Sunday, August 31, 2008

Tomorrow is the Day


GhostSonesta, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

My big project has been completed and is set to go live tomorrow.

In case you have (somehow) not heard the news, there's a big hurricane churning in the Gulf. As of the last weather report I heard, it was headed straight for New Orleans, though the trajectory of these things can change very quickly. The tides and water temperatures in the Gulf made it impossible to predict exactly where such storms, though quite large, will make landfall. Even with all of the conjecture, this is a large hurricane and promises to bring with it tide waters rising, flooding, massive amounts of rain, a great storm surge, and heavy winds.

The evacuation of the coast is in full swing. They started contra-flow (turning around the larger interstate highways, so they all run in one direction, the same direction actually, away from the coast and the storm) today and may actually shut it down as the storm hits, because most folks have evacuated. Rumor has it that some folks spent 18 hours in their cars, even with the help of 8 lanes of traffic (plus service roads) all traveling in the same direction.

The trail of evacuees is leading into Austin as I write this. Austin has setup several shelters for folks, and we should see some folks starting to trickle into South Austin (at first) before making their way up to Cedar Park (I'm on the northerly end of town-actually north and west of downtown Austin.) I have heard that we are hosting (now) about 300 people, though that will obviously climb as the storm grows nearer and the caravan of folks from the coast makes its way inland.

The hotel pictured in the left of this image (see green awning) is the Royal Sonesta Hotel. I'm sure you'll find that this is where most of the press is hold up (well, those who are in the 'Quarter covering the storm anyway) though I've heard rumors that the majority of the 'Quarter is vacant and boarded up on account of the storm. (None of the bars you see in this picture are open this evening as far as I know.)

For those snaking their way back from the coast and arriving in Austin, welcome. We're prepared, with several large Red Cross shelters, plenty of restaurants, and nightlife to keep you occupied. It goes without saying really but, everybody's pulling for you.

If there are any stranded photographers out there, the Austin bats should be at peak season and it's not too hot in the City-we're a pretty photographer-friendly town, enjoy your stay. Precision Camera, on 38th and Lamar provides camera rentals if you are stranded without gear and decide to take advantage of the situation (or, probably, try to keep yourself preoccupied and keep your mind off the storm until it passes.)

I will try to update more as the storm unfolds, but that's how it looks from where I sit. We're all wishing for the best, trying to prepare for the worst, and trying to be as neighborly as a large "impersonal" state to your west can be.

The storm is expected to make landfall sometime tomorrow. By last account, it was about 12 hours out in the Gulf.

Until next time...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

You're No Bunny Until Some Bunny


TheBunny, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Ok, now I admit it. I don't really care how these shots come out. I'm just have way too much fun. Repeat after me, "it's just a bunny!" (BTW, here's your stupid shrub.) We are the knights who say....

Oh the horror, oh the humanity, I think I'm going to be an image or two short. I'm doing a project on dreams, you see, and, so far, I have horror (nightmares actually,) floating (actually surfing, but I can't be technical at this stage of the game) this guy (movies,) possibly running/being chased, and some eyeglasses (vision.) Well, I guess I might just be able to squeeze out six of these. Gosh, I just so wish I had a bit more time for the project.

Until next bush...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Projecting Forward


Eye Am Weird, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

So, I've started a new project and it involves me playing with a projector. All I can say is, wow, this stuff is a bit weird, even for me. I don't know what to think about it yet. Obviously, I'm still experimenting, and it's fun, though stressful at times. I think I'm very close though. I feel like I've gained a lot of ground tonight, even though I don't know what to make of the first shots off the roll, so to speak. They are a little bit odd, I must say, even for somebody like me who likes the oddball stuff that's a bit more "out there" than the normal things in life.

I guess maybe I look at them and don't see them for what they are, but I see the potential. I really think I'm going to make this happen, this new project, and it's going to be good. It's just going to take a bit of patience and practice and a bit of a "learning curve" for me. Maybe that's why I'm drawn to it so much-so much in photography is "easy" for me now but, this stuff, it's a bit trickier than your usual "family snapshot." Just the logistics alone, well, let's just say I've cursed a bit like a drunken sailor tonight. Difficult just begins to describe it really.

Well, back to the "drawing board" as they say. Watch this site for more news and more "oddball" really out there images (that says a lot coming from me!) if you dare.

Until next time...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

New Horizons


Goddess of Sky, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

It's about time, don't you think, for my first "big blog" from my new "big" computer? Gosh, I hope you missed me. Seriously, it's been a difficult weekend, though I have gotten a little bit done.

