Monday, February 23, 2009

I need your help

Actually, I'm putting a hold for better names. Please stand by...
Here's what's going on: I'm putting my personal image collection for sale on an online craft sales website. The plan is to sell higher resolution digital images, my own, for personal and commercial use. Basically I am putting my images out as if I were my own stock agency. The difference is that they come from one source (me) and the files cost much less(still working on the price per image, but think itunes). Is this a good idea? I don't know, but I'm going to try it out.

So, what I need help with is a good name. On the side I'm putting up some options that I'm thinking about, but please feel free to suggest others. I'm leaning fishyly because I like canned fish, and it also sort of sticks with the idea of many cheap things packed together.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Walking through Greenfield

93 Conway St
A couple posts ago I talked about making a picture-map of Greenfield. Conway Street runs from Main St. out to the highway where it turns into Leyden Road. I may not follow it that far, but I've posted from Main St to Philips St here.

Oh, and I've also started an etsy shop to try and sell off the pile of prints flopped around the house: here, thanks Tiffany.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Catching up on some stuff

I went to Hunt's the other day to pick up some odds and ends. They have a bin of old lenses. I found a 50mm 1.8 nikkor, score! It is filled with dust, the focus and aperture rings are loose and it's an AI lens, which mean no metering, but for 5$ it is a deal. I'm psyched that I now have a medium telephoto for my d90.I don't have pictures of the lens, but here are a couple pictures from the lens:
It takes nice breakfast pictures
Oh, and it came with a soft focus filter attached, hello hollywood.
I'm proud of my fern and my light box.
this isn't with the new lens, I just like it.

Wasting away on a Tuesday

If you know my schedule you know that Tuesday is my Sunday. This means that I end up wanting to do a hundred things on Tuesday and end up diddling away the day. I said last week that I would do another screen print and show you the process, but I've been waiting for a new screen that I ordered from Dick. It will probably arrive in an hour or two.

Until then I thought I would start another project: photo mapping of buildings in Greenfield. The plan is to create a database of pictures of houses in the neighborhood and link them to the maps in Google Earth(G.E. from now on). As I look into it I realize that it is more complicated than just up loading and linking. To do it right I will probably have to get my own server to host the KML files. The other issue is that, like much of the internet, popularity reigns. You can go on G.E. and see pictures in Greenfield, but they are either "points of interest" or a quirky pic of a snowman. The images chosen are inevitably those deemed appealing to the masses.
Does this point to the inevitable contradiction of populism? See it like this: the most popular images are Eiffel Tower, Daytona Beach, Grand Canyon, Piccadilly Circus, places well known to all people. On G.E. you will find many pictures of these well known places. But the houses that most people live in will not be hosted on G.E. because, after all, who wants to look at pictures of your neighbor's house; it's right there. I guess my hope is that a program like G.E. allows could raise up those banal structures that surround us to object worth looking at. I think they are. Until I've figured out how to by-pass the editors at G.E. you can look at my first step on panoramio here.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Last night my mom hosted a pre-birthdya party for me. Tobey was there, and Frank and Vivian too. Of course Tiffany was there. And my mom and I. We talked a lot about blogging and wondered at Tiffany dropping her Tiffany in the Trees blog which had a significant number of subscribers. I didn't take any pictures, but trust me there was a lot of food. Instead we'll look at some odds and ends from the past couple of weeks.

Walking across campus we spotted this beautiful Venus and Crescent Moon alignment. One of the students insited I take a picture. Now it looks like momma blur and baby blur.
Soup and Games at the H&O.
I had some heavy duty dreams last night. This is an illustration of one part. The eyeball floated out of my forehead and stuck to the ceiling.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

silk screen printing

My latest hobby:
Single color Tiffany presaging her migraine on tshirt material
Four color Bina, Mike and Jaimye watching TV on Bristol

I'm very new to this and I am sure that there are better ways to do it. Maybe in another post I'll show you my technique. I could use some pointers from experienced printers out there.