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Archive for March, 2009

See that snow on the ground? It appears I am not built for the cold.

See that snow on the ground? It appears I am not built for the cold.

It was cold there.

A bit of introspection while braving the chilling winds was that I do not in fact like the cold. Especially cold involving wind and me cursing heavily as I shuffle towards a warm inviting building.

The program had a lot of focus on satellite based research with a focus on the solar winds and the magnetic fields of the sun, earth and the rest. For some reason I was not fully interested in the research the same way I have been for other universities.

Aside from the University the town and local did not inspire me for photography or just general living. It was nice and all it just did not have the right feel for me. I also did not like the architecture.

Did I mention that it was cold?

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Airplane Shuffle

I got a lot of nice photos in Boston, if I only remembered building names.

I got a lot of nice photos in Boston, if I only remembered building names.

Both the start and end of my spring break trip had a bit of shuffling.

On the initial red eye flight out to Boston from LA I was stuck in a middle seat before the delicate dance of reorganization began. Two people behind me wanted to sit with their friend located six rows behind them. Eventually they sought to switch the man next to me (he was at the window) just one row back, move their far back friend into my spot and the person to my right into the middle behind me. I don’t know how the third person worked but I was able to switch into the back on a window seat. And that window acted as the best pillow ever allowing me to sleep from take off to sunrise a few hours later.

The return journey did not have an internal shuffling rather external shuffles. I was scheduled to fly from Madison, Wisconsin to Chicago, however it snowed the night before and Chicago was backing up. So at the check in counter (this is on United) I was offered an alternative route. So I switched to a late flight to Denver, then a few hours there to an upgraded (economy plus) flight to LA and finally my original flight to Santa Barbara.

But when I landed in Denver I noticed a flight to LAX boarding as I landed. I rushed down thirty or so gates and two automated walkways to the gate and managed to get on right as they finished boarding. After this serendipitous adventure I hoped to get a standby flight at LAX to avoid waiting there for four and half hours.

That did not pan out and I sat in various standby gates until my initially scheduled flight. It may have been faster to jog from LAX to Santa Barbara.

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Writing Exercise

I want to take this again at night with a long exposure, otherwise I don't like it.

I want to take this again at night with a long exposure, otherwise I don't like it.

So I wrote the last eight or nine entries in a row and found it an interesting exercise. I just wrote what came to mine given the photo I chose (sort of at random) and let the entry go where it wanted too.

This photo is not one I like, I took it to remind myself to go out and redo it at night with a twenty or thirty second exposure, on a still night. It may also motivate me to see about altering my tripod to hold the camera upside down at ground level.

I should be back in Santa Barbara today but I was sort of on a roll for posting these short entries. Tomorrow is the start of a new quarter and the day that I will send in my decision for graduate school.

Exciting.

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Sunsets

Another sunset.

Another sunset.

Photographing sunsets are fun, they just get a bit repetitive once taken. The ones I have liked involve action in the foreground (like surfers) or just fantastic colors. Like this one is alright, not great but passable. Maybe I have just lived on the beach too long and spent time growing up on one.

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Urban Decay

It is almost a triangle.

It is almost a triangle.

I am really interested in taking more photos that fall under the category of urban decay. I am especially keeping an eye out for man-made structures that have fallen into disrepair and reclaimed by their environment.

I hope that wherever I go to graduate school (Durham NH, Madison WI, Seattle WA) has a good amount of stuff to photograph. I feel that Santa Barbara is a bit limited in the photographic opportunities; landscapes are very limited in this area (on foot).

Next quarter I am taking it lighter, this should translate into more time behind a lens.

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Windy Day

Taken on Gaviota Beach, I think.

Taken on Gaviota Beach, I think.

This was taken on a particularly windy day; I tried to capture it in the photo with a long exposure but I could not quite get the effect that I wanted.

Maybe I should learn Photoshop (the artistic editing side) to add the effect, I am not sure how to do that though I am sure there are ways.

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Bridge Graffiti

Need H2O

Need H2O

I hope that either one of these is a group name or that it was written in a draught. It could be shooting for irony as it is a bridge over a slightly channelized waterway.

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