Category: pictures


As many of you know, I am an amateur photographer. I have another blog where I post one picture every day and these next ten shots are my favorites from this year. I’ll go into a little more depth than normal on these because I like them so much.

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This is a sculpture that my mom got for some holiday (I think). It was taken towards the beginning of the year. I really like what goes on with the shadow and the character looking out of the frame. I think the grayscale works, too.

9.

Taken at the Hartford Auto show a month or two ago, this color was great. The black stripes just add to the awesome, I think.  I’m really happy with the focus that I got on this one.

8.

This is from Horsebarn Hill at the very highest open point on the UConn campus. It was a kind of crappy rainy day earlier and I thought I would take the chance to go up to the hill and see if I could get some wide shots of the campus. As the light was fading I saw this line of clouds move in and then I realized that the sun would be setting right as they were passing over me. I only touched this up to recreate the colors that I saw that afternoon.

7.

I love the depth of focus on this one. It really captures the crunchiness of the leaves. Also, it looks cool. This was taken on one of my many photowalks around campus.

6.

From this Sunday, this is the only picture on the list that was taken with my new Canon XSi. It is also my new desktop background. I love it so much.

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From the same day as the cloud picture above. I had recently watched The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford and I wanted to see if I could recreate the look of that film. I think I got pretty close. I also love the focus on this one.

4.

I think this one was taken towards the end of fall, even though it looks a lot like a spring picture. This is perhaps the best color I have gotten in a picture. I think it is beautiful.

3.

This isn’t the technically best shot but I think the beauty of it balances the so-so technical work. It was raining one afternoon after work at my summer job. We had just pulled into the driveway and I saw the sun shining while the rain was still falling. I crouched pretty low to the ground (I didn’t want to lay down for obvious reasons) to get as much sky as I could. I wish the background trees and house weren’t there, but I think the reflection works just as well even though the top half could have been better.

2.

Two days before my birthday I captured this on my way back from one of my classes. I enjoy shadows and how they are a version but not exactly the same as the real thing. I thought getting the very bottom of the actual tree and having the rest be in shadows was pretty great. I think I did it by accident, though. Which is lucky for me.

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As you can see, I like pictures of trees and nature and stuff. This is about two weeks after the previous shot and I think it is kind of amazing. I feel weird talking about my pictures like this, but there it is. Fromt this picture you would never be able to tell that the lake was actually a gross, duck crap filled pond. It looks like something out of Lord of the Rings, I think. All of these pictures are even better in a bigger size which you can see if you click on the pictures.

So that’s it. See you later for other Top Ten lists!

I haven’t been with you for a week. I should be posting more because I have no school work to do. Anyways, here are some things I have been thinking about, if it interests you.

There seems to be a general feeling on the internet that advertising in any way is bad. And, while I agree that if we could just get a stat sheet or something for every competing product and chose what we want to buy from the information on the sheet it would make for an easier and less stressful time for everybody, I don’t think the advertising business is going anywhere. I do not believe that all advertisments are evil or the cause of the fall of man or a sign of the apocalypse or a mark of the general stupidity of human beings because I don’t think that human beings are stupid. I seem to be the only person on the internet with an optimistic outlook on life and humanity. The fact that we fall for a viral ad or that the Twilight movie was number 1 at the box office doesn’t mean the whole race of human beings is condemnable. It just means that some of us are stupider than others and we will have to deal with this. There have always been stupid people and there always will be stupid people. And I don’t necessarily think that people who laugh at ads are stupid because I am one of them. I will applaud a great ad instead of jumping straight to a “what does this mean about humanity as a whole” angle. Who gives a crap? It’s 30 seconds of fun or cornyness featuring a certain product.

That went on for too long. Sorry. I don’t blame you if you didn’t read it all.

In the immortal words of that one song, “Christmas time is here.” This, of course, means lots of Christmas music and merriness. If you would like a definitive list of all that is good and Christmasy, here you go:

  • Movies:

A Muppet Christmas Carol

Brazil

Die Hard (NSFW video)

  • Music:

Get Behind Me, Santa! – Sufjan Stevens

Christmas in Hollis – Run D.M.C.

Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie and Bing Crosby

Ok, that’s enough.

Oh, one more thing! The new camera is pretty darn awesome. Check out my other website for awesome pictures!

I am in a not so unique position because my birthday comes a little more than a month after Christmas. This makes for an extended gift recieving season which suits me just fine. This year is a little different, though. I only want one thing for Christmas and my birthday combined (although I suppose I wouldn’t spit at anything else on my My Amazon.com Wish List ) and that is a new camera. I got a camera for my birthday two years ago and I have enjoyed using it all these years. Now, though, I want to move on up (to the east side?) and finally get my dirty mits on a dSLR (digital single lens reflex). The Canon XSi is the top choice for my entry into this wide and wonderful world of sports cameras.

It is perhaps the sexiest camera I have ever laid eyes on. I cannot guarantee that I won’t kiss it when I finally own one. The only problem is that it costs about 600 bucks to buy it. Ouch. As a college student I have a very tight budget and even with both parents working together it’s still kind of a close call. So, if you want to see a new camera in my hands even half as much as I do (and would like to help me get there), I invite you to donate a little to my paypal account. I’ll put the button at the bottom of this post and on the sidebar so you can donate any time you want. I appreciate all of your support (even if it’s just verbal (or written, since this is the internets)).

Would you like to help me buy a camera?


A lot of you guys know me from filmspotting, but I don’t know if I have ever made a “definitive” top 20 movies list. So I’m gonna do it here. Good luck to me!

#20: SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Directed by Edgar Frost and written by Frost and star Simon Pegg, this 2004 horror comedy is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Not only is it insanely quotable (Shaun: As Mr. Sloan always says, there is no “I” in team, but there is an “I” in pie. And there’s an “I” in meat pie. Anagram of meat is team… I don’t know what he was talking about. ), it is also a damn good zombie movie.
Here is the trailer for your enjoyment. Enjoy.

I start work tomorrow.

The bad news: 40 hour weeks doing menial office work.

The good news: They let me listen to podcasts and give me money.

I don’t know if the benefits outweigh the negatives.

I worked at the same place last year and it kinda sucked. I hope this will suck less as I will be getting paid more and my friend Jason is working down the street so we could meet for lunch and such.

So, yeah. I gotta go to bed because I have to wake up at TOO EARLY in the morning. Good night.

Hello everybody! Nice to have you here. This will be my writing repository. Every time I finish a story or a draft of a story or have something writing related to say, I’ll put it here. I welcome your feedback and hope you enjoy my writing.

A little about me. I am an English(?) major at the University of Connecticut. Other than writing, my time is spent taking pictures and watching movies. I have another blog, Ever Day A Photo where I post a new photo every day. It’s pretty self explanatory. My favorite book is Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth. It was given to me by my aunt at a young age and ever since I first read it I fell in love. There are stories that change the way you look at life and The Phantom Tollbooth was my first experience. It even gave this blog it’s name!

Alright, enough about me. Have a peek around and leave me some feedback, if you please.