On Saturday, I went to the Grape Stomp at the Fall Creek winery, out in Tow, Texas. It was a lot of fun, though I was kind of tired, so I did not do a "full day's worth" of shooting. Still, I think I got some good shots, in particular, I shot the trees out there, with the lensbaby, in infrared, which is what I wanted to do. It's always great when you set out to do something and you end up doing exactly what it is you set out to do, even if you don't get to do anything else as part of the trip. It's late and I'm tired, and I just realized that probably doesn't make any sense at all but, hey, I got a new computer, so, no, I won't stop babbling on about nothing in particular and everything in-between.

Today I tried to laze but I ended up setting up my new computer, which was a bit of a drag, but it's done now. I had to re-install Photoshop (oh the horror, I still don't know where my cab files are. If you find them, please let me know, ok?) I'm enjoying now a much larger computer, even if I cannot find anything and certain things are all screwy. Hey, go figure. There was a battle royale with email, I'll spare you the details but, suffice it to say, Time Warner almost got a yelling at. Lucky for them the good folks at Apple have really good FAQ's or I would be strangling a cable guy from across the other end of a telephone (without a valid email address mind you) right about now. 

I'm sure there's much more to say but, for now anyway, I wanted to post up the first shot with the new iMac.

Until next time...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Taking the "Huh?" Out of Fine Art Photography


FuzzyHotelArt, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

I was talking with somebody the other day, the way I tend to do, when the subject of "photography" came up. "I'm a photographer," I said, to which they replied, "oh, what sort of photography do you do?"

When asked that question, I almost always respond with the usual, "fine art." The trouble is, I've grown to realize that not everybody knows exactly what that means.

What is "fine art" photography? Is it one of those things that, kind of like pornography, you know it when you see it? Is there a rigid definition? Does it just really boil down to "blurry" and "out-of-focus" pictures? Or maybe just "everything in black and white and all moody?"

That's when it dawned on me. I've been a fine art photographer for many years. I've grappled with this subject already, and come to terms with it. It's justified and finished in my book. But, not everybody else has. There are a bunch of people out there, out in the "great web yonder" who don't know what it means. Who never knew what it means. Who are just coming to grips with what it means. Who don't even recognize it when they see it.

And so, I thought I would be kind and do my "web duty" and start to introduce the topic. To try and define it, yes, to try and introduce it yes, to try and showcase it, maybe (if I'm good enough) basically to open up new doors, expand new horizons, and all of that.

Over the course of the next few weeks, once my new computer is running and stable and I can blog again on a more regular basis, I'm going to tackle that subject. I'm going to take you there and I'm going to describe, define, introduce, maybe refine what all of this "fine art photography" is all about.

In the meantime, if you have any specific questions, or there are any topics you'd like me to cover specifically, please do drop me a line (either leave a comment or click on the email me link off in the sidebar.)

It goes without saying really, but I look forward to the journey.

Until next time...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Finely Tuned Machine


Volumn And Bridge, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

The new iMac has made it to my door and, in turn, made it out of my door yet again. It's over at the Apple store, having it's data transferred. Don't you just love a good "brain dump" in the morning? (Ok, ok, so maybe I have been watching a few too many Doctor Who re-runs as of late.)

We're supposed to get some storms and rain all through this week. We're all anxiously awaiting water to fall from the sky. Oh, how my grass really needs it. Boring, I know, but that's the latest of news from 'round the home front.

In other, maybe more less "home" facing news, I might be plotting a few trips. One of the photo groups in which I sometimes participate (as infrequently as possible, actually) are going down the Texas coast, sometime in September. Look for a trip to Rockport/Fulton at some point in the near future. All that and I've started plotting some kind of "big trip" for the fall, though I don't quite know where I want to go with that one as of yet.

Don't worry, Doctor Who re-runs aside, "mars" is not an option.

Until next time...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Last of the Great...


Road No 1, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Just because this might be the last blog post coming from the old computer, I had to, I just had to, double post and put up a cool shot of a road.

The new computer has made it to Ft. Worth, Texas and is snaking its way down the central Texas corridor to my door. I am expecting delivery sometime today, though it might very well be tomorow, depending on how things go and how it makes it on the truck and all.

This Saturday is expected to be busy, what with it being tax-free day here in Texas (we can purchase items of clothing free of sales tax for one weekend only) and also i'm expected to go tour a winery and take some shots. But, even with all of that, I hope to try to spend some "quality time" with the new computer.

That is, if it ever gets here.

Until next time...

The King of Thrones

Ok, ok, I know the toilet humor is getting a bit much around here, what especially with the latest in "annoying songs I can't stop singing." Next time, I'll try and get addicted to something a bit more socially acceptable, just for you, my snowflakes, ok?

But, since we're on the subject of, well, butts, toilet humor, and all of that, I thought I should introduce you to my latest in "high-tech-I-must-have-it" gadgets that are just to die for. No, it's not the latest in iPhone technology (though, I must admit, one of those would be cool to have too) nor is it the latest in what TiVo has to offer. No, my snowflakes, to get at what I want to get at, you'd have to think actually a bit lower. (Hey, it may be on the down low, but it's right up there in high-tech fancy integrated features.)

