October 31, 2010

Boo!nus Post



Howdy Friends,

The store was completely out of pumpkins so I decided to pick up an orange bell pepper.  It seems to be doing the "trick".

Love,
Matt

Field-Trip!





Howdy Friends,

Special field-trips call for multiple photos in the post. I discovered this place while delivering coffee. I didn't have my camera with me so I vowed to one day return.

That day was today.

Love,
Matt

October 30, 2010

Oh Well



Howdy Friends,

Sometimes you can't win them all.

Love,
Matt

October 29, 2010

People and Bikes Cross Here.



Howdy Friends,

I'm really happy that it's Friday.  But who's not happy about the start of a few days off?

I've decided that night photography rules and that it is something I want to spend a little more time with.  Luckily, Portland goes dark at like 2 p.m. in the winter.  I should have plenty of opportunity to practice.

Love,
Matt

October 28, 2010

Photograph is an Element of R Squared.



Howdy Friends,

I'm considering making this the header for the blog.  What do you guys think?

Also, it's really sad that my handwriting isn't any worse than my regular handwriting in this photo.  At first, I thought it was cool how similar my actual handwriting and blindly waving a light around in the the dark were.  Then I felt bad for every teacher I've ever had.

Love,
Matt

October 27, 2010

The Most Dramatic Lamp That Will Ever Be. Ever.



Howdy Friends,

Today I drove by myself again. It was MUCH BETTER. I also picked up some portable speaker things for my van.  Now I can listen to the audio-books for my book club. 

This is also how I know I'm getting older:  I'll mostly be listening to audio-books.

Love,
Matt

P.S. Please don't tell my book club that I'm not actually reading anything.

October 26, 2010

Flying Solo



Howdy Friends,

Today was my first day driving by myself for my new job.  So, naturally, everything went to shit.

Love,
Matt

October 25, 2010

Sustenance



Howdy Friends,

I may not be feeling so hot but it's hard to complain when you have a wife that likes to cook.

Three pots/pans at once.  I'm impressed.

Love,
Matt

October 24, 2010

Abandoned Park on a Rainy Day



Howdy Friends,

Inception was released on July 16th, 2010. I successfully enjoyed this entire time without knowing anything about the movie. I didn't want to know anything about it. I knew it was going to be good and that any prior knowledge would taint an awesome movie for me. Then, after sitting down to my first viewing, a lady asked me what it was about. I said that I didn't know. The woman in front of her turned around and proceeded to tell us a decent portion of the plot.

I hoped that I was dreaming.

Unfortunately, I was not.

Love,
Matt

October 23, 2010

Dinner and a Movie



Howdy Friends,

Here is Shannon getting ready for our date.  We're finally going to see that movie "Inception."  I'm really looking forward to asking people if they have seen that movie "Inception."

Love,
Matt

October 22, 2010

Sentences That Never End



Howdy Friends,

I can't tell if my night photography phase is a naturally occurring step in the learning process OR if it's a desperate attempt to get a photo up in time for the blog while (at the same time) playing it off as something I need to tackle in order to complete the well rounded-ness of my photography career.

I'll let you decide.

Also,  the first paragraph in this blog post is one sentence.  Most of the papers I wrote for my college classes were like this.  Then my wife would proof read them, make fun of me, and help me sprinkle some punctuation throughout said awesome paper.

No such luck for blog posts.  Man I write good.

Love,
Matt

October 21, 2010

The Night Time is the Right Time



Howdy Friends,

This is a shot I've been wanting to do for quite some time now.  Luckily, Shannon suggested that we head to the waterfront tonight because it's going to rain from now until June. 

Love,
Matt

October 20, 2010

Book Club!



Howdy Friends,

I know I'm getting older.  Reason one: I'm in a book club. Reason two: I'm looking forward to an evening of interesting conversation.

Love,
Matt

October 19, 2010

New Lens!!



Howdy Friends,

After quite a hassle, I finally tracked down my lens.  OHHH happy times.  Now I look forward to using it in good light.

Love,
Matt

October 18, 2010

No Lens Sadface Emoticon



Howdy Friends,

I ordered an 18mm-200mm lens (yes mom, I won't be getting a tattoo anytime soon).  UPS showed up at 1 p.m. and I was at work.  Stupid work.

Love,
Matt

October 17, 2010

Night Bomb



Howdy Friends,

Night Bomb Press had a release party tonight for their 2nd review (I think that is fancy poetry lingo for "best of" various poets book).  We went and I took some photos.  They ended up being extremely grainy so no one, except for yours truly, will ever get to see them.

Instead of getting frustrated and writing a poem about it.  I decided to get my tripod from the car.  I like the star effect of the street lights.



Love,
Matt

October 16, 2010

A Shoutout To My Boy Zeb (Even Though I Haven't Met You, You Are Always In My Heart)



Howdy Friends,

Shannon and I tried to go to the corn maze on Sauvie Island today. That was a no go. There were a ton of cars waiting just to get on the island. We figured that the corn maze itself would be worse. So instead we went to check out St. John's Bridge.

Love,
Matt

October 15, 2010

La Luz



Howdy Friends,

I know you all were desperately waiting to see a picture of my ceiling lamp so here you go.

