Monthly Archives: February 2012

Randomness from the past couple days

The past couple of days have been rather excessively work-oriented at my day job so this is clearly missing a theme but that doesn’t stop my shutter from flapping.

Last night I was at work late so as consolation I left the camera set up and clicking away in a conference room overlooking a major interstate

Coming home tonight I had that irresistible urge to photograph…. something. Thus, a collection of random shots from around the house.

From 2012-02-28
From 2012-02-28
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From 2012-02-28

And that’s the day that was (or two)

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New Day, New Digs

As my assiduous readers will no doubt remember, a couple weeks ago I took a photographic stroll around my company’s current offices with the knowledge that they would soon become the old office. Today was a day of introduction to the new office in all its glory.

Let me begin by noting that it is absolutely mind-boggling how much work and preparation goes into moving an entire office across town. I cannot begin to fathom the number of hours involved in this effort and those involved should be most heartily applauded. Now that the whole process is completed I feel rather sad that I didn’t have the opportunity to assist in some way. It’s rather like having someone else do your home work for you. No matter, on to the tour!

From the outside, there’s a lot of building here. We really are ‘moving on up’ as the old song goes.  Let’s smack some beans on that grill!  They won’t burn!

From New Office – 2/26/2012

Those who visited our offices previously will be significantly more impressed with the new entry…

From New Office – 2/26/2012

And the view is vastly improved from the inside.

From New Office – 2/26/2012

And the kitchen… holy shit what an improvement.

From New Office – 2/26/2012

And the most important thing, really, the primary reason we moved at all was so that Grant could have an office.

From New Office – 2/26/2012

Off in the dim and misty distance we can even see downtown.

From New Office – 2/26/2012

One item of particular note here. We’re a software development group and probably the only developers in the universe who opted for an open office concept rather than the private little coffins… er, cubicals, that seem so popular.

From New Office – 2/26/2012

Wow whatttalottastuffinboxes.

From New Office – 2/26/2012

I think everybody must raise their pinky to take iPhone pictures. It’s like drinking a dainty cup of photographic tea.

From New Office – 2/26/2012

The boardroom is now officially too big for the table I think. Love the painting by the wall though.

From New Office – 2/26/2012

This is my boss so watch what you say about him. This is his “I’m embarrassed for you my picture to take” face. He’ll probably fire me tomorrow. He’s a funny sort of boss because he’s the only one I’ve ever had who steadfastly refused to read my blog and then say the next day that I’m inscrutable. Funny that.

From New Office – 2/26/2012

Yup. This about sums up the software industry. Beer taps and bags and bags of McDonalds. That’s how Google got its start. Except they probably had In and Out Burger or something fancy like that.

From New Office – 2/26/2012

And yes, they work. What kind of beer is it you ask? Who gives a shit? It’s beer. At work.

From New Office – 2/26/2012

I love a bit of reflection self-portraiture but this seems a smidge grim.

From New Office – 2/26/2012

And the cylindrical buildings around us are going to make for awesome photo fodder.

From New Office – 2/26/2012

And that’s the day that was.

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A Random Trip Around Purdue – 2/20/2012

Firstly I must apologize that tonight’s post will actually be a double because I’ve been remiss in unloading my camera. I find that if I don’t put down words with the photos soon after I upload them then “later” very quickly becomes “never”. So here you have post the first.  (Whole album here)

Eric and Laura and I started out on a random stroll on last Monday and as usual just set out for “wherever the wind took us.” The first locale that struck my eye was an act of absolute retail genius. Where better to sell your cookies at 3am than a college campus? I’m betting that around finals week they they’re absolutely swamped.

From Random Trip around Purdue – 02-20-2012

I couldn’t help but giggle in an unmanly manner at this sign. It’s almost as if the door has a pesky fungal infection. In reality the door is of simpler construction than normal so that the athletes can successfully figure out how to open it. (yeah, yeah, I know, cheap shot)

From Random Trip around Purdue – 02-20-2012

Moving on from my witless banter about athletes and their mental acuity, I found these metal drainage grates around the trees near Mackey Arena very striking.

From Random Trip around Purdue – 02-20-2012

This fairly new sculpture of a Boilermaker is pretty striking. Get it? Striking? Yes, it’s one of those posts. I apologize. Did I mention you can just click one of the photos and flip through without my commentary?

From Random Trip around Purdue – 02-20-2012
From Random Trip around Purdue – 02-20-2012

After we leave the Burly Bronze Boilermaker behind, the Stonehenge Surfboards of Slayter Hill beckoned to us.

From Random Trip around Purdue – 02-20-2012

Not far from there, the Purdue water tower looms. Lucky for you I can’t think of a pun for that one.