I present to you, my snowflakes, the latest in drool over high-tech items I must own before I die, it's none other than king of all things toilet: the Toto NeoRest.

Now, now, I know it's hard to get excited about a toilet, what with this being "toilet humor" and all, but I must tell you, snowflakes, this is no ordinary toilet. No, snowflakes, from the brochure, it's features include a lid that actually senses you coming and automatically raises and lowers, an integrated washlet system that not only heats the seat to your desired temperature but features an integrated bidet system that flushes you with warm water and air when you are finished, and a host of other features. I think you can even get this thing with an integrated reading lamp and magazine holder, though, personally, I'd much rather have a bidet. (I don't know what it is about American toilets and the whole "American toilet washing system" but it seems almost a conspiracy to me. I mean, Europeans have their bidets, why shouldn't we, the great cheeseburger munchers of the world, be just as fresh in the toilet department? Why are bidets reserved for the likes of the French, who really don't bathe on a regular basis anyway? What? They get to have their bottoms clean while the rest of them stink to high Heavens but we don't have like ginormous American-sized bidets to "freshen up" after we go? Go figure.)

All of this doesn't come cheap, however, as the list price is about $5500 in the US. Still, even at 6G's, man, that's a lotta throne for the money.

Until next flush...

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Ear Worm of the Moment


Ribbons of Drought, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Ok, I've got this song in my head and I just can't get it out. It's not even a good song either. It's not a song I like, it's just something I heard on the radio and now, help! It won't stop.

It goes like this (you can find more lyrics here.)

I'm sittin at a bar on the inside
Waiting for my ride on the outside
She broke my heart in the trailer park
So I jacked the keys to her f'ing car
And crashed that piece of sh!t
And then stepped away

Oh the humanity! It's like the trailer park theme song for Top Gear run amok.

In other more, ahem, "socially acceptable" news, my iMac has shipped and is now on it's way to me. I expect it to get here sometime next week (they are predicting Wednesday but, at this point, I'll take any day that doesn't come with its own trailer park theme song, thank you very much.)

Until next time...

Friday, August 08, 2008

Today I am...


Blade of Grass, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

In the spirit of all things twittery, I bring you my first "today I am..." post. So, here it is.

Today I am....
* Running around like crazy doing the 8-8-8 project on flickr
* Really glad it's Friday
* Looking forward to the weekend
* Hoping it would rain
* Hoping that, well, if it's not going to rain, it would at least stop being 106. I really hate it when it's 106 outside. That's one more than 105. Ick.
* Still completely in love with The Stig, though I have no earthly clue who he really is.
* Hoping that my new computer will finally ship and get on its way to me. (I ordered a new iMac and it's hopefully started the long journey to my door.)
* Did I say, "really, really glad it's Friday" yet?
* Wondering how much I will have to water my lawn this weekend to keep it all from turning this color.
* Enjoying the early morning before it gets hot, let's celebrate the little things in life mini photoshoot I just went on.
* Did I say "Glad it's Friday" already? Yup, thought so.

So, what are you like today?

Until next time...

Monday, August 04, 2008

Getting Around Without Leaving Your Seat


PetrifiedSandNo1, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

I wasn't going to say anything else about it, but my exhibit in New Orleans has opened. Sometimes, with juried shows, you get a hodgepodge of work, a lot of it doesn't fit and some of it's better than others. Truth be told, at the end of the day, the jurors don't always pick the best of work.

That would be completely not the case here. I have to admit, from looking at the website the show looks fantastic. It's everything I thought that it would be and more. I'd even say that it's one of the nicest looking shows I've seen in a long time. The juror picked a lot of work that deals with spacial relationships, those odd and magical results that can happen when you take the 3 dimensional and "flatten" it down to 2, the way we photographers do. Anyway, have a look if you are so inclined. It really is one outstanding exhibition, and I'm especially proud to be included.

Finally, in other "Go! Go! Go!" news, a former co-worker, Darran, has left work, left Austin, left the field of high-tech and is backpacking around the world. You can catch him on the web at this site or you can rest safely in the knowledge that he is coming up to Victoria Falls, and should make it there sometime soon, if he hasn't already.

If I didn't have a house, a car, a dog, a mortgage, and all of the things that go along with it, I'd probably look to do something just like that. I mean, I love the idea that somebody so young can just pack up, move out, take all of their worldly possessions and cart them off around the globe. It kind of serves as a reminder to us all, to us "older" people, how it's great to dream, it's great to do, it's great to see.

So, what are you waiting for? Go!

Until next time...