I am participating in the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, (reading the books mentioned during the 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls) the first book I made the choice to read was I’m With the Band by Pamela Des Barres. I chose it because I thought I’d start the year with a light, fun, trashy read and I was surprised to find it was anything but. I actually felt sorry for most, if not all who were profiled in the book, including Pamela. I was surprised at how much heartbreak and being used and abused she endured. I was very much surprised that she wasn’t a tough bitch who could handle herself or a light and airy type who flitted from one guy to another without forming attachments.
It was also heartbreaking to read about the sorrowful broken rock stars and aspiring rock stars who moved in and out of her life. At the conclusion of the book she goes on to list those who’ve passed on and how. In the end I felt this read like a tragic tale of heartbreak and a reminder that those who burn brightest often do so because tortured — no matter how beautiful or talented they are — souls live so very much in darkness.
To sum up, this wasn’t the trashy book I’d hoped to read. Instead it was a very raw and very honest depiction of a time and a place and of a subculture that started out innocently enough and became something else much darker.
Day 13 — A Pop of (blue) Color
Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen can I have your attention please? This is what happens when you’re too lazy to go out the car to retrieve your tripod and you want to take pictures of bright lights in a dark room. This is a total oops yet oddly enjoyable to look at.
Hey! Hello there. I hope your new year is off to a peaceful, happy, and productive start.
I know I’m quite a few days late and several dollars short but I figured I too should throw my hat in the ring of January resolutions/goals blog posts. With the noted exception of the 365 project, I’ve decided that this year I am going work on small projects broken up in to short periods of time rather than attempting to focus one big project for the whole year. I think a bunch of smaller projects will be easier to stick with than one big daunting all-encompassing project.
I have a bunch of things I’d like to learn to do and a bunch of projects I’ve been reading about. Now, I don’t have a lot of equipment and no flash equipment at all so some things will have to be altered to accommodate my lack of gear and I’ll just improvise on others and see where the project takes me.
Project Ideas from Digital Camera World
I am particularly excited about the scavenger hunt idea listed in this Digital Camera World article. Check back in a few weeks when I ask you for your photography scavenger hunt ideas.
And while I’m not sure I’ll, actually I’m positive I won’t do these exercises daily. I do think I will try to focus on the basics and work on making good clear well-executed photos in addition to learning/working on new skills. I think I’ve become a little sloppy as of late.
I’ve set 15 photography goals for 2015 check back daily to see which goals I’m working on and what I’m photographing each day. And don’t forget to stop by at the end of the month to add your ideas to my photographic scavenger hunt.
15 Photography Goals for 2015
1. Continue to learn how to shoot portraits.
2. Learn to work with my new reflectors.
3. In the spring finally have that unfortunately cancelled (due to both a sickness and a death in the family) photo shoot from September.
4. Continue to improve my landscape photography.
5. Learn to shoot with my circular polarizer and neutral density filters.
6. Learn to make water droplet photos.
7. Work on creating long exposure photos.
8. Build a white box and play with shooting photos of objects.
9. Improve my pet photography / take more photos of Cuppy and Snowy.
10. Work on improving my composition.
11. Stick with the Capture Your 365 project.
12. Sell some photos / have a paying photo shoot.
13. Get back to the basics and focus on taking good photos straight out of the camera.
14. Learn Lightroom and Photoshop. (Yes, I know 13 and 14 are contradictory of one another.)
15. Expand my creativity as I definitely feel I’ve stagnated in this area.
And for those who are interested, 2014’s largely neglected one object challenge featuring Charlie Brown will ride again in 2015. CB will once again accompany me on any and all adventures and hopefully this year I’ll remember he’s in my bag more often.