Friday, August 27, 2010

Day 84: Night-Time HDR View

This is the view from my apartment at night. This is another HDR shot. The first time I've tried night HDR. I like the effect. Thanks to Davis for the idea.

Graywood Night

Please don't steal my view.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Day 83: Through The Looking Glass....

...and What Alice Found There.

Through The Looking Glass...

I like the fact that the little bird is just sitting here on this, supposed to be diving for the kill, eagle. The little guy has no idea.

Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Days 79-82: Yearnings For Fall

So with classes started and my schedule being like it is, it's hard to find time to post things everyday. But I have so far managed to find time to photograph things everyday. So there probably won't be daily posts too often, but every couple days I'll get them all up here and I'll do dailies when I can.

Day 82

I am VERY MUCH looking forward to fall and winter and cooler weather.



Day 81

This is what happens when I haven't yet taken a picture and it is 11 PM and I'm in the library.


This is from my digital logic circuits class. I had to make the smiley face an engineer so I added glasses and buck teeth. Astounding transformation, don't you agree?

Day 80

This lovely head was a house-warming gift from Rob Davis. How nice of him. It is currently one of two decorations I have up. I need to work on that.

He kinda looks loopy.


Day 79

The wonderful game of risk. This copy is really really old, so the pieces are roman numerals instead of men, horses, and trolls cannons.


Be cool. Stay in school. Don't drool. And don't steal.

Yes, so it doesn't rhyme. So what.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Day #78: Engineers And Trees (Not Necessarily In That Order)

Trees are great things to photograph. First of all, you have the tree itself, tall and magnificent with all the leaves, and branches and filtered light. Then, if you get in closer, you have all the moss and lichen on the tree, all the insects and animals living in and around the tree. I have a strong conviction people don't look closely enough at trees.

Looking Up

The Will To Live

There's Beauty All Around

I was in SPaRC lab today, and was looking around at some of the equipment and noticed that someone had left a DC power supply on. I was wondering if I should turn it off, so I looked at what it was connected to. Turns out, it's connected to the DSL router. As I figure it, they lost the adapter and instead of getting a new one, just jury rigged one using the DC power supply. Engineers! Gotta love 'em.


And I haven't said it recently, so I'll say it now.

Please don't take,
without baking me,
a cake.

Day #77: RUF And B&W Sky

A little off my style tonight. Black and white sky...which I usually don't like. But thought I'd try it out.

B&W Sky

And RUF had a cook-out and it was great and everyone was there, so I took a few pictures. But I waited too long and it was dark and so I had to use the flash and stuff.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Days #76 to 73: HDR, Sarah, Keyboard Shortcuts, etc...

I'm going to go in reverse order for this post. K? Ok. I'm all caught up now!

If you're seeing this on facebook, open up the original post to view the pictures larger.


HDR shots, there's another one down below of Cater Hall that I think I like better. But whatdya think?

Auburn In HDR

Auburn In HDR


Forgive me for this day. I was feeling lazy. But if you didn't know, the hand is using the alt+tab keyboard shortcut, try it. (I'm going to make this one small because I'm embarrassed by it.)


Hey Sarah!

Hey Sarah!


I really like this shot. HDR rears it's beautiful head again. Whatdya think?

Cater Hall - HDR

Days #69-72: Make-Up Work

Here's the backwash from the last week when I haven't had internet.

Day #69


Day #70

Now this day is quite special...

This was the most difficult (and the shortest) photoshoot I've ever done.

Trying For A Good One...

Trying For A Good One...

Day #71

Aww.... Good luck in New Orleans Aaron!

Brother/Sister Love

Day #72

Thanks for your help guys! Love you all! I took this one by remote control. Pretty cool!

8-15-10 RAW_22

Days 73 to 76 coming shortly...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Metapost: No Internet

I am currently without Internet at home until the weekend, God willing. The computer that houses my photography software and the pictures themselves is offline, so no new posts until then. However, you can rest assured that I am still taking pictures each day and will catch up when I get connected again.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Day #68: HHGTTG

I am in the middle of moving, so I am a little behind in posting these on here, but I have been taking pictures each day so I'll get caught up soon.

This is one of my favorite fictional books ever. Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Great beginning. Great book. If you haven't read it you should. If you haven't seen the movie, you should NOT. The movie has no relation to the book after the first half hour. But anyway. Great book.

"Space... is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mindboggingly big it is..."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day #67: Up-Close And Personal

I sat and snuck up on butterflies for a good hour this morning. I consider it a good morning. There weren't any swallowtails or any of the cooler kind of butterfly, but I got some good ones of whatever kind these are.

Up-Close And Personal

Butterfly Eye

Just look at that tongue.