From Random Trip around Purdue – 02-20-2012

And we close with one of my favorite campus features. The variegated slate tile roof of Cary Quad always strikes me especially. For an engineering campus, there’s still a fair amount of attention to artistic detail.

From Random Trip around Purdue – 02-20-2012

And that’s the day that was.

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What I did on my President’s Day Vacation

Greetings and Salutations from that most reverent of holidays, President’s day. Unlike the majority of the population I had the day off in honor of our four-score forefathers so of course I spent it taking some photos. The black carrion crows of sloth did not circle around me on this day.

From 2012-02-20

Though they did circle a bit around this dead badger(?) I found in the woods. Finding animals to photograph has always been a challenge for me. I don’t feel like I’m particularly in tune with the tread of the native fauna. I do, however, have a knack for finding former fauna.

From 2012-02-20

Small game aside, the real highlights of the day were to be found at 7 o’clock this morning. I found my way to the top of a parking garage and watched the sunrise.

And a bit of traffic.

And that’s the day that was.  How did you entertain your fine selves?

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Here, There and Everywhere

Yesterday, after that somewhat introspective beginning, turned into rather a scattered but interesting affair. Not long after completing my posts for the morning I got a comment from a rather unlikely source. During the Super Bowl I went out into the crowds and just did some random people shots. One would calculate that in a crowd of 100,000 people these are as close to public anonymity as one might get. Amazingly though, my commenter was writing to say that the people in my shot were actually with him that day and that he was out taking their photos at the same time! I won’t rehash all this here as you can read his blog post on the topic but suffice to say that I was taken aback. Apparently Google really DOES know everything. Yikes.

After that little revelation Laura and I headed out in a random direction with no particular destination in mind, headed simply, towards the light. As always, click any of the photos to view them in Smugmug and do whatever activities Smugmug allows including flipping through the whole album without my commentary.

From Lafayette 2-18-2012

I’ve learned, I think, more or less the art of taking a photo without actually stopping the car. Shutter speed up, keep the shot level, and don’t expect anything too particularly detail-filled.

From Lafayette 2-18-2012

We finally pulled off on a little dirt road in the country…

From Lafayette 2-18-2012

…wherein we found a small and VERY old cemetery boasting stones from the early 1800s.

From Lafayette 2-18-2012

Of course I got distracted by the lichen. The stones were old enough and shaded enough and undisturbed enough to have some great examples of these intriguing life forms.

From Lafayette 2-18-2012
From Lafayette 2-18-2012

Moving on we made our way around a few small towns in the area. This shot, another drive-by, struck me as unsettling in composition.

From Lafayette 2-18-2012

This… yeah… hard to know exactly what to say about this. I can sit around and assign meaning to it all day long. You’ve got the church steeple, the stoplight and the camera lens. Is this symbolic of the union between church, the state and art? Perhaps the camera is the watchful eye of… man that keeps vigil over them both? I dunno, but for some reason I like it. Which means, of course, that everybody else looks at it and scratches their head. C’est la vie.

From Lafayette 2-18-2012

Speaking of the State, we did see Officer Obie.

From Lafayette 2-18-2012

Alright, so here’s where things get really interesting. Lafayette is filled with factories and in particular this Tate & Lyle one has always stood out for me. Even as a young boy when my grandparents went to the mall I saw this ever-present smoke stack and was a bit awestruck. For a long time I’ve imagined what it would be like to capture this landmark behind a sunset. This, apparently, was the day though I’ll admit it didn’t QUITE turn out the way I’d imagined. Firstly, the item sans sunset.

From Lafayette 2-18-2012

And here… well, here are a few. I’ll not say that I’m disappointed but they’re not nearly as clean as I would have hoped for. They look rather apocalyptic which in some ways is actually BETTER since my whole point to the pieces was to represent the struggle between nature and mankind. Man, thoughtlessly hurling his waste into the air while an angry, glowering sun looks on. I’d say… well, I’d say it does look rather angry.

From Lafayette 2-18-2012
From Lafayette 2-18-2012

In summation, it was an interesting day that was, and in allways unexpected. I have to applaud Laura, as usual, for patiently driving about all of known creation with me chasing sunsets and sundry other things.

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Indy to Lafayette: 2 Minutes

Alright, well, I think I’ve expended my ability to be entertained by this exact sort of time-lapse photography, specifically car-based straight ahead. The result here is, plus or minus some sun-flares, about as good as I could expect I suppose. Time to move on to some other angle or subject or something…

I need to do the whole dawn/dusk thing properly and perhaps germinate a few seeds. Other thoughts?

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Dawn over Carmel

Well, here lies my first attempt to time-lapse a sunrise. I honestly have no clue why there’s so much wobble as the tripod was stock still. Apparently some unknown wind of some sort. Anyway, a reasonable first shot, I suppose.

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