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#FID2012 Fashion In Detroit 2012 – Bachrach

A little late, but I’m going to run off a series of posts featuring images from the annual Fashion In Detroit runway show. The show featured looks from several designers, but due to prior obligations, I was only able to make the second half of the show and catch about 5 of the designer’s runway shows.

I’m going to keep the chit chat at a minimum, but I will start by saying that I enjoyed the Bachrach portion of the show. While I felt that some of the looks were a little too much, and some of the models clearly had to be rushed through being dressed, I’ve always enjoyed the type of clothes they sell there.

So enjoy this handful of images, and I’ll be back tomorrow and/or the next day with images from another designer.


#FebPhotoADay Day 27 – Something You Ate

Day 9 of my juice fast. I’m not even liking the taste of the juice right now, so I barely drank any today. I mostly had water. Anyway, this is the extent of what I “ate”. I had a few sips of this, and a few sips of a green vegetable-based juice. Color me depressed (and starving). I don’t know how much longer I can do this.


#FebPhotoADay Day 26 – Night

The previous post, as well as this one, are dedicated to my city, Detroit. This is the overpass at Telegraph Rd and I-96. The oncoming traffic (the white light streaks) are cars exiting Detroit and entering Redford.


#FebPhotoADay Day 25 – Green


#FebPhotoADay Day 24 – Inside Your Bathroom Cabinet


#FebPhotoADay Day 23 – Your Shoes

Just got these yesterday for work. It was a struggle. I just wanted some cheap shoes to wear to work, and I struggled to find anything in my size. So, I call this photo: Big Feet Woes.


#FebPhotoADay Day 22 – Where You Work

I didn’t work at my day job this day, but even if I did, I still consider this my true work, so I would have taken this photo regardless. It’s probably my least favorite photo out of the month so far. I don’t know. It’s a little too over-processed, and I could have put in more work creating better light so that each individual photo was better. It’s difficult to get a cell phone photo without noise, but it’s possible. Anyway, I shot those 4 shots with my iPhone 4s camera, and processed them in Instagram and Stitched.


#FebPhotoADay Day 21 – A Fave Photo Of You

I’ve sucked with getting these on my blog as of late, but oh well. They make it here eventually. Anyway, I really like(d) what I did with this shot. I liked the original shot, but I think the surreal effect I gave to it is pretty dope. I don’t think I’ve encountered anyone who likes it as much as I do, but we all have our personal favorites, and this is one of mine.


#FebPhotoADay Day 20 – Handwriting

Nowhere in the topic description does it say it has to be MY handwriting. 🙂


#FebPhotoADay Day 19 – Something You Hate To Do

Thank 8 lb 4 oz light-skinned baby Jesus for dishwashers – both mechanical and mexican. lol

 


#FebPhotoADay Day 18 – Drink

These items in my fridge are now all my “drinks”. They help make that grotesque looking green juice in the bottle. More on that later ……………………. #TeamJuicersNShit


#FebPhotoADay Day 16 – Something New

It got to about 10pm, and I still had no clue what I was going to photograph this day. All I knew was that I was drinking that night (I don’t even remember why, probably just because I didn’t have to work the next day). It took all the way until I got to the liquor store to realize that if I just bought something I’d never had, it would qualify as “something new”. So here we are, Absolut Wild Tea vodka. I didn’t particularly care for it. Overly sweet vodka isn’t my cup of tea. This is obviously a cell phone shot, processed in Instagram.


#FebPhotoADay Day 15 – Phone

Approximately halfway through the month and this project, I feel this is one of my stronger photos – both technically and creatively. I’m pleased that I continue to stretch the boundaries of the theme, each and every day. Again, I didn’t want to merely photography my phone, and I thought this was a good creative direction to go in. This photo required a bit more setup and proper execution than you may think, so stick with me for a second.

Photographing the phone was the easy part. I had my dSLR on a tripod, and I had it set to trigger by remote. By trial-and-error, I figured out how far I needed to have the phone from my camera, and how far I needed to be from the phone to fit my face within the screen. Hmm…I guess that wasn’t as easy as I thought. Anyway, once I started shooting, I thought the overall photo looked pretty flat. The iPhone 4S camera, while amazing, doesn’t function at its best in poor lighting. So, the picture of me on the screen was too dim and grainy. Opening up the blinds and allowing in more light helped, but it still wasn’t to my satisfaction. Additionally, while my dSLR was able to find focus easily, I struggled to get a decent picture of myself showing on the phone. I wasn’t able to get the phone to focus properly. I was about to scrap the idea, when I decided that if I was better lit, the photo would be better. So I set up a light off-camera (camera left) that would light me up better for the iPhone photo. A few dozen trial-and-error shots later, and I came up with this. Not my best facial expression, but after dozens of shots that were scrapped due to lack of focus, odd positioning of the phone within the frame, and poor lighting, I had to keep this one after achieving good results in all 3 of those categories.

