
I did not consider birds as a biological vector. If this is a factor, then no island or boat is safe. On a boat the radar operator would tell you if there was a flock of birds in the area. A single bird would not appear on the screen. I think cold is a pretty good deterrent. I don't care if the muscle cell is dead or alive, the effects of extreme cold temperatures would mechanically limit motility. Plus, there are no birds in cold places. I guess you could live in Iceland, Greenland or dock your boat in Antartica? KO
Plus you're on a boat so there's always going to be a flock of birds in the area. Especially after the outbreak when there'll be lots of decomposing corpses for them to pick at.
The only problem with cold is that it's cold. Brrrr. One could definitely go for severe cold, but it's a tradeoff between zombie deterrance and providing for your own survival. You wouldn't last long in Antarctica, though it'd be a great place to find non-infected if you like scientists (I do not).

And from a recent Mazda 3 purchaser:

Freezing, foggy, wet, and muddy the whole time. However, my car is thoroughly broken into now! We were rolling in mud and dirt... I wanted to spin donut holes but Ryan had to remind me that I wasn't in an off-road vehicle.'

And regarding the recent Casbah concert featuring Canadian band F*cked Up, two buddies of mine separately decided to attend and invite me. Alas, I was in the darkroom that night:

When the naked 300 lb Canuck covered himself in honey, I was amused. Anonymous
When he walked around the audience giving hugs covered in honey/sweat/hair, I thought to myself, "Please God, let it be me."
It was not to be. I was forsaken.
Yes, but did you happen to see the coup de grace? Pulling his shorts down, revealing his ample and fleshy buttocks, immediately ending my life. AnonymousTwo
I write this email from beyond the grave. My only advice is Chris, quit being such a photography maniac so you can have ringing ears like me and Anonymous, go to the Saturday Coachella show for a second chance at a hug.
Ah yes, I am trying to repress the memory of his hairy plump ass. Thanks for ruining my day man. Anonymous
I am buying tickets for Coachella. Sunday night will induce face melting. I saw MBV played at 132 db in LA. I want to re-live the 30 minutes of 132 db's. It was like staring at the face of God.
Did you buy a mixtape? I bought the old one, I wish I bought the newest one also.
PS. I hate the bald bouncer. He is always harshing on everyone's vibe.
Hah hah hah, clearly I should have blown off class and attended. But I was torn, I had received two concert invitations the same night. What's a girl to do?
A simple choice really, there was no other show of note last except the one we attended. Even the opener Miko Mika were great. I am a sucker for props, in this case a telephone microphone.
The city's purveyors of hipness were in full attendence, as evidenced by [Anonymous2] and I making an appearence. The Artfag and Skullcontrol people were also attending.

After much labor I turned in my first and second assignments. The 6x6 was very challenging and rather unfulfilling. Next up: portraits that tell a story. So, like, photojournalistic portraits or something.

Ducati Supersport film photography contact sheet

Ducati Supersport frame suspension

Film photography solarization Ducati Supersport

Storypost | 2009.02.08

Brembo brakes Ducati 900 Supersport dirty

Ferodo pads on the front. They're supposed to be stoppier than the Brembo ones, I'll let the car in front of me be the judge of that.

Broken brake lever Ducati 900 Supersport

Crg levers to replace the stock ones.

CRG clutch lever Ducati Supersport

I'm trying header wrap on a few sections of pipe to avoid any more pants-on-fire incidents or melted passenger shoes.
Great news, I've got Speed in hd for this wonderful new year in motorsports. Highlights:

Infopost | 2009.02.05

Film photography solarization turbo

One of this week's two assignments is to do solarized prints. I'm somewhat divided on the technique, but it's fun and can make a turbo looks pretty cool (above). Below is a comparison, though they were both printed for solarization, color reversal only took place on the bottom. It's a tricky process if you want to apply any sort of science to it.

If nothing else, solarization adds some mild intrigue to the the still life assignment of finding 'circles and curves'. I might take another crack at it since the weekend didn't allow much shooting and we're supposed to use as much daylight as possible.

Freeway overpass solarization film photography

The other assignment due next week is the dark room equivalent of a stitched together image. We're choosing a single subject and taking 36 frames such that when it's layed out on a contact sheet it becomes a single 6x6 tiled image. Gulp.

Storypost | 2009.02.02

Settlers of Catan cat coffee table

Jon came down for the weekend. Naturally, this meant hot pot, Settlers, and diving. The hot pot was good, but needed chilies. Settlers was fun, Connie/c/Jessica beat Jon, Erik, and Jes/me. The dive was significantly different from Maui, but it was good to get underwater.

Settlers of Catan coffee table fire

Games, friends, sake, and pocky.

Players Sports Bar Super Bowl flipcup dice

In what is fast becoming a tradition, the Super Bowl was watched at Player's in Kearny Mesa.

Players Sports Bar news Super Bowl

Papa Smith, me, Jon, Mike, Kristen, B, Tee, Z.

Players Sports Bar Super Bowl news interview

Kristen gave the best interview of the evening, all of the Steelers fans came across as illiterate.