30 April 2009
~ Lightroom Presets ~
Here is an edit I did of Kris using a new preset.
Today sure felt like Friday. I cannot wait for the weekend. Hoping to get a chance to shoot more this weekend. I am DYING to go outside with the vagabond and get some shooting done. It's been a LONG winter. Ohhh and for no real reason.....the WEBB SISTERS RULE!!! :) SO DOES COHEN!!! :)
28 April 2009
~ SPRING FEVER ~
Now I don't care who wins the cup...if it's not Edmonton it's not worth caring. :) I do want to get out this summer and take lots of really pretty pictures. Jenn asked me to go outside during the weekend snow storm and take a picture of her poor flower as it tried to ignore the snow falling on it.
I think the weather is going to get better and can't wait for things to start turning GREEN. Scary news about this Swine Flu. There is always some nasty thing out there to scare people. SARS, Bird Flu, Swine Flu now.....just reminders as to how frail we really are as humans and how life is never to be taken for granted. It's sad that people are dying from this. I really hope it does not spread and create more chaos in the lives of people.
26 April 2009
Anniversary Weekend | 7 Years
Jenn and I have been married now for 7 years. I surprised Jenn with tickets to Leonard Cohen. He played at Rexall Place last night. At 8pm he took the stage and kept on playing for 3 hours. Jenn and I loved every minute of it. I think the best surprise was hearing the Webb Sisters. They were singing backup for him and also starred in the most emotional song "If it be your Will" which pretty much moved everyone in Rexall with it's beauty. I made sure I bought their music off iTUNES today since the CD was sold out last night at Rexall.
It was a great anniversary. I also got Jenn a Nintendo DSi (blue) and she loved it too. We ended our night at Boston Pizza for some much needed food after the 3 hour concert. Yummy Pizza. Today I am just still feeling happy from all that awesome music.
23 April 2009
~ Yay It's almost Friday ~
22 April 2009
~ Random Wednesday ~
Fave Toys as a Kid: GI JOE, Matchbox Cars, Playmobile, Lego
Fave Music Growing Up: Areosmith, Def Lep, Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi, Madonna, G&R
Fave Food: It's always been Pizza
My Fears: SNAKES!!!
Saddest Moment in my Life: Learning about death and loss in a personal way, had a sheltie dog named Tiny Tippy Tasha killed by a car when I was in grade 7. My heart has never felt that much pain before.
Happiest Moment in my Life: Marrying Jenn, that day was EPIC in my mind. What ever happens in my life I won't forget the beauty of that day. No one is perfect but that day felt perfect in every way.
Things I like about myself the most: My height, I love being tall. :) 6'7" rocks!!! Being creative, being an artist, I love using my imagination. Being married to Jenn, I got lucky, what can I say.
Thing I dislike most about myself: I am the king of procrastination, I am not in shape, I don't eat healthy, I don't get enough sleep.....hmmmm......I don't have many close friends, should prob work harder at finding some.
Okay enough Random stuff....here are some edits I did of Ash...
21 April 2009
I am looking forward to this weekend. Jenn and I are going to celebrate our anniversary. Feeling good about this weather too....I know it's going to be cool but I know it won't last. This warm weather is coming faster every day.
I spent some time looking at my nature work on my website today. I realize how connected I am to those images. I love shooting people but nature really is fun. Images of flowers have a personal connection to me. Memories of my first trip to Vancouver Island with my 1st Canon camera. An ancient 35mm with a nice telephoto lens. I loved seeing the prints I got at Butchard's Gardens. Some of the shots with a shallow DOF of a beautiful flower were what got me hooked on blurred backgrounds. I love shooting at 2.8 or even 1.8. I think I need to go 1.4 or even 1.2, the more the merrier. :) I pay for it with a lot of wasted out of focus pictures. However the ones that work are what makes me LOVE photography. I think my 50mm 1.8 is still the most fun to shoot with out of all my lenses.
Here is an edit from awhile ago of Ashley outside. Just playing around with older shots as I wait to capture some new ones. Hopefully SOON! :) Anyone want pics? Anyone? I have not shot a person in too long. Besides weddings....I need to shoot some new stuff....it's driving me nutty. :)
20 April 2009
Society by Eddie Vedder ! This song is GREAT !!
