Month: March 2009

in the stairwell

in the stairwell

just as a continuation from yesterday, heres another 1 of the 4 portraits i had to shoot. on another note, this is my 150th consecutive image since october, so thanks for sticking with me!

marina

marina

this photo was taken for a photography project. we had a group of 5 (made up of all the good designers in the class, ha!) and then went to 5 differernt locations around the university. each location had one model, one person holding a (home-made) reflector, and a couple of photographers. here’s one shot taken in accolade west of marina luong. this shot used mainly window light, a little bit of lift from the reflector, and a bounced flash. it was a pretty fun experience and i hope to do more like this.

blue eyes

blue eyes

i asked michelle to take a picture of me for an assignment in editorial design. i set up the lights, you can see the huge softbox in my eye. i just thought it was interesting because this is a 100% crop of a face portrait with no editing from my 50mm 1.4 and a canon 50D. too sharp!

i’d also like to wish my michelle a happy birthday!

same place different time

same place different time

ive posted quite a few images of this place. i take it from the same spot at the edge of a dock, i focus on the sun in the same location. the only thing that changes is time. looking back at all these photos in the summer and their wonderful sunsets and colour makes me so excited for t-shirt weather…

in the sunset

in the sunset

i remember shooting this almost 3 years ago with my sony f828. and i remember trying to light the reeds with my little on-board flash like i see in all the magazines. i have about 10 shots with the flash just lighting the front few feet before i got the clue i couldn’t achieve their effect without big lighting equipment.i still like this shot, even though it was shot in JPG so it was tough to properly level it.

tel early hours

tel early hours

just fooling around with some split toning in the raw settings. shot at tel on york university, around 3am with a tripod.

would rousse be proud?

would rousse be proud?

yesterday i had to do a presentation of my research on a photographer. i chose george rousse. this guy is a master of tricking the eye, with awesome perspectives and creating shapes. I had to emulate his style in a photograph. so here it is. the shapes are done in photoshop while rousse would paint perspective shapes to get the same effect but in a much more genuine and cool way. honestly, his work is so sick…www.georgesrousse.com

original attempt

original attempt

this post is in regards to yesterdays, so check that one out too if you want. this was my original cover for editorial design. unfortunately the client (my teacher) didn’t like that it was too erotic and edgy. i disagreed with her but i value and respect her opinion as my professor (and also being nice enough to squeeze me into her full class). just thought i’d post this as it tied in with yesterdays. the type on the poster is not as developed as the final (yesterdays) but that is because this idea was canned before it got to final stages.

*NOTE the original image of Meghan fox (the girl from transformers) is from an issue of FHM (for-him magazine) which i scanned to use for strictly educational and non-profit purposes. so no worries there.

sneaking

sneaking

heres another piece of my design work. this is an option B for my teacher. I’ll be posting the first option that was turned down by my teacher tomorrow. its really quick work, as i had 3 other projects due the same 2 days but it was shot with studio lights and looks alright.

self portrait and a portrait

self portrait and a portrait

i didn’t technically take this photo but i did set up the lights (and it was my camera, ha!) this is a self portrait (i’m on the left) and my roomate shane is on the right. another shot with the new studio lights.

all tangled up

all tangled up

i got to play around with the new studio lights here at school. so heres michelle fooling around

mock-up scene music festival

mock-up scene music festival

i am currently rebuilding my website to include my design portfolio (i am a designer after all), so while that finishes up, i thought I would post some work as well as the original photograph i took. my friend cody graciously decided to help me and modeled his ear for what went under a lot of manipulation to satisfy the design concept.

this poster was outputted at 20 x 30 inches large and was one piece of many for the festival (tickets, wristbands, and programs were designed as well).

a work in progress

a work in progress

here is an inside section of the brickworks being rebuilt by evergree(d)n trying to turn this place into a exhibition space of some sort.

bricks and walls

bricks and walls

i know its not really my work – taking a picture of graffiti, but i really like the composition and detail of this photo.

at the foot of rockway

at the foot of rockway

this shot originally sat in my rejected bin…it was taken at the foot of the large rockway falls during the winter. i posted some photos of it earlier. i didn’t like the photo at first because it was wayyy too misty from the falls to clearly see anything. i was able to save a lot of the detail though with some quick processing. so here’s a tree frozen by the mist at the foot of rockway falls in southern ontaril.

the last of winter…i hope

the last of winter...i hope

heres a shot of an interesting ice formation from February. hopefully this is the last we hear of winter, I love the plus temperatures up here in toronto!

the things i am

the things i am

For a project in school, I had to identify 10 things that were important to me and write about why they were. At the risk of being way too personal on the internet, here goes.

