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Michael’s First Trip to Coldstone, Plus Photo Talk




Well hello, people! I know. I know. It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve decided to wipe the dust off of my trusty Nikon and get back into this photography game. CALM DOWN! I know you’re excited, but I’m going to ease my way back into this. So don’t expect a barrage of posts … at least not right away.

So, for some strange reason, I realized today that I’ve never taken my son to Coldstone before. For those of you who don’t know, Coldstone is an ice cream shop that is, well, EVERYTHING. Imagine eating the ice cream that you love the most. After eating Coldstone, that ice cream will taste like hobo underwear dipped in a garbage juice au jus. Anyway, I figured today would be a good day to take him. We could eat the ice cream outside, and I could snap some pictures. Image

Everything went very well. He enjoyed the ice cream. “Can we come back here and get the same thing again, Daddy?” BTW, we had the Apple Pie a la Coldstone. My favorite one there. I also took these photos while he was eating.

ImageSo not only is the photo above my favorite of the 3, it’s probably one of my favorite photos that I’ve ever taken. I love LITERALLY everything about it – the depth of field, his eyes, the ice cream on his mouth … EVERYTHING.

Finally, I’ve decided that going forward, I’m going to dedicate a paragraph or two in each blog post to talk about how I took the photos in the post. Most of what I’m going to say will probably seem like a foreign language to the vast majority of you, but for those of you still learning photography – actually, let me rephrase that – for those of you just starting to learn photography (we’re all always learning), these paragraphs could be helpful.

All of these were very simple shots. There was no work put into them as I was shooting them. These were all shot at f/2.8 on my 50mm f/1.4 prime lens. My camera was in aperture-priority mode, so I set the aperture, and the camera selected the shutter speed based on the available light in order to give me a proper exposure. My ISO was at 200, which is where I keep it unless I have to change it.

One weird thing that I’ve always noticed is that, in-camera, when pictures look like they’re properly exposed, they always look too dark when I view them on my computer. That was the case with these. When I opened them in Photoshop, I changed the exposure on all of them, increasing them about half a stop apiece, basically until they were pleasing to my eye. I sharpened them a bit, whitened his eyes, removed a blemish a two or on his face, smoothed his skin a bit, and that was it for any post production.

So that’s it for now. Feel free to leave a comment here or my Facebook fan page, and I promise I’m going to start updating this more often.



#FebPhotoADay Day 20 – Handwriting

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

#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 3 – Hands

For more info on the project, head here… https://michaellacombe.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/a-new-photo-a-day-challenge/

#FebPhotoADay Day 1 – Your View For Today

This is the view I had upon greeting my son after daycare and cupcakes. 🙂 Click to enlarge. (Highly recommended!)

For more info on the project, head here: https://michaellacombe.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/a-new-photo-a-day-challenge/

Oh, That Child Of Mine!

He is becoming a long and lanky little man child! And those eyes? They become more expressive by the day. He won’t shut up. His vocabulary expands by the hour. He sings all of the songs from the Kidz Bop commercials. This is my son at 3 years old, and I couldn’t possibly love anything or anyone more than I love him.


NYE 2010!!

Happy New Year everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and that’s just one of the many things I’d like to briefly address in this post. The main purpose of this post will be to recant the year of 2010, as well as discuss some of my goals/plans for 2011.

2010 was a good year. There were a lot of negative things that happened this year, and a lot of difficult times. However, many of the negative aspects of 2010 provided me with a lot of insight and knowledge that will undoubtedly benefit me a great deal in 2011. Typically, I struggle to see the positive side of things, but I learned a lot from the negative aspects of 2010. So essentially, since I gained knowledge, the negatives are now positives.

However, I did do a lot in 2010 that will help me move toward my ultimate goal for 2011. For starters, I met so many amazing people in 2010. Between photography, Twitter, networking, and just the fact that “it’s a small world,” I had the privilege of expanding my social circle a great deal. Additionally, while it may seem that moving from California back to Detroit was a step backward, moving back home has been very beneficial for me as well. I also feel that a large number of people who live here are sleeping on what’s going on in Detroit. I truly believe we’re back on the rise, and I’m appreciative of everyone who is helping contribute to that cause.

As you can see in the image at the top of this post, NYE was a ball. I went to my friend Darrell’s house for NYE. He has developed something of a reputation for throwing great parties. His Halloween party, as well as his NYE party, have achieved legendary status already. I took about 150 pictures that night, and recorded about 7 videos. Of that total, only half of those images were appropriate for public viewing. None of the videos are safe. 🙂

I love the picture up top for a number of reasons. For starters, it’s a well-composed image. All the ladies look nice in the picture, and they’re all positioned perfectly. Secondly, it’s well-lit (very important). Finally, I think it accurately tells the story of the night: Classy, but raunchy. lol Overall, it was a great time, and I’m going to cherish all the images I have from the night (especially the ones that I could submit to Hustler).

(My son eating some NYE crackers. lol)

Now I’d like to talk a bit about 2011. I know a lot of people think it’s cute to spout off a cleverly-worded phrase that degrades the idea of a New Year’s resolution, but if done right, a resolution can be quite useful. People are suckers for things that are cleverly-worded, no matter how stupid the actual idea may be. Don’t believe me? Take a look at Reverend Run’s Twitter feed. It’s full of fancy-worded bullshit … but I digress.

I’ve never been one to actually make a resolution. I’ve never been a fan of making one for the sake of making one. You should make it because it’s meaningful to you. With that said, I have one resolution. You can’t even really call it a New Year’s resolution, because I started on it in December. I didn’t see a point in waiting until January. My goal in 2011 is to be successful enough in photography that I can quit corporate America and the 9-5 grind. I abhor this shit, and I’ve reached a point where I feel as if I’m above it.

I want to live. I want to do what I love. I want to meet people. I want to travel. I no longer want to complain about having to get up in the morning (or in my case, at night) to go to work. I want to ENJOY getting up and going out to do my job. My entire life, I’ve hated my job(s), and I realize now that it has less to do with the job itself, and more to do with how I’m wired. It’s not for me. I’m not built for getting up at the same time every day, to go do the same shit, and make money for some rich person I don’t even know so that I can get his leftovers trickled down into my wallet. I want control over my life.


In 2011, I plan to blog more, and dramatically increase my “picture taking.” I want to meet more people, and expand my social circle. I want to be a better father, a better man, a better photographer, and a better person. While I feel as if I have a lot “figured out,” I have so much to learn. I feel as if I’ve reached something of an epiphany while still in my 20’s (barely, lol), and I’m grateful for that. I hope to impart this knowledge on my son as he grows up. I truly wish all of you a happy and successful 2011, and I hope that all of you make great strides toward achieving whatever goal(s) you may have. Expect to hear and see a lot of me in 2011.