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September 13th, 2009

10:54 pm - And so it begins . . . again . . .
Ah yes boys and girls, tis the season to costume until your eyes fall out.
I am building my first ever set of Henrician Men's, add to that, they're Nobles.
I don't do Nobles. I play middle class, know why? Because I get to be me, just me 500 odd years ago. I don't have to worry about whether my costume is too sparkly or not sparkly enough. I don't have to spend money on silks and velvets and trim and jewelry and all that, I'm all sorts of happy with my bargain counter Linen and Wool with my leather belt and apron.
Fraking Nobles.
I spent all day today putting on trim and shiny things, and laying out the pattern on the Doublet, Base and Sleeves for said shiny things. I'm pretty happy with it so far. We'll see how it looks when I'm all done. I'm going to trow up my to do list, just so I can look at it. You can look too, and for those of you counting, I have about a week to do it all due to time constraints.

Irish (the person not the country)

Doublet with Sleeves

Mostly all cut out, still being trimmed and decorated, then to be sewn together.


Fix the damn shoulder straps on the bodice
Make Smock
Make something resembling an apron



Nothing even started, only just chose fabric.

Mah Boys

Shirts 2/4
Pants 3/4
Vests 1/4
Stockings 0/2

And of course none of them sew, It's a good thing they're hot.

So there we have it. My to do list. Thank god for coffee and all nighters.
Stupid school. Stupid work. Taking up my time. ::grumble grumble::

I'm frikn' going to bed.
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August 30th, 2009

11:07 pm - Did I tell you about when I worked at an adult video store?
No really, I did. Ok maybe it was a regular store with a "back room" but still.
Anyway, my one and only co worker was this sweet Mormon kid who couldn't put the videos away, so I had to do all of it. Where it gets funny is that he wasn't supposed to look at the boxes for the videos or anything and one time I was putting some videos away and I saw a photo on a cover of this woman with the largest breasts I have ever seen. They went to her waist, I mean, they looked really uncomfortable. And my co worker comes up behind me and goes "wow, look at the jugs on her", I was floored and told him that he could start putting the adult vids away too.
So I tell this story to a friend of mine today and you know what he says? "Oh that's Zena Fulsom."
And I said WHAT!?
It was quite funny.
I'm sorry I fell off the earth there for a bit. But hopefully I'll be getting a little more in gear and sharing and stuff.

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May 9th, 2009

12:09 am - Round Five.......
I was not surprised that he didn't get first. I was surprised that we got second though. I wasn't expecting that.
So for the shoot he had to portray a High Fashion Australia. um. needless to say that had us baffled. But our awesome friend Carrie got us onto a ranch up where she lives and we got to do the shoot out there. It worked out well, except for the rain; which was kept away from my camera with the clever use of a rubber band and a trashcan liner. I think this is the best shoot we've done for this, I like the work even more than the MacDuff shoot, but not by much. Here's the best shot, and this is the general consensus, but feel free to disagree.
fair warning, there's like 9 under there.


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Next week is an iPod ad, all happy an brightly colored. If any challenge could send him home it'll be this one. That and I have like 4 papers I need to get done before I even think about shooting him. And Keith has all the camera bodies this weekend, so even if I did have the time I don't have the equipment.
But we have until Tuesday. Maybe we'll shoot monday morning....downtown? by some murals? hmmmmmm this may be alright after all, now to run it by Tyler.....
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Current Music: kashmir : ophilia
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May 4th, 2009

07:37 am - Writer's Block: How'd You Get Here?
There are many roads to LiveJournal—how did you first hear about LJ?

I got one so that I could comment on the LJ of my favorite author George RR Martin, when I made friends with other people on here I began using it for real.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Orgy : Pure

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May 1st, 2009

08:34 pm - We won again . . .
So this week's challenge was so easy for Tyler it's really unfair to the other contestants. He had to have a head and shoulders beauty shot, and look angry. OK here's the thing, he can do Angry better than anyone I've ever shot, but he can't model with his body for shit. Hence, this challenge was custom made for him. I told him that if we didn't at least hit in the top 3 then I would totally give up. Not really, but then, there's no excuse for us not doing awesome.
We shot him in the doorway of my friend Craig's jacked-as-hell garage. I was actually surprised about the win, I always am, I'm never confident enough in my shots.
Anyway, here they are:

The Judge's Pick:


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April 22nd, 2009

08:34 am - Challenge Two
So the challenge thingi I did the MacDuff pictures for continues, Tyler got like sixth in that round (out of 9). For the next set he had to be Terpsichore, Greek muse of Dance and the Chorus, and advertise chocolate.
Don't ask, I have no idea. I thought it was a pretty weird challenge, but we shot it. And I would like to say that I am super disappointed in how these came out. I hate the lighting, the WB is off because we had to use two different bulbs, he really can't dance so he's super stiff, it was just frustrating.
Imagine my shock when he got first for this round.....I feel like Pepper Brooks, "I feel shocked" indeed.

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So the guitar is a modern interpretation of the lyre Terpsichore is always shown with. I thought it worked well, but the judges were not such fans of it.
Anyway, the next challenge is a Black and White 'beauty' headshot that expresses anger. I know he can win this one two if he just puts his mind to it. I'm totally psyched and I'll post those on Monday.
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April 9th, 2009

08:10 am - so batman and joker . . .
Totally stole this, and it's worth it.
Don't look if you're at work or if you're a prude. Though I think any prudish people would have been scared off by this point.

Easily the best batman/joker photo of all time.

