Categories for Candid

Burning Man Panorama #1 – Center Camp
April 18th, 2013

At some point last year, I attempted to take a series of panoramic photos in hopes to capture the constant chaos and creativity that ensues during the week-long event that is Burning Man. I took these ‘panoramic’ photos the wrong way in that these photos are all circling the camera body and not the lens of the camera in turn creating a warping/fish eye effect. I patched them together the best I could and it doesn’t look too bad (unless you look at the carpet). There’s somewhere between 10-20 different photos all being used in this panorama. Editing photos is like being a plastic surgeon. The better the surgeon you are, the less scars and disfigurement your clients will have post-op. I might get sued after this surgery however.

It’s a very large file and will no way fit in the narrow confines of my website’s layout so you will have to expand the image after clicking on the thumbnail. I will work on just posting it to a blank page. Also note that fast-moving individuals were captured between photos and are represented as duplicates or ‘twins’. Enjoy.

Burning Man Panorama 1

I have one more decent panorama from Burning Man I will post so stay tuned.

Day 4: Let the Effigies Burn!
November 3rd, 2012

The night the effigies got set a blaze was a magical one. Prior to sunset, I made it a point to ride around the CORE circle and visit each art installment individually before they ceased to be. There’s something incredibly amazing about putting your blood sweat and tears into a project only to allow your creation to not exist moments later. Nothing is permanent in the world. One should tap in to the higher realm of creativity. Allow this source to flow through your mind’s eye and through your finger tips. Create, admire, grow but also allow for the crashing waves of time to take away.

My favorite image is the last one in the gallery below. Two complete strangers being unified through this spiritual act of creation and destruction.

Day 1: Pilgrimage
Day 2: The Invisible Circus
Day 3: Solace
Day 5: No Camera Day (coming soon!)
Day 6: The Man Burns! (coming soon!)
Day 7: Departure (coming soon!)

Day 3: Solace
November 2nd, 2012

Temple of Juno. Burning Man 2012.

By day three, I started seeing less of the sights and started to see more of the people. I spent much of this day taking stalker shots of the Burning Man attendees from a distance. Each and every one of them was beautiful in their own way and I couldn’t get enough of them. So now I have a stockpile of random people’s faces as they watch a show or interact in a event. Maybe I’ll make a collage of them some day.

The Temple of Juno. The Temple was still being perfected earlier in the week so my first visit wasn’t until day three. For those who don’t know, the temple is a yearly recurring highlight of Burning Man that usually is a main hub for highly emotional interactions. Often times, many individuals or groups of people will leave keepsakes, notes, scrawling’s of literature and imagery, etc. in remembrance of those who are no longer with us or will be leaving this world far too soon. This year, the entirety of the temple, shrine and outer gate structure was built (almost) completely out of highly intricate tracery cut wood. The scene was absolutely breathtaking and especially so while being softy illuminated at night. The swirling emotions located within these holy walls left an even more powerful impression. No one person could enter these premises and not feel a fragment of sorrow. The Temple goes up in flame on the last day of Burning Man and with it, an ocean of emotion, I imagine. We left early before the Temple’s burn, so we got to miss out on needing to hide the fact that we were going to cry in front of each other. Darn sand in the eyes.

Day 1: Pilgrimage
Day 2: The Invisible Circus
Day 4: Let the Effigies Burn!
Day 5: No Camera Day (coming soon!)
Day 6: The Man Burns! (coming soon!)
Day 7: Departure (coming soon!)

Mystery Event
June 1st, 2012

Concert at the Old Capital.

I’ve gone through some photos from last year and figured a few of them were pretty decent to post. I don’t remember what parade or concert this was but I know this event took place during the same time that I arrived here in Iowa City. Probably some welcoming party for the new students. *shrug*

Swap Meet
December 4th, 2011

Hawkeye Downs Speedway
I’ve never seen so much stuff gathered in one place in all of my (short) life. It was hard for us to leave without seeing everything considering both my friend and I are completion’ists.

Completionist: (noun) A person who must complete every task and see every thing at least once in order to maintain sanity. Closely related to those with Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder.

I did manage to find one item worth purchasing in an endless supply of car parts. A Revere Eight 8mm video camera from 1947 in almost pristine condition. It’s going to decorate one of my shelves somewhere.

Sugar Bottom
November 1st, 2011

A random adventure with Peyton Sun (Peyton Sun Photography) to Sugar Bottom Beach on October 9th, 2011. Captured the fisherman with my “stalker lens” as Peyton calls it.

The kite flyers are probably my favorite candid subjects so far. I had a lot of fun shooting them. Plus it was during a beautiful sunset. I really shouldn’t waste any more sunsets sitting inside.

Waterloo Air Show
October 26th, 2011

A cloudy day at the Waterloo Air Show. Gawking at gawkers. A surprise attack from the winged angels. Melancholy mood.

I’m about two full months behind on editing and uploading any photos taken during my random adventures and photo shoots.  The Waterloo Air Show (that took place in August 2011) was pleasantly humble.  The sky was full of interesting cloud formations that I couldn’t help but photograph. These gray skies are a nice change for me, considering I tend to capture rich, deep, dark blue skies in every other picture.

There are two types of people who I enjoy watching when I go to these types of events (considering I have no interest in flying or aviation in general).  First and foremost the overly excited children ooh’ing and ahh’ing at every passing jet and the second group being the fully grown, dorky men with their safari outfits, knee-high white socks and binoculars who are also equipped with an uncanny ability to name and recite lengthy amounts of information about any and all flying contraptions.  God bless America.