The best thing about this photo, for me, is that there are no Photoshop tricks here. I did something similar to this before – where I photographed myself inside my phone – but that one was easy. I just took a separate image of myself and inserted it into the screen space on my iPhone via Photoshop. This was shot just as it looks, and required proper spacing, lighting, timing, technical expertise, a little luck, and PATIENCE.


#FebPhotoADay Day 14 – Heart

Very apropos on Valentine’s Day, is it not? I felt significantly better today; and, if I had a great idea in mind, I felt well enough to take my gear out and get my first pro-grade shot in a few days. However, as if he knew that my theme for the day was “Heart”, my son brought this home from daycare. Immediately, I knew I would use it in my photo for today. The only thing staged in this photo is the placement of the letter magnets. It was already going on the fridge. I’m so proud of him – coloring inside the lines and whatnot. He did a great job. My big boy!

Tomorrow’s theme is “phone”. I don’t have an idea for this yet, but hopefully I can come up with something different/creative, as has been my goal with this project all month.


#FebPhotoADay Day 13 – Blue

Yes, this photo is staged. Sue me. lol I do what I have to do for the sake of art. I wanted a photo for today that was based upon something other than the COLOR blue, so I told my son to make a sad face. Just like reality TV, reality photography can be scripted as well. 🙂 If this photo were NOT staged, trust me, it’d be UGLY. He has a very gnarly cry face. lol


#FebPhotoADay Day 12 – Inside Your Closet

Still sick, and not really feeling like leaving the bed, the “inside your closet” topic was a good one for me on this day. This shelf on my closet tells a good story of the important things in my life: My city and my family. At this point, I pretty much accepted that I’d be using my phone for these pictures for the next couple days. lol

 


#FebPhotoADay Day 11 – Makes You Happy

Sorry for the delay on the official blog posts. I’ve been sick the past couple days, and didn’t really have the heart nor energy to sit up at the computer for extended periods of time. I did, however, insist upon not missing a day. So I continued to take my photo each day with my iPhone, and process and post them on Instagram. However, if you don’t follow me on Instagram (or Twitter), then you didn’t see the pics. So here are the pics for the past few days.

For Day 11, I knew that the immediate go-to move would be to photograph my son in some way. I’ve already used him a few times already, and we’re not even halfway through the month. So I didn’t want to go the obvious route and use him today. So I decided to take a photo of my dSLR camera, with my iPhone camera.


#FebPhotoADay Day 10 – Self Portrait

At first I was going to do something wild, crazy, and excessive like the stuff I did in my Project 365. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dtownpistonsfan/4344463018/in/set-72157622991866423 But, I changed my mind and decided not to resort to any Photoshop tricks and stunts, and just present something simple, yet different.


#FebPhotoADay Day 9 – Front Door

(CLICK TO ENLARGE) As usual, I tried to approach this subject in a different manner. I figured everyone would take a photo of their front door (or some other random front door). So I decided to take a photo of someone else’s FORMER front door. Times are hard here in Detroit, and sadly, finding a house with a front door hanging off the hinges was not difficult.


#FebPhotoADay Day 8 – Sun

I didn’t particularly care for today’s topic. I thought it was a boring idea that didn’t offer many options. However, I considered it my job (and my goal for this project as a whole) to make a standard topic into something special. So I created this image. I went outside with a large bottle of water, poured it on the ground, and moved until the sun was reflected in the water. The image was then processed in Instagram.


#FebPhotoADay Day 7 – Button

I think it’s safe to say that I’m bringing my A-game to these photo challenges. 🙂


#FebPhotoADay Day 6 – Dinner

Corned beef and swiss sandwich from Bread Basket. I have to admit, the ONLY  reason I got this is because I knew it would photograph well. I knew that no one would want to see a photo of my usual dinner – a frozen Lean Cuisine meal. lol


#FebPhotoADay Day 5 – 10 am

After a night of heavy drinking, this was my 10am. I set my alarm for 10am to wake up for work when I have to be there at 11 (which I did today). Photo was taken with the iPhone 4s camera, then  processed in Instagram.

 


#FebPhotoADay Day 4 – Stranger

I gave very brief consideration to taking the easy way out and photographing someone without their knowledge, but I said I wanted to come hard every day with this project. I figure that the purpose behind “Stranger” being the topic for Day 4 was so we would have to force ourselves to approach a stranger and ask to photograph them. So, I decided that is what I would do. This man sits at the exit ramp for Greenfield Rd off of I-96 East. He’s there. Every day of every year. I’ve seen him sitting out there in his wheelchair through the most horrific of Michigan winters. One of my uncles knows him, and told me that he does go to a shelter at night. Still, I’ve felt like shit for never offering him some sort of help, seeing as how I know that he is legitimately homeless. So I took Day 4’s topic as an opportunity to meet him. I waited on the side of the exit ramp until it was clear. That way, I’d be able to pull up beside him at the red light. I told him I’d noticed how he’s always there, told him about the project, and asked to photograph him. Of course, he said “yes”. I took this photo, and gave him a fairly substantial amount of money. He said “God bless you,” and that was that.