Best of Fall 2013

Okay, so I'm a little late. Everybody else did their best of lists a few days ago, but I didn't access to my computer at that point. I briefly skimmed through my photos from this past semester about an hour ago, hastily selected some shots, hastily edited them, and then exported them. To be honest, I was just feeling pretty lazy and I spent a couple hours editing some portraits earlier so I really didn't feel like paying attention to all of the details in these edits. Did I miss some good pictures in creating this list? Absolutely! Can I be bothered to do a second pass to find any good photos I missed? No way. Will I do better in creating my Spring 2014 list? We can only hope.

Dude. It's 2014. Whoa! 

I think I jumped the gun with my last list. I think some of those pictures might have actually belonged on this list, but I can't do anything about that now. I mean, I totally could, but I'm not going to. I should note that some of these might not be the "best" photos, but they are my personal favorites.

The Garbage Pile: A Compilation

We are nearing the end of the semester so I figured I'd do a review of the shots I've taken this semester. I'm starting not with the best of the semester, but rather a group of photos that I think aren't good enough to show on their own, but are good enough that they should be shown, photos that entertain me, or photos that I think had potential, but were executed poorly. 

So you feel like you got something out of this post, I'll throw some fun facts out in the event that you're disappointed by the pictures. 

If you recall, a few weeks ago I put up a shot from a cemetery in Oakland, the Mountain View Cemetery, that I was at for an archaeology project. Well, I'm now finishing up that project (I haven't left my room it two days because of it!), and during one of my research tangents, I discovered some of the notable people that are buried there. Fred Korematsu is buried there (he was born in Oakland after all), along with Domingo Ghirardelli the chocolate guy, J. A. Folger the coffee guy, Charles Crocker the railroad guy, Elizabeth Short (also known as the Black Dahlia), Henry J. Kaiser the ship guy, and dozens of other governors and famous people and stuff. Expanding upon that last name, Henry Kaiser, we all probably know him as the guy that ran all of the Kaiser shipyards in the bay during World War II, some of the most productive ship yards in the world at that period (the four Kaiser yards in the bay produced 747 ships during the war). But we already know all of that. What I didn't know until today is that Kaiser Permanente had its beginnings in those factories with health plan that covered the workers at the Kaiser factories, and a Kaiser hospital built for the workers. Neato!

Okay, enough with the history lessons. Here are some photos that range from pretty good to mediocre. I've seen much better photographers put up much worse photos, so I figure I can get away with it.


It's so abstract

Much horse

I actually can't tell if this is good or not.

Poor execution 

Okay, this one is actually pretty good.

Wow. Such a rebel.

I actually like this one too. It's pretty neat.

I guess this is pretty cool too. In fact, did I already put this one up?

I know what you're thinking. No, I've never put this up, it's just really similar to that other one. That's why it's in the heap.

I had to. She'll probably never see it anyway.

So close

I feel like there are several issues with this, but I couldn't tell you what they are.

And finishing it off with a boring and uninspiring picture!

Sky High

I haven't really been out to shoot lately because of rehearsal and projects and all, but I'll try to get out next week. Maybe. Here's another photo that is already on Instagram but not on here. At least I'm pretty sure it's not on here. It's pretty low quality because it's another Nexus 4 photo, but I still think it's kind of neat. While I am somewhat satisfied with the image quality of the phone, I can't stand the lens flare that occurs with most cell phone cameras. Something about it just drives me nuts, but I'm also just picky about lens flare.