Eager for Spring

I caught this bird show up in late winter.  I think he’s really eager for an early spring — aren’t we all?  I like how the tree acts as a frame for the bird.  Though the bird is the focus of the photo he by no means takes up the full frame.  This sets him as the focal point while still giving focus to the tree.

Canon EOS 350D
F/5.6 – 200mm
1/500sec - ISO/100

Wise

Something I should look into more, little figurines.  These men were given to us as a gift from the mother of an Indian friend of ours.  I’m assuming they represent figures in either Buddhist or Catholic doctrine.  These figures, at first ignored, start to make you wonder their history.  Who do they represent, what is their purpose, who thought it as so important to cast figures of them, who sold them?

Canon EOS 350D
F/5.6 – 55mm
1/60sec - ISO/400

Courtship

The plant kingdoms are very interesting when it comes to reproduction.  Many develop tasty fruits to entice animals to eat their seeds only to dump them in droppings some distance away.  Others open flowers to entice insects to carry their seed to another plant of the same type.  This seems to be sex via proxy…something many humans would love to explore but is not correct in modern society.

Canon EOS 350D
F/5.6 – 55mm
1/500sec - ISO/200

Serenity

Back in the summer of 2004 I took an art class which had a field trip to Griffy Reservoir.  The whole point was to find shadows that we could use in a 2D graphic.  This was the method that the instructor used to transfer a 3D object into the 2D space.  It made sense and allowed you to explore different facets of the shape before deciding on a specific aspect.  That class turned out to be one of the best FINA classes I ever took…come to think of it, one of the most memorable classes I ever took.

Sony DSC-P72
F/5.6 – 6mm
1/100sec - ISO/400

Kiwi

One thing taught to all art students is that they must create and even though I agree (to a point) one must also use what has already been created.  Nature has spent epochs creating millions of beautiful things (and many millions more of dark, ugly things) that we should take advantage of.

Canon EOS 550D
F/5.6 – 55mm
1/100sec - ISO/800

Jobs long past

Continuing the Bloomington series I have here a shot of Memorial Hall on the IU-Bloomington campus.  This was the home of the East Asian Studies Center which was my third IT-related job.  I spent a good three years here and enjoyed every moment of it.  Of course now all of the people I knew have long move on to other posts much like myself.

Sony DSC-P72
F/5.6 – 6mm
1/60sec - ISO/100

Pond

Back into the archives again.  After a heavy downpour years ago the sun decided to come out immediately and give me the opportunity to snap shops of crystal-clear flooding.  I’ve always liked this series and am shocked that they came out so well considering the camera I was using.

SONY DSC-P72
F/7.1 – 10.3mm
1/80sec - ISO/100

Diversion

Revolution begins

I, as a fallen gamer, often get excited over games that I will likely never play.  This isn’t because of lack of interest but instead because of lack of funds and lack of time.  I no longer believe that dropping fifty dollars on a game is worthwhile (probably due to having kids).  I have very limited time and I don’t want to allocate the hours that will be required to enjoy a game (again, because of having kids).  All the same I am excited about a game that is soon to release.  It is called Brink and is developed by Splash Damage Ltd. Learning more about this game has made me rethink my career choice.  Long ago while still in college I dabbled with the idea of going into the game industry because I was already a gamer and enjoyed the creative side of making a game.  The game industry keeps expanding as games become more mainstream and compete with television and movies as the standard American pastime.  The other option I considered was to go into networking which has turned out to be fairly lucrative.  I can’t complain except that I don’t have much of a creative outlet at work.

I still think I made the right choice, every company needs people for their networks but not every company makes games.  It may not be as cool or exciting or get me in the credits of some massively successful game but it is still a good option.  Sometimes I wonder if burning slowly is really better than burning out fast.