February 28, 2010

The Point

_MG_7771, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
So, I thought this was a pretty nice shot of the city with the traffic and all the lights.

Things like this are why my revolving folder of desktops keeps on growing.... That's not a complaint though.


The Point BW

_MG_7771 BW, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
I wasn't, am still not sure, if I like the color or black and white version of this better....

Burgh at Night

_MG_7776, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
Again, just another night shot of the city. I thought these turned out well.


_MG_7773, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
On my way home I went up Mount Washington and decided to snap a few shots of the city at night. I don't think I've ever done good night time shots before, usually because I don't carry tripods.

Apple Inc.

IMG_1058, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
I went to what was basically a cattle call interview at the Shadyside Apple Store, and as stupid as that sounds, it was a pretty interesting way to get to know potential employees.

I don't want to go in to a lot of detail about it, but it was a good way to see how you interact with people and products.

Now all I can do is wait and see if I make it to the next step.


IMG_1057, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
I decided to eat dinner at a place called "Sushi Too" in Shadyside, and man was I amazed. First, I don't think any English was spoken (that includes my use of extremely rusty Japanese, which I didn't think I remembered at all).

I got a more expensive platter, $20, (pictured) and it was filling, and the quality was amazingly good. I didn't get photos, but the platter also came with soup, a salad, and a hefty bowl of rice.

The service was excellent, and the atmosphere was wonderful. I actually felt like I was in the Japan I've seen so much on "No Reservations" and read about in books.

G3 iMac

G3 iMac, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
The 1998 iMac, a computer still recognizable as an apple product. This is in the original Bondi blue with the original keyboard and hockey puck mouse.

The specs on it are pretty bad now: 4 gb Hdd, 233 mhz processor, 256 mb RAM, OS 9.2. The monitor, despite the photo still looks vibrant and bright. It refuses to show up in my photos though because of shutter speed issues.

I remember using this thing well back in the days of middle school and at home. The only games I had for it were Oregon Trail and the first two Monkey Islands.

Mod Cube

Mod Cube, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
So, I decided since I have a seminar at apple to go to tonight, I would post some photos of my old macs.

This is the Mac Cube from 2001 shown with the original everything. These were pretty cool little boxes back in the day. They didn't have fans to cool them, it was all air based and extremely quiet.

My uncle upgraded this one to an intense level: New case, new motherboard, new processor, new memory, and so on. It has OS X.4 and still runs like a new mac.

February 19, 2010


_MG_7750, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
I thought that since today was the first time I saw the sun in weeks, I needed to snap a photo of it for archives before our next ice age.

Puffy Clouds

_MG_7745, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
Yeah, I know the title is me being stupid. I was roaming a local park and the blue sky on white snow looked really nice. The only thing I don't like is that the hill doesn't look nearly as large as it really is.

This was not fun for my car since no where in the park was plowed in the slightest, and I had to park it somewhere...


_MG_7742, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
I thought it was a nice day, with the thawing snow and all, so I wanted to get out and take a few pictures. This is from my yard. Not really exciting, I know.

February 15, 2010


My cousin and his wife had a baptism for their youngest daughter today, and I shot it for them. I posted this photo because it is wasn't posed, and no one was in my way with point and shoot cameras.

February 11, 2010


_MG_7680, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
I really wanted to do some portraits today, and no one was around. I decided to shoot myself. I do this a lot, usually because I saw a movie poster or something that I want to redo. In this case, I just wanted to add some variety to the posts, I haven't done a portrait in months. I like the way this one turned out relative to most of my self-portraits. Also, it is important to update my photos on sites like Model Mayhem and facebook periodically.

I am generally not a huge fan of self-portraits, and I absolutely refuse to do those really poor shots you see all over facebook. The reason I'm not a fan of doing them is because it can be frustrating setting up a shot with no subject in the frame. There is a lot of trial and error with both the depth of field, focus, and framing.

Usually, I spend a lot of time photoshopping out backgrounds, finding new backgrounds, and trying to make everything match. All I had to do in this case was make it black and white then add a sepia tone.

February 6, 2010

Snowy Sunset

_MG_7672, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
So, we are currently buried under a lot of snow, but the sun finally came out at the end of the day. I thought I'd get a shot that showed some color since I am getting sick of nothing but white and gray.

February 5, 2010


Sims Board, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
We, on the East Coast, are in the middle of what is supposed to be a really bad snowstorm. I decided to get my snowboard out for the first time in a few seasons and try to get back in to boarding.

The board itself is a Sims 1445, and I've had it since 2000. I had to get bindings put on because I'm left-handed and that makes everything harder for me.

February 3, 2010

HDR: Nemacolin

castle, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
This place is a subject of a lot of photos for me. I mean, if you live near a castle, you have to take advantage of that, right? Anyway, this is more experimenting with HDR.

Bustling Brownsville

Town, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
I shot this the other day as part of my HDR trial and error. I got behind on my editing because the freelance work I was doing for the Cal Times. Anyway, I made two more today, this being the first. I discovered my HDR work is improving, even if it is just slight.

February 2, 2010

Portrait: Fireman

_MG_7580, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
Jared noticed that this fireman was standing next to us, still covered in soot from the fire. I shot it originally in color, and made it black and white in photoshop. I got a lot of great photos considering it was the middle of the night.

Fire By Night

_MG_7531, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
I went out with Jared, my former editor, tonight to photograph fire at personal care home. I got a lot of good shots but I edited them down to some different shots for the blog. This one is just a shot of one of the firetrucks and the water stream.

Bucket Brigade

_MG_7602, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
I thought this was a kind of cool portrait/action shot.


_MG_7616, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
Another portraitesque shot I decided to upload.

Portrait: BF CO 1

_MG_7642, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
I shot this just as part of covering everything, and I really like it. I shot it in color, and made it black and white in photoshop.

February 1, 2010


Lane-Bane, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
Another HDR I shot today. It, like the last one, didn't turn out how I expected. I keep posting them because I still think they look good, even if I didn't get the effect I envisioned.

Also, I just realized that I posted a shot of this same place, only in fog, on January 17th. They naturally contrast each other.

HDR: Nemacolin Castle

Nemacolin HDR, originally uploaded by ajcarpinelli.
Well, here is my first attempt at HDR photography. It isn't what I was expecting to be honest, but it works so I won't complain too much. I shot a lot to practice with, and over the upcoming days, I am going to post them.