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The Rain Drop Advantage

Usually when it rains, me and every other photographer it seems takes photos of the rain drops as the subject matter. Not wanting to make this cliché photo mistake, something sparked inside of me to use the rain drops as a texturing tool rather than the subject matter.

No background bokeh for these rain drops.

I was sitting at my family’s computer, which involves a lot of waiting due to our dial-up connection. the sun was setting and I turned to the window in which it leaked in and hit me in the face.

In one window pane, remarkably, the pane that the sun rays were shining through was covered in glistening rain drops. Then, the spark came! Photo of the day!

But, of course, I had to get this classic shot.

Ran to get my camera, threw the rain drops out of focus, the fence in focus, and snapped away.

This further inspired me to go outside and take more photographs while my email waited to load, thus, today, I bring you a new, beautiful, and hopefully not cliché photo slideshow.

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New Year’s Day

No this isn’t a commercial for Canon.

After several video pieces published on the Web site of S.P. Sullivan, it is time he met his match.

This video of mister Sullivan was shot on a Canon T1i. (Though I wish it was a Mark.)

The original music was recorded in GarageBand through a Tascam mixer with a Takamine acoustic guitar. It was edited with Final Cut Pro in the H.264 codec (unfortunately the playback isn’t very smooth). And I do need a tripod.

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Camera Obscura Test 01

For at least a year I have be meaning to put together a camera obscura. Finally, today, I busted out the black garbage bags and masking tape.

I covered one of two windows with a sheet. I used four garbage bags (two layers) to cover the window where my light source was coming from. Masking tape was used to bind everything together and cover up any cracks of light.

Not wanting to cut into the garbage bags and waste the plastic, I took a toilet paper tube and mounted it between the top frame of plastic and the bottom frame of plastic.

A manila envelope also helped me out a bit.

Now you will have to turn your head up side down, or your computer.

A white sheet or having white walls would have definitely helped!

This erie looking one is of melting snow on the ground.

That’s it for now! Of course, there will be more to come. Hopefully with white walls.

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The value of urban trees

I dug these up and out of iPhoto.

I was walking around Amherst on April 25 and found many of the trees on the common had red paper tags attached to them.

The red tags described “the value of urban trees.”

“The mission of the Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition is to transform Boston’s urban forest in order to improve the urban ecosystem, public health and the quality of life of Boston’s residents,” according to the Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition Web site. The BUFC is coalition of non-profits whose goal is to improve the environment and public life of Boston’s citizens.

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, trees are extremely valuable to urban environments and “have environmental, social, aesthetic, and economic values.” Trees can control erosion and pollution, reduce the cost of air-conditioning, and serves wildlife, according to the Web site.

The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service states, the value of trees in urban environments goes beyond the ecosystem and health, and saves money. According to the site, there are “psychological and aesthetic values” as well as social and historic values.

For more information, check out this PDF called The Citizen Forester by the Massachusetts Urban Forestry Program.

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