Tag Archive: photography

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Illegal Fireworks
July 7th, 2012

I had no intentions on photographing fireworks this year so I only went with a simple pocket camera and yet I was pleasantly surprised at a few of the pictures that my Sony Cybershot produced. Normally it’s a terrible camera to walk around at night with but the fireworks must have emitted enough light to make the camera tolerable. Plus it helps to shoot off your own fireworks at home rather than trying to get close to and fight the crowds that flock to the public firework displays.

A Study of Gehry
June 17th, 2012

My first attempt at a HDR photo. Turned out pretty well except for the foliage in the foreground. Too much movement causes blur or those white ghosts around the leaves. Sunrise.

A study of our Advanced Technology Building designed by the famous Frank Gehry. An interesting architect who designed many of his constructions with what seems to be plenty of melting metallic forms and oddly positioned shapes.  Not only does it look like a child’s construction of wooden toy blocks (covered in sheet metal) but Gehry even throws together a variety of different building materials as well as if the Swedish Chef was actually the true genius and creator behind this work of art.  “First ya take the stone, then ya take the copper, bork bork bork.”

Gehry’s construction here in Iowa City is definitely a badge of honor for the University of Iowa.  The building is (unfortunately) really only presentable from the Iowa River (west side).  The view or lack of one from the main campus (east side) is that of one massive rectangular block of stone and a weird, seemingly detached, copper, bulbous form.  But if one were following the Iowa River, this building acts as a beautiful sight and a breath of fresh air as it reflects the setting sun like a jewel amidst a ruin of neoclassical marble monoliths.

I’ve wanted to photograph this series for a while now and I still want to take a few more photos to fulfill my original intentions. Like for instance, I still have never got the chance to enter said building. I don’t even know what the inside looks like. Sad. So plan on a part 2 in the distant future.

My second HDR image. Early morning. Clouds really pop in HDR photos. They were barely noticeable in original files. Makes the scene look ominous.  HDR can be used to really make a building appear haunted.

I do love architecture but I really wish I could levitate or fly around, taking photos from different perspectives rather than always looking up in photos. Fortunately looking up is a satisfactory perspective when it comes to Architecture otherwise I would never have anything to show. One thing that I did finally get to try out for myself was an attempt at HDR photos (two above photos). An HDR photo is the merging of numerous photos with the same subject, each with a different exposure value (also called bracketing). It’s very easy to do and really takes less skill than it seems.  I’d be happy to explain it to anyone that’s interested in trying it for oneself. Let me know what you think.

See also:

A Fall Walk

EDIT: I reposted these images in a larger version under the photos tab.

Thank You Albrecht Dürer
February 17th, 2012

Albrecht Durer's SignatureI love the way Albrecht Dürer signed a great number of his works of art. His initials so elegant, so simple, so exact and yet he used slight variations in style with each print or painting. Dürer, a master of his trade(s), produced some of the most amazing works of art in history. I love his signature so much that I stole assimilated it for myself. And yet my clunky Adobe Illustrator version (below) still can not compare to the simplicity and genius of his typography. A Germanic version of Roman lettering.

With my version, I plan on using it simply as a watermark for photographs.  Small and hopefully unnoticeable so that it doesn’t take away from the viewing pleasure of the actual photograph. I dislike large watermarks. When people use large watermarks, I tend to notice the watermark more than the actual photo. Take a look at my (re)creation.

Andy Z's

Because I wanted it to be small, I felt that increasing the thickness of the lettering would make it more legible.  The exact size is yet to be determined.

Would you consider this more a consecration or a desecration?

: My new favicon 

2/14 – Update: So I made one almost exactly like his.

Albrecht Durer Inspiration







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.

The Old Capitol
October 11th, 2011

The Old Capitol - A walk to the river with a new friend and fellow photographer. Corinthian capitals amidst a sea of blue. I wonder what I would have to do in order to get up there.

I could be wrong but I believe it is a mandated requirement that every University of Iowa student have a photo of the Old Capitol in their possession at all times. Or so it seems to be that way. And why not? It is a beautiful building with it’s golden (leaf) dome, temple front, and stone block masonry.

The Old Capitol Building is both the symbol and the heart of the University of Iowa.