Wednesday, September 30

September 6, 2009

I never knew ducks could balance on one leg. This one could be extra smart. I found him near the Menlo Park library.

September 5, 2009

The theme for my friend Christine's bridal shower was Alice in Wonderland. Most of it was tea-themed -- the drinks, the games, the prizes, even the sandwiches. This is a photo of the card distributed to everyone at the end of the event as a thank you for coming. My other favorite photo from the shower was of a tower of the lemon lavender cupcakes one of her bridesmaids made. They were absolutely delicious!

September 4, 2009

Scene from my birthday party at 15 Romolo in San Francisco.

Monday, September 28

September 3, 2009

Bright, beautiful birthday flowers in front of the giant window in my shiny, new office! With it's strangely high AC levels and the lights-off mandate required for color accuracy, I often compare the lighting department to a cold, dark cave. It was nice to exchange my old cubicle for a warm room full of light. It was so full of light that getting a good exposure was difficult. I had to use the flash for this photo, and the parking lot in the background is still washed out.

Sunday, September 27

September 2, 2009

Friends at Fly Trap in San Francisco celebrating my birthday. The food was delicious, and the company was even better. I'm so lucky to have people like these in my life.

September 1, 2009

Tired of my moving photos? Here's a photo of my friends' moving progress. I'm only moving 16 miles away. They're going to Japan!

August 31, 2009

My first unpacked cupboard!

August 30, 2009

Moving is no fun at all, and our moving day was no different. Actually, that's not all true. In the middle of cleaning out the garage and sawing up the giant sheets of plywood that had accumulated there, we decided to test Cisco's martial arts skills. The wood turned out to be more than a match for him, but it was fun watching him try and then making our own attempts.

Lighting conditions in the garage were hard to manage, especially with the movement involved. I kind of like how the flash pops the action off the background and the blur associated with the kicking.

Thursday, September 17

August 29, 2009

I don't think this photo needs a caption.

(We would never sell Murray, let alone give him away.)

August 28, 2009

Free outdoor film screening at Charles Chocolates in Berkeley. Since the movie was "Ratatouille," a French food cart was on hand serving escargot puffs and frog leg curry (and no ratatouille!). I opted for the fresh made caramel corn instead. I still feel good about that choice.

August 27, 2009

There were some very cool clouds outside of work today. Like sunrises and sunsets, I think they're best served when there's something else included in the foreground of the image.

August 26, 2009

The classic Murray pose. Proximity to humans, no matter their attention level, is more important to him than food or personal comfort.

August 25, 2009

In sixth grade, I did a science fair project about the effects of caffeine on plants. It killed them. Something tells me this photo is staged. Points to Peets, though, for the cheerful flowers and inventive coffee cup usage.

August 24, 2009

Now that the apartment has been located and the lease has been signed, I spend my free time packing, packing, packing, packing. As I was going through my photos of boxes, this upside down box and its contradictory arrows made me smile.

August 23, 2009

Ferns in the backyard. Taken at this angle, it looks like a jungle.

August 22, 2009

Steamed bun from the Slanted Door booth at the San Francisco Street Food Festival. I had hoped to get some photos that captured the ambiance of the event and its SF foodie attendees, but the overcrowding combined with my 50mm fixed lens prevented it. The line for this bun alone took half an hour. Looking at it now, I'm surprised it came out at all considering the chaos around us.

Wednesday, September 16

August 21, 2009

A coworker gave me two free tickets to see Daniel Tosh perform at Cobb's Comedy Club in SF. He was pretty funny, but I think the reactions of people in the audience were even funnier. One guy right next to the stage cackled at every joke and occasionally scratched his head like a chipmunk.

August 20, 2009

Making the hamburger cupcakes inspired cravings for the real (veggie) thing. I think my photo looks much more delicious and real than the versions showcased on tv commercials.

August 19, 2009

Reference for the re-construction of my Pixar artwork display after its moving-induced deconstruction. Shhh ... don't tell DreamWorks.

August 18, 2009

Chihuahua on alert.

August 17, 2009

Some people laugh at the layout of my closet and call me uptight. I prefer the term "colorically organized."

August 16, 2009

Inspired by the "How to bake cheeseburger cupcakes" blog on Flickr, I decided to make some to thank lighters I was working with on the Monsters versus Aliens Halloween Special for all their hard work. The results were better than I could have hoped. Taking photos of my creations was fun, too. This one is flame broiled.

August 15, 2009

My uncle and I decided to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather by going to the beach in Half Moon Bay. Well, I wanted to go to the beach. I think he was more interested in taking the red Beetle convertible around the twists and turns on the road that takes you there. At the beach, I stopped to photograph cooler tracks. I like this one for the single stripe of in-focus sand.

