Goddamn I am sick of food sensitivities. I’m honestly starting to wonder how people do it. How I’m going to do it. Today, I’m in Rochester visiting my sister and we took a family trip to lay to rest the ashes of my mother. Maybe it’s just the wash of emotions contained in such and [...]
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Seeing the world through yogurt-covered glasses
Recently, I’ve been telling Jessica that I’m grumpy that I haven’t had time to do creative things like make movies, so when FoxCard Media announced their 48 Hour Film Project, Jessica told me I should blow off one weekend doing something crazy that I’d love and go for it. This is, notably, despite th
Generally, I’m a really easy going guy, with an amazing patience for cultural, spiritual, and personal relativity. I grew up in a multicultural family and internalized the belief that different peoples, and even different people in the same family, can live happily with different beliefs. Despite this, I’m just
Dear Mother-in-law, I have a job! I know that you’ve been worried about my state of employment for the past few years. Well, let me correct that, I know that you’ve been worried about my state of employment for the entire time I’ve been with your daughter. The constant stream of suggestions about my lack [
We tried like hell to get a good picture of this beauty, and failed just about every time. I think the main problem is that our small stock lens just didn’t have enough of what it takes. The whole trip in Paris, I wanted a big telephoto lens. I learned a lot about perspective in [...]
Another attempt to bring some small detail into focus while still showing the surroundings to which it relates. This was in le Jardin des Plantes and all of their rows were numbered with nice signs. This is another failed attempt because you can’t really get a sense of what Allée 29 is. Strangely, I still like [...]
This is a picture Jessica took in le Jardin des Plantes, actually. It almost looks like a painting!
So, we sat in Les Deux Moulins, the café made famous in the movie Amélie, and I wanted to get a picture of Jessica doing Audrey Tautou’s famous smirk. Not exactly. But we got close.
This is the other picture I took at Ma Bourgogne. It’s only about the 17th time I’ve posted it anywhere since I love it so much. For obvious reasons. It’s a picture that I’m proud of not because “OMG, that woman is my wife!” but because the image itself looked to me like a professionall
This is one of my favorite pictures from our trip to Paris. It’s the first time I tried to isolate a part of the image, the name of the restaurant. Of course, I was just playing around, or would’ve put the glass in the middle of the circle of words on the table (and moved [...]
Nothing special, just a fun trip exploring in Eastern France and Jess thought it’d be funny to take a “Lewis and Clark” picture. Nothing artistic about it really, it just makes me smile.
This statue was just so beautiful. There was a lot going on at the family crypt of Famille Babé, and I couldn’t capture it all. But I wanted to get a sense of it, and this does a halfway decent job. The sad maiden, leaning against the tombstone of her lost family member. There were [...]
Trying to take a picture of Jim Morrison’s grave is a daunting task at best. How many images of this iconic crypt do you have to compete with? How many way can you photograph his graffitied statue before giving up and thinking “that’s all been done before, to the point that it’s boring now?” Th
We spent a day walking around Père Lachaise and I took a LOT of pictures there. This is one of my better attempts at “Something focused in the foreground and other related stuff unfocused in the background” This one I was pretty happy with because of the realism of the carving, and the detail of the [...]
After our first week in Paris, we began to navigate by what became affectionately known as “The Tower.” “No, it’s down this way, just before The Tower” I have a lot of images of it, but it’s remarkably difficult to be able to take an image of something so big and make it look good. [...]
This image has no artistic value, but I had to shoot it. Seriously, is this on purpose? All over Paris, you see manhole covers with faces on them. It’s so much more fun than the boring manhole covers of the US. I can’t be the only one that notices this!
I love this statue of Pan in Le Jardin du Luxembourg. It’s would be a decent shot if I’d realized that the patina of copper blends remarkably well with the spring growth of nut trees in the background. It’s really all about composition, isn’t it?
How do you take a picture of a statue? This is a question I can’t answer. My suspicion is that I wanted to be below it a bit to show the scale, but I’ve tried that a lot and it didn’t really work out. I made it a bit off-center to try to have the [...]
Here’s the question I had: Should I get my children vaccinated? As a person who now fits squarely into the “expecting father” category, I’m already starting to freak out about the choices I make for my children, and this one seems to divide a lot of people. Sometimes, we ask (or get, whether we ask [
An attempt at trying to capture a sign close-up, while having the details of what that sign represents in the background, but out of the focal plane. Not a very good attempt, since you can’t really see the garden or the roses.
I was playing a lot with close-ups of things, and aperture. I’ve got dozens of these. As individual artistic images, they’re not actually stunning. However, if I were writing about a topic centered on science, this would make a pretty good featured image of the “stock image, something to look at while John
One day, we went to the Musée de l’Orangerie, the small art gallery that was specially built to house a series of 8 of Monet’s “Water Lillies” murals. I can’t even express the beauty of this experience. Most of the time, when you see Water Lillies, you’re looking at a small piece. These
And now we have 22! which is 4! Which is how many we’ll be! The MettaVerse is expanding! By a factor of 100, no less! By a power of 2! The power of two! How can I ever express how exciting this is!
Not a great picture, but I was walking by a tree along the river and saw this word spray painted on it and thought “Wow, even the political graffiti in Paris is classy!” It’s gold paint.
April Fools!! You thought the madness was over? Ha! Not to be out-done by a month of daily posts, I wanted to do another. This is a collection of images I shot while we went on our crazy adventure of a month in Paris. I learned a lot about what I like in photography, and [...]
31 one things. No small number. 31 one things barely scratches the surface. Everyday I wake up amazed that this has happened to me. And every day I think back to that day when we spoke our vows and think “Wow, how much, how little, we loved each other then.” Because it’s true, that if [...]
Okay, I was going to have something different here, but I stumbled across this picture and had to include it. We were at a friend’s wedding, and as we were leaving, there was this amazing old convertable parked out side. I said, wow, I want a picture of that. Jessica didn’t even hesitate, she grabbed [...]
Jessica sings. A lot. She sings a bunch of songs other people write, a few songs she wrote, and many many songs that she made up. She sings about making oatmeal in the morning, she sings about eating her oatmeal in the morning, she sings about going to the store, she sings about petting our [...]
We don’t actually do it very much anymore. That’s the ironic thing. Living in Hood River, we can go on a hike anytime we want, and our backyard is actually quite a nice place, so we don’t camp very much anymore. We both love it, and she is an awesome camping buddy. We fell in [...]
I just love this picture. I don’t know why. It’s like The Mona Lisa. There’s something going on there behind those eyes. It could be sadness, like she’s about to cry. Or it could be worry. But it could also be happiness, like maybe she’s just about to laugh? Is she scared? Is she pleased? [...]