Archive for October, 2011

Playing Dead- The Epic Finale
October 28, 2011

“The show must go on.”

-Unknown

As promised, here is a sneak peek of what goes into a haunted house production. Below you will find a video slideshow as well as some photos that I thought should stand alone.

Enjoy!

This was the before showtime…
This is the after effect. One bedazzled sandal coming right up!

 

 As I have been pleasantly reminded, yes this would only happen to me! In the midst of my theatrical performance, I seemed to have injured my big toe. I’ll spare you all the gruesomeness hidden under my sock but it is quite bruised and swollen. I am still pending a response from my doctor (Dr. Andrew Nava who is absolutely awesome!) to hear back if it’s broken or not. This is turn determines my recovery time—either 1-2 weeks or…6-8! Let’s hope I don’t have to wear this soon to be very fashionable sandal for too much longer.

Have a SAFE and happy Halloween 🙂

Playing Dead pt. 1
October 20, 2011

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.”

-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

With Halloween right around the corner, I found myself at a loss for what I will be doing on the night of the 31st. One, it falls on a Monday this year. Two, I have work and school the next day. Three, I am a humble college student—unafraid to admit that my bank account survives on a biweekly basis.

Regardless of what All Hallows Eve will bring me, what I’m really excited for is the haunted house I will be a part of! On Wednesday October 26th, you can find me at ASU’s West Campus as a zombie ballerina—dancing my way through the various rooms of doom.

This is an experience that I cannot wait to share! Coincidently, it poses as a rare photo opportunity and I plan on documenting the whole night in its entirety. Not to toot my own horn, but the fact that I get to have a role in this production is beyond cool. I mean c’mon, how many people can say that they were one of the freaks in a haunted house?

Depending on who you’re asking that answer might vary…

Alright, since you’re wondering how I plan on executing this masterpiece, allow me to explain. Imagine Natalie Portman as Black Swan and the little zombie girl in Dawn of the Dead want to be each other for Halloween. They would look a little something like this.

Photo Credit- curiousphotos.blogspot.com

I’ve always loved Halloween but as I’ve gotten older, it saddens me to realize that this holiday sometimes loses its meaning. Screaming your lungs out. Uncontrolled heart beats. Loss of bladder control.

If peeing on yourself in public doesn’t scare you I don’t know what will.

Anyway, be sure to check back next week to see how my debut as a dead dancer turns out!

-Lauren

These Genes Never Fit So Well
October 13, 2011

“In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” -Alfred Stieglitz

As mentioned in my About Me video blog, I touched slightly on the fact that the photography bug runs in my family. I also talked about the old fashioned cameras that we had lying around in my garage. So I thought this week would be a picturesque moment—pun definitely intended—to showcase my newest goodies.

Probably one of the coolest cameras I've ever seen. This baby has been played with time and time again and I'm almost certain it's broken after all I've put it through.

This collection would not be complete without the good ol' detachable flash. What I really love about this camera is the simplicity of it. According to my mom, she said my dad would take this camera everywhere.

A side view of the "Twin Lens Reflex" camera. Not going to lie, I had to research what the correct title of this little powerhouse was.

Just like Christmas! Finding these in one of my cupboards at home was literally the happiest moment of my past week. I was beyond eager to zip those open and see what was inside...

Ta-da! Who knew there were so many different types of lenses you could attach to a camera!? With all these new treasures found, I am now more anxious than ever to learn the tricks of the manual camera trade.

Kieko. The only cat that ever won over the dog lovers of our family. I've been told she was very protective—almost guard dogish. She was captured here lounging in the front yard of my dad's childhood home.

Ah, the beauty of a wide angle lens! As a future world traveler, how amazing would it be to snap photos of some of the world's most beautiful places with this lens on hand?!

Now this may seem out of place, but I wanted to share one of my father's other hobbies: Hunting. One of the main styles of photography my dad focused on was nature shots and if he could dig it, I can dig it too.

I now realize, it's kind of cool how diverse my dad's interests were. Lately, it's actually inspiring me to look into hobbies that I normally wouldn't consider.

Finally, the signature name that is written on almost every item belonging to the original "Guz".

All of these pictures were edited with an “antique” tone which I thought added to the theme of the post. I can’t express how joyous it is to find something that means more to you than others can imagine. So I’ll leave you with the words of the wisest, bravest and most selfless man I ever knew and ever will know…

“You have to deal with the cards you were dealt.” -Larry Guzman
Translation: Live life, we never know what it has in store for us.

Calm Before the Dbacks Storm
October 6, 2011

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” -Dorothea Lange

Unless you are living under a sizzling Arizonian rock, you should know that the Diamondbacks are in the MLB playoffs. What you should also know is that last night proved their determination to hold on to a hopeful spot in the 2011 World Series. As they tied the first round series 2 games to 2—against the Milwaukee Brewers in a 10-6 win on Wednesday—Chase Field was the epicenter of the all the excitement.

 Unfortunately, I could not be at last night’s game. But from the looks of the coverage shown on TV, it was obvious that the crowd anticipated a win. Fortunately, we can watch the Diamondbacks fight for game 5 in Milwaukee on Friday. Leaving Chase Field empty, with only the memories of a well-played game.

While walking to this week’s photo shoot location, the inspiration building up inside of me was something I had never experienced before. I felt as though I was fighting for light against the setting sun. Starting to get disappointed from the lack of natural light, I realized this posed a perfect learning opportunity for myself. It was then and there that I decided this week’s topic would be focused on shadowing, blur reduction and the use of natural sunlight. Every picture I took was captured without flash and had a serious focus on camera steadiness.

With the help of TGI Friday’s and their wonderful staff, I was granted access to the inside of Chase Field where an overwhelming sense of peace was felt. Once getting into the swing of things, I quickly acknowledged how the solitude of the ballpark added to the beauty found behind the lens.

Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, I think pure happiness is something we all strive to find. Last night, the Dbacks found it and they got to share that happiness with 38,830 others. Taking pictures is no longer a weekly assignment for me—it’s something I truly enjoy doing. And although Chase Field was empty tonight, I’ll get to share my happiness with all of the world to see.

God bless the Internet.

Check out my Photobucket link below.

Enjoy 🙂

Dbacks @ Dusk