Monday, June 22, 2009

Bad Son

I am a really bad son.

We went to church yesterday morning. They gave all of the fathers a pint of ice cream on our way out.

"Happy Father's Day!"

My wife and kids took me to Red Robin for lunch.

"Happy Father's Day!"

We picked up a new desk and monitor from Frye's.

"Happy Father's Day!"

When we got home, my wife, who has sciatica, took her medications and went to bed. It was just me and the girls for the rest of the day. We put the desk together in the office and got my laptop all set up with the new monitor.

"Happy Father's Day!"

Once my wife woke up, we picked up dinner from Subway and went back home. We ate while watching TV together.

"Happy Father's Day!"

All day long, I was exposed to "Happy Father's Day" from everyone and yet, for some unexplainable reason, I never thought to call Dad.

"Happy Father's Day!"

I called him at work today. I apologized profusely. I told him that I feel horrible. I told him that I really do love him. I could hear the hurt in his voice though, and it made me feel even worse.

"Happy Father's Day!"

I am a really bad son.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Long Week

It has been a very long week between work, vacation bible school and college. I hate to admit it but my school work suffered. I just did not have the time to spend on constructive criticism so I will be losing points again.

I still would have preferred to do the portraits right with a proper backdrop and studio lights but they turned out okay. The shots are not anything special but the kids sure were cute.

We had storms on two of the nights: Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday's storms were pretty severe with heavy rains, strong winds, a little lightning and thunder. There were even reports of tornadoes. The pastor had the teachers pull the children into the hallway for twenty or thirty minutes during the worst of the storm. I put a raincoat on my camera and tried to get a few shots but it was coming down too hard to get a good focus. Friday night's storm went to the south of us so we did not get one drop of rain. I got a few, somewhat blurry, shots of lightning. I really should have set up my camera on a tripod but I am happy that I got any at all.

Lightning "Tree"

I also got some decent shots shortly after sunset.

After Sunset

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Vacation Bible School

My church is having their Vacation Bible School this week and it is going to be a very hectic week. I took a vacation day yesterday so that I get some things done. I had planned on setting up my muslin backdrop and hot lights so that I could get some professional quality shots to give to the parents. The VBS director had almost three weeks notice of what I intended to do but just had to freak out the day before it started. Apparently she thinks that being director means micro-managing every aspect of it. I am not happy with the situation at all!

I have loaned out my D40, a tripod, an SB-400 flash and two lenses to another guy to use to capture candid shots of the kids and workers. He is also capturing some video for the As a compromise, I am taking photos of the children, with my D90 and an SB-600 on a flash stand with shoot-through umbrella, in front of a hand-painted backdrop that fits with the VBS theme. The photographs are acceptable but not at all up to the standards that I strive for. Have I mentioned that I am not at all happy with the situation?

I love the church as a whole but I am really having a difficult time dealing with this woman. God grant me the strength to smile to her face because even that is painful at this point.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

English Project

I want to start by saying that I have been working more hours than usual and since something had to be neglected, it was this blog and not my assignments.

I am really glad that I stuck with my English class. The first week or two, I was extremely frustrated because I could have tested out of the class had I been given the opportunity. I went so far as to talk to the instructor about it and her reply made me step back and reevaluate things.

I really have it good in this class. If I am short on time, I can just skim through the weekly textbook reading assignments. The sentence workshops take all of five or ten minutes to complete. Reading the essay and answering the questions about it might take me forty-five minutes. The most time consuming part is interacting with the other students and the instructor.

The best part of the class is the final project, a freelancing proposal for a company of our own choosing. We started working on it last week when we were given two assignments for the freelancing proposal. First, we had to create an annotated bibliography that contained links to various web sites that had information about the company we had chosen. Second, we were given an assignment to write two paragraphs. In the first paragraph we were told to describe the company. For the second paragraph, we needed to describe what we thought the company needed; it was to be the beginning of our proposal.

This week we are continuing our project by adding two more paragraphs. The first paragraph should talk about what we have to offer and our vision for the project. The second paragraph should cover how we want to handle the project as well as listing anything that we will need to complete the project.

For my company, I chose the Fort Worth Zoo. I love the zoo and the Fort Worth Zoo in particular. Also, it is conveniently located and I will have no trouble getting some "sample photographs" if needed for the project.

I have always thought the Fort Worth Zoo's web site needed more photographs. Then there is the size; if you are browsing their site at a decent resolution, all of the photos are pretty small. My proposal is that they should have all new pictures taken. The new photos could then be used on the web site, sent to educational institutions with additional information about the animals pictured, or even sold as prints to raise extra money (the Fort Worth Zoo is a non-profit organization run by the Fort Worth Zoological Association).

This week I will start by explaining my love of nature in general, exotic animals, zoos in general, and this zoo in particular. Next I will describe my vision with details about my gear as appropriate. I will then follow up with how much time and what resources I will need from the zoo in order to complete this project.