Yes, I am still alive, and I know I haven't updated the blog in ages. I am actually doing more and more photography, and I am also very happy that our game at work has shipped to Japan finally (or at least it's Gold).
I took recently a shot during the day that my teacher likes quite a bit with my new Olympus e-410- the smallest DLSR in the world (along with the e-400 which only came out in Europe and Asia). More on that later, but let's say this little puppy is quite a charm. Many compare it to the old Olympus OM-1's of the film days- which I don't know since I don't have that background, but apparently they were small.
Anyhow, I digress. I captured this shot last weekend, my teacher seemed very pleased though don't know the details yet:
This is in a hill, looking from the side of a road, in a very rural area, about 14-16 miles from my house. So I had the "brilliant idea" of asking myself "hmm maybe that at night, long exposure, stars as a background may look cool." Well, I just did it and....
IT WAS INCREDIBLY SCARY.
No lights pretty much except some in some blocks away, all nature with the road... 2:00 am. .and me with a led flash light *ALONE* in the dark, illuminating my camera... and OH MY GOD. was it scary. The funny thing is that I could illuminate my tripod and camera as I was setting it up, semi ignoring my surroundings. BAD. If there was a bear or something.. I think I was doing that halfway on purpose to not go nuts screaming in panic back to my car and flooring the pedal.
So why do this? Well, to push myself.. as a photographer... as Ricky... I mean... I did it, I went out.. took my time and did it. I could have done it better though.. that would be for next time.. when I bring someone along :-)
Here's the shot, out of the camera... Hmm I should have shot it in B&W also...