A re-edit from a set of portraits I did over winter break.
This is a text heavy post, but it has multiple photos! Feel free to skip over the text. I know nobody besides my family really cares about what's going on in my life, but whatcha gonna do? The story laid out below simply serves as the context for all of the images.
The last few days have been rather hectic. On Thursday, my first class was normal. Then I went to my second class, Yiddish in Theatre and Film, a history class. It was the final day of lecture, which meant it was time for our final project. There are only 9 people that are actually in the class, so instead of writing a big final paper, the class did a joint project at the insistence of our professor. He wanted us to do a Yiddish dance, so we came up with the choreography on Tuesday and then performed it on Friday. Our professor participated in the dance as well. The best part is that I think that ends up coming out to about 40% of our grade. So you know, there's that. Immediately after that, I headed over to rehearse for a scene that I was performing the next day. My scene partner was 30 minutes late, but whatever. We rehearsed for a bit and then I believe I headed over to the Campanile to do some portraits for a friend friend with the carillon.
On we go. Friday morning, I left my place around 9:00 to head to class. It was fine and at the end, my professor said that she might put me on a Room 7 show in the Fall. After that, I went to my section where I was supposed to have a presentation but we ran out of time so I didn't have to go (hooray!). Then I went to rehearse my scene a final time, popped home for less than an hour to grab some equipment for later, and then went to my next class really early to get everything set up for the scene. The scene went fine, and immediately after class ended, I went to the next building over to run tech for a friend's a capella group. I shot this on the way home from that because I was also filming the show so I had my camera with me.
The next day, it was time for me to do photography for the 7th Annual Queer and Asian Conference at the request of a friend. I was there from 9:15 in the morning until 5:00 at which point I left to go do tech for the second night of the a capella show which ran until around 9:45. I stopped at home very briefly to drop off my gear and then I headed out to meet some people to see The Amazing Spiderman 2 at 10:30. It was pretty good. Much like the first film of the reboot, it was better than the previous Spiderman trilogy. Then I was offered the option of free food, so I naturally opted for that road which resulted in me staying up all night and re-watching Black Dynamite. I finally went to sleep on a couch at around 7:30am, and woke up at 11:45.
At that point, I ate more free food, and then went home briefly to wash my face before I headed back to the Campanile to listen to my friend's final recital and then go check out the very tippity top of the tower. For whatever reason, I thought it would be super smart to run up the equivalent of ~20 stories of stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. On the plus side, we were exactly as fast as the elevator, on the down side, I very nearly fainted which was a new thing for me. Sleep before heavy physical exertion, kids. At least the top was worth it. If you ever happen to be up there after an end of semester recital and you see a ticket stub for The Amazing Spiderman 2, it's mine.
I got home around 5:30, finally thinking it was over. I cleaned up my place that had become a hideous mess over the last month of not being home much, I ate, and I sat down to do my take home final. After completing that, I started last night's episode of Game of Thrones (S04E05 for those in the future). I only got halfway through when I heard a knock on my door. From there, it turned into YouTube viewing, a video chat, and an unannounced free pizza delivery. At 3am, I finally laid down to sleep.
Thus ends my tale. But before I depart, I shall leave you with a parting gift. It is fun, much like that other song by the same band that I put on my previous blog post.
Last week I went out to shoot portraits which isn't something I normally do. In fact, this may have been the first time I've gone out with a subject with the sole intention of shooting portraits. I learned a couple of things, first and foremost that I'm completely awful at directing. To be fair, the person I was originally supposed to take pictures of that day wasn't feeling well so I ended up with a different subject and didn't have much time to plan anything out. Anyhow, I think they turned out rather well, all things considered. In fact, I'm actually quite proud of them. So uh, yeah... if anyone wants me to shoot portraits for some occasion, it's something that I can apparently do.
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.
Portraits are cool! I want to take more of them now. Does anyone want fancy portraits and stuff? If you do, let me know! I can totally make it happen.
Not to detract from the drama of that portrait or anything, but after I got home from the bomb threat today, I found an article online with some newly released footage from the Star Wars blooper reel and one of the comments inspired me to put Yakety Sax over one of the clips, so that's exactly what I did.
And because I found this bit so hilarious that I cried, I figured I'd make a GIF out of it. SO MUCH MEDIA.