Chris Oliver

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Days 29-38

Published October 18th, 2011

So I've gotten a bit behind on blogging my 365 project..lets catch up now. I had a great vacation for 15 days which gave me the chance to experiment and capture some fun images. I was also finally able to get Photoshop installed...so I've been getting to know layers and masks etc. I've had a few tough days...having a nasty cold on holiday didn't help keep me motivated. I've decided no matter what I'm not going to miss a day...even if the shot is dreadful and I feel half dead. Here are the pics for days 29-39...hope you enjoy!

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9/29-10/5 Days 22-28/365

Published October 6th, 2011

Whew...haven't had the chance to blog in a week! I think I like it more this way...after all I can't expect you to listen to me everyday. This was a pretty good week...still sticking with my 365. I'm on holiday now and really want to get out and do some shooting...motivation is low thanks to the dreary weather. So I've decided my first week is all for relaxing...and the rest for fun artistic expression. As always I'd value any input on my images you would like to offer!

Cheers Suckers!

Chris

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September 28, 2011

Published September 28th, 2011

Today is day 21 and inspiration was pretty squashed due to my need to work. I snapped a photo of a drill being used in an expansion underway at the hospital. One more day, a night, and then free for 15 days of shooting!

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September 27, 2011

Published September 27th, 2011

Today is day 20 and I made the most delicious lasagna to take for lunch and dinner the next three days at work. Today's 365 pic is of aforementioned lasagna. I also took some fun pics of Fischer and put them on my flickr. www.flickr.com/photos/gadgetweb

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September 26, 2011

Published September 26th, 2011

Today is day 19 and I'm feeling quite hung over from last night! I just can't party like I used to. Thank goodness!

Todays 365 pic is of a fake wasp hive I keep out the back door. It's been pouring all day...and I'm not about to go out in it. I also have a cute shot of my Lela girl on my flickr stream...gadgetweb.

Happy Monday!

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September 25, 2011

Published September 26th, 2011

Today was day 18 and I got wasted! Todays 365 pic is what got it all started. I was hoping to get lots of cool shots at the RV show today...what was I thinking!

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September 24, 2011

Published September 24th, 2011

Today is day 17 and I'm so happy I finally have an off camera flash set up! I am now ready to start with my first goal for the year...using off camera lighting. Todays 365 pick was caught while I was playing around with the flash for the first time. I can't wait to get a model now...I really hate being in the pictures.

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September 23, 2011

Published September 23rd, 2011

Today is day 16 and I'm finally off work for a few days! Really hoping tomorrow is sunny like they say it'll be. Todays 365 pic is of my Casey Mangs. Need to get a good shot of her sister Fischer Mews yet. Casey-Fischer. Spooner-Fischer. FischerSpooner.

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September 22, 2011

Published September 22nd, 2011

Today is day 15 and I actually had the energy after a night shift to shoot off a few self portraits. Todays 365 pic is one that I developed in Lightroom. There's a close up of my ear on my flickr stream...gadgetweb.

One more night to go then a few days off! It's been pouring rain today...so I'm expecting some wet shooting days ahead. Think I might do some more indoor shots...maybe another light painting.

Cheers!

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September 21, 2011

Published September 21st, 2011

Today is day 14 and I'm feeling very well rested. Too bad I have to screw it up by working two overnight shifts tonight and tomorrow.

I started researching where I could buy some Amish style plain clothing....I find it odd that you can buy such things from online stores. I thought the Amish shunned modern technology...then who is running these websites? Trying to decide between a straw hat or a black felt hat...think I'll go with a white shirt with black pants and suspenders. And I think I'm completely out of my mind!

Todays 365 pic is and instagram of a mosquito hawk I found hanging out on the wall in my kitchen. I never really noticed this insect until I moved to BC...and there were ton's of them this summer. Given that I don't really like insects...they kinda scare me a little bit...so big!

