Tuesday, August 31, 2010

more classes...

I need to take a taxation class for college.   :(

The first section is a class that meets Monday and Wednesday from 12:50 to 2:30. 2.7 easiness rated on ratemyprofessors. The final grade will be 2 midterms and 1 cumulative final. This professor will take off full credit easily and will not award partial credit. Mixed reviews of whether the professor is hard or not. The good thing is that if I take this class,I will have Fridays off. This class might be easier.

The second section is a class that meets only on Friday from 10:40 to 2:30. Rated 2.3 easiness on ratemyprofessors, a lot of the people are saying the class is hard, and some are saying it is good. The class is in a lecture hall with a lot of people but not many people are registering for it. The good thing is that I get out of college early on Monday and Wednesday (since I won’t have that 12:50 to 2:30 schedule of the other section), but the bad news is that I won’t have Fridays off. I like having the afternoon off to do whatever I want. There will be 18 classes and 3 classes will be missed due to scheduling, so in reality I’ll only be attending 15 classes at most. The final grade will be 45%/45% midterm and final. But the exam would be really difficult since the professor doesn’t give review sheets. And 10% participation. The questions are multiple choice.

I’m so stuck and I was pondering about my decision for days. Tomorrow is the last day to make this decision.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hi, everyone.

I don't have much to say today.

Morning ramble

Music's in my blood, in my soul, though not on my lips, because I sing terribly! Recently, I've come to realize how incomplete a lot of songs are, not in the sense that they are not enjoyable, but rather that they are songs that must be heard on specific occasions or at certain times.  For example, it's only worthwhile to sing 'happy birthday' when there's a birthday.  I've been trying to find a morning wake-up song that can be played every morning with my daily coffee for some time now, to no avail.

Not pop, not rock... something personal to me, that speaks to me... I'm looking at classical music next. Sorry for the ditzy post.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


I have that strange addiction to coffee. I can't work without it. What role does coffee play in your development? Tell me in the comments ;)
I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.

"You're welcome to believe that the world is a nice, logical, rational, safe place... You'll be wrong, but that hasn't stopped anyone else who thinks the same way." -Dierdre, Otherworld by Mercades Lackey and Holly Lisle

On a tombstone: Remember man, as you walk by, As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so shall you be. Remember this and follow me.

my photos

There are of course a lot of blogs, websites and articles online about how to light a subject properly for stunning portraits. This small article talks about a very simple technique you can use to achieve rich portrait lighting that makes the facial features of your model come to life beautifully.  The technique uses only natural light, of the type that comes through your window.

First of all, in most portraits you will want to achieve different levels of light on the face of your photographic subject.  This creates some shadows which make the picture look tri-dimensional.  If you make your light very even on the face you will make the face of your subject look flat.  There is some movement towards even lighting nowadays, especially in fashion and editorial portraits, but you will see that in that case, the volume on the facial features might be achieved with make up or any other means. 

If you are shooting with studio lighting, the way you achieve different levels of light is by placing one lamp at a higher power or closer to the subject (this is called the main light) and a second light at lower power or far from the subject (this is called fill light).

If you are new to photography a simpler way to achive this for practicing is to place your subject close to a large window that lets natural light in.  Position your subject in a way that the light coming from the window lights part of the face (it can be most of the face actually) and part of the face and body have shadows.  Experiment with different angles on your model (relative to the window) and different camera positions.  You should expose to the light on the brighter side of your model (that is, expose to the main light).  Be careful that the light differential between the illuminated side and the dark side is not too big, because that can create problems.  A light differential of 1.5 points is very good between the main light and the fill light, because that creates a 3:1 contrast ratio that looks very good in the resulting image.


I have just came back from visiting my girlfriend's friend. She was just having her first daughter two weeks ago. Congratulations to Susy. Her new daugher was so sweet. It took some time to find her house, but finally we made it safely to her house Rolling