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Flava in Ya Ear – May 15, 2012

I just uploaded my pictures to ADAY.ORG for their worldwide photo project.  The goal was to capture your daily life in ten photos shot on May 15, 2012.  I worked that day but I also had to to take Big Papi to Mini to have his power steering replaced.

My loaner was a 2012 Mini Countryman.  I loved the color & the SiriusXM.  I didn’t have anyone with me to take advantage of the extra roomy backseats but they looked really nice.   There was a sunroof for the front & a moon roof for the rear but I still prefer the full convertible.

Most of the day was grey & rainy & my workload was so spread out that I didn’t have much time during work to shoot anything outside of my route.  Around noon, I decided to take advantage of the loaner Mini’s SiriusXM radio & I started shooting what I was listening to as well as a photo of what was outside at that time.  Syncing the photos to the radio photos was a task I would never complete in a timely fashion & I couldn’t find just ten that worked well for the project.   This made me miss SiriusXM & it also made me want a radio that displayed all the titles of what I listen to.  I suppose an iPod would work too but I liked the idea of selecting from 100+ stations that I didn’t control.  I did take a break from the radio for a little bit to re-take the “There’s A Law” shot I missed last time I had a loaner.

Subsequently, I tested some of the other CDs I had with me to see which would register the song titles.  Besides those few, here is what I listened to May 15 between 11:57am & 6:13pm when I returned the loaner.

I wound up not getting the power steering repaired because they saw my brakes & tires as a bigger safety issue & I just couldn’t afford both.  Big Papi & I are in a very abusive relationship.  Whenever something breaks, I feel like I should sell him & get something cheaper to fix but then I see him & drop his top & our love affair continues…

I really love my expensive, little buddy. His brakes, two tires, a belt and an oil change came to $1100.  The power steering & new related hoses will be in excess of $1500 but they said I can’t damage it anymore than it already is & I can continue to drive him without power steering.  K turns are now Super Triple W turns but otherwise I almost prefer the tighter steering & my arms really could use the workout.  Already the driving muscles I used to have from driving the Dart are coming back.  I wish the Dart would come back too.


“Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey…”

It has been a while since I have really written so I should let you know that I have moved on from my days of regularly waiting tables.   I have a slightly more steady flow of income from a job that involves driving around A LOT and informing mortgagers that they need to call the bank.  I get to take pictures of the houses but it is hardly a “photography” gig.  However, I do get to travel the NJ roads least visited or remembered, but most memorable.

Last month, I found this scene near (or in?) Farmingdale & passed it twice in the same week for these alternate views…

SAPCC # 37 – Symmetric (& why I am not ready to shoot a wedding by myself)

This is late because I was busy editing the mostly disappointing 1250 wedding pictures from last weekend.  The bride & groom only wanted the RAW files but I wanted to know what was there so I banned myself from the internet* for the week.  I learned a few things about shooting weddings:
1.  I am not ready to shoot a wedding by myself.
2.  Having two cameras to use is equal parts too much & not enough.  I had a difficult time making sure they were both set at the right ISO, shutter, etc. & there was no time to switch between lenses or add filters when I needed to. 
3.  I need a wide angle lens.
4.  No matter how many pictures you shoot, you will not shoot enough.
5.  Other people with cameras will always be in your way.
6.  There will always be distracting things in the foreground & background.
7.  Hold the shutter down to take multilples of group shots in the hopes that maybe you will get one in which everyone will have their eyes open & will not have strange looks on their face.
8.  There will not be enough time to get the cool shots that you planned to take.
9.  You best have at least two batteries with the extras charging while you work.  My Nikon battery usually holds a charge for days, but went dead after a few hours.
10.  I need to learn how to manipulate the flash better.  I am lost in rooms with high ceilings.
11.  Capture details!  This is one that I thought was a given.  I started the day strong on this but once the ceremony started, I forgot for a little while & almost missed a shot of the cake.
12.  Mojitos are delicious.
13.  I need to figure out how to photograph people when there is a sunset behind them.  Also, I need to figure out how to photograph people when they are being lit by the gorgeous warm tones of a sunset.  I hate HATE HATE red lighting.  The only cure for it that I have found is converting the pictures to black & white.
14.  I need a better version of Photoshop to take care of some of the aforementioned difficulties.
15.  Don’t bother with the tripod unless you have someone to carry it.  You won’t have time to use it.
16.  I had a lot of fun.

