Monthly Archives: February 2011

Outtake of Alex

22 Feb, 2011  |  9:32PM

A while back I posted a shot of Alex. That was the one picture I was going for, but I thought I’d share an outtake from that shoot. I used some retouching tricks picked up from Eric. I don’t think I’ll ever be done learning how to use Photoshop.

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Pulling Screens and Baking Shirts

13 Feb, 2011  |  9:34PM

Just finished printing some shirts with Eric. If you’ve never printed shirts in a garage and cured them in an oven, you should go do that. Right now. Incredibly fun, albeit tiring. It took a little trial and error (note to future-self, 350 degrees for 95 seconds). Here’s the design that we printed—something Eric came up with a few years ago—based strongly on a concert poster by Josef Müller-Brockmann. Shirt printing was followed by the consumption of enormous burgers, and geeking out about Photoshop. All in all, a rather enjoyable afternoon and evening.

Check out a couple behind the scenes shots taken by Tomiko, and two of the finished shirts:

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Miniature Donut Box

11 Feb, 2011  |  3:44PM

I’ve come to the realization that many decisions and problems that I face aren’t ones that your average person has to figure out. For instance, I was recently trying to decide in what manner to gift a single donut. I didn’t want to just give it in the little paper bag that single donuts come in, but I also didn’t want to have one donut floating around in a huge pink box. One has to give donuts in pink boxes, right?

So a plan entered my head; make a miniature donut box. Simple, right? I went to a local donut shop, asked the woman for a donut, and then, after she put it in the bag, I asked if I could have a box. She was confused as to why I wanted a box for a single donut, but I assured her that’s what I wanted. I purposefully asked her for the box after she had already put the donut in a bag, this kept my donut box pristine, and grease-free. Paid an extra quarter for the box, and I’m in business. After measuring the donut, I made the box .44 times the size of a regular box, which works out perfectly for cutting the box out. I bought another donut a few days later, to take pictures with, and then another donut for the actual gifting. I wrapped the donut in a couple pieces of overlapping parchment paper (per a suggestion from my friend Necia), tied it up with some cooking twine, and made a little tag to finish it off.

In case any of you reading this have a similar situation that you face, I’m including a pdf, so you can make your very own miniature donut box!

Special thanks to Necia for the parchment paper suggestion, to Ben for taking one for the team and consuming both the donut used for measuring, and the donut used for pictures, and to Katie for the inspiration for this project.

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Flutes

06 Feb, 2011  |  3:01PM

Two Superbowls ago, I wasn’t really thinking about football, or commercials, or foods with deliciously high fat content. I was thinking about my friend proposing, and designing these champagne flutes. I hunkered down behind a bush on the bluffs of Montaña De Oro taking pictures of the proposal, and the champagne flutes that were destined to be engraved. I reworked their names set in Porcelain, and then added on flourishes. When you overlap the glasses, you get all kinds of crazy reflections and refractions, and… a heart! Eric and I then took studio shots of the glasses, retouched by me.

Congratulations again Jake, on her saying “yes”, and thanks to Kyle White for the following picture of the recently engaged couple!

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My Style

01 Feb, 2011  |  11:19AM

I don’t have one. My mom commented on this not too long ago. “All of your pictures are very different from each other.” I don’t try and cultivate a sense of style because I don’t make my living taking pictures. I push pixels, but in a different medium; web design. My photos are mainly for my own enjoyment, I’m not trying to make millions of dollars by shooting pictures that all have the same feel, or tone, or composition, or… style.

What I tend to do is see pictures by photographers that I really like, and then try and emulate their style. Mostly just to see if I can do it. Sometimes I’m successful, sometimes I’m not. I just love shooting and seeing what I come out the other side with. Maybe some day I’ll find a style that I like and stick with it. If I had to pick what mine is, it probably looks like this. But until that day comes, I’ll keep on having fun with it, and shooting cool pictures for the sake of shooting cool pictures.