1. Art & Lutherie Wild Cherry Acoustic Guitar
2. iPhone 2G
3. Zero Skateboards Wallet
4. Xbox 360 Controller
5. Dorian Gray – The Precurse CD
6. Curb Your Enthusiasm DVD Set
7. Michael Scott Bobble Head (from The Office)
8. Sony Headphones
9. UO Plaid Scarf
10. Gun-metal Bulls-head Belt Buckle

1. Art & Lutherie Wild Cherry Acoustic Guitar
One of the only benefits of the strike, was the increase in free time. My love affair with the guitar has been on and off since grade eight, and newly rekindled with this new acoustic I purchased earlier 2008. Since September I’ve been practicing every day and finally warded off procrastinating on the things I want to do.

2. iPhone 2G
I refused to own a cellphone my entire life until last september, when a landline phone was not an option. Since then I’ve joined the rest of the world and their constant obsession with texting, calls, and other cellphone tasks – in public, with friends…anywhere. It has become one of my favourite things because it’s my iPod, my cellphone, and my time waster – all in one.

3. Zero Skateboards Wallet
If I said I knew when I bought this wallet, I’d be lying. This is leftover from my 3 year stint of skateboarding from late elementary and into highschool. I am a huge skateboarding fan but unfortunately had to stop due to knee surgery due to it. Ever since then it was hard to continue skating and following it. This wallet is one of my last connections to something I would spend every summer day and night doing.

4. Xbox 360 Controller
I am a video game nerd…throughout highschool I ran a successful Video Game reviewing website with a few close friends. We received the majority of all new releases for free from game companies, including game systems (Gamecubes, Gameboys, DS’s, Wii’s, etc.), ad revenue brought in thousands of dollars a year, we were invited to press conferences in Toronto held by Microsoft and Nintendo, etc. It was an exciting introduction to the video game world and website building and management. Like all good things, it came to an end as our interests shifted and we separeted to go to different schools. My Xbox 360 is something I somehow usually find enough time for nearly everyday and is my last free system I haven’t sold yet.

5. Dorian Gray – The Precurse CD
Music is a huge impact on my life. I’ve toured Ontario, and 7 differernt states in America with my band and recorded 1 EP and 1 LP. In the picture is our independently released 8 song CD featuring artwork I designed. Playing on stage to kids who know every single lyric of your songs is an incredible experience and I wish every person could experience it. I still play with my band on odd-weekends and tour with them every May – which seems to be an issue this year due to the extension of classes…I need to figure something out.

6. Curb Your Enthusiasm DVD Set
I am a huge Jerry Seinfeld fan. When I learned the co-creator of Seinfeld, Larry David, created another comedy on HBO I had to watch it. Of course it being HBO, it is quite vulgar and extremely awkward, I really enjoy the humour of Larry David. Now I can’t decide which one I like better, Seinfeld or Curb! Pictured is the Season 6 disc set…

7. Michael Scott Bobble Head (from The Office)
For my birthday a few years ago, I got a Michael Scott (Steve Carrell) bobblehead from my friends. It’s pretty sweet. Except it has now broken since this picture was taken.

8. Sony Headphones
My brother bought me these headphones for a christmas present. Definitely the best headphones I’ve had. These have also broke…need to fix.

9. UO Plaid Scarf
I liked this scarf so much I drove to the states to get it. I pretty much wear it everyday in the winter. Plus it adds some colour to my all black winter attire.

10. Gun-metal Bulls-head Belt Buckle
I’m not sure why I thought this was extremely cool at the time, but I was searching for a good bull-head belt buckle for the longest time. I finally found one made of Gun-metal from the USA. I bought it for $60 dollars, and wore it a few times…it’s a little big and it doesn’t really fit my style anymore – but its still awesome.

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