Thursday, July 31, 2008

Internet Finally & Why Direct TV SUCKS!

We finally got internet and T.V. at the apartment! Do I have a story for you! After 4 weeks of waiting I've decided to tell you all how much Direct TV SUCKS! Yeah... they're about as worthless of a company as any I have tried to get service from. After 4 weeks of them putting me off and running me through a ton of circus hoops I finally decided to just go with Cox. I called Cox, purchased the services, picked up the gear and 1 day later I had T.V. and cable. How convenient is that. Instead of waiting 30 days and having 3 techs come out and say, we can't mount this H.D. Receiver Dish on a tripod, and then say, well we can it'll cost you $100, then the next one say, we can't do that, then they say, we can for $50, then say they can't, then say they can, and on and on like the energizer bunny. So within the week I'll be reporting what kind of shoddy service Direct TV provides to the BBB. I'm a patient person, and 4 weeks is more than sufficient time to allow a company to quit bumbling over their own issues and provide service. Anyway! I finally have working television and internet, no thanks to DirectSUCK TV!

So I have some more pictures, I've been doing some more experimentation with post processing of So I have some more pictures, i've been doing some more experimentation with post processing of HDR images as well as multi-exposure merges. I think the results are quite unique and very fun. I've found some places around the apartment complex that really have a nice photogenic touch, but ONLY when photographed at night! I've always had a love for night time photography and long exposures. I think it started when I first saw a picture of star trails around the north star! Those are so awesome and fun to take when they turn out :)

There's just something about long exposures at night that really amazes me. There's an atmosphere that you can capture that just is not there with the extreme luminosity of the sun. Maybe it's the harsh shadows caused by the sun, or the soft light from the stars and the ambiance of the overall city lights. Whatever it is, as you can see, the night time provides a whole different look to the photo's, and when done right, HDR can produce some really unique, beautiful photo's!

Along with the improvement to the way I take long exposures at night, I also have watched some dvd's on studio lighting as well as how to improve the use of natural lighting in portraits and weddings. I've applied some of these techniques to taking photo's not just of weddings and portraits but also of objects. I started with the dress that my queen will be wearing when she walks down the isle and I think the results turned out very pleasing!

The last thing I will daunt you with is I finally got a NEW car. Not just "new to me" but a "bran spankin new" car! I know it's not the greatest but it will work for a while so I can save money and trade up. After my truck almost completely ate it on me. My 1997 Ford Expedition seemed at the end of it's road. With a mere 94k miles on it you would think this thing had some life left in it. However I wasn't willing to fork up the thousands of dollars that it needed to keep going. It needed rear air bags (suspension) as well as the individual ignition coils were going out. At $50 a piece no one wants to spend $400+ on 8 ignition coils. So without further ado and slamming of my truck, my new vehicle is a Kia Spectra. It gets 35mpg which is insanely better than the 12mpg I was getting with the Expedition! Anyway, the saved money left room for higher payments and assurance that I won't be having to do any work to a vehicle for a couple years! :) I was told by someone that Honda took over production of Kia's, so that was reassuring, though I haven't confirmed this yet. Either way, got a new car, no worries bout breakdowns for a long while and saving money! Life's journey on this planet is looking good! Can't wait till the return of Yehoshua when the outlook will ALWAYS be good! :)


Friday, July 4, 2008

Life in the "green" lane?

So it's been a while since I posted... woops, life sorta took off on me quickly... a few things to talk about now! Working for Brinkster. They're awesome! Linux guru on his way to the top! For now, I'm sticking with tech support, pay my time and help people out in the mean time, get paid for it... Not a bad deal at all!! :)

Ovation Photography! Also doing weddings for them... Excellent company! Thank you Bob! I photographed my first wedding under Ovation Photography this last weekend, and Me Espocita and I are moving on up to a nice place closer to my work and her work! Things are looking on the Up and Up! Yehoshua (Jesus) is still on His throne ruling the nations with His rod of Iron and we're all still rebelling... Nothing new!

Image linked from:
Honda Worldwide Article

So I'm looking and I see these ads on tv for this new "Hydrogen powered, Zero Emission Honda".... Yah, bout time they finally got a clue, hydrogen carbeuration has been around since carbeurators and only when they think the worlds in a crisis do they decide to pull out that ace they've had up their sleeves.... It's pricy, I looked at it. $600 to lease, though when you think about the benefits, 0 emission, cheap gas, very efficient AND they do all the maintenance for the 3 years you get it, it's not too shabby... I think we'll be seeing more of these cars in the future!

Last but not least... I've been working on a new layout and design for I'm moving away from a "photography service" company and more towards providing a Photography Forum as well as Guitar Forum... yes that's right for those of you who don't know, I'm also fairly decent at guitar, I'm not entirely a scales master, but been working on that and also on my Perfect Pitch Ear ;) Which has yet to get anywhere near perfect!!!

Joel Hanger Photography