February 2nd, 2011

pacman inkee

tiny mushroom


tiny mushroom, originally uploaded by hep.

hi lj. long time no post. i have been sick, sicker, and now my arm is refucked up. my wrist that i shattered when i was a young skateboarder (twice) has been getting worse and worse over the last few years. lately i have taken to wrapping it pretty much all the time. it sucks because it's on the same side as my bad leg, so i can't really walk with a cane. you know what you have to walk with if you can't walk with a cane? a fkn walker. so i am hoping it can get better quickly and stop giving me so much shit. even tho i love my superfly purple wraps, i hate walkers so lets get this show on the road! and before anyone tells me to go to a dr, dude i know. i am aware there are drs. however they will likely tell me i need extensive expensive wrist surgery that i have no intention of spending money on or dying in, and that other than that they can't do anything so why don't i ice it, take motrin, and oh yeah, waste $200 in copays and xrays for them to tell me that.



today we went to the beach. yuriy wanted to go crabbing and my arm hurt so obvs going to work and shooting for 6hr while carrying a heavy camera was out of the question. i read my book and shot some sick IR stuff of which i edited 2 images from the 200 i took. BEHOLD CHERRY BLOSSOMS! i went up to golden gate park to try and get some shots of the cherry blossoms, but most of them aren't blooming yet even tho the ones around my house are in full parade. probs another 3-4days so i will hit it on sunday or monday. i found one tree that was tentatively pushing out some blossoms. i also shot a bunch of other trees, and the ggb. i dunno, i felt inspired but at the same time my arm hurts. every motion i do that rotates my wrist or requires pressure from it hurts and then pisses me off. so i cut short a lot of shooting i could have done. i will push myself out tmrw after work shooting.



this is a bridge. ir shooting is super fun, if really challenging. i forgot what it's like when photography is challenging. not to sound braggy or anything, just i have been shooting for a long time. when you first start out, you are just kind of blindly aiming the camera around pressing the shutter. you see things and want to capture them, but your capturing is mostly luck because you don't really know what you are doing. then little by little you start to figure out what the dials do, and how changing settings affects the final image. pretty soon you are shooting and focusing on all manual, and you can walk into a room and get the exact shot you want without even having to think about it. ir fucks all that up again. desired light values are different in infrared. the light you want is invisible, so you have to shoot several images bracketed to make sure you got proper tonal balance. slr focusing is based on visible light, so your lens will be improperly focused for infrared, meaning that focusing is all back to the drawing board and you have to relearn how to set stuff up. add to all of this that you are shooting totally blind because ir filters are so dark. it's super fun. i might go out and shoot some landscapes of the mountain tmrw just for the heck of it. i highly recommend all my photobuddies pick up an ir filter pack when they start getting bored with shooting.