otp237 – civic duty

60 years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled against Montgomery County and their segregated bus system.

Coincidentally I had been taking photos of Dara reading Rosa (authored by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier) for the OTP 237 assignment. Its an excellent book, well written and beautifully illustrated. A story very relevant for this time, both as a reminder of how far we’ve come and an encouragement for the continued peaceful struggle for equality and justice.

“She thought about her mother and her grandmother and knew they would want her to be strong. She had not sought this moment, but she was ready for it.
When the policeman bent down to ask “Auntie, are you going to move?” all the strength of all the people through all those many years joined in her. Rosa Parks said no.”

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a new president

A couple weeks ago my wife had bought a t-shirt from old navy. When a friend posted a photo her son wearing the same shirt, I commented that we had the same shirt and she responded asking for a picture.

This evening, as partisan Democrats, we were naturally distraught with how the election was going, so to distract myself I pulled out the shirt to snap some pics. As usual, my daughter also wanted to take some pictures too so we all took a turn modeling the shirt.

Given my partisan leanings and the surprise result, I just couldn’t fall asleep…so I decided to get up and and do some work instead of just tossing and turning.

I had set up a nice simple three shot triptych in indesign…but when I exported it out to JPG, everything got jumbled up and came out like below. I guess the night/early morning had one last surprise for me!

Its been a dark election season and I’m trying to transition to a hopeful mood. I wish our nation and President Elect Trump a good four years, may he govern wisely.

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stripes (otp232)

In a world full of stripes I just wasn’t finding much to shoot. Maybe because I felt strapped for time all week for other stuff.

I might as start go with the baby shot…cause that’s always the first line of attack.

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Saturday evening we also went to the park and people played outside the stripes / lines

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and flew a kite

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I was a little surprised that 6 megapixels can still get the definition on the kite so far up (this is a quarter crop of another image)

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For a free giveaway at a promotional event, I’ve gotten quite a bit of fun out of that kite.

circular outtake

While closing out the photoshop file, I accidentally turned on a few layers at the same time and stumbled upon this fun graphic.

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circles (otp115)

I’ll do it in reverse chronological order.

While helping the baby take care of business, I realized this has just enough circles to meet the assignment.161002-i5c-9611-1

I reshot the slippers to see if the iphone might get me something sharper.
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While sitting outside with the SLR, I realized that my slippers had a bunch a circles.
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I had some trouble trying to find circles while at Zion National Park. Even after realizing she had circles on her jackets, I just couldn’t get the a good shot.
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circular (again) (otp178)

I think when Jeffery came up with the assignment Circular last year, I think he thought out loud it would be interesting to do some photos that were round in the framing, though I think he ended up going back to the more straight forward (processing wise) approach of just letting it be interpreted freely. While working on OTP 115, I think it got all mixed up in my head. In any case I ended up shooting up at the big tree at Zion National Park and got a couple nice circular images.

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This was from the same shot, but a different crop.
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And one from the trunk. Unfortunately, it was with the front facing camera, so it pixelated pretty heavily.
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sound (otp135) someone else (otp231)

I also have some other photos that I tried to use for sound and will need to review those later, but since this was also taken by Dara (the current “someone else” assignment) I pushed this one out. On Sunday morning she wanted to take some more photos and this sound assignment had been bedeviling me so I thought I’d see if she could do any good ukelele shots. As a good 2.5 year old, she quickly lost interest after three frames, but she nailed the middle shot.

About a month ago, I started my new ukelele hobby (on an ancient Yamaha 60C my father brought over from San Jose). I have a tortured history of starting and dropping musical instruments, we’ll see how long this lasts. The big change this time around is playing simple children’s songs for her is really quite amazing. Its such a high that rivals almost anything else I’ve done.

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someone else (otp231)

The assignment was to get someone else (familiar or stranger) to take your photograph. Well that’s easy, since I’ve already “directed” Dara to as my prinicpal photographer for previous assignments.

Lately, she’s started pretending these foam blocks are her camera and she’ll come up to us and tell us to say “cheeese!”. And of course we oblige.

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As always there are some outakes, including one from that morning while shooting the diptych. I always like to get up close, I guess she does too!

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And then two more from the afternoon at the Windmill Library.

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