Thursday, September 20, 2007

Blowing my mind, Phil Collins style.

Sometimes you just come across something so good, that it deserves to be seen by everyone. Please enjoy this as much as I have been lately.

Tell me that wasn't the coolest thing you've ever seen.

Sunday, September 16, 2007


This just in from the fingers of the legendary Daniel Wilson, sole proprietor of Daniel Wilson Creative!

"I have started a photoblog to document my latest happenings as a photographer,"said Daniel Wilson. "If you have any interest whatsoever of the pictures I take, well then, subscribe to my photoblog and ye shall see my work as it unfolds and develops!"
The crowd erupted into a chorus of cheers at the break of this good news. More than one conversation in the crowd went as follows:
"He's quite amazing, that Daniel," said one man to another. The other's response? "Yes, quite amazing indeed!"
Daniel went on to say, "You can find the link below, or in the list of links at the top right of the page. Thank you, my loyal citizens, for your interest and cooperation!"

Women Swooned, men applauded. Everyone was quite jovial indeed.

Okay sorry about that. I get carried away sometimes. But seriously, here's the link.
Yay for blogs!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Flashing people, more fun than I imagined.

I've got a new toy, and it's proved more useful and fun than I ever imagined that it would.

Off camera flash, what everyone else is missing.

So I got a second flash (the wallet said, "Ouch!"), a lightstand, and an umbrella. I had it rush shipped (another "Ouch!"), UPS 2-Day air. It was a good thing I did. The day it came I had some Bridal shots scheduled for that evening.

Originally the plan was to meet at 6pm. She pushed it back to 7, and then didn't end up showing up until just before 8. Translation, the sun had gone to sleep and all workable light was gone. I was mad for a couple reasons:
  1. I had just sat and waited for over an hour and, as Billy Crystal said, "Mime is Money." (tell me what movie that is from, and I'll think you're pretty cool)
  2. I don't like doing crappy work, and no good light makes it hard not to.
So with a scowl on my face and anger in my chest we embarked on our photo excursion. It actually turned out to be a lot of fun though, and an interesting experience to boot. I still think I would have gotten much better photos if we had started 2 hours earlier, but you've got to make the most of what you have. And besides, had we shot earlier, I never would have gotten a shot like the beauty you're about to see.

This one looks like a movie still to me, and I think it's my favorite picture
of the shoot, even though it's unusable as a bridal picture. It still blows
my mind.

I haven't really gone through the pictures in detail yet, but I think I got some decent ones that will work. The whole off camera flash was a new experiment this night, but I think that for my first time I did alright. Here's a couple more from the shoot.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Stood Up

So. Do you remember the part in Dumb and Dumber when Lloyd is in the bar waiting for Mary to show up? He gets there at 10:30am and waits for 3 hours or so, but she never shows? Yeah, that happened to me today, but I'll tell you what, I handled it in a completely different manner...

I had this date tonight with this girl. I work with her sister, and she introduced us. She's way cute, seems way fun and it looked like it was going to be a good evening.

I had to work the lunch shift today, so I gave her a call at about 5 when I got off to confirm our 7 o'clock date. No answer. A text message was sent at 6 in hopes of making some form of contact. No answer. 6:30 rolls around and I'm coming to the realization that I'm getting stood up.

Here's where I chose a different path than Lloyd. He waited. I grabbed my golf clubs and went to squeeze in a few holes before dark. I showed up at the club house and asked if I could still get on. As though she could sense my pain, the girl told me to "just go ahead" (i.e. play for free). A simple deed with wonderful results. I parred my first two holes. Bogeyed the 3rd. And on the 4th, a 150yd par 3, I got my first ever birdie. I went on to par the 5th and 6th holes before it got too dark to play. Even, after six holes. I have never played so well in the 2 months that I've been playing golf. I can't tell you how good I feel.

Which leads me to the next part...

"The Shortest Fairytale Ever Told."
Once upon a time there was a young man who was in love with a girl. One day the young man asked the girl to marry him. She said no. So he played golf for the rest of his life and lived happily ever after.

I sure am happy I picked up this game.