Posts Tagged ‘off topic’

Mobile Photography

Monday, August 19th, 2013

I typically try and pack as light as possible whenever I’m traveling. For the most part, I limit myself to 2 bags; a single duffle bag of clothes and a backpack for my camera. In fact, if it wasn’t for my camera, I could probably fit enough clothes to last me a week in the backpack alone. It’s a small sacrifice I make for being able to carry the tools of my trade. During this road trip however I’ve noticed that I’ve been reaching for my camera less and less, and more often than not, I’ve found myself shooting with my phone out of convenience instead.

Personally, I think the camera technology in cell phones has gotten to a point where I can rely on my phone as an appropriate back up in certain circumstances. My cell phone will probably never replace my DSLR, but depending on the intended usage of a photo, I think a DSLR is sometimes unnecessary, especially when it’s not being utilized to its full potential. I often hear from people who are interested in pursuing photography but are turned off by the cost of entry, and in many cases, I find that some photographers have turned the scene into a consumerist competition for equipment.

I’ve touched on the issue of gear and picture quality before in my post on camera shopping and tried to promote the thought that the more expensive camera is not always the better camera for you. So for anyone with even the slightest interest in the medium, take a moment to work with what you have and learn the fundamentals of composition and lighting.


Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Call it a post graduate itch, or perhaps overwhelming boredom, but a month and a half ago I was struck with the desire to pack my bags, hit the road and drive cross country with 2 other recent grads. The trip was made on a relatively low budget that was sustained by sleeping on strangers’ couches, camping out in tents, and drinking boxed wine.

As you could imagine, keeping up with any type of work while practically living in a car was a hit or miss endeavor, and I chose to pick the easier route and simply abandon most of my projects. I’m back in New York now though and slowly easing myself back into productivity. I have a ton of photos to look through and a couple of web projects I need to complete. I’ll be keeping this blog updated over the next few weeks as photography is a source of consistency in my life and I need to get back into a regulated workflow.

By some chance of luck, I managed to get approved for a media pass to the Icelandic music festival, Iceland Airwaves while traveling cross country, so I’ll be heading over to Europe this Fall do a photo piece on Iceland’s youth culture. I’ve been toying with the idea of living/traveling abroad for at least a year after I finished school and so if I could summarize my intentions for this road trip in the easiest way possible, I guess you could call it closure.

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: Why I Welcomed the Blackout

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

I haven’t been able to work on any photos recently on account of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York. Luckily, everyone I know has gotten out of it with just a pile of inconvenience, but there are people out here who have been completely devastated. The hurricane aside however, I wanted to talk about the blackout.

My town in particular was left without power for 12 days now, and while electricity has been restored to some parts of town (my house was restored today, the 12th day), others are still without light or heat. Now as terrible as this is, I have to say, deep down I’m happy we lost power. The hurricane aside, and despite my personal inconveniences, I found myself looking around my town and thinking about how happy I was to see us all in the middle of this mess. I wish we could’ve had this blackout without the hurricane. I wish all of us would have been left in the dark for a week or so wondering how to get gas, and how to get physical cash out of our bank accounts.

Society needed a blackout. More than anything, society needed a slap in the face to remind us of what’s important in life. For all the pampered people who attach value to the most insignificant things. For the people who could no longer find a purpose or find the ability to function when stripped from their luxuries. They disgust me. That blackout was the most essential event of their lives. If I could somehow extend it for the people who lamented and bitched over being separated from their first world luxuries when in reality they were only mildly inconvenienced, I would have. I would have kept this blackout indefinitely until they all came to terms with it, realized how nonsensical their values were, and how sadly dependent they are on factors outside of their control.

I’ll admit, there are people who needed power to work, and people in poor health who needed it to physically keep themselves alive. Hell most of my work is done online. I’ve been running around this past week and a half trying to find a power source and tethering internet from my phone whenever I got an email from work. But among all of those people, there are still others who just wanted an excuse to escape reality. That was more apparent than ever when the blackout hit and they found themselves taking sleeping pills to push through the day or sitting around too unmotivated to finish their work. They indulge themselves in these luxuries and lose sight of what was important to them to begin with.

Life carried on during the blackout. And it honestly saddens me that some people were so detached from everything once they were separated from their cell phones and computers that they couldn’t see something so magnificent.

Behind the Scenes

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Another look at the scarecrow and fishtank photo from last month.

Hammer and Nails

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

I found myself stuck in a DIY kind of mood after I finished making my bed, and so I decided to do something about the god awful cabinet in my house. The project’s not done, but hopefully it won’t keep me occupied much longer because I honestly haven’t been doing much other than this. I plan to do a portfolio update in the very near future and I still haven’t touched the motorcycle I was restoring before I left for Asia. School’s starting in a week, let’s see how much work I can actually get done.


Saturday, August 4th, 2012

So after sleeping on a couch for the past two years, I finally decided to grow up and get myself a bed. After getting back to the states, I spent the next week indoors getting over a case of pneumonia and then immediately dived into a DIY bed project that took about a week and a half to finish. Well, the pneumonia’s gone, and I now have a place to sleep. I can finally go back to my regular routine.

Find Me On Instagram

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Instagram user? You can follow me at smileitsfranny, where you’ll find random mobile shots as well as my most recent blog posts.