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11Sep/112

House, new pics

I listed a couple rooms on airbnb - still unsure if I'll agree to rent out a room though. I doubt anyone would apply anyway since it's so far outside Seattle. Perk: listing it comes with a free photography session. My intention with listing it is to show that I'm trust-worthy when I use airbnb myself for traveling. I think the photographer felt there was too much glare coming through so he took HDR photos. Not a fan of the excessive tone-mapping (especially seen on the pic of the chaises).

Great room, another angle (gross tone mapping)

Kitchen

Master Bedroom

Gym

More pics here

18May/110

I’m in a book

Almost forgot. I'm officially a published photographer now. One of my butterfly photos was selected to be in The Complete Book of North American Butterflies. My photo is on page 74 all its glossy glory. It was taken with my old Canon S3. It's still going strong- no need for a DSLR to take great photos 🙂

Here's the original photo:

11Aug/061

Sacramento, Velodrome

Last weekend I visited a friend from college in Sacramento. It felt like I was back in school again since the surroundings were familiar. We saw the movie "The Descent," which I thought was very good. Lots of atmosphere, suspense, and gore. Nothing tickles me more than an axe pick in someone's throat.

Another friend from college is about to interview at my company for a programming job. I'm trying to prep him the best I can because I want him to take the job and move up here to Seattle from Cali. It would be cool to have another buddy to do stuff with; and more importantly a gym partner. I haven't had a spotter since highschool. It's pathetic that I could bench more in highschool than I can now, and I was only 135lbs back then! I'm gonna try to get him to mountain bike with Pat and I this weekend and get him addicted to the trails up here.

Speaking of biking, on Wednesday night I went to the Grouphealth Velodrome at Marymoor Park in Redmond to check out the racing and practice some photography. Action photography was much harder than I expected, even harder because it was dark. I stupidly left my camera on auto ISO and many of my shots turned out to be excessively noisy. Out of the 296 pictures I took in the hour I was there, these were the only ones I thought were decent enough to post to my flickr. Check my flickr for the hi-res versions, but I warn you, these shorts are very 'soft' because I put them through a noise filter.

23Jul/063

Seattle Woodland Zoo

This weekend I played assistant-babysitter to my nieces while my brother was out of town on his annual golftrip. Luckily my sister-in-law thought of enough activities to keep us occupied. On Saturday morning we went to the Seattle Woodland Zoo along with four other families. I haven't been to a zoo since I was in highschool so it was fun practicing my photography on animals I haven't seen in a really long time. Out of the 192 pictures taken during the trip, these are the ones I am most proud of. Check my flickr for the hi-res version.