This song sums up how I feel about today.....420 day. I am tired of society being so selfish and wanting crap like pot to be legal. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.......drugs suck!!!
~ 420 RANT ~
It's illegal....not cool......police put their life on the law every day to defend laws that our democratic society makes. Even drugs like alcohol cause larger problems even more so I bet then pot. Everyone can make their choice, but I wish more people would see it for what it is. A waste and dredge on our society.
On a much happier note, I saw some beautiful wildlife of the feathered type on my way to work. I was blessed by seeing a field so full of snow geese, Canada Geese and who knows what else. The sounds were awesome, I plan to YouTube the video clip I took with my G9. It was sweet to see as far as my eye could see, a sea of white birds. It was very cool. :)
15 April 2009
~ Vampire ~
~ Wednesday ~
I did get an AlienBee vagabond, which is a portable power supply. I want to use it on location shoots and add artificial lighting to natural light. I feel this combo will create some stunning portraits. I really can't wait until more leaves come out and it turns green. This summer of 2009 is going to be a busy one for my 40D. I hope it burns out and I can convince Jenn to buy me a 5DMII. Or maybe Tammy will throw her 5D my way out of pity. She's a high roller...that's pocket change to her. :)
14 April 2009
~ Reggie the Dog ~
My friend Tia has a little dog named Reggie. She was showing me this picture of him and I had to share it. She kind of loves this dog and has done what the "Dog Whisperer" dude has said to never do....which is humanize your dog. It's easy to humanize pets, Jenn and I do that with our cats. We forget they have small brains and instincts and like to think of them as advanced life forms that can talk to us. :) Of course the talking is just for our amusement and Jenn and I are constantly making up things our pets would say and trying hard to do them in voices we feel would be appropriate for our cats.
I edited the picture up for Tia and she also told me I should blog this and hopefully someone will want me to photograph their pets for them. SHAMELESS PLUG: Randy Pond Photography will shoot your pet....hehehhe.....okay, that sounds bad. I will however take awesome photographs of your pets and you if you like. Contact me today and the first person to contact me for pet photos gets a free artistic edit of their pet.
13 April 2009
~ Holiday Monday ~
12 April 2009
~ Happy Easter ~
it's Easter Sunday, yay, the best part of it is not working tomorrow. Looking forward to resting up and beating this COLD! :)
10 April 2009
~ CPU Problems ~
But just to update everyone:
Randy Pond Photography is on hold due to technical difficulties. I hope to be on track as soon as possible as I know there are people depending on me to get them their photos.
08 April 2009
Calgary Flames SUCK!
Even more true!!!
~ ABC Season ~
- NEW COACH!!!!! Mac-T is awesome, nothing personal but it's time to change this position and shake things up.....do whatever it takes to send a message to players, fans and the rest of the teams that they are not satisfied with losing.
- NEW MANAGEMENT!!!! Kevin Lowe needs to step further away from managing the team, even though he's not the official GM he is still too involved in decisions, he needs to move on too.
- SIGN A TOP FORWARD!!!! Get a #1 franchise style player....don't expect Hemsky to ever be elite....we need a BIG name player.
- GET SOME GRIT!!!!!! The young skilled players are awesome but we need guys that can be tough (not just fighters) to go in corners and get the puck. Hitting, playing on the edge and showing teams that come to Edmonton, that the Oilers are NOT an easy team to play. Too often in the 2008-2009 year, the Oilers looked like the easiest team to play against. Hopefully they can change this in the coming year.
Okay, I blog about the Oilers far too much, hopefully I can blog about Calgary losing and golfing so I can move on to better topics....like photography, summer and so forth. :)
06 April 2009
~ A.J. and Danni Edits 2009 ~
03 April 2009
~ Mom and Dad ~
02 April 2009
~ Oilers lose again!!! ~
~ Yay Thursday ~
01 April 2009
~ Quitting Photography ~
I hope my friends and family will support my decision and understand that this is for the best for me.
PS - APRIL FOOLS :P