The 365 Photo Project Challenge – Day 5

Let’s face it: I need to get out of my apartment. Shooting random things around the apartment is not my usual thing, which is forcing me to be more creative. That is not a bad thing. In this case, it is a picture of my public transportation tickets in France. The big one with my mug shot is from Grenoble, the ones leading up to and going around it are all the ones I use in Paris.

If you haven’t figured it out already, I love traveling. I enjoy interacting with people in the places i visit and really try to get to know the culture, not just the touristy stuff. I long to travel again. But that requires money that I currently do not have…

As I said, doing these things are out of my norm. Don’t believe me? Check out my portfolio and travel albums on Flickr.

Shot with my Canon 60D and 50mm f/1.8

Hopefully i will get something more interesting soon. Hopefully I’ll be interacting with people more soon. I admit, Columbia, SC is a bit boring…

The 365 Photo Project Challenge – Day 4

This one, I admit, is a bit of a failure. I had wanted more of an upper body shot with more of a silhouette. But, alas, I didn’t have the space or materials at this time to pull it off. The sheet from my bed is to thin, as it is a cheap one from Walmart. The only place i could shoot this was my roommate’s walk in closet due to light.

But here is the thing, failure is how we learn. And if i got anything close to correct, it was my pose. Simple? Yes. Natural? I’d like to think it looks natural and non-awkward. My neck and upper back are stretched as far as i can get them with my shoulders dropped down and pulled back a bit.

This was shot with my Canon EOS 60D with the Canon 50mm f/1.8 using a cheep wired timer/intervalometer.

It is not a perfect photo. Not anywhere close. I consider is a failure. But it is necessary to show that photography takes a lot of work. A lot of it is trial and error. Next time i know what to do to make it better. One of which is have my roommate be the model and not me! I only use me because there is no one else around.

In the mean time I am actually considering making a FB page for The Kilted Artist. Not that anyone would actually follow, but it is a worthy experiment. I am also working on getting a media production company started as well.

Thanks for taking the time for reading this. Comments are always appreciated, though i do have to ask that they be respectful .

Vimeo Finds: The Third & The Seventh

This little film is beautiful, mind blowing, and inspiring. The catch? None of it is real. It is all computer generated. Crazy I know. So in reality, this film would be next to impossible to create.

But it is still inspiring. I wish i could film something that good, that creative, that beautiful.

I want to create beautiful images and stories. I might do a lot of photography, but my true love is cinematography.

The 365 Photo Project Challenge – Day 3

Day 3 of 365.

This is tea leaf. A peach ginger black tea from World Market to be exact. Due to my lack of sleep last night, I will be drinking a lot of tea today. Earl grey is my favorite. It makes me feel happy if i drink 3 cups in an hour’s time.

This is shot on my old Canon Rebel T1i/500d with stock 18-55mm. One hardware store clamp light with daylight CFL bulb off to the side. The reason i am using my old camera instead of my 60D is simple: because I can. It just goes to show that a 5 year old consumer level DSLR still has it where it counts.

The 365 Photo Project Challenge – Day 2

This is the rosary i picked up in Rome last year. While I am not Catholic, I am a Christian and I use it as a reminder to pray. I felt it was appropriate as I am going through a tough time right now.

I shot this on my old Canon Rebel T1i/500d with the stock 18-55mm lens using a cheap macro extender tube. It was lit with a Daylight CFL in a hardware clamp light that can be picked up at any hardware store.

The 365 Photo Project Challenge – Day 1

That’s right folks. I decided to try a 365 challenge.


That is a very good question. It is more than just a “because I can” excuse.

It is because I am feeling stuck and directionless in life. I’ve grown lazy and undisciplined. This has to do with more than just photography. Those closest to me know I am feeling completely lost and I have no idea what I am supposed to be doing right now.

It also just seemed like a good idea.

Anyway, I don’t want to get into that at this point and time, not on here anyway.

It’s a big task. One photo a day for an entire year. The trick is to not think of it as one year, but instead as 365 photos. Yes that still seems like a lot. But seeing how I have shot anywhere between 150-1000 photos in a single session the idea of 365 photos seems small and almost simple.

I plan on doing a number of things. Like this blog, there will be some specific categories I plan on using (though at this point the only consistent category is Vimeo Finds). There is always room to experiment. It’s all trial and error.

On that note, let’s get this party started

PS. I changed my twitter handle to @thekiltedartist. Follow me on there as well.

The SC State Fair


It has been a while since I had been to a state fair. The SC was a bit different from what I am used to. Indiana’s focuses more on the agricultural aspects. This one is more of the fried foods and midway rides.

It was also the first opportunity i’ve had in a while to do some street photography. Normally, at least in Europe, i am able to snap off photos with nobody noticing. I guess there is a first for everything. She wasn’t rude, just not sure why i was taking a photo. Some don’t understand the concept of street photography or that taking a stranger’s photo in public is completely legal. I deleted it anyway. Blurry.

One of the more interesting things i saw was the photography exhibit. I should have submitted something. There were some interesting shots, and I am sure there was a picture of an owl in the “advanced” section that was stolen. It had some bad distortion on it. There were a lot of bad and over priced shots too. Oh well.

In the end, I did get a few shots I am happy with (i didn’t get a lot of photos). Enjoy.