Sunday, August 19, 2007

ASME's Top 40 Magazine Covers of the Last 40 Years

A fasciniting collection of iconic magazine covers from the last 40 years. Worth taking a look. Make sure to read the descriptions as well, which do a good job of explaining their significance.

Take a look.

#37 is perhaps my favorite, in large part simply because I had never seen it before. It features a gorilla taking a photo of himself in the mirror with the same camera I began to learn photography with.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Photos from Waupaca

I recently returned home from a week-long trip to the Waupaca Chain 'O Lakes in Wisconsin. The trip involved a lot of sun, swimming, reading, and eating out and—as always—it was a lot of fun. The photo above is taken while standing on one of the boat docks at our favorite restaurant on the chain. You just pull up in your boat and you are at the restaurant! See more of my photos from the trip here.

Photos from Glacier National Park

I just posted photos from my recent backpacking trip to Glacier National Park in Montana. You can view them here.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Because feet seem to be a theme right now...

Here is the first of what will soon be many photos from my most recent trip to Glacier National Park. I wanted to post it right away because two of my favorite bloggers (see here and here) are currently displaying photos that feature their feet. I think it is interesting to see such similar photographic concepts with such different surroundings and stories behind them. I'll let everyone know when I post more photos from my trip.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

My home in HDR

I'm just starting to play around with HDR images. This is an HDR image of my parent's house from the backyard. If I remember correctly I combined four or five frames in Adobe Photoshop to create this image.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Updates to

I made some updates to my photography website today. Check it out. I also posted a handful of new photos from my friend Drew's graduation party and my jaunt into the city for the fourth.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

SiCKO, Ratatouille, and Transformers

In the past week I have seen SiCKO, Ratatouille, and Transformers and I am happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed each of them. Michael Moore has stated that he does not agree with copyright and has encouraged people to download his new movie, but it is important to note that his production studio, the Weinstein Company, is not so happy about his wanting the movie to be distributed for free and one might find oneself in some hot water. Even if you go the download route, I highly reccommend seeing it in theaters if you get the chance. It is a movie worth supporting financially and is best enjoyed with other people.

Ratatouille is Disney/Pixar's latest movie. It features a rat living in Paris that can only be described as a 'foodie'. While I doubt that Ratatouille will do as well as Pixar's other movies financially, I think it is perhaps their best film yet. The movie seems to be geared towards a somewhat older audience than their previous releases (Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, etc.). The computer animation is the best that has Pixar has achieved to date, offering an extremely rich level of detail in every frame that should make the film enjoyable for a few return visits. It is also worth noting that the movie was written and directed by Brad Bird, the screenwriter/director of one of my absolute favorite animated films—The Iron Giant.

I was not sure what to expect with Transformers. Going into it I knew that it could very easily be trashy or exhilarating. I am happy to report that it was the latter. While the whole movie is over-the-top and had me laughing quite a lot, director Michael Bay managed to pull it off in such a way that I felt like I was laughing with the movie rather than at it. Barring the opening action sequence, the first half of the movie unfolds in quite light-hearted manner and then develops into more of an intense action flick in the latter half. It was great fun to see the movie on opening night with a large audience of long-time Transformers fans. The movie illicited frequent cheers and calls from the audience as the Autobots and Decepticons vied for control of the Allspark.

As everyone was filtering out of the theater I overheard a number of people express their surprise to learn that the movie was 144 minutes long. I too would have doubted the length of the movie had I not known the running time beforehand, for it certainly felt shorter, which is a testament to the movie's ability to keep one entertained and energized.