Happy Day Y'all

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September 20, 2011

Published September 21st, 2011

Today is day 13 and I get to sleep in!!! I feel like I'm going to explode with creative thought. I keep having the wildest ideas for photo shoots. My thinking today was of doing a series of photographs in which I dress in Amish garb and shoot in various locations including the downtown east-side(area in Vancouver renowned for homelessness and drugs). I thought this would be a really interesting juxtaposition of puritan values and moral distress. Not to mention I would look pretty hilarious dressed as an Amish dude.

Todays 365 shot is an Instagram of the Gladiolas that were late to come up in my yard. I'm sure it's the last flower of the year...and had to get a pic of it.

Cheers

-Chris

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September 19, 2011

Published September 19th, 2011

Today is day 12 and I'm still in the thick of it. One more 12hr day, then two 12hr nights. I can do it!

Today's 365 pic is an Instagram of a streetlight in the dawn hours set in front of a tree. The morning was really amazing...dark but there was ton's of fog...which I think is mystical and solemn.

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September 18, 2011

Published September 18th, 2011

Today is day 11 and the dark clouds are rolling in. I was greeted with darkness and rain as I drove to work at 6:30 this morning. Todays picture is an iPhone pic of streetlights reflecting in water beads. My drive home was filled with twilight hours...and not the good kind where there is still light in the air. Winter is bearing down on me, and I'm not ready.

Fun project...I'm trying to take an image through another lens with the aperture wide open. I want to capture my own inverted image through the lens I'm holding. Just need to figure out how to manually open aperture...I don't think it's possible with my DX lenses...I need to see what my old film lens is...hopefully that will work.

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September 17, 2011

Published September 17th, 2011

Today is day ten and it was pretty fun. It rained most of the day...but dried up for a while this afternoon. I decided I didn't really want to leave the compound...so I picked flowers and made a bouquet for my love. I cut the flowers in the front yard and stuck them in the dirt in front of my leeks...a little background. I used my 50mm Nikkor and had lots of fun playing with depth of field.

Todays 365 pick is of a white dhalia. I felt the image made me a little sad the way the dhalia is drooping. My other pics from today are on my flickr stream.../gadgetweb.

I'll be lucky to get any shots the next five days while working...but will try my hardest to remain inspired!

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September 16, 2011

Published September 16th, 2011

Today is day nine and what a back-breaker! I spent my morning digging the russian blue potatoes out of the garden...and my afternoon moving a sofa and love seat! Time to lay back...kick the legs up...drink a beer...and read a mag...ahhh.

Today's photo's just an iPhone pic I shot while working in the garden. You can see the rest of my 365 on my flickr stream...gadgetweb I'm really looking for some constructive criticism...and anything you can offer would be appreciated. I'm not a pro...yet...but I'd be more than happy to return the favor.

One more day off before five days work! Here's hoping the weather is nice tomorrow...if not I may be forced to take my cam outside in the rain. Any ideas for cool rain shots?

Happy Friday Y'all

Chris

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September 15, 2011

Published September 15th, 2011

Today is day 8/365 and what a cold, dreary, foreboding day it is. I was however able to force myself out to take some pictures. I went to historic Fort Langley, BC not far from my home. I didn't go into the actual fort as they were charging an entry fee...I'll go back when it's not so grey out. I photographed around the small town instead.

The picture I chose for today is of a little white chapel seen from a bridge. You can see the rest of my pics from the day on my flickr stream...gadgetweb. I also uploaded a couple of new photos to 500px. One of a cool antique car I found on my wanderings, and another of a store front I stumbled upon.

Hope you enjoy todays shot!

Happy Thursday!

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September 14, 2011

Published September 14th, 2011

Today is day 7, and it's quite a blur. Coming off night shifts is not pleasant. Today I tried to create a few photos that embodied my feeling of being out of balance.

