Archive for September, 2007


Welcome Fall.

Well it is definitely fall… for evidence I would like to introduce exhibit A….

al union crk

Well it may be bit colder and a prelude to miserable weather to come…. but you have to admit that it’s kinda pretty. There is also plenty of good fun to come: hunting, fishing, Halloween, decent waves for surfing, and new and exciting opportunities for adventure. I will tell you what…. this town is ripe for lawlessness.

Dan union crk4


End of Summer.

I’m pretty bummed about the weather lately. It is cloudy and rainy and very September like which sucks, cause I am in no way prepared for this. I’m not done with summer. I accomplished so little. I never got my surfing photo shoot…. although my friend did find me a waterproof camera at goodwill ….

minolta weathermatic dual 35

but… I still haven’t had a chance to use it…. the good thing is that the surf should get better as fall progresses, so that’s something to look forward too. Fall. Crap. School starts on Monday…. last term at RCC…. only 7 years for a two year degree… not bad… oh, Deer season starts on a week from Saturday


….. I guess I’d be lyin’ if I told you I wasn’t excited about that….

Well catch ya all later.


A thought about….An attempt at greatness…. in surf photography…pt. 2

well I bought some name brand ziploc bags…. and this is the result:
very blurry… completely unacceptable. So I try double generics……
That is a reflection from the flash, which I’m not worried about cause I would just turn the flash off for outdoor photos…. but also very blurry…. not gunna work.
My options are slim either single bag generic or….. just maybe take a chance on this IDEA that I found online… it shows you how to rig up your camera in a ziploc bag with only the lens sticking out. This won’t waterproof my camera, so I won’t be able to submerge it in water…. but if I am careful it could be sufficient to take some alright pics. We will have to see how the weekend goes.

I did get some decent pictures from my 35mm with a 70-200mm zoom with a 2x converter on it.
Aaron Double Exposure


A thought about….An attempt at greatness…. in surf photography

If I am going to get great shots I need to have a waterproof camera, or a waterproof camera housing either homemade or bought. This is a very interesting predicament for me… since I have no money. Since I am cheap and have a cheap digital camera and a redneck sense of ingenuity I figure what the hell…. why not use a ziploc bag…. and maybe some duct tape. The duct tape was just an afterthought… after I typed “redneck,” but I like the idea and think it could be a crucial part of the plan. I am going surfing this weekend so any testing will have to be done in the next three days.

Part one of testing……

take camera with test picture
normal with flash
nice…. step two… steal generic ziploc from roommate and take a picture from inside it.
plastic bag with flash
It is a little blurry… but it could be acceptable ’till I get a better camera. Also I think name brand Ziploc bags might be a little clearer…. I’ll have to pick some up and try them, plus I would never trust my camera to non name brand bags, I may be cheap, but not stupid…. well not that stupid anyway. Well catch yah later and we’ll just see what the future holds for Ziploc photography…. I wonder if they will sponsor me?


Adventures in Photography

Another great summer weekend done. Friday I worked ’till 7, so I didn’t really feel like going out, But I made up for it with the rest of the weekend. Saturday my brother called me and begged me to crash this wedding that he had to go to. It was his wifes friends, and he didn’t want to get stuck there with a bunch of people he didn’t know. I wasn’t too enthusiastic about it, but with no other plans I signed on for the mission. It was a nice wedding. Outside, on the Rogue River beautiful setting. Short service. On the con side they were charging three dollars for a beer. I paid my only three dollars and walked to the tables for dinner. I was happy to see that the had those disposable cameras set out on the tables, this is one of my favorite things at weddings. My brother and I had really enjoyed this at a friends wedding a couple weeks ago. It is even more fun when you don’t really know the bride and groom. You see, my brother and I are practically professional photographers, and while there were official photographers and videographers…. my brother and I being professionals insisted on “total coverage.” This is very important at weddings. The hired photographers take lots of pictures, mostly of the bride and groom, and maybe some important guests. We on the other hand demand total and equal coverage of the party, of other guest and especially ourselves. So we gave them our best. Rockstar here, Captain Morgan over there, maybe a little Karate Kid on the dock down by the river, and a few cartwheels… now that’s pretty good coverage, but we aren’t done…. no, then we document us running down to the store to by some contraband beer, and the purchase of said beer, then the driving back with said beer…. then the sneaking in of said beer, and of course the consuming of said beer by very happy guests. Now that is pretty total coverage. At the end of the night… or when the film runs out…. you leave the camera on the table where you found it….. sadly we my never know how overjoyed the are when the pay to get the pictures developed…. boston... partyingbut just the thought of it is satisfaction enough. Then we had a little after party at Dan’s house.

On Sunday we woke up early and headed off to Crescent City, CA for some surfing…. we were sadly disappointed to see a flat ocean. So we ran around town looking for a surfboard for Dan…. we checked both surf stores in town, then both surf stores in Brookings, OR. Nothing in Brookings we went back to Crescent City, still pretty flat. I surfed a little bit and caught a couple waves, but felt a more pressing desire for photography. I took my digital camera out till I was over waist deep and started taking some shots. Dan had to stay pretty close… cause my camera is crap, and has no zoom. I still got some descent shots.
The new board… a good choice if I may says so.
Paddle Faster!!!!
Dan…. Showing off…. a very rare moment…………
My favorite shot….
I either need to get a camera that is water proof or has a better zoom lens…. cause this is about the extent of my capabilities.