Just Look At That Tongue

Don't steal or I'll have this guy come and lick you.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Day #66: Bokeh Hearts And Stars

What do you think? Also, can you tell how I did this (it's not done in Photoshop or in any post-processed affect)


Plugging In The Stars

Heart Of Hearts

Stars Upon Thars

Hearts On A String

Monday, August 9, 2010

Day #65: I Want Roses In My Garden Bower; Dig?

I've been taking care of a garden, so here are some pictures. I need to get a better butterfly one.

I want roses in my garden bower; dig? (Anyone know what that is from. Googling it is cheating)

I want flowers in my garden bower; dig?

I Spy In Your Little Eye

I can get such a better shot than this, but I ran out of time and had to go. I'll try again tomorrow.


This angel is holding a little pot that has flowers growing in it.

Angel Of Flowers

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny[d]? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
-Matthew 10

Even The Sparrows

Flower Angel

If you want a print, I'd love to sell you one. But please don't steal.

Day #64?

This is a pathetic day photographically speaking. They happen from time to time.

This is a picture (not a screen-shot) of a screensaver I made.


Friday, August 6, 2010

Day #63: A Tour Of The Cello

I have played the cello for a good 15 years now. From time to time I encounter someone whose response to this statement is something along the lines of "Cello? Is that kinda like a tuba or something?" To which I patiently reply, "No, a cello is the big violin thingy." And the response is always an "Oh!! Cool!"

Quite frankly I am tired of this and have decided to give you all a tour of the cello's various parts in an effort to set the record straight on these matters. If any of you are still in the dark about what a cello is, I suggest you go and read the lovely article Wikipedia has on the Cello. It is a lovely instrument (my personal favorite) and everyone should be familiar with it.

I will start at the top, and work my way down. So without further ado...

The Scroll

There really isn't much practical purpose in this bit other than to make the top of the cello look amazingly nifty, which I'm sure you all agree it does quite handily.

The Cello - Scroll

The Tuning Pegs

These are situated right below the scroll of the cello. There are four pegs, one corresponding to each string. Each peg has one of the string wound around it. By turning a peg, a string is drawn tighter, therefore changing the pitch the string produces when played. The upshot of this all is that you can effectively tune the cello. Usually, the finer tuning adjustments are made by using the fine-tuners (we'll get to them later).
The Cello - Tuning Peg

The Finger Board

Here is the finger-board with strings in place. As the name suggests, the finger-board is where one fingers the notes of the cello. By pressing a string down, the length of the vibrating portion of the string is shortened, thereby causing it to vibrate with a different frequency, and creating a different pitch, or note.
The Cello - Finger Board/Strings

The Sound-Hole/f-Hole

Pictured here is a f-hole, or sound-hole. There is one on each side of the cello. It helps the cello resonate by allowing the body to vibrate somewhat more freely and by allowing some of the vibrations created inside the cello to escape. However, the sound does not all come from the sound-holes. They also look really cool.
The Cello - Sound Hole

The Bridge

The all important bridge is what holds the strings up between the finger board and the tail-piece. It serves as the medium through which the string's vibrations travel to the body of the cello where they are amplified naturally. The bridge is actually held in place only by the tension of the strings, not by glue. The cello is meant to be played (by the bow) between the finger-board and the bridge.
The Cello - The Bridge

The Tail-Piece and Fine-Tuners

Here are quite a few interesting parts of the cello. main black piece that takes up most of the picture is called the tailpiece. It is hooked over the end-pin on one side, and the tension in the strings hold up the other side. The pegs sticking out of the tailpiece (slightly out of focus here) are the fine-tuners, which allow very fine tuning adjustments. The black plastic piece on the strings themselves is a mute which can be put over the bridge to dampen the vibrations and produce a quieter sound. The mute is removable and is not part of the cello.
The Cello - The Tailpiece and Fine-Tuners

The End-Pin

This is the end-pin. The end-pin is an a long rod at the bottom of the cello that is pulled in and out of the cello and adjusts the height of the cello so that people of different heights can play. It can also be used as a weapon in tight situations.
The Cello - End Pin

The Bow

Finally, picture here is a part of the bow, which is not really a part of the main body of the cello, but is an all important part of the cello as an instrument. The part pictured is called the frog (don't ask me why) and is sometimes inlaid with mother-of-pearl as it is here.

The most important part of the bow is made of horsehair, and is what is dragged over the strings to make them vibrate. Rosin is rubbed onto the horse-hair to increase friction. The bow has other parts too, but that's a lesson for another day.
The Cello - Bow

So I realize now that I'm through that I neglected to give you a picture of a cello as a whole so you can put all the parts together in your head. So here's a picture from a few years back (2006) of me and my beautiful cello as it's the only picture of the whole thing I actually have. Obviously I didn't take this one as I'm in it, so photo credit goes to my lovely and wonderful mother.


So now that I've taught you all there is to know about cellos, go pick one up and play it. It's harder than it looks. And don't steal. : )