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September 13, 2011

Published September 13th, 2011

Today is day six and what a difference a day makes. The weather has turned sour quite quickly...from the hot sunny summer to the cloudy cool of fall. Living in the pacific northwest I'm going to have to figure out how to stay inspired and continue photographing through the months of rain and grey!

I was perusing 500px on some of my downtime at work last night and noticed the large amount of tit's on the site. I get nudes, and I like them when they are tasteful and artfully done...but much of what I saw I would consider smut...and they had scores of 90+. There is a fine line between looking sexy and looking horny. OK...enough of my rant.

My 6/365 pic has yet to come. If I make a capture on my way to work it will be on my flickr stream...gadgetweb. I can't wait until tomorrow, when work is done for now, and I can take pictures with my camera instead of my phone.

Cheers all,

Chris

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September 12, 2011

Published September 12th, 2011

Today is day five and I spent most of the day napping. Two night shifts to go before off for four! Going to try and squueze as many shots into four days as possible! Todays photo is another Instagram photo from my iPhone 3GS...It`s of my big beef tomatoes in the backyard...which I can`t wait to eat. You can see my 365 pics on my flickr stream...gadgetweb.

I was so pleasantly suprised to see the response to my 500px post from yesterday...Lela. It`s amazing how much visibility is available to artists through sites like 500px and other social networking sites. I appreciate all the views and feedback!

Have a happy Monday!

Chris

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September 11,2011

Published September 12th, 2011

Man, just seeing this date is so surreal! Not to dwell...but I love America!!

Today is day four of my 365 project and I can't wait for my weekend! Two night shifts to go and I'll get to go on a shoot. I'm trying to decide where. The weather has been so beautiful and sunny these days I definitely want to stay outdoors! Clouds are supposed to role in, so I think I might take my ND filter out and try to get some cool sky shots.

The picture I uploaded today was actually taken about a year ago. I wanted to show it because I love the moody lo-fi sort of feeling it gives me. Plus it's my Lela girl! Hope you like it too! The only shot I was able to capture today was of my little man Petie....it's on my flickr stream.

Cheers

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September 10, 2011

Published September 10th, 2011

Today is day three and at least I know what month it is! I'm just now getting the chance to sit down and peruse my favorite artists for inspiration. I just finished a 12 hour shift at work and am damn tired!

I'm currently working as an ICU nurse. Pretty physically and mentally exhausting work...especially if you're one of the few that actually cares about your job. I've been an ICU nurse for the last eight years and have to say...I've had enough. I've had enough of the death, the sick, the bugs, the blood, the shit, and the crazy families! I'm a damn good nurse and will continue working as such until I have a strong foundation in photography and can actually start making money at it. I feel blessed to have had the experience of being a nurse, but eventually I know I will have to drop the safety net and just go for it.

You can see my lame-ass photo of the day on my flickr stream...gadgetweb

It's an iPhonograph of the dialysis machine I was running on my patient today. One more ...

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September 9, 2011

Published September 9th, 2011

Day two of 365 and I have a new toy to play with. Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Lens! Can't wait to start shooting some portraits...if only I could find someone to photograph. I need friends! I also picked up a polarizer and 3 stop ND filter for my 18-105 Nikkor! Just need a strobist kit and I'll be set for now(briefly).

A few ideas I'm tossing around for photo shoots: I want to hit the horse stables and barns. I want to get some models and do a shoot in a wheat field or prairie field. Of course...I'm fascinated with Zombies and would love to shoot one! I'd also like to go back to the forest with a "the ring"esque model. Had a great idea with some mossy rocks and trees!

Well, it's only day two...we'll have to see where it takes me. I have a friend from work "Julie" who has great features and might let me take a few pictures of her. Just afraid she's going to think I'm a freak...but really...who cares!

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Starting my 365!

Published September 8th, 2011

I've decided to make it official and commit to a 365 project. I'm saving 500px for my favorites...you can see my 365 project in flickr. www.flickr.com/photos/gadgetweb

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