Current Mood: amusedamused

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April 5th, 2009

10:49 am - Ok, so that photoshoot I was all nervous about....
Actually went better than I thought. Keith was with me, and as you know we've been having fights about photography styles and priorities when shooting. I gave ground on a minor issue, I used (for the first time) an exposure/ white balance card, and it helped more than I expected. Keith was awesome about not trying to take over, letting me shoot the way that I shoot and he never mentioned the fact that I wasn't using strobes. (except when we ran out of extension cords, but I didn't put them on the list so I deserved that)
The shoot itself was part of a competition on Gaia, called Gaia's Next Top Model. The competitors are all really cool, and my friend Tyler asked me to shoot him for it. The judges give the competitors prompts or challenges and it is up to the competitor to get their pictures in and done. And as I mentioned before there is no post processing allowed. I actually went further by doing all my cropping in camera, so all the pictures below are straight out of the camera. (yikes)

The first Challenge was "Shakespeare". The competitors had to portray a character from one of his plays, in costume or modern, accurately. Now; I do Ren Faire. Can you see where this is going? There was no hunting for props, no frantic "how and I going to do this?". We jumped in the car and picked up a few things from other guild members and had ourselves a shoot.
As far as a subject goes Tyler suggested MacBeth, and I wholeheartedly agreed. So I got us a sword and chainmail and Tyler got the fake blood, and he posed as MacDuff after the beheading of MacBeth. Tyler's goal was to portray the range of emotions that MacDuff would have gone through, from shock and disbelief to acceptance and justification.
Below I have them as they were handed in, I retouched my fave to show what I would have liked to have done to them all, but I don't have time to do them, too much other stuff to post process. I'll get to them at some point, I hope, I really like them.
I have also put all the photos behind the cut to keep my impact on your pages to a minimum.
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The second challenge was less awesome, and I'm actually really worried about it, I'm not sure how well he'll do against the other competitors. The challenge was "Posing". Tyler is amazing to shoot, if you give him a character to portray. Of the shoots we've done together he's never been himself, he's been Kaji, a Serial Killer, MacDuff, among other things. He was totally off his game for this shoot, and it shows. This will undoubtedly be the hardest shoot for him in the whole competition. I just hope he stays in. Anyway, I've put those below the next cut.
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Please tell me what you think. Both of the originals and of the post processing, I am very interested to hear if you think I'm over doing it, or if it's not enough.
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Current Music: Dragonforce : Fire and the Flames
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March 30th, 2009

11:09 pm - pre-shoot jitters
I have a shoot on Wednesday and for the first time, really, ever, I have pre-shoot jitters. I'm so fracking stressed about this shoot, for good and understandable reasons.
So one of my fave models calls me up and says "hey, I'm competing in an online modeling competition for shits and giggles, will you do my pictures?"
to this I say, "sure"
I then receive an e-mail from him with the guidelines and prompts for the first two challenges.
The challenges sound like fun and I'll recap them after I shoot. More importantly are the guidelines: NO POSTPROCESSING OF ANY KIND!!!!!!!!
No tone, density or white balance adjustments of any kind. NONE. I can resize, rotate and crop. That's it.
To be honest this is really what I need. I know I can do it, I just don't like to think about the pre-production so much. And I haven't done this in a while, a long while. But I'm also really picky when it comes to my images, I know what I like and I know what I want the images to look like.
So I'm having Keith pull my black crush-velvet back drop out of storage, just so that I know that my backgrounds are all the way black. I have all the props and equipment I need, and a private place to shoot. For equipment I'll be using custom WB and an off camera meter to fix my exposure settings. I have my trusty 5D and my 85EF, I might even break out the tripod just to ensure I get the crop that I want. For this challenge we're cutting it really close to the wire, the photos have to go in the same night as the shoot, so if I can get away with just picking out the 5 best and uploading them I'm happy with that.
Once they're accepted by the judges I'll post them here, with the PP I would have done, were I allowed. Anyway, just venting, I'll let you all know how it goes.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: the ticking of my wall clock
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March 15th, 2009

10:42 am - yesterday.....
was different, in a VERY good way.

We had guild workday (read: powerwashing pavilions and organizing boxes) and I had a blast!
Literally, Jake (aka Vulcan) has a new GAS forge for Christmas . . . he let me play with it! ****squee**** my arms hurt like bitches, but I got to hammer iron into rings, it's more fun than it sounds I assure you. I told Jake that I want to do more iron work, it's a great workout that actually accomplishes something! He said I could come up next month to do some more, and he's thinking about having a workshop so that everyone in the guild who wants to learn, can.
I LOVE JAKE!!!!!!!

After workshop I went home, cleaned up Baby Chris (Jake and his wife Joanne live in the foothills, baby was a mess) and got set up for shooting Hugh the Irishman at Sequoia Brewery that night.
Three hours and four gigs later I have some awesome stuff to work on. But more on that in a later post. When I got to the place I got set up, had someone try to hire me to shoot their wedding (I told her no) and then I noticed my best friend, Q.
At 8pm he was already drunk, now, Q is an alcoholic, but he normally holds off getting really fucked up. But last night his whore of an ex showed up and made a point of being unusually happy, and he got unusually drunk. So drunk in fact that he fertilized a potted plant, I have only seen him this drunk on a handful of occasions, a small handful.
Now, one of Q's best friends, Jester, says he's going to get Q home, and I watch them go. When out of the blue the jackass bitch that Jester had a kid with goes ballistic and says she's going to drive because they're in her car. Needless to say I'm pretty fucking far from happy about this, as she's also giving a ride to the bitch of a whore that hurt Q in the first place. Not to mention that she's a raging evil bitch in her own right and Q can't stand her.
So I get my girlfriend Chris to her me drag him out of her car and into mine, and we take him home. We have to wake up his mom to get him into the house, but we get him home.

what a night. . .but I had a good time. mostly.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: BSG

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