Sep. 27th, 2009 08:44 pm
spryng: (childish)
I'm so sorry for all these spider photos.

Click it for the larger, hairier version at flickr. As well as five or so other photos from today. Another spider, unfortunately, but a cat and a pretty flower as well. Very exciting!

This photo actually means a little more than the others. Friday night I had the most bizarre spider dream; our apartment was infested with the buggers. They were large and colorful and I had to save every one of them. The strangest part was that it was just the tiniest bit scary; I'm really not afraid of spiders. This particular spider today seemed to have manifested from my dream and I did, indeed, end up scooping him into a glass and taking him outside.

I had a photo yesterday, but it sucked because I meant to get the sunrise but ended up sabotaged by large black clouds. The result was unimpressive, and I don't intend to clog your list every day with a photo. And if it really is getting annoying, let me know, and I can at least put the daily photo behind a cut.

I believe this has been the first time in possibly two years that I've been posting on an almost daily basis. I certainly would not have thought that a likely outcome of this project. I suppose it's a good side effect...? I have been feeling I need to post more often, if only because life is going by so fast and I don't want to miss a second of it. Life is too wonderful for that.

Also, due to the fickle relationship I have with my camera - i.e., many ideas that simply won't manifest however I fiddle with it - I have dubbed him Jekyll. And when he angers me, Hyde. Thus he joins the ranks of my other named electronics - Roan, my external harddrive, Euric, my laptop, and Lamar, my shuffle. A moment of silence in remembrance of Tim the Saturn, Mildridge the Ford Taurus, Vered the old shuffle, and Clio, my first laptop.
spryng: (daleks)

I rented a 105mm macro lens for the weekend and did not spend nearly enough time with it. I forced myself awake at 5am this morning to get to the park early and play with it and these are some of the results. As always, there're more and bigger at my flickr page.

Beware: There be spiders ahead. )

It was an interesting experience; I certainly have a lot more respect for those who shoot macro photos. Also, da-yum was that lens heavy. I can't imagine what the 200mm must weigh; I suppose I'll find out when I rent it next week. I found the 105mm was good for non-moving objects, like the textures and Lady's eye, but not so much for anything skittish. Considering I had to get so close to the spider that I scared him into that leaf, well. 105mm won't work for other, much more skittish bugs.

This weekend was also productive in non-photography ways. I wrote a bunch yesterday and I wrote a bunch today and after this post is done I'm going to write some more. The graph - it tempts me. I must surpass yesterday's word count! And this is awesome, because I'm writing regularly again and it's becoming easier and easier to just sit down and write. If this continues, I'll probably be a lot happier this fall than I was last.

A Crush

Sep. 10th, 2009 07:47 pm
spryng: (tardis)
I have something to admit, I have a bit of a crush. I know it's a crush because it's not like my other, current and long-standing relationship. That relationship is stable, dependable, the love there steady and strong. No, I know it's a crush because it's wild and erratic, filled with ups and downs and breathtaking moments which I over-analyze after the fact. I spend too much of my time I should be using for the stable relationship to figure out how to make the crush better, how to explore it further, how to tweak it, how to run with it, dreaming of the possibilities, however frantic and impossible they may be. My crush is expensive in both time and energy - but it's immediate sense of fulfillment is too enticing, too alluring. Every new thing I learn about my crush is exciting, no matter how dull. I know that I should be putting that energy towards my stable relationship, but gosh darnit, I'm a sucker for instant gratification. Even if that means my weekends have been made up of hastily put together early morning rendezvouses of late.

It's only been going on for a few months and I want it to last forever, to fully explore this infatuation, but I fear it is nothing but that - an infatuation. And in time I'll grow tired of this crush and turn to another - like deep-sea diving.

Time will tell. I suppose there was a time when writing was an infatuation for me as well, but now I meet it for a little tea every day and that works well for us. No more late night finger fests. Photography commands my full attention now, for better or for worse. And I desperately want to invest in better lenses and more gear, but there's that whole thing about wondering if this is naught but a schoolgirl crush. At least there's this rental place to tide me over while the crush hopefully smooths into a functioning relationship.

Also this photo project I mentioned in my previous post. Christina gave me "purple" and here is the first result.

Depending on how many suggestions I get, I'll do a number of each and post them to both here and FB. Please leave a suggestion here or there if you have one - remember, anything or any idea that might occur in my living space or surrounding neighborhood.
spryng: (Default)
We just got back from delicious chocolate fondue and blackberry margaritas. I have an awesome new red messenger bag for my camera and lens. I went and hiked through a rain forest this weekend and split a bottle of champagne with Lady. Overall, a very good time was had in turning 23.

Follow the cut for a few photos from the weekend. )

More can be found at my flickr account.

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