Month: September 2014

A Photographers Retreat: The US Botanic Gardens

Yesterday my photographer friends and my non photographer friends (a.k.a. the willing photography subjects) decided to go to the Botanic Gardens. Why Not? It was a beautiful day, a bit hot, but clear skies as far as the eye can see. The US Botanic Gardens are located on the right side of the Capitol. Depending on which scenic route you prefer you can access it via the Navy Memorial Metro, the Smithsonian Metro, or the Capitol South Metro Station. I suggest starting outside before you go inside, or even bring a picnic and sit outside in the circle. Just watch out for the bugs. You might be a little bit too late, but the Botanic Gardens is having an Amber Wheats of Grain Exhibit, just outside of the front doors. Or Maybe you can just hang around the gazebo, or the beautiful bridges scattered throughout the gardens. The Rose Garden smells like an expensive perfume store, except my nose didn’t feel like it was about to explode when I left. But enough of the actual …

Rear Window

Rear Window, by the infamous Alfred Hitchcock, takes its roots from the short story “It had to be Murder” by Cornell Woolrich. “It had to be Murder” is a story seen through the eyes of a man who we barely get any background story about, in fact we don’t even get his name until about two pages in, because the story isn’t really about him. Hal Jeffries has broken his leg and has to stay at home until it gets better, as a man who doesn’t take any interest in reading books or any other activities, he takes to watching his neighbors. Day in and day out, Hal watches his neighbors, and eventually becomes accustomed to all of their little ticks and norms. Hal knows his neighbors daily schedule so well that one day when he notices his neighbor Lars Thorwald acting a little bit off, he becomes suspicious. Long story short, Hal believes that Mr. Thorwald killed his wife and although he has no evidence calls the police on him, who also in turn …

Thank You Steve

This is Steve Mccurry Steve who ha? Steve Mccurry, he’s one of the reasons I want to be a photojournalist. A Little bit of background: Steve started off born and raised in Pennsylvania, and later on he was even educated in Pennsylvania, Penn state. He didn’t just graduate, he came out of Penn state as Cum Laude of the College of Arts, true dedication. He’s written over a dozen books about his experiences as a photographer and has visited numerous countries around the world, although his favorites seem to be in south asia. Steve has worked for National Geographic for over 20 years, and has won a wide variety of awards including first place in the World Press Photo Contest . . . four times! Why I respect him: But to admire someone and respect him are two different things. I respect Steve Mccurry because of the hard work he puts into his photographs. Mccurry traveled to India with nothing but a backpack and his camera on him for several months when he crossed the …

Rhett and Link Visual Review

This is Rhett and Link: Together they make the most interesting rap battle music videos, one of my favorites is the Rap Battle of Manliness. Rhett and Link’s Epic Rap Battle of Manliness Click on the link above to watch the video before you read my Visual Review. It kind of helps to know what I’m talking about if you’ve watched it beforehand. What’s this video about? This video is making fun of how men brag about their manliness, in a way it’s supposed to be ironic because all though in their rap battle they claim to be “the manliest”, they wear preppy clothes and live in cul-de-sac’s where they make “ooey-gooey bars”. The beginning of the video starts off with Rhett cutting the hedge and Link walking up to meet him. Already you can tell that they mean for the audience to view this scene as a battle/competition of sorts, by not only having them meet in the middle like a face off, but also by cutting the screen in half with the hedge. …