Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sleeping Bird

It's been a few months since I added to my dead bird diaries... this poor little guy was spotted 'sleeping' just behind a church in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The beauty of imperfection

As you can see, I've changed the colour scheme for the blog (unless of course, you're reading this as an imported note on Facebook). I was getting tired of the plain jane all black look, plus the white text on black background was hard on the eyes after a bit of reading. I'm actually contemplating migrating over to a tumblr photoblog, but not sure yet. I like what others are doing with their one photo a day type tumblr posts, and I think that would better suit me than trying to verbalize all the random idiotic thoughts in my head everytime I want to post a photo.

So without any rhyme or reason as to why I'm posting this, here it is. Some building in Budapest. Taken with the Holga on Kodak E100G slide film and cross processed. I like that it's totally blurry and poorly composed, and also has multiple massive light leaks as well as the splotchy yellow bits that I was too lazy to clean off the negative before scanning. For all my talk and scheming to eventually buy a D700 (or actually, whatever Nikon replaces that body with), I actually far prefer the flawed imperfections of this 30 dollar toy camera.

Anywho, I have to plug away at pp'ing another wedding shoot I did this past Monday, and so I might drop off the face of the Earth until I've finished it.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Two colleagues went to Drumheller for work. One bought me this awesome T-rex, and the other got me those 'attached at the end' tweezer like chopsticks, with a purple dinosaur on the end. Totally rad.

Shot with a borrowed D700 and my Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4. I sooo need a D700.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Ramen King and I

I was at the library last week, and their 'New and Notable' section had a book called 'The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life'. I was drawn to its cover, which featured a glorious styrofoam white package of Nissin Cup Noodles set against a background of blue rays of sunshine. Without even bothering to figure out if it was a novel, a self help book, or just some random facts book about the history of instant noodles, I decided that this was my next must read.

I know what you're thinking - that sounds positively retarded... packages of seasoning, dried vegetables bits and sesame oil, notwithstanding. But hear me out - 1) I LOVE INSTANT NOODLES. 2) Nissin Cup Noodles are pretty much the fifth food group. 3)... well, that pretty much summed up why I felt this was a must read.

And besides, this is certainly not the first time I've decided to read a book based on the image on the cover or its somewhat ridiculous title. The last two I did this with (books respectively titled 'The Cheese Monkeys' and 'Incompetence') both turned out to be great ones that I've read 5 times combined. 3 for 3!!!

Having said that, I've probably done nothing to convince you as to why you should hunt down a copy of this Ramen King book. As I'm not a gifted writer in any sense of the word, nor have I even finished reading the entirety of this pseudo autobiography/ tell all about the author's love life, there is no way I could do it justice. From what I've gotten so far, it's part retrospective diary, part wry self psychoanalysis of a serial cheater, and part contemporary history lesson on the etiquette of eating sushi, Japanese Culture, and of course, Instant Ramen. I would suggest this book to anyone with even a remotely similar sense of humour or personality or general taste in all things quirky as me to put down your reservations and give this book a shot. And if you don't enjoy the read, I'll treat you to a steaming hot Cup Noodles the next time I see you.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Sorry for the lack of updates lately... I've got a gazillion photos that I could post, but I've been slowly making my way through pp'ing a wedding shoot Dean and I did 3 weeks ago. Just finished at 4am this morning. Going out for lunch time beers at the Unicorn, so I'll leave you with this shot for now. Taken by Dean, D700 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.8.

Back later with a real post. Cheers,