Off Camera


Practice shot with Leah's cousin Kate - darn lens flare

We’ve been busy. I’ve been lining up actual ‘photoshoots’ with actor/models and trying out some of the new fun camera stuff I have now – mostly doing the Strobist thing with the off camera flashes – except everything I have is manual. Manual lenses, manual metering, manual flashes. I’d say I was moving pretty fast during the practice session with Leah’s cousins – seen in the photos here. I had the sun as the back/rim light and then my flash to the left or right side. Oh.


Leah's cousin Maggie and her friend - I told them to make a tough fighting pose

I’m going to a rodeo tonight – because you know, being from Arizona, I’m all about country and western – even at the same time. Although aside from the part where it’s an exploitation of animals (mostly I just don’t like the roping events.) From the looks of the arena – it’s pretty small and I think I’ll be able to stay up against the fence and get some really good shots… I don’t really have a zoom lens worth mentioning, so I’ll need to be as close as possible, but the light should be bright and I have some fast lenses in my bag.


Happy Birthday Leah! (again)

Birthdays go on forever when you have a big family.

School Daze

So I had an awesome birthday.  Aside from the scary clown cake that greeted me at 6:00 Tuesday morning.  (See, I’ve gotten Mark a birthday cake every year on his birthday.  He’s never gotten me one.  So I finally mentioned that to him, and this year I got 3 birthday cakes.  Woops.  Be careful what you wish for. The only scary one was the clown one, though.)

We had a delicious dinner at South City Kitchen.  Much to my surprise, Mark had visited the maitre’d earlier on that day and pre-selected the entire meal, from drinks to dessert.  It was fabulous.  Mmmm.  I love really good food.

Photo courtesy of Off the Broiler

Photo courtesy of Off the Broiler

This past week I’ve been working on a book that my GRA (Graduate Research Assistant) supervisor is writing.  She’s put quite a lot of work into this book, and I’m the citation-checker/APA-formatter.  APA is the American Psychological Association and they have created a specific style of writing/referencing all human sciences literature.  It sort of sucks until you get the hang of it, and then it’s not so bad.  I just have an issue with rules that have no rhyme or reason to them, other than because some folks decided that’s how things should be done, even if it makes no logical sense whatsoever.  But I’m not fighting the APA.  It’s easier just to learn the rules and do it.

In actuality, I am enjoying this assignment.  Not only do I get to learn about what goes into writing a book…an academic book, that is, I also get to be a big nerd and settle in among piles of books and articles and dig through them all to find the right source to cite.  Maybe that doesn’t sound like fun to some of you, but trust me – for me, this IS fun.  It combines two things I really love: treasure hunts and reading.  And if the subject matter of the book was boring to me, than of course this would not be very fun, but since the books I am digging through are on subjects that DO interest me and that I don’t know a whole lot about yet, I really love getting to spend hours every day immersed in all this literature.

Of course, I also tire of even the most enjoyable activities after a short period of time, but I’ve only had to tackle the first chapter of the book this week, and then I get a break until she’s finished the second chapter.  So it’s the ideal assignment for me.

School starts back next week, and my internship starts 2 weeks later.  And yes, I am super excited for school to start.  I think this year will be even more interesting than last, especially since I’m back in school-mode, which makes writing papers is a lot easier, and I now have a basic foundation in Social Work, which I really didn’t prior to last year, even though I thought I did.  And also I have updated my glasses and contacts prescriptions, so I can SEE!  Well!  And I can read for long stretches of time without getting severe headaches.  Awesome.  And my speedy new computer and super huge monitor that Mark got me are also very useful for all the school work ahead and for reducing my frustration level, thereby reducing his frustration level, too.  (Me last year: Marrrrrrrk, my computer is frozen again!  $@#!^&**^$#%%!!  Come fix it!  Now!  Please!)

I love Mark even though he gets me scary clown cakes and pink frilly wife cards.  Maybe I even love him a little bit because of that.

Gratuitous wedding photo!  Bye now!