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100days – Day 26

Posted by Ted on Feb 21, 2010 in Photography

I’m now 26 days into my “100 days of photography” project, and there has been some great images since the last blog update on Day 14. I invite you to continue following along here, but if you would like to subscribe to the project itself, you can through its RSS feed. While I haven’t been uploading every day, it is more frequent than these summaries.

Last night I had the pleasure of attending NIMBY‘s benefit event, “DO IT FOR HAITI“. There were over a dozen different art installations, including this fire-breathing menagerie by the Museum of Unnatural Selection, and a fire-spinning neuron by the Flaming Lotus Girls. There was a man in a metal suit playing with a giant tesla coil, a life sized Mousetrap, and a 300 pound block of ice that shot multicolored fire. I love living in Oakland.
pillowfight
Last weekend was a triple whammy. Not only was it Valentine’s Day, but more importantly, it was the great San Francisco Pillow Fight. We caught this group walking down the Embarcadero on their way to the 6p thwap-off. Thankfully, our vantage point was from a hotel terrace a block away, where we would witness the madness in its entirety, without having to actually be in the middle of it. The thousands of flying pillows looked like white Mexican jumping beans.

It was also Chinese New Year, celebrating the Year of the Tiger. We had a small gathering on Saturday night, for which we shopped in Chinatown for dumplings, pineapple rolls, and sesame balls, as well as decorating the house. One of my favorite decorations turned out to be the lantern I’d purchased in Hong Kong back in 1999.

A quarter of a way into the project, and there has been so much to see and share. I look forward to the next 74 days!

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100days – Day 14

Posted by Ted on Feb 9, 2010 in Photography

The last few days have continued with varied subjects. The minor breakthrough has been that I have given myself permission to use the camera on my iPhone 3G as well as my primary dSLR, a Canon 20D.

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

A project such as this requires both commitment and flexibility, and as I carry my phone with me always, it only makes sense to utilize its camera as well to maximize my chances of being able to take an image every day. It’s not a great camera, with a microscopic lens, low resolution, and notoriously bad in low light, but for publishing on the web in 72 dpi, it can be quite adequate, as this photo of a cherry tree in bloom clearly shows.

In Memory

In Memory

My favorite of the most recent batch is last night’s image of a memorial candle burning in a decorative lantern, capturing the texture of the glass in the flickering light.

You can see all 14 days of the project here.

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100 days

Posted by Ted on Feb 4, 2010 in Photography
City by the Bay

City by the Bay

Last week I started a new photography project – taking an image a day, for 100 days.

Other photographers that I have known who have done this project, some more than once, have noted its frustration and its value, and I have already experienced both over the course of the week. In fact, one led to the other. Being too busy to break out the camera before sunset has forced me to explore tripod-assisted low light photography, in a city scape, a night light, and a constellation in the sky. I have always hated the hassle and bulk of carrying a tripod around, but I have found compromise in a very small and sturdy unit that is easy to carry. With the fewer daylight hours of winter and a busy schedule, I expect that these 3 months will see a lot more low light exploration.

Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition

I also look forward to this project taking me to new places in search of daily subjects. I have already discovered interesting things in my own back yard, and I started the 100days in the Potrero Hill Recreation Center.

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