October 31, 2009
October 30, 2009
Ribs, over mashed potatoes. Really good. This trip really ended up being all about the food.
October 29, 2009
October 28, 2009
October 24, 2009
I was shooting a Lacrosse game, and this woman was standing on the sideline. I was playing around with settings, and shot it as a joke.
It turned out really poorly, so I didn't bother to get her name. However, when I got bored and started playing around with photoshop and Camera RAW, I saved it. After that, I kind of liked it.
October 22, 2009
This is something I don't want to write in a clever fashion, I just want to get the story out there. This is partially in response to people always asking me who he is, and partially to try and explain why it matters. I'm sorry if it doesn't make a lot of sense, I'm still a little flustered.
First, Steve McCurry is a photographer famous for his work with National Geographic. Without getting to much into his biography, he is generally considered one of the most influential photographers ever for his 1980's National Geographic cover of the "Afghan Girl." If I could figure out how to post multiple images to a post on this, I'd post the photo. If you google "Afghan Girl" you will find it and probably recognize the photo. He's traveled the world, having adventures, taking photos, and getting paid to do it. It is what I've always wanted to do.
Steve McCurry came to Cal U, and I got to spend almost the entire day with him. I wrote an article about it for the Cal Times, and the text is at the bottom of this post. The day itself was a good bit of a struggle, but worth it in the end.
It was amazing to spend the day talking to one of my heroes, getting his thoughts on a lot of career based questions. I don't know how or even what to say about the experience. I will try though.
Just a little backstory: The day started out pretty exciting. I was in the office with Jared trying to give him a crash course, with my copy of the Afghan girl National Geographic in my bag. We went to where lunch was supposed to be, and my photography mentor was there with us. Little did we know the location changed and no one told us. After we ate lunch one of the staff told us where to look, the secondary location, and she was right. If it wasn't for Jared pushing me, I wouldn't have found the real location.
After the lunch, McCurry gave a sort-of lecture to the group. After that, I wrangled him over to a photography class and had an interview with him in front of the class. I asked the usual photography questions. This is where I got the foundation of the title for this blog from this meeting. My photography professor told a story about how she meant Ansel Adams and thought he'd smell like fixer. Then my mind made some random jumps, and eventually I got "Bathing in Fixer."
The truly interesting part was after that, when we went to view the exhibit. I actually walked around with McCurry, and got to hear him tell me about the photographers' whose work was on display and also the photos themselves. Then came the hardest part, taking a photo of him. The final one is the one posted above. I was so nervous about getting a photo that lived up to his standards. After a few, he told me it was "really great," and I couldn't help smile. He set the shot up and told me what he wanted. The experience in general is something most people will never get. Not many people get to meet their heroes, no matter the field.
Below the line is my article for the November 13, 2009 Cal Times:
A friend of mine, Desiree, stopped by yesterday evening, and we did an impromptu shoot. This was my favorite image from it, and while it isn't the most creative shot ever, it is something I always wanted to do, and I think it is a very nice one. More shots can be found on my Flickr page.