August 14, 2009

While my uncle was visiting from Austin, he wanted to take me out in the cherry red Volkswagon Beetle convertible he rented to see the enhancements made to the house my great uncle used to own in San Carlos. The house was much improved, as was his neighborhood. This labradoodle now lives next door.

August 13, 2009

My tripod and I drove off in search of sunset. We didn't find a good view, but I do like the way the reddish color from the street light influences the bark of these eucalyptus trees.

August 12, 2009

Pot o' photo supplies. Too bad they don't grow with water.

August 11, 2009

PDI/DreamWorks invited their employees to show off their fancy, shiny cars.
An awesome '50s and '60s soundtrack played overhead.
Popcorn, nachos, and mini hamburgers were served.
There were Budweisers for the drinkers and rootbeer floats for the designated drivers.
Hopefully Shrek will get over Mongo stealing his parking spot.
(More photos here.)

Monday, September 14

August 10, 2009

I decided to try my hand at the paint with light technique. I set up my tripod, engaged my camera's remote function, turned off the lights, and used a flashlight as the only light source. It was fun experimenting with long and short exposures and concentrated versus fleeting flashlight blasts. This photo is one of the fleeting examples because you can see the directionality of the light.

August 9, 2009

The Burlingame Art and Jazz Festival was a welcome distraction from my continued apartment hunting in the area. Browsing the usual arts, crafts, and food made me excited about my eventual move, but it was the parking enforcement officer dunk tank that really sold me. The town has a sense of humor!

I met this dog as I was exiting the festivities. He had parked himself on the street and refused to move despite continued leash tugging by his owner.

August 8, 2009

Shiyan was briefly back in the Bay Area after her adventures in Africa and Spain. In celebration, blueberry brickle was baking in our oven, filling our house with delicious smells. Champagne had been popped, mimosas were being made ... and I had to go to work. On a Saturday. If that weren't bad enough, once I got to work I found out that the networks had gone down. No one could work. Hello stress.

Fortunately, network connectivity was restored within the hour, lunch was delivered on time, and the rest of Saturday work passed uneventfully. When I came home, I found this waiting for me. My roommates are the best.

Sunday, September 13

August 7, 2009

Jalila is armed and ready for some Korean Barbecue feasting. Thank you, Korea House, for your tastiness and plentiful side dishes.

August 6, 2009

Cat Nap

My friend Ali invited me over to watch season two of "Flight of the Concord," and I photographed her cat between episodes. It's hard to take interior shots at night without boosting the ISO to some ridiculously high amount and keeping the aperture at its widest. Luckily the cat was fairly sedentary.

August 5, 2009

The housing search continues ... feels never-ending.

August 4, 2009

Tripod arrival day! With it I found ... tv zombies. I like the blue light on their faces.

Special thanks to Vickie and Danika for not putting up a fuss about my photo-taking. Then again, Slumdog Millionaire is pretty engrossing, so it's possible they didn't even notice.

August 3, 2009

Seaport Boulevard salt flats
Redwood City, CA

August 2, 2009

Taken at the Menlo Park Farmers' Market. The arrangement of the cherry tomatoes on the tablecloth reminded me of the ebb and flow of surf on the sand.

There were a lot of beautiful tomatoes out that day. See them here.

Saturday, September 12

August 1, 2009

Day one of my apartment search in Burlingame. I am amazed at the jumble of signs on one corner of Burlingame Avenue.

July 31, 2009

Layout Department Super Mario Kart showdown at work. He's showing a surprising amount of intensity for a video game. It paid off -- despite being the underdog and challenger, he won.

Friday, September 11

July 30, 2009

I think it's interesting that even though the ground is very out of focus, Murray's silhouette still reads clearly. But maybe that's just because I know that's what it is.

July 29, 2009


July 28, 2009

Random spatters seen on a concrete pillar supporting a highway on-ramp. Cropped this way, it also looks kind of like something you'd see in a modern art museum.

July 27, 2009

Ali and I went to see Gigi at the Stanford Theater. Strange movie. Cool marquee.

July 26, 2009

The sandwich was in the thief who was in the bank in the square in the mud.
Happy Birthday (party), Ali.

July 25, 2009

Although I went to watch the ultimate frisbee games at Stanford as a birthday favor to a friend, I also thought it would be a good opportunity to use the sports setting on my DSLR. I got some fun action shots (see them here), but in the end I liked this photo of the team huddle best. I think it has something to do with the jumble of arms.

July 24, 2009

I thought my camera remote had fallen out of my bag in Alaska, so I was very happy when my roommate walked in my room to return it, saying she found it in the bag I had borrowed for the trip.* My photo of the day became a refresher course in how to use the remote. Photo options in the house were limited, especially without a tripod, but at least the goldfish on our fridge were cute. Setting the white balance myself also helped.

*Of course, I had just bought a new one off the day before, and as it was being prepped for shipment, I couldn't cancel the order. Why do these things always seem to work out this way?