Traveled to Janesville today with Liz, Amber, Callie (Face) and James for a set of pictures in the downtown area. The day began in Riverside Park in Beloit as just a random outing, and afterward we decided to continue to Janesville. I chose Janesville hoping I could find some nice junk for a backdrop--and I was quite happy with what I did find. I shot 835 pictures, 112 of which I saved. Considering I used bracketing (3 shots in of the same frame but different F-stop biasing), that's a very high save rate--over 40%. The photoshoot lasted for several hours and the proofing took even longer, but worth it. In all it was a fantastic shoot and I was very pleased with the results. Pictured are James and Face sitting along a random wall. There were two things I had in mind in setting this shot up. First: distance. The subjects are in the middle of the image with nothing on the sides, making them isolated. The second thing I went for was the hole in the middle of them. Despite them being next to one an other, the hole acts to separate them. The texture makes for a gritty picture and one gets the feeling of unease between the subjects. My thoughts anyway... we'll see what the world thinks (that's a hint to leave comments).
I finished reading the book River Out of Eden by Richard Dawkins. It's the second full book I've read by Dawkins and as a fellow atheist, humanist and general science fan, I do enjoy reading his work. I've watched Dawkins in a number of documentaries and interviews and generally agree with his views. This book focused less on religion and more on science and got into some interesting aspects of Darwinian evolution. It was rather short though--only running about two hours. Pictured is James at Cinco.
The day after any major gathering is always a little on the slow side. I believe the last of people (myself included) got to bed around 7:00am. The evening brought in rain and a fair number of cars were still in the backyard from the night before--so we have a bit of mud now. But with all the rain, I don't think it will take long to regrow the missing grass. Pictured is the first era Garage Crowd; photographer unknown.
Happy Cinco de Mustache! This year's 8th annual Cinco gathering took place at the Garage--a smaller venue then in years previous, but none the less fun. We started off in the morning by firing up the grill and letting the kids run around with boffer swords and followed it up with a long evening of everyone catching up with crowd members they hadn't seen in years. It was a good turnout and a lot of fun. Pictured is the best mustache of the day going out to Zen.