Archive for September, 2011

A Gray Life, Not So Blue After All
September 29, 2011

“Life is like a good black and white photograph. There’s black, there’s white and there’s lots of shade in between.”

-Karl Heiner

Energetic. Hilarious. Loving.


The one name that I can always count on. He is by far one of the most exciting aspects of my life. Always there to greet me when I return home and never fails to amuse me just when I need it. Without sounding too much like a lonely old woman, I feel it’s only right that I admit I am speaking of our family dog. He’s the perfect bundle of Chihuahua joy—minus the annoying stereotype most of his kind are associated with.

As I sat with him in my lap earlier this week, I got to thinking that he’ll never see the world the way the rest of us do. Of course, it is a myth that dogs solely see in black and white but that doesn’t change the fact that they are in fact partially color blind. Imagine for a moment that you are Oli—the victim of vision almost similar to an “I Love Lucy” re-run. But is he really the victim here? Or are the rest of us too blinded by the color spectrum to see beauty in its rawest form?

This week, I decided to start looking at my surroundings the way he would. Capturing photos in black and white changes how you look at things. Most digital cameras nowadays have the option of switching over to a colorless setting and if you don’t have one on yours any photo editing software should. So jump on the Oli-Trolley and take a look at what we saw on our walk around our neighborhood.

Four numbers. One home.
Something about stop signs always sparks a potty break.
Fire hydrants also have the same effect…

At the end of each day, no matter what it was like, I’m reminded how simple an act of kindness can be. From a lick on the cheek to not peeing on my bed, Oli truly does it all …


This post is for you, pup.

Vlogging Gone Wrong
September 27, 2011

After about 50 takes, it was safe to say I had some impressive footage to work with…

Wha-wha-wha-wha-what’s it all about!?
September 23, 2011

Who doesn’t love a Beastie Boys reference.
This post is mainly to lead you in the right direction–which is back to the “Who IS this girl” page. In case you were curious as to who the heck I am, you are in luck! Once there, you will find me talking to my computer (I mean, all of you lovely people) giving some insight on what EYE OF THE BE[CAMERA]HOLDER truly means to me.

Keep smiling people 🙂

Adventures at Best Buy
September 16, 2011

“Buying a Nikon doesn’t make you a photographer.  It makes you a Nikon owner.” -Author Unknown

If you were to talk to any serious photographer, there is a strong chance that they would agree with the following: Anyone who buys an outlandishly priced camera automatically assumes they are a professional. After my recent trip to Best Buy, I am now among the annoying.

Totally kidding. Let’s remember that I am a part-time working, loan-accepting, frequent-Amazon-shopping college student! Therefore, there is no way I would be able to buy a camera of any worth at this point in time. Side note: an outlandishly priced camera will most likely make its way to the top of my well-deserved-gifts-to-myself list after this post.

Captured by Lauren Guzman

The funny thing is, I actually went to Best Buy this past Tuesday and scoped out what their camera department had to offer. After avoiding numerous puddles and dodging reckless parking lot drivers, I made my way into a building with exceptionally great lighting—perfect for an impromptu photo-shoot—with the moist bangs of a 5-year-old after playing in the sprinklers. Except for the fact that I’m 18 and pretty much just couldn’t find any good parking spots in the rain…

Regardless, a very helpful Best Buy employee (who wished to remain nameless for store policy purposes) enlightened me on the topic of Camera Sifting 101. I asked my new friend, “What is the most expensive camera you have to offer?” Expecting nothing more than about $800, I was shocked to be led to a glass case with cameras reaching prices up to a whopping $1,899.99!

Of course this was not your Grandma’s disposable. It was in fact, the Canon EOS 7D SLR and according to my trusty source, it is for “the experienced photographer who will get everything they need out of a camera.”

Captured by Lauren Guzman

If you’re looking for the most basic point and shoot, look no further then Best Buy’s most inexpensive camera; the Casio EX-ZS10. This little firecracker is currently on sale for $99.99 and is recommended for an “8-year-old child who won’t get confused with a bunch of buttons or settings.” Even if you’re not eight, this camera will get the job done as long as your expectations with it are realistic.

Eventually, we made our way to a fair middle ground where a photography commoner and the king of capturing could both be pleased. These cameras varied in prices and brands, however they all serve the same purpose, which is to shoot quality photos. Whether you’re on #TeamSony or a part of #AshtonsNikoners, your price range will go from around $300-$500 for a reliable digital camera.

