Wednesday, September 30
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!
Monday, September 28
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Saturday, September 12
Friday, September 11
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.
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 amazon.com 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?