Sunday, May 16, 2010

I feel like such a slacker!

It has been almost a month since I last blogged here! I've been spending most of my time blogging pictures. I figure I'm not important enough to have to blog here as well. Then I read someone else's regularly update blog and thought, "What the heck? Let's blog!"

It's been the same old, same old on the job hunt front. I've been looking, but to no avail. I'm pursuing this photography thing a bit more seriously, though. If you haven't already seen, I'm putting some of my better shots (IMO) on a fan page at Facebook. There's no nice, direct link, but if you click here, you'll go to it.

The past week I've been able to get out and shoot stuff I don't normally shoot. On Friday, I asked some skater kids if I could take their pictures and they let me. I put the ol' camera in sport mode and clicked away. The shots turned out cool and you'd never know that they didn't land any of the tricks.

Yesterday I hit up Capitol Hill in the afternoon prior to and after a gig we played at the Comet. Talk about an awesome place to take pictures. Everywhere you look there's something interesting and colorful. I have about 200 shots to wade through before putting them up.

I hit up Discovery Park last week to scout locations to shoot a friend's sister's engagement photos. I think the location is incredible and the light will be great in the late evening, but with the daylight stretching out until after 8pm these nights, we'll be out late if we want to capture a nice sunset shot. Trouble is, we haven't been able to hook up yet. Hopefully time and weather will cooperate this week.

I have some photos I shot of my hairdresser's family at Gene Coulon. I've been editing them and hope to have them up for consumption sometime soon. We really got unlucky on the weather; that day, it was pouring intermittently and very overcast and gloomy. We did the best we could and I think I got some good ones. I'll post the best ones for viewing soon.

As I've been working with photos, I've also been deleting a ton, trying to conserve hard drive space. It's a good exercise, though, as who needs 14 shots of the dog panting in the grass? I'm also trying to develop a better work flow, especially with shots I'm putting up on my P365 blog. I'm finding myself leaning toward a high contrast, slightly desaturated look. I'm so new to things, I don't know if that's lame or not, but it's how I like it to look.

These days, I just need to find a block of 2-3 hours where I can edit, learn, and put myself out there. Trouble is, between the kids and stuff around the house, the only time I'm finding that kind of time is after 10pm or so. Makes for late nights. Then, I feel like I need to be out shooting and trying to get out of my comfort zone, so sitting around the house doesn't feel as productive as it could be. Add in the looking for jobs thing and I seem to stay pretty busy without a lot to show for it.

I'll keep plugging away, though. I think I have my picture for day 136 shot (just did it). It's nothing spectacular, but I think it'll be pretty cool.

In the meantime, keep reading, keep checking my photos and, hopefully, keep enjoying them. I love putting them out there for you to see, that's for sure. Here's a dude checking his phone.