At the end of the day, that’s the only thing any of us really care about, right? Something that is dependable, has a good memory and won’t keep you waiting. Almost like a boyfriend or girlfriend but in shiny rectangular form. So the next time you’re in the electronic department of any store, I encourage you to play around with the different cameras they have to offer. Even if you don’t buy anything, you will leave the impression of an interested customer and have some pretty awesome pictures to share with your blog readers…



The Reluctant Researcher
September 9, 2011

“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”

-Matt Hardy

As a natural born skeptic, I like to think of myself as a dedicated researcher. Not your typical bookworm but I do enjoy keeping myself properly informed. Here’s the kicker: I only enjoy topics I’m interested in.

Makes sense right?

You know, pray for the newest John Mayer music to come out. (Although, listening to some good old Your Body Is A Wonderland also does the trick.) Take on my lengthening list of books I need to read before I die. I would even go through the hassle of cleaning my room before getting something important such as I don’t know, homework done.

Get ready, this is where the fun begins.

I’ve come to the realization that I need to begin taking ahold of my surroundings. If I don’t enjoy what I’m doing with my life then there needs to be some changes made. I’ve been told, “Do what you love and the money will come”. Luckily, my interests are steadily growing and this can only pose a positive outlook for my future. My future can currently be summarized in a simple hypothesis: As the interests become more interesting, the boredom becomes less likely.

Taking into careful consideration the amount of free time most college students have nowadays, I found it imperative to locate three sources that have concise but relevant information.  So here it is! I have composed a list not only necessary for the beginners but for anyone looking to sharpen their creative eye.

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3. Digital Photography for Dummies, 6th Edition by Julie Andair King & Serg Timacheff

-I know, I know it sounds painfully obvious! The upside to this read is that it is an overall guide to modern day photography. Although developing real film is a talent I would love to one-day learn, we are living in a digitally photogenic world. This guide breaks it down for us camera cubs.

2.  11 Tips for Beginner Photographers by Darren Rowse

-Once your eyes adjust to the overwhelming amount of advertisements on the page, you quickly realize what this person has to say is extremely helpful! Also, it never hurts to hear from your fellow blogging man when it comes to learning the ropes.

1. Look around! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Create memories. Watch out for the wondrous. Imagine the world through another person’s eyes. Then, pull out your camera (that you should always have on you!) and start looking at your world through the lens.

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Solution to the Problem
September 2, 2011

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
 -Henri Cartier-Bresson

Well, that sounds uhh… promising. Maybe it’s just me but there seems to be a newfound obsession with “capturing the moment.” Either our society is slowly becoming scrapbookers of the 21st century or we’re just compelled to document our every experience so we can upload it to Facebook. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking anyone who does this. I’ll be the first person to own up to why my phone’s battery is dead before I’m out of class. One single death eater: apps. It’s not only publicly disturbing how much I can’t get enough of what’s going on in the world, it’s borderline embarrassing.

So here I am, wondering how on Earth I can rid of this crazy obsession and it hits me. I shouldn’t be ashamed of my curiosity; I should embrace it! And what other way could that be executed than to creepily take photos of everything and everyone I come in contact with?

…No? Too creepy?

That’s what I thought.

Scratch that idea. In order to respect the comfort zones of others and preserve what’s left of the sane reputation I’d very much like to uphold, I’ve decided that this shall be an educational experience. A TIY, or Teach It Yourself, if you will. I can’t assure you structure, predictability or normality. However, as I find myself pondering the possibilities of what this blog is capable of, I foresee images of joy, laughter and love.


What I’d really love would be to master the art of candid photos. Not the hideous ones people ask you to un-tag them from but ones that are truly raw with emotion.

It is one of my personal goals to become more artistic. I’ve always wanted to capture the times that you feel like you’ve missed out on. You know, the “Dang, I wish I had a camera right now” type moments. Or especially the, “Ugh, my camera is too slow” occurrences.

Who knows, maybe this will be my calling in life. For now, it is simply my weekly documentation of what the world looks like behind a lens. Join me, as I discover the in’s and out’s of what a creative eye looks like—and more importantly, what it sees. I’ll publish my findings right here for other camera newbs to learn from and also for those who already know tricks of the trade.

Stay happy my friends.

You never know who might have a camera on them 😉