I feel way more confident with my photography. Taking photos every day for the whole year helped immensely. Although it’s nothing to write home about, I’ve been able to monetize a little[1. Of course, that’s the definition of an amateur.].
Wicked year, right? 🙂
In a more detailed list format:
- In January, I upgraded from a point-and-shoot to a [used] Canon EOS Digital Rebel DSLR camera and committed to take one photo a day for 2008: A Year in Pictures. Five months later, I upgraded yet again to a Canon EOS 40D.
- My first paid event was a birthday party.
- I sold a few fine art prints.
- With the help of some photo passes, I also photographed a couple concerts (Finch and Rx Bandits) in front of the barricade.
- I hooked up Five Mile Town with a photo session because they love my photography. I also took some photos of them (from the stage) in concert.
- I went to Hawaii for my cousin’s graduation and vacation. While I was there, I took a little over 2,000 photos.
- I went to Las Vegas with Tobias specifically to take tons of photos.
- I had my first paid photo session with my coworker’s family. A few weeks later, I had another one with the help of Twitter.
- To wrap up the year, I was the second photographer in a wedding (thanks to Noel Besuzzi).
- With the departure of Doc Bray and finding Chris Juede, Phantom Scream ceased and The Scarlet Paradigm took its place.
- After months of rehearsals, we had our first show for a New Year’s Eve party at AltPixel Studio. It was an awesome way to end the year.
Until I get a post up about 2008, this will have to do. I’ll be jamming with The Scarlet Paradigm at AltPixel Studio for New Year’s Eve.
P.S. Have fun and be safe out there.
We wouldn’t tell people our band name until we had at least one song uploaded. That day is today[1. Well, technically last night, but whatever.].
We’re The Scarlet Paradigm.
You can find us at Myspace.com/scarletparadigm — I’ll get a website up for our domain(s) in hopefully a week or two.
As you can see, we were very laid back in this process. Bill was tweaking the equalizer while I was just listening to the playback.
Compared to a year and a half ago of trying to record drum tracks, this new setup is much better. Bill could explain it in greater detail than I could.
I set my camera on his dresser and used the 10-second self timer.
Our band, Phantom Scream, is still active. Whether I realize it or not, Doc and Bill are constantly working on new material. Last Friday was special because we all got together at Unchained Studios in San Dimas for band practice. We haven’t been there since our first show last April. We needed to hear ourselves in a room with better acoustics.
This is my favorite picture of all the ones taken. That smile is priceless:
As far as I’m concerned, the lyrics are even more abstract, and the sound is more progressive rock than ever before. I love it.