November 29, 2009

Self-Portrait (Nov 29, 2009)

I haven't updated in a few days (okay... just over a week), which is an eternity in the web world, right? Anyway, I wanted to do a profile picture for my account that was semi-creative yet not absurd. This is what I came up with. As always feel free to post any feelings in comments!

November 21, 2009


Champs, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.

This photo ends my coverage of volleyball... for this year.


_MG_1235, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.


Jump, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.

This is part of my Basketball coverage. I don't even remember this happening, but I thought it was kinda cool and different from the usual sports shots.

Histper on the Court!

Histper, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.

This was another test shot/marker I did so I could make sure my metering was correct and to let me know where the card started. This time I was shooting a basketball game.

November 20, 2009

Volleyball Portrait

_MG_0625, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.

This weekend has me devoted to College Volleyball and Basketball. I am never one to complain about trying my hand at different assignments, and a paycheck for that matter. These photos are from the Friday night games. Saturday is the championship game. I'm sure I will have more photos then. Mainly, I posted this because it has been awhile since I had anything new to post.

November 19, 2009

Chowan Fan

_MG_0408, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.

Night one of Volleyball coverage. Sports fans like this always amuse me, but I was not expecting them for Volleyball. Let alone for a game a few states away.

November 11, 2009

Canon 50mm 1.4 with Canon 40D

I wanted to introduce everyone to my new colleague/toy the Canon 50mm 1.4 Lens. It is seen here attached to my Canon 40D. This is my christmas present from my dad this year, and since these things can be really hard to find, I ordered it when I saw Roberts Imaging had them in stock. I really wanted it for a road-trip I am going on next month. I haven't shot with it yet, because the weather has been really crappy. I'm sure when I finally use it, I will post a photo. It is suppose to be an incredible lens and a must have. We will see when I finally do a review. That will come with my first shots though. It is joining my 85 1.8, 24-135 3.5-5.6, and my 75-300 4.5-5.6 in my carry-all camera bag.

November 6, 2009


_MG_0254, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.


_MG_0245, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.

Morning Reflections on a Boathouse

_MG_0263, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.

As much as I hate to knock Ingrid Michaelson from the top of my page, I guess I had to eventually. This photo is a follow-up shot to a photo I did last year. Here is what happened then:

I was delivering The Cal Times with Jared, and we stopped to deliver them at a bar, Lagerhead's, by the river. Before I jumped back in the van, I realized it was a really misty morning. I ran down this ramp, and on to the dock. I only had my point and shoot at the time. I was taking a few photos, and the dock started shaking under me, and I almost fell in twice.

This morning, I went back with a vengeance though. I grabbed the 5D mk. ii from the office and went back on that dock, and I was ready for it this time. I snapped a few shots, but this one is my favorite. I feel better now.

November 5, 2009

Ingrid Michaelson's Magical Mystery Show

Ingrid Michaelson, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
The whole story with this photo is pretty interesting, in my eyes at least. Here is how it went down:

I was fortunate enough (thanks to Carol of “Really Papi, Really") to hear the Ingrid Michaelson was playing a "secret" show near me in the day before her real show in town that night. All the details were on twitter, and only twitter as far as I know. Micahelson posted the two tweets below leading up to the night before. As soon as I heard, I planned it out with Carol. We’d leave at 9 a.m. and get into town just as Michaelson gave details.

“Heads up Pittsburgh! Coming in for an acoustic performance for Star 100.7 at a secret location @ 12pm on Thurs. Stay tuned for more info.”

“All will be revealed for my secret performance tomorrow in Pittsburgh! Posting location by 10am ET”

We had no idea where it would be, except in the city somewhere. Carol thought, and I agreed, it would likely be at a radio station that was sponsoring the show. We left at 9 a.m. and made it to the radio station exactly as she tweeted:

“Secret show @ 12PM ET. Location - Panera Bread Restaurant: North Fayette and The Point, Next to Walmart, Robinson Township, PA, 15071”

I knew where it was. We got there at 10:15, a.m. Naturally, the first arrivals. We got breakfast, and stalked the place out, waiting. While we were waiting, Ingrid tweeted:

“i'm gonna eat some BREAD.”

The crowd was pretty small, I think very few people actually knew about it unless they happened to be there.

She played three songs (Be OK, The Way I Am, and Maybe). I shot some stills and video of the show. After that she signed autographs and posed for photos with people. I asked for a portrait of her, and snapped this before getting mine with her.

I wasn’t planning on going to the actual show, because by the time I found out about it, it was already sold out. There was a brief period where one of the other people at the secret show offered me a free ticket because one of her friends couldn’t go. After having all my Ingrid Michaelson needs fulfilled by this smaller show, I just couldn’t see any way the concert could top meeting her, taking photos of and with her, and getting an autograph… except a shirt.
I shot some High Def videos of Ingrid performing "Be OK" and "Maybe." You can find them over at

Here are the videos I shot on the 5D mk ii.

November 3, 2009

Tony Tan

Tony Tan, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.

I shot this for the Cal Times. In the latest issue we talk about the opening of a place on campus called "The Prime House." The interesting thing is that they sell sushi.

I went down, and asked the sushi chef, Tony Tan, if I could take photos of him making some rolls.

I think it makes a kind of cool little profile.