Sunday, February 19, 2006

Long Weekend

So we spent the weekend in a little cabin in the woods in the Cheraw State Park. Sounds like more fun than it actually was, by the way, but that's another story. I saw this church when I was driving up Friday night and loved the shadows cast on the facade, so I had to stop and play with my cheap camera to try to get a decent shot. This image represents a little photoshopping, as my camera barely registered an image, but I think you get the idea. Other photos from the trip are in a Flickr set.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Tossing the TV

Well, not actually tossing the TV, but rather tossing at the TV. Not quite the adrenaline rush as throwing my camera around over the pavement, but I think I figured out what I needed to do just as the battery level on my camera started blinking low. So this is what i got for now. It's still kinda fun. Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 10, 2006

Macroday: Complex

One of my many unfinished projects: my most recent temari. It's basically an intricate pattern of embroidery on a ball. I'm by far not accomplished, and I've only made a handful. I unfortunately do not have photos of the completed ones I've made as they are living with someone else now, which is as is should be. I'll make more one day though. Maybe I'll even finish this one.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Macroday Reject

This is our barong. His name is Bert. He was not submitted for the Macroday challenge:whacky . I'm having trouble coming up with something for complex, but I hate to skip 2 weeks in a row! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The Land of Oz has got nothin' on this!

Here are a couple of photos I took, probably the same day i was out tossing my camera, of the tree that was the inspiration for my Friday the 13th project last month. I pass by this tree every weekday, and I really never noticed it had eyes until that day (I really don't think they were there before that). I'm also pretty sure we were in the middle of a full moon phase so that may account for the sudden appearance of the eyes. Anyway, they're still there, and i have a complete sense of awe whenever I see the tree now.

Yesterday, I swear one of them winked at me.

You spin me right round, baby, right round...

On a sunny day last week with about 20 minutes I allowed myself to escape the office, with camera in hand, i set out to have some fun. I decided to expand on the camera tossing experiment and see what would happen outside. It was slightly nervewracking at first given that I did not have the safety of my couch cushions like last time and that I was pretty much throwing my only camera up into the air, spinning it wildly while engaging the shutter, and expecting to catch it, all over pavement. This from someone who never could catch a ball, and in fact has ended up with a broken nose twice from miscalculating the trajectory of a pop-fly. Anyway, it was exhilirating...and I caught it every time! Here are some of the results of the exterior experiment.

This whole camera tossing thing is's somehow liberating and spontaneous...I'm never quite sure what I'm going to get and am quite often pleasantly surprised!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Will this count as an excused absence?

It's been a crazy busy week, and I've really missed our random daily challenges, but I'll hopefully be back in the swing of things here shortly. I've been gone because the two performing arts companies I work with had shows that premiered this weekend, so the week before--tech week, or production week, we call it--is terribly busy. But I did carry my camera so you could see a little of what I've been up to.

In my day job, I'm the Arts Education Coordinator for the state's largest ballet company; last week we had 4 daytime productions that were attended by more than 5,000 students ranging in age from pre-k to high was a full time job working with their teachers and the theatre where we performed to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible. It did, and they all had a great time:

After work each day, I'd spend the evenings in production week for the area's only professional resident theatre company for families and young audiences, getting ready for thats show's opening this weekend. The show was Rapunzel, and it entailed building the set (including a tower that fits 4 actors), hanging lights, rigging special effects, running box office, repairing costumes, last minute's a small company, so a lot of us do double and triple duty.

So I have been involved in creative pursuits this week, just not with the regularity and discipline I've been used to so far this month. I did, however manage to keep my camera with me and snuck in some experiments of my own while running errands and being out and about, so the week wasn't a total wash. I will post some of them in the next few days, until things calm down a little and I can get more time freed up for more in-depth creative experimentation.