Saturday, January 26, 2008

a wet, rocky median

a wet, rocky median, originally uploaded by billaday.

I snapped this quick shot at a stop light. I like the atmosphere, so I made this the photo-a-day. I finessed this one second exposure in Photoshop, adding selective lighting, sharpening, vignetting, and blurring. It's not perfect, but it has the feel I was going for.

Day 47

Friday, January 25, 2008

X marks the strike

X marks the strike, originally uploaded by billaday.

At The Block in Orange, again with my buddy Brent. I've still never bowled here, but the building just looks so cool at night (and dusk, too).

I spent a while subtly bringing out the column detail above the X, but I think it's took subtle. I guess we'll see. Either way, this is the first photo in a while I've been stoked to edit. When you take one picture every day, inspiration isn't always there. Today it was (in the post processing).

Day 46

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Hello TiVo guy

Hello TiVo guy, originally uploaded by billaday.

TiVo is wonderful. Go get one. And don't get some junky-cable-company-wannabe-DVR, you have to get TiVo. It's like saying you have a MacBook when you have an offbrand (dell, Fisher Price) laptop. Don't do it. But do get a TiVo. Now. Go. Oh yeah... I like the depth of field in this shot. Fancy/dorky photographers just write DoF, fyi.

Day 45

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Looking through the wine glass

Looking through the wine glass, originally uploaded by billaday.

The upside down reflections in the wine caught my eye. As is often the case with me, I took many shots, and chose the first one.

I'm working through some video tutorials in Photoshop, to try to keep up/improve my Photoshop chops. I picked out the blues and the wine, threw those on separate layers (selective color), then used the channel mixer to convert the photo to black and white. Finally, I added a lens blur mask to (fake) widen the aperture. Yeah.

btw, here's the same kitchen, different glass.

Dedicated to distantblue. He left a comment before I could even add a description, and always has great insight. So check out his stuff.

Day 44

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

This is my 8 year old bass case

This is my 8 year old bass case, originally uploaded by billaday.

I started putting stickers on this case 8 years ago now. Most are falling off now, but I don't feel punk rock enough to go out, get more stickers, and cover up the case again. At one point, I had played with (or recorded (or been in)) every band on this case.

Day 43

Monday, January 21, 2008


Moonday, originally uploaded by billaday.

In America, we named Monday after the moon. We also named this stuff after Monday (please use the accent of Bubba from Forrest Gump):
Black Monday
Blue Monday
Clean Monday
Ash Monday
Cyber Monday
Easter Monday
First Monday
Handsel Monday
Miracle Monday
Plough Monday
Wet Monday
Whit Monday
Big Monday
Weather Market Monday
Monday Club
Monday demonstrations
Monday Night Football
Monday Night Wars
Monday Night Raw

Day 42

Sunday, January 20, 2008


tetanus, originally uploaded by billaday.

Don't let this lamppost cut you. You could die, or need to get a painful shot. btw, this screw is part of the same post. Maybe I should stop parking under this lamp every Sunday.

Day 41

a plane wall

a plane wall, originally uploaded by billaday.

I didn't mean to trick anybody with the thumbnail. This is painted on the wall, but the propellor is real/3D. This is officially the coolest alley I've found in life (so far). Check out the downtown Monrovia set here.

Day 40