Hallway Self-Portraits

There’s this really cool hallway on the top floor of the Ag Sciences building; you take two flights of stairs to the top and walk all the way to the back until you get to a landing. There’s a desk set up with two chairs in the middle of it, and a ladder off to the right. Off to the left is this (kinda spooky) hallway. And when you go up there at night, it’s all lit up and makes for a great photo spot. So I decided to do some self-portraits.

I also took some photos of the desk, chairs, and the emergency shower they had up there too, which I’ll post later on.

Keep exploring; until next time.

Double Vision

Now, I happen to be a classic rock fan (in addition to other music) and one of my favorite groups has always been Foreigner, a name many others (classic rock fans and non-fans alike) are likely to have heard of. Some of my favorite songs by them include “Juke Box Hero,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold as Ice,” and “Double Vision;” just  anything off the album Double Vision, to be honest. So, I decided to do a cover redesign for the album, inspired by the song’s title (not so much the lyrics) and what many might think of when the see “double vision.”

Above is the final result, after asking one of my friends to pose for me and some post-processing to give it a faux-stereoscopic 3D effect. My logic behind the design was simple: when I consider double vision, I picture someone, slightly disheveled, reeling around as the world spins by in colors. Unfortunately, I felt that reeling around in a bunch of colors wouldn’t really make a great concept for this album, so I decided to go with something a little simpler: double vision in the sense that seeing an older 3D movie is almost like having double vision. You get the kinda of mesmerized feeling from the red and cyan overlaid on the original image.

After much putzing and eventual Googling, I stumbled upon this tutorial at Photoshop Essentials that helped me get the adjustments just right. As for my image being actually 3D, I’m not certain, as I didn’t have a pair of glasses around to test it. If I happen to stumble upon some, though, I’ll hurriedly run to the computer and inspect the image to see if it truly works. I really enjoyed experimenting with 3D, and I plan to look into it more in the future as a possibility for my photography. Stay tuned for more updates, and until next time, thanks for reading.

Note: If you’d like to learn more about Foreigner, their website is a great place to start. Also, iTunes is a good place to preview some of their music (they’re also available on Spotify, if you prefer.)

Casey

My dog Casey and I have grown up together – we got him as a puppy when I was six, and he’s been a member of our family ever since. Now, ten years down the line, we’re still best buds. Casey, like a typical Yellow Lab, is very mellow and friendly, and he’s always looking for something to eat. While Casey and I were hanging out outside today, I decided to take some pictures of him, which I then decided to share with you fine folks. Here are some of the shots from today.

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved dogs (Yellow Labs, mainly, and with good reason.) After all, they do say that a dog is a man’s best friend. Dogs being my favorite animal, I decided to do a little more research into the history and background of my favorite breed: Labrador Retrievers. Casey is a big dog, even by Labrador Retriever standards: he’s very tall, and weighs 120 pounds or so, while the average for most Labs is anywhere from 55 to 75 pounds, though he’s really friendly and gentle. According to the American Kennel Club, Labrador Retrievers are “outgoing and devoted companions,” which definitely stands true for Casey.

A Little History

Labs were originally from Newfoundland (not Labrador, which I found really surprising) and were (and still are) used for hunting and water dogs. While considered a sporting breed, Labs are also used for companion dogs, and are extremely popular as pets, being one of the most popular breeds in the United States.

A Brief Casey Story

When Casey and I were little, Casey had free roam of the garage, which was also the room where his food, toys, and treats were stored. One day, Dad went outside to feed Casey his dinner, but when he set down his bowl of kibble, Casey (who usually jumped at any opportunity to get food) sat staring at the bowl, not budging an inch. He looked like he “swallowed a cantaloupe,” according to my parents. It was then Dad noticed a chewed up box of Scooby-Snacks dog treats, previously filled nearly to the top and now completely empty. Needless to say, Casey, innocently guilty, didn’t want to eat his dinner that night.

I’ll be adding some more photos of Casey (and possibly another story or two) soon, but until then, that concludes this post.

For more information of Labrador Retrievers, check out a couple of these awesome web resources: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/labrador.htmhttp://www.akc.org/breeds/labrador_retriever/index.cfm, and http://www.cc-labrescue.org/top_dog.html.