Yearly Archives: 2012


Black & White Trees

I took some photos in the winter morning light last week. Although they had really nice gold and blue colors, I decided they worked better in black-and-white in the end. These are from the field around StormFrog. I really like the tall tree that stands by itself far away from anything else, as I can so clearly imagine it having significance for the Native Americans that might have lived in the area. (more…)

Musical Shots

I did another photo shoot, this time of my friend Thom Snell who runs Sunday music at church, which let me get a different setting than the ones of Kristy and Anna in my living room. I wanted to get more “dignified music director” photos to contrast the goofy ones of them from last time. He was a willing model in spite of my myriad cheapest-possible-flash-tripod and general lighting issues, (more…)

StormFrog Ladies

This weekend two of my friends from work, web developers Kristy and Anna, came over to be my test subjects while I played with my camera. They were very willing, which was much appreciated, and the keyboards I had asked them to bring from work were great in helping set a goofy tone and getting them loosened up. Obviously I still have a long way to go to being any kind of serious portrait (more…)

Hell & Forgiveness

I have some thoughts about the afterlife for those of us who aren’t saints. Or at least some opinions on the Christian view of this matter. For the moment, I’ll talk about the traditional monotheistic God who loves us all. I’ve talked some with Ariana about her beliefs as one of the most Christian people I know, and whenever we get into (more…)

First U Photos

I took some pictures of First Unitarian of Rochester last weekend. I was there really early to help with a couple of church things and decided to take advantage of that and show up a bit extra early to get some pictures before the congregation arrived. Although it’s November, the day was pretty warm, the grass was pretty green, and the sky was about as blue as it gets in cloudy Rochester. I tried to take advantage of my excess time to try different exposure settings, although (more…)

Shepherd’s Pie

I recently made a big pan of shepherd’s pie which I thought turned out quite well. I got a bottle of dry red wine as recommended by the Wegmans wine store team down the road from me (I live very conveniently placed near the Wegmans mothership store). From what I recall of glancing at the label in the store, (more…)

Pittsburgh Panorama

Last weekend I went to visit my high school friend Yuzi in Pittsburgh, where she’s going to CMU for her Ph.D. I enjoyed the drive down in the sunshine with all the pretty fall leaves, even if it was quite a long drive. Mostly we just hung out and talked about life, but we did get out and walk around town by where the rivers join, and we rode the incline up to the top of the bluff to walk around and look at the scenery. (more…)