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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Not too bad a week

Comics are coming in late

Hassle from the “dogs” as usual

Could be better

Kick kick kick

I’m freaking out because of something I found out

I never thought I would want to kill someone who’s been so nice to me

Checking out a “friend’s” devart makes me puke. TOO much photoshop.

I love love love trying out film. I miss Velvia50


Kick your own ass to make the best that you can do. Ignore where you are, what you have, who you’re with and make the best of it. I’ve fallen into the trap of bitching and complaining more than simply taking photos more than once. If I had just gone out and took photos then I would probably have come away with at least a few good shots. Your gear doesn’t matter. Your location doesn’t matter. The company you have doesn’t matter (unless they’re your models).

In the end, it’s all about you and your mentality. How much you’re willing to work to make that great photo. If you’re going to be all lazy about it then it isn’t going to matter. Hard work makes great photos.

Ok, small haul.

DETECTIVE COMICS #855 I missed #854 but the order is on the way so I want to see what this is all about.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #35 There’s a hint of Batman on the cover. I want to know what that’s about.

Star Wars: Legacy #38–Tatooine part 2 I gotta start somewhere…

WAR OF KINGS: ASCENSION #4 Let’s just get this over with, shall we?

When do you get a new camera body or lens? It’s when you outgrow your current.

It’s when you’ve pushed the limits of your camera or lens and you still find it lacking.

My only suggestion would be that you stick with the kit lens and keep shooting and find whatever it is that you love to shoot and base your choice from there. I’ll be honest, I love taking photos of concerts and events so I use different lenses for each. I prefer a telephoto zoom for concerts and I stick with the kit lens for most events I cover. The reason I stick with the kit for events is that it’s just very versatile. I prefer to have a wide angle of view when it comes to events so I can capture more things and use the enormity of the scene to showcase the subject. For concerts I prefer to isolate my subject and that’s why I use the telephoto.

I think it’s better to stick with a Zoom when you’re making a purchase for an upgrade at the start. Zooms are far more versatile than primes, especially if you can’t just move around.

Angel by Sarah McLachlan is one of the most haunting songs I’ve ever heard. Not just in melody but also in lyrics. It’s a song that gives you the ability to go on for just one more day.

Spend all your time waiting
For that second chance
For a break that would make it okay
Theres always one reason
To feel not good enough
And its hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction
Oh beautiful release
Memory seeps from my veins
Let me be empty
And weightless and maybe
Ill find some peace tonight

In the arms of an angel
Fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
Youre in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort there

So tired of the straight line
And everywhere you turn
Theres vultures and thieves at your back
And the storm keeps on twisting
You keep on building the lie
That you make up for all that you lack
It dont make no difference
Escaping one last time
Its easier to believe in this sweet madness oh
This glorious sadness that brings me to my knees

In the arms of an angel
Fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
Youre in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort there
Youre in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here

Arrgh. I think today was a fiasco like no other. On the plus side, I got to bond with my brothers and youngers sister. That’s basically it. LOL!

Alright, great haul this week. I’m also cutting a title from my collection schedule. So this week was productive.

I have to warn you. There are THREE comics written by Geoff Johns, who has been GODLIKE thus far.

So let’s get it started.

Gotham City Sirens #2 *cut*
I’m cutting this title. Normally, I have a bit more patience when it comes to titles but I’m tight on budget nowadays and I can’t wait on Paul Dini for this one. I may be a big Batman fan but I’ve not even gone into confidential and I am in no way sad. This comic is just not it for me.

Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance #3
By all intents and purposes, I’m simply interested in the art and the random “sound bites” from Most Excellent Superbat. This is a teen story. Teen angst, stupid decisions, the whole shebang. The fact that they’re “superheroes” with exposure just makes it more interesting. I’m sort of wanting to see what the whole thing with Japan is and why the people in the background want to keep up the smokescreen.

Green Lantern #43
I missed this issue so I grabbed the chance to get it once I saw that it was still available. GREAT GREAT back story on Black Hand. I’ve wondered what it was about him. Oh well, this is the beginning of the end and what a beginning it’s shaping up to be. The whole thing with Hand killing his entire family and then killing himself to bring about the “first Black Lantern” was a mind-blowing sequence. Doug Mahnke has done an amazing job of bringing terror to comics.

Green Lantern #44
Blackest Night is truly upon us. Another great issue. Enough said. One amazing scene after another. I LOVE how Geoff Johns portrays Hal and Barry together. I swear to God, the best scenes were where the two were just talking.

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 worlds
Heart-wrenchingly WOW. This was the end to a mini-series that every fan boy prays for. That’s the best way to explain it. The wait was worth it so just go out and buy the goddamn thing.

Not bad at all

Lots of people got mad at me

Stupidity all around

Brother got sick

I got my comics on time

The schedule got fucked up

Had to stay up late for my sister

Weekend is overrated

My teacher, Leo Castillo, once told me that photography is about subtraction rather than addition. Getting rid of the clutter in a photo is one of the most important skills a photographer needs. I’m not going to start talking about clutter and positive/negative space because I’m not as knowledgeable in that topic as I would like to be. I admit that I have that problem. I always seem to want to stuff everything that I can into one photo. I sometimes can’t seem to isolate the subject ALL the time. This has actually ruined a few of my photos. So how do you subtract stuff from your camera? The easiest way would be to just crop out the offending matter using any of the photo-editing software that’s readily available. What about subtracting from the photo in-camera? If you’ve got a zoom lens connected to your camera then you have it a bit easier than most, you just zoom in (go more towards the telephoto side of your lens) until you’ve gotten the stuff you don’t want out of you photo. People with single focal length lenses have it a bit tougher, they’re going to have to move around while framing and accentuating the subject properly. So it all boils down to hard work. Are you willing to get up off your behind and take a good photo or are you just going to accept whatever you’re going to get?

I’m actually torn between leaving this mini to die but I remain tempted by the triptych of covers. My real issue is whether the story will be up to snuff enough for me to buy it.

I’m still interested in the story. I want to know what’s going to happen so I’ll keep buying it. This is the only Final Crisis aftermath mini I went for so I want to keep at it.

FINALLY. I’m sad that this series has to end because it was excellent but seriously, it has gone on FAR TOO LONG.

If this second issue disappoints, I’ll have to cut it from the line-up.

(Blackest Night) ‘Nuff said.

I’m still buying WAY too many comics. I need to cut at least 3 series to make way for the big guns of Agents of Atlas, Batman, Secret Six and the Blackest Night maxi-event.