Friday, September 24, 2010

Near-Death Experience

Do you see anything wrong with this picture:
No? Well neither did I, until it was almost too late. Let's look a bit closer:

There's a potential danger there, but it's too early to tell. And if you're not expecting anything, you won't see it yet. Well, get ready for the big reveal:
Eeek! There is definitely some arachnid potential going on there. Lucky for you, there is still plenty of distance between us and the large creepy-crawly object. Unfortunately, I did not have the same advantage a few moments earlier.
See how he's definitely under the overhang of the carport? A safe distance from the typical passerby? He's also curled up a bit, getting ready for a nap or something. Again, this was not my original experience. When I first encountered him, he was more the size of this:
And he was dangling in mid-air, well away from the carport overhang. He was shoulder height, smack in the middle of the sidewalk. And I didn't see him until I was literally two inches away. TWO INCHES. Not only that, but he was not curled up. He was stretched to his full size, which is anything but small.

After I realized how close I came to having this guy as body jewelry, I ran home as fast as I could and hopped in the shower. 

Half a bottle of soap and several paper-bag breathing treatments later, I grabbed my camera (with the awesome zoom lens so I wouldn't have to endanger my life again), and documented the evidence for all to see.

It was a very close call.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Life + Art

Remember these photos that I took a few months ago? Well, I had an ulterior motive when I took them. You see, I needed to create an art project for my sister Ruth's new house. I used Amanda Taylor's awesome template set (lest you think I'm more talented than I really am) to create this:
and this:
I then uploaded the photos to Winkflash, where canvas prints are currently 40% off. The result was this:
Ryker's birthday 2010 023
and this:
Ryker's birthday 2010 020
Granted, I haven't seen the results myself. My mama was kind enough to take the pictures of the canvas prints for me. As you can see, there was a bit of glare on the prints at the time so it's a bit difficult to determine the quality. However, the following testimonials ought to give you some idea of whether this was a successful endeavor:

"Best. present. ever! Seriously!" -Ruth Carter

"Amazing!" -Sandy Johnson

"You are the most talented, beautiful, smartest person I know." -Becca Albrecht

"You are way cooler than my mom." -Kenzie Carter

Okay, I confess. I made the last two up. Nevertheless, I'm still pretty excited about this project. And of course, the best part is the completely adorable subjects I was able to work with. I sure love those girls!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Not a News Flash

I got a new camera. It's pretty cool, but the thing I am most excited about is the new lens I just got for my new camera. I've been trying to take photos with a narrow depth of field for a while now. My previous camera/lens camera did not have the smaller aperture I really wanted, so I could never attain the results I wanted. Well, now I can...woohoo! And while I know this is not a news flash, I'm pretty gosh darn excited about it. Check this out:
Look at that gorgeous blur. It makes my heart so happy! Here's another one:
Check out that awesome can see my reflection in it! I love it. I will leave you with one last image:

So yeah, I'm a nerd. But I'm a happy, photographing nerd. :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Beach Bum

I can't believe it has been over a month since I last blogged. Well, I happen to have a good excuse. I was too busy hanging out here:

and here:

and here, here, and here:

It's okay to be jealous.

Especially if it means you'll come visit.