The wedding was held in the most beautiful area of NYC I have ever visited – DUMBO, Brooklyn.  It is set between the Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridges.  I was unable to swim out to get a shot of the bridge from a symmetric angle, but I present the bridge anyway for “symmetric” because I believe it is probably pretty symmetric. 


My attempts at finding something that photographed as symmetric yielded only two images.  Neither of which wound up being perfectly symmetrical so here is one of them even though I like the bridge better.


The lamps were too hot & tight (that’s what she said) to twist & photoshopping them out made it look boring.

See what punctual SAPCC participants posted:



*I have been watching too much “Tim & Eric Awesome Show – Great Job!”  I almost wrote “innernet” because of the TAEASGJ Cinco product. Ooops.

The Monsters Are Coming!!!


This month’s SAPCC challenge is “monsters.”  Sully (pictured above) is an outtake of my monster shots.  I am in the process of arranging them & will probably upload them tomorrow. 

Speaking of monsters, your child is not cute.  It is not at all adorable to let it scream in the middle of a restaurant.  It is not precious that it likes to throw food, crayons, silverware, ketchup or anything else on the floor.  Also, if your child cannot yet speak, do not expect me to be able to translate whatever the heck it is saying to me.  Furthermore, do not force your child to say “please” when you are completely incapable of doing the same.  Thank you 🙂

Thanks, Canon!

Just in time for the Snowball 37 show, Canon shipped my repaired lens.  I have not tested it so I hope this praise is not unwarranted.  As of right now, I commend Canon for their warranty repair service.  I won’t tell the greenies that you shipped my little lens in a very large box with a lot of packing materials.  Instead, I will try to reuse those materials.  Thanks, Canon!!!

After a really slow night at work, I stuck around to sing some karaoke.  I am a really terrible singer.  Really terrible but I thorougly enjoy grabbing the wireless mic & rocking around.  I can no longer criticize any singer who looks like s/he is having a great time.  It’s karaoke.  Who cares how good you are?  Right?  That is my belief.  Maybe if I ever learn how to sing, I will change my mind.  I am a little disappointed that everyone at work is into Bon Jovi more than Bruce.  Bruce is way better & while I like “Livin’ on a Prayer” (wonder why?), it is impossible for me to sing.  Way too high.  I need to convince the group to get behind “The River” or “Born To Run.”  I tried the latter solo last week.  Not very good.  I kept losing my place.


Wow.  I just blogged about karaoke.  I feel like a loser now.  I am going to take a shower & rinse the JD Glaze out of my hair. 

Oh, I keep forgetting to mention that I am constantly amused to find that my only post here that seems to get any attention is the picture of the penis birthday cake.  Amazing.  I should make one for every occasion.  “Hot naked girls” is another tag that gets hits.  “Waitress” gets them every now & again so since I have no new stories about penis birthday cakes or hot naked girls, I will give you a brief waitress one.  When a restaurant removes an item from the menu (especially a really popular item), I assure you that you will get nowhere by badgering your waiter/waitress with questions of why or by demanding that s/he bring it back.  Had I that power, I probably would not be waiting tables.  Your best bet would be to start a petition & send it on over to the main office. 


When I took this photo on December 22, 2008 at The Hope Concert at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, I was really worried about posting it because I did not want it to be stolen.  Does anyone else get paranoid about their pictures?  I make nothing from taking them so I am always afraid that someone will use it to make money for themselves or, in the case of Bruce, I was afraid someone would send it to his people & they would land a dream job of touring with him.  As it turns out, no one really seems to be interested in the pictures so they just sit in my mass storage drive accompanied by the thousands of SXSW pics.