Category Archives: Photography

How To Make It Snow In The Summer

10th August 2012

As an antsy passenger during a long drive, in a rental car, I decided to pass the time chewing the flavor out of some Fruit Stripes gum. 5 minutes later, the pack was gone. Now, much like being in a room with the Beastie Boys and that one guy from 311, I was left with lots of white wrappers.

This was a perfect opportunity to make snowflakes appear, while it was 100 degrees outside! I cut the wrappers into circles, folded them up, and snipped them into snow!!!

My favorite part of this entire traveling craft project, was tucking the snowflakes into the vanity mirrors. This was, when the next renter could have the surprise of a little winter in the middle of summer!

I think it’ll be fun to pre-make some of these, and sneak them into the visor of friends cars, while its still warm out.

The Sea Wood Is The Worst Wood You Can Call Someone.

8th August 2012

I recently said that I was planning on shooting only film on my entire drive up from Oakland to Portland. Alex and I gave ourselves an entire extra day to plan out a drive up the coast, and through the Redwoods. Going through that area of a forest is way too vast and incredible to capture in a photo. Knowing this ahead of time, I challenged myself to leave my digital SLR so I wouldn’t be distracted by twiddling with settings in the middle of the most massive trees on earth!

Instead, I carried only a point and shoot with color film, and my La Sardina stocked with black and white film. I:

  • saw the biggest trees
  • felt the biggest gust of wind when I stuck my head out the sunroof to take photos on the road
  • got kissed by the biggest mosquitoes
  • gave the biggest hugs to the cutest seal
  • met the biggest baby black bear that crossed our path while we were trying to find the Rockerfeller Loop in the forest.

When we left the woods, we decided to take advantage of the last hour or so of daylight and perfect weather, by finding a beach to doodle at, during sunset. Growing up around Atlantic coast beaches, the idea of going to the beach was only half as exciting as the thought of just stretching my legs and scribbling out silly characters with Alex, but once we  parked along the blurred ground that divided rich dirt and pebbled sand, somewhere around Orick, CA, I was completely transfixed with my surroundings.

The only thing dividing a huge forest of trees and a fresh lakes of water, from an uninhabited beach of tiny peppery grain, little sand crickets, and crashing waves, was a thin mist of fog. We sat on the only piece of driftwood around, and helped incubate the turtle eggs that were nested underneath us. I don’t know how to avoid sounding like a hippy when I say that I will never underestimate the beauty of nature and an unknown beach again.

Just Some Cultural Saturation

5th August 2012

I don’t know much about San Francisco except for these few things:

  • they roast great coffee
  • they love posting “we’re open” signs within closed establishments
  • they offer fun old photo booths
  • its home to the Tanner family
  • they pave their bumpy roads with the craziest crazies
  • they cram old shops with even mixture of old People magazines and bizarre porn tapes
  • and have back alleys that are so festive that it almost makes you forget that you may get stabbed walking down them.

Here’s a couple of photos I recently took while walking down just one of those said ally ways.

I Google.

26th July 2012

photo of my googled brunch endeavors by Sam

If theres one thing that I’ve learned about myself this year, its that I LOVE GOOGLY EYES! I love sticking them on everything and giving them to my friends to help encourage them to see faces and personalities in inanimate objects. My most recent silly googly eyed additions include:tattoos
plants

props seeing refuge
and friends!

My San Diego Comic Conclusion

24th July 2012

iPhone home photo by Alex

I got to spend some time down at San Diego Comic Con, this year and had the best time people watching, visiting my friends from far away lands in their booths, doodling in corners, and collecting toys, flyers, and candy in my purse.

Comic Converse!

I’ve been to several comic conventions, but this was only my second one to the San Diego. The last time I went equipped with a borrowed Canon 7D and used it to make this fun little video.

SDCC is nuts. There’s people lined up outside of convention halls for days to get a glimpse of the cast of the Big Bang Theory. People camp out for hours before the show opens, in hopes of getting a ticket, to be able to stand in line, for a toy that they will only make 100 of. There was even a Comic Con casualty outside the center, and almost one at the Zerofriends booth.

As much as I appreciated all the chaos, I mainly enjoyed getting to walk around and do some people watching, and grabbing lunch with my fellow photo taking friends. Heres some shots from my trip!

Alex and I discovered the best way to eat the worst foods is by masking them with nacho cheese. It was regretful yet delicious.Sash got to meet up with Audrey Kawasaki and talk about tattoos.I got to meet up with Jim and talk about our splintered phones.

I gave out poem treats to those who had been walking the floor until their feet were about to bleed, like me. Sam and I got to pet the cutest pups when we all showed up too early to a party, where this meal happened!

Yes. I ate the most incredible 6 course meal prepared by the amazing chef Wolvesmouth. I now have dreams that involve cheese fritters all the time, and I wake up drooling far more that ever.

the convention center was swarming with these adorable fluffy llamas. I have no idea why, but it made the entire trip just a little bit cuter.

Zoetica has a glowing unique style, that I made sure that her camera did too, by turning it into a face!

The convention center was typically full of very small people, and not so typically stocked with one abnormally large little person.

I got to see Dethklok play before their tour beings, on a battle ship, during a brilliantly planned party thrown by Adult Swim.

there were a ton of different forms of documenting Comic Con, and I’ve loved seeing everyone elses photos popping up online.

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