Friday, February 22, 2013

The Big Idaho Show

My favorite question of the evening was "Are you with the band?" Seriously lady? I'm pushing 40. Good lord. She then asked "Can they do Zeppelin?" My answer, with a shrug and a smile "Sorry, I dunno, you might want to ask them".

I had a great night.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Time Warp

The two on the Right are old friends of mine from my teen years. They have been musicians since I first met them in Chicago in the 90's. I went to more of their shows than I could count and we hung out a lot. I last saw Joe and Tod about 12 years ago when I flew home to Chicago to visit. We lost touch after I moved to Idaho and was no longer that involved in the music scene. Thanks to Facebook, we've gotten back in touch. So this weekend I got a text that the band will be in Ketchum this Thursday night. Did I mention that I'm much closer to 40 than 20 or even 30, and this is a weeknight? Luckily, my boss understands and I'll be driving up to Ketchum with my trusty camera to see my first The Steepwater Band show live. It will be really fun to catch up with these two upstanding young men who have made a living playing music (and its good music too). 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Detritus: The Old Pen

You can't visit the Old Boise Penitentiary without photographing rusting defunct radiators, at least I couldn't. The ironic thing is that these finely crafted things were only found singly or in pairs in large cell blocks. This prison was closed in 1973. I have a strange affinity with prisons as I grew up to the one that held John Wayne Gacy and I now frequent the currently used ones here in SW Idaho for work. 


This last shot is of one of the tiny cells in the women's prison that was one tiny building with a close wall around it. I would have gone nuts there. At least the guys had several buildings. No one was well off though, I couldn't imagine 110 degree summers with no AC or proper ventilation. Prison these days looks like a cake walk compared to the "good old days".

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sewing Project

I finally finished sewing the boot liner for Sadie to ride in the back of the mini so she can ride in comfort and we can protect the interior. The Subaru took quite a beating and I like the idea of having a restraint between the rear and front seats. I used outdoor furniture fabric and some thick interfacing to make the sides rigid. Suction cups and ties hold the sides up quite well. This is proof that the big dog fits just fine in the tiny car.
I am also trying out Photoshop Lightroom 4. These photos aren't anything great, but I figured out how to import and export the photos for publishing.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Finding Light

I took advantage of the sunshine today and made a trip to Edwards Greenhouse in Boise. Their greenhouses were perfectly warm and the flowers were deliciously fragrant. I shot about 150 photos and had a ball. They welcome anybody to come and simply hang out there; with all the little nooks and corners there are thousands of possibilities for getting some nice shots. I got to play around with my 35mm DX prime lens. I left the others in the bag and learned a lot more about what my camera can do. It's amazing what you can do with a little good light. These are no award winners, but I am very happy with the results.
There is nothing special about this shot other than it captures some of the character of the signage at Edwards. They also use old doors, windows, bathtubs, and many other re purposed goods as decor.
I was thrilled to see the detail in all these handheld shots. I'd been shooting in such low light since I first got the camera, it was a joy to see what it could do with decent ambient light.

This terrarium was the size of a shot glass.

I was trying to get the light glowing through the petals. 
these were actually two different plants, not a crop.