« February 2006 | Main | April 2006 »

March 24, 2006

FinePix in the Dark

For those of you who might want a new small camera, this one seems like a great next purchase. I am really excited about it... and as far as switching brands, I always admired fugi's consistent ability to create both filmstock and cameras that produced really punchy colors especially great for reds and greens.

I shot all Martin Gore's solo pics with fugi film. The camera does not come out until June but it seems worth the wait. I can't tell you how many times I wish I had a small compact camera that would take shots in low light.

For instance, that camera that you sometimes shove down your pants to sneak into a concert... then when you take it out later you end up having to produce flashes of light that totally give the fact that you have a camera away.. it sometimes gets you in trouble with security. I know that most of the time those backstage pics would look a hell of a lot better without flashes. The majority of rockstars look better in dim lighting, you know?

Also. I like that the photos are of a reasonable size. Not too large.. like I sometimes feel like mine are. I often size them down for uploading to flickr. They are still massive, but just not insanely massive.

Posted by jenredstar at 11:27 AM | Comments (2)

March 23, 2006

Finally crossing the Atlantic

I’m currently full of pre-travel anxiety because this Sunday (drum roll please) I will be headed off to Europe for the very first time. My mother is traveling east to meet me here in Plymouth and then we’re off to Zurich (because of the alps, and some friends), Venice (because it is sinking) and London (because I know I'll love it).

I am also excited to report that I will be taking a lot of photos on this trip because I am told that I will be getting a photo pass for the two Depeche Mode/ The Bravery shows that I am attending. I'll just be working for myself... so if anyone knows a publication that might want to accuire photos of DM in Zurich and Wembly… point them in my direction.

I decided that with such a special photo opportunity coming up that I needed to invest in a longer camera lens. I got myself a Canon 85mm 1:8 at the suggestion of my good friend and extremely talented photographer Sam Bennett.

I got the lens today and I’m really excited, I think it will work wonderfully. I’ll be in “the pit” with god knows how many other photographers snapping away for the first three songs of each artist. I picture myself transferring the shots to my ipod once I get back to my seat. I’m prepared!

So I’ll be out of touch for nearly two weeks. No AIM or compulsive internets surfing will do me some good. I’ll be busy anyway, getting intoxicated on European wine and fancy foods furnished by my generous and adventurous mother.

But OH the pressures of packing! I’ll be gone for so long, and yet I will have no laundry facilities. I basically have to plan out every outfit I am going to wear for those “special occasions” and then make sure not to wear them before their time. I’m going to inspire my own “NERD ALERT” commentary when opening my suitcase to reveal labeled airless ziplock bags containing specific outfits. I have no shame.

Also, before my mom and I jet off she will finally get to meet the other Gantz siblings Jeremy (also my housemate) and Alyssa. This is exciting since I know she will delight in their company as much as I do. Our family is going to expand once Ryan and I tie the knot and I feel so thankful. I love these people.

Posted by jenredstar at 6:41 PM | Comments (2)

March 20, 2006

Killing my sweet time

I have actually been working, but while side tracked, I found this and indulged my desire for wasting time. Perhaps you will too!

You Are Lemon Meringue Pie
You're the perfect combo of sassy and sweet
Those who like you have well refined tastes
What Kind of Pie Are You?

I kinda had to post this, it is my favorite kind of pie after all. I should make it a mission to construct the perfect pie. I have been constantly dissapointed with the ones I have ordered in pie shops. they are always too frighteningly gummy and sometimes the flavor is comparable to chemicals. I made a really awesome lemon meringue pie awhile ago and it ended up being too runny in the middle (not enough cornstarch). Boy, it was easy on the eyes, and tasty even if I had to use a spoon to eat it.

Posted by jenredstar at 5:56 PM | Comments (1)

March 13, 2006

More of this

As I get older, I am increasingly disappointed by my ability to remember things. This weekend I've met so many people and witnessed so many funny, notable stories in action and I can hardly recall them now. I end up looking back on the situation with an overall sense of the fun or the way I got to know someone better than I knew them before. I don't think I am particularly good at telling stories.

Being here at sxsw I hear about blogs every day. I have this blog here, but I've not really applied myself to writing in it consistently. I would like to improve on this. I think that perhaps I could supplement my lack of excellent memory by writing more frequently. I'll just have to make sure that I don't kill too many brain cells with lack of sleep and alcohol before I sit down at the computer.

Posted by jenredstar at 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

March 9, 2006

I'm Goin' to Texas Ma!

Lately, I've been bouncing back n forth across the country, usually between Santa Barbara and Plymouth. However, tomorrow I am excited to announce that I will be visiting a far away state that is NOT California. Hooray! (no offense to californians, I am just pleased to interject some variety)

My first SXSW badgeI am pleased to announce that I will be attending SXSW interactive in Austin Texas. Ryan has been attending for many years in a row now and this year I finally get to go meet all these friends I've been hearing about for years. I'm especially excited for a lot of reasons. I'll get to go hang out in some nice warm Texan weather, Learn some webby stuff, lay eyes on people I only read about on the internet, and of course... lots of parties and playtime. Ryan always said it "feels like camp" and that sounds good to me.

In other news: Crash???? WTF?
I'm still in denial that Brokeback Mountain and Heath Ledger didn't win. However, Phillip S. Hoffman is completely amazing and totally deserves it for that role and dozens of others he always nails. I remember leaving the theater after watching Crash and thinking to myself... "well, that was kinda good... at times moving... but ultimately didn't live up to the hype... AND... boy it was just "so LA" yeeesh!"

I don't think I've ever been so disappointed by a choice for best picture as this one. Granted I've only cared about the outcome of the oscars for the last 15 years or so. I guess I'll go rent it and see if I still think it is mediocre. Also, I recall being pissy about the title choice from the beginning because of that other movie “crash”. David Cronenberg's Crash, starring James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Unger, and Rosanna Arquette. While not exactly oscar material, the 1996 Crash really owned that title for me.

On to laundry, cleaning, coffee, post office and packing.

Posted by jenredstar at 1:48 PM | Comments (1)