I have some big plans for pictures this weekend.  I hope that I can get those going.

I guess we'll find out together.

Love,
Matt

October 14, 2010

Goatface.



Howdy Friends,

About 50 goats were "hired" to clear an empty lot in the middle of SE Portland.  This one was trying to clear the weeds right outside of the lot.

It is a special goat and I love it.

It would smile at me.

So I would smile at it.

:]

I don't know the goat very well yet.

Love,
Matt

October 13, 2010

Late Start



Howdy Friends,

Here is a photograph of a table leg.

Love,
Matt

October 12, 2010

No Joke



Howdy Friends,

 You guys thought I was joking about the whole bad weather = photos of random stuff in my house.  Well I wasn't.  I was dead serious.

Here is a jar.

Love,
Matt

October 11, 2010

Photo Friday: Burgundy



Howdy Friends,

I recently decided that I've been too lazy with the Photo Friday challenge.  I've been using photographs that I've already taken that happen "fit" the challenge.  This isn't in the true spirit of the challenge and isn't really doing anything to help me as a young doe-eyed photographer.

Moving on.

I started my new job today.  I think I'm gonna like it.  It isn't too challenging mentally and is a lot less "dealing-with-the-public-until-you-want-to-die" core.  I hope I don't wreck the van.

Love,
Matt

October 10, 2010

Reddit: 10:10 a.m.



Howdy Friends,

The reddit community had a similar idea to the New York Times.  That is, take a photo at 10:10 a.m. and post it on a designated thread.  The data in the photo says it was taken at 10:11am but this isn't true.  My camera was exactly 1 minute ahead.  It has been fixed so, please, don't worry your pretty little heads about it.

Love,
Matt

October 9, 2010

Happy Birthday John!



Howdy Friends,

The weather is getting crappy again...time for a visual inventory of my stuff.  I hope you guys like looking at pictures of argyle socks.

Love,
Matt

October 8, 2010

More Direction Changes



Howdy Friends,

Today was my last day in the cafe.  What a quick series of events.  I start the new position on Monday.  Wish me luck.

I also had a meeting with a lady at PSU who had information about a useful teaching scholarship.  I wouldn't be doing the program I've been thinking about though, it'd be a masters in math AND a teaching certification.  I think this is the route I would prefer.  I don't know if I have the time to get it together though.  I'd have to take another test which would be a total of 3 really crappy standardized tests.

Bonus photo:  (I think I know this guy and his name might be Vinnie.  Colin, I need some verification on this one).


Love,
Matt

October 7, 2010

The Times They Are A-Changin'



Howdy Friends,

Two things happened today:

I had the absolute worst day at work since I got hired 3 years ago.  I'm not trying to be dramatic (you don't think I'm dramatic do you?), I'm just communicating the facts.

I got a new job.  It's still with the same company (sort of, it's really 3 different businesses under the same ownership), but now I will be delivering coffee to businesses.  40 hours a week, benefits, so on, so forth.  The fact that this seems like a step up proves that I'm getting older.

Also, a message to those who are important to me (I guess you are all important to me but I don't have everyone's phone numbers),  I'm sorry I didn't call to tell you guys the good news, I just had a really bad day.


Love,
Matt

Bonus Photo:

October 6, 2010

Hello (Brick) Walls



Howdy Friends,

Usually Wednesdays end up being no good.  This particular Wednesday seemed pretty okay.

I got some prints of my photographs today.  They look pretty good.  Now it's time for the hard part: frames and matting.

We'll see how that goes.

Love,
Matt

October 5, 2010

Elongated Chair



Howdy Friends,

It looks like I won't be attending the latte art competition in Seattle this year.  I can't figure out how to get the financial side of it to work out.  It's probably a good thing anyways.  It would be somewhat mean of me to destroy the willpower of the world's best latte artists.  I consider this a sacrifice for art.

Love,
Matt

October 4, 2010

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Tomato



Howdy Friends,

Lest ye shall recieveth salsa famine.

Love,
Matt

October 3, 2010

Path: Two Ways



Howdy Friends,

I put my cowboy boots on, grabbed the scooter and headed to the M.S.S.E. industrial area.  I desperately tried finding a way to break into a milk factory while I was there.  Stupid barbed wire.

Next time I'll bring my wire scissors.

Love,
Matt

*More South Southeast.

October 2, 2010

That Band TLC





Howdy Friends,

I took the CBEST today.  We'll see how that goes.

But who cares about tests? I know I don't.

You guys care about water falling from cliffs.  Gigantic cliffs that make you lose your balance when you look straight up at them.  Dang those are some big cliffs.

Love,
Matt

P.S.  Slow shutter speed FTW.

October 1, 2010

¿Por Que? NO!



Howdy Friends,

I'm glad that it's the weekend.  I'm even glad-er that I have actual weekends now.  I'm especially glad-er-er that I took this after eating tacos.  Delicious, delicious tacos.

The only bad part is that I have a test to take tomorrow.  I'm not really ready for said test either but I'm hoping that since I'm used to getting up really early I'll have an edge over other people taking it.

Wish me luck.

Love,
Matt