Week 2 (Aka – The Busiest Week of My Life)

Well, this week has turned out to be like the busiest week of my life. I can’t say that in my college career, I have ever had four consecutive 3am or later nights. Ever. I guess this week was a week to try new things, and staying up past 3am every night and getting less than 4 hours of sleep is not something I want to try again. Due to this crazy week, I’m going to change up my format for pictures, instead of getting a new picture everyday, I’m just shooting to get at least 7 pictures in this week. So, here it goes…

Also, due to the super hectic week, I thought it was only fitting to leave you with some relaxing Hot Chip to listen to while you peruse this weeks album.

PS – The video portion of this music video makes about as much sense as the lyrics.

Alright, my first picture of the week came on Thursday. My friend Jay has started a club this year called O.R.C.A. (Organization dedicated to Redefining Celiac Awareness) in order to help bring awareness to the campus about Celiac disease as well as other auto-immune diseases. So, we were hanging out at our weekly executive meeting and coloring; you know, business as usual. So I pulled out my camera and started snapping away and I think I may have gotten my favorite portait picture ever. Its Jay just hanging out and for whatever reason he’s showing me his phone and then he asked me if I could read the time in the picture. It didn’t really make any sense, but thats just Jay and I think this picture captures Jay’s eccentricities.


"Can you see the time?" (Nikkor 50mm, 1/400, F/1.8, ISO 640 on D5000)

Friday was a pretty sweet day. After class, a couple friends and I wandered down to Coors Lab for some free beer and good times. After that, we headed up to campus for some more free beer, pizza, and blue-grass at an Earth Day festival that was happening in our commons area. It was an absolutely beautiful afternoon in Golden and we took advantage of every minute of it. I got a couple of shots this afternoon, my first one was of my friend Joe as he drank some free Coors.


Joe doing what he loves. (Nikkor 50mm, 1/80, F/1.8, ISO 200 on D5000)

The next picture is of an abandoned house. We hopped the fence and walked around taking a look at the place that we rarely see in the day light. I only had my 70-200mm on me at the time of this photo and I honestly didn’t think it was going to turn out because I figured the frame wasn’t going to be big enough. But once I opened her up in Aperture, I noticed it was a pretty sick picture. The door says “Violators will be ‘shot’ and then prosecuted … KEEP OUT”.

Abandoned House

The Abandoned House. (Sigma 70-200mm, 70mm, 1/50, F/2.8, ISO 200 on D5000)

On Saturday, I went with some of the guys who live on my floor to bum around downtown Denver. We made a stop at IHOP on our way down there for some grub and then found our way down to the Auraria campus. We wandered the 16th Street Mall and even found our way over to the Art Museum. The following three pictures were my favorite of the afternoon.


The IHOP Syrup station. (Nikkor 50mm, 1/13, F/1.8, ISO 200 on D5000)

This next picture I took on our way to the Art Museum. What I really liked about the capital building was how it almost looks as if its rising out of the trees at its base.

The Capital

The Capital Building. (Nikkor 50mm, 1/2500, F/4, ISO 200 on D5000)

This next shot is of the Cat Fountain in Skyline Park just off the 16th Street Mall. Apparently this is a very popular place for free-runners and people interested in parkour. This one arch in the middle of the fountain really stood out and I think it made a great picture.

Cat Fountain

Cat Fountain. (Sigma 70-200, 70mm, 1/800, F/2.8, ISO 200 on D5000)

This next one is simply a shot of a light that resides over the kitchen table at my parents house. It turns out, this made a pretty cool picture.


The Lamp. (Nikkor 50mm, 1/4000, F/2, ISO 400 on D5000)

Sunday was Easter and I spent the whole day with kicking it with my family. I didn’t have much time to get out and get any interesting photos, but I was able to snap this super hip and super vintage looking hipster self portrait. I’ll give a dollar to any one who can guess how I got this effect. (Hint: I used a DSLR and Photoshop/Aperture was only used for some simple touch-up).

Me Being Hipster.

Hipster self-portrait. (Nikkor 50mm, 1/10, F/1.8, ISO 200 on D5000)

Monday’s picture may be the most disgusting picture I have ever taken. This picture accurately depicts just how TERRIBLE our cafeteria food really is; and this is a shot of their ‘high-quality’ catered food. I was only able to eat two Swedish meatballs before I realized that the sauce was doused in oil and fat. This makes me realize how ready I am to have my own kitchen at my own apartment next year, because this is getting ridiculous.


Our cafeteria sucks more than yours. (Nikkor 50mm, 1/320, F/1.8, ISO 400 on D5000)

This last post from Tuesday is kind of a two-for-one deal for all you viewers out there. I hadn’t gotten a real good shot of my custom designed GrizzlyCorn skis that I designed for a limited edition ski for ON3P Skis last year (ON3P Skis), so I decided to get an artsy one. I broke out a few lamps and things from around my room and got this shot looking straight up my skis. Its pretty rad.


The GrizzlyCorns on the ON3P Caylors. (Nikkor 50mm, 1/25, F/1.8, ISO 1600 on D5000)

Thats it for this week!

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