Bitch, I said no onions

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When we left tonight we saw that our corner was being destroyed (Spencer & Willoughby).  About 2 months ago we did a shoot there.  This was the shot.  Matthew stood in for the model and this is now the shotThis is the background now folded up and ready to be thrown away. :(    How sad.   Then we jumped on the subway and when we came up it was raining, so we had to wait until it slowed down because we have no umbrella.  We went to eat tonight at Chevy’s in Battery Park.  Basically their chips and salsa are so good we should just get them and have the waitress fill them up a couple times until we are full.   We asked for another basket of chips and salsa and put them in a box to bring them home.  They are the most delicious free food ever.    Oh,  and we starred in our own movie.

Talk a walk around Pamela's Neighborhood

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So today I went out and played with the Kodak V610′s clarity and sharpness.  When I’m out and about I like no flash  as I love natural light.   It doesn’t disappoint at all.  The flash mode for portraits works great too, I like the skin tones.  As I talked about in the last post, I was very interested in the panorama stitch feature that lets you shoot a few shots and then stitches it together for you in the camera so when you upload the images, it’s just 1 big image.   I think the feature works really well and is a nice addition to the camera, especially when you want wide angle and can’t get it. It doesn’t do good with moving cars and people, obviously (see: last picture).    So here is where I call home.

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Talk a walk around Pamela’s Neighborhood

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So today I went out and played with the Kodak V610′s clarity and sharpness.  When I’m out and about I like no flash  as I love natural light.   It doesn’t disappoint at all.  The flash mode for portraits works great too, I like the skin tones.  As I talked about in the last post, I was very interested in the panorama stitch feature that lets you shoot a few shots and then stitches it together for you in the camera so when you upload the images, it’s just 1 big image.   I think the feature works really well and is a nice addition to the camera, especially when you want wide angle and can’t get it. It doesn’t do good with moving cars and people, obviously (see: last picture).    So here is where I call home.

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Deutschland gewinnt!

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I love penalty kicks.

Because of this, I propose a new idea for football.  There is no playing time.  Instead each team kicks 100 penalty kicks or as many penalty kicks as they can in 90 minutes.  I would be happy either way.  It would be a person who is obsessed with numbers dream!

Digital Camera Insanity

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The last few weeks I have been on the mission to find the perfect point and shoot, throw in my bag and not care digital camera.   Because photography is what I do for income, it’s sometimes hard for me to transition into the "not care" mode as I am constantly trying to push the camera to boundaries that it’s not capable of.   Yes, I want it just to take pictures secretly of strangers on the subway and my never ending folder of Essy pictures – but I want them to look good too.

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All of these cameras replaced my original Kodak DX3600 (2.20 megapixels) digital camera that I got in 2001. At that time, it was considered big pimping.  It was with me through alot and got too much of a work out.  Eventually, after 5 years, it just wouldn’t stay charged. I think it saw it’s final days.  It was my first born. I will always love it.  You can now buy them on e-Bay for $25.  :/  Besides my  beloved Kodak, I also lugged around a Nikon D100 on certain days, but come on, it’s not exactly going to fit into my clutch.  Oh, I also still use the camera phone option on my Treo 650 as you can tell from below posts.

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This Christmas, Matthew bought me a Fuji FinePix Z1.  It has a sexy design and doesn’t scream out "I have a camera" which was important to me as I like to shoot off the cuff. That means the lens stays still and didn’t telescope out at all.   It was also small (tiny!) in size which worked well for my bags.   It also recorded nice videos with good sound.   Unfortunately though, upon Day 1 of opening up the box – it just didn’t work good for pictures.  The exposure meter would misread things and I’d have to end up shooting the same picture 10 times to get it properly exposed.  If I was shooting a picture of Essy, it would be completely dark.  If I was taking a picture of myself,  I would be completely blown out.  I was sick of missing the moment and having to reshoot everything.

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A few weeks ago I bought a Kodak V550 on e-Bay.  It continued with the sleek design, but I felt it was lacking in speed.  It took too long to start up, and too long after the picture was taken to review.  Besides that, it had the telescoping lens which wasn’t good for "sneak pictures" as it was obvious I was about to take a picture of you.  The dock that was included with it as well, either had a bug or hated me, as my computer wasn’t reading the driver, and I didn’t want to bother reinstalling XP for a camera I wasn’t that happy with to begin with.

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So most recently I puchased a Kodak V610.  It’s a sexy piece of excitement.  It’s the newest consumer camera that Kodak has out there and it features the new dual lens (which is supposed to offer more sharpness).    It also features Bluetooth which means I can send pictures  to those around me wirelessly.  I’m not sure when I would use this feature though.  One of my favorite parts of the camera is the "panorama stitch" which lets you shoot 3 shots consecutively and then digitally stitches it together IN CAMERA. You don’t need to mess with Photoshop anymore.  I tried it out quickly and it was pretty impressive.  I will have an example picture of this feature later in the day.   The video quality seems up to par as well.  Because it’s a point and shoot and at times I don’t want to care about anything, the scene modes actually do come in handy as well.  The downfalls of this camera are the pricetag and that you don’t get a charging dock with the pricetag so I had to buy that separately.  As of this moment, the camera is everything that I wanted.  Let’s not jinx me.   

Windows Vista

Windowsvistalogo1 I was feeling adventurous last week so I decided to install the latest beta of Microsoft’s new Windows Vista.  I was impressed at first but mostly just in awe of all the changes to my dear Windows – I almost didn’t recognize it.  After a few days the novelty quickly wore off as I had trouble getting some of my hardware and software to install.  I understand that its in beta but Vista is too much trouble than its worth for me right now.  It is pretty, but I need my stuff to work!

Tonight, I bought a new hard drive (320gigs) bringing me up to almost a terabyte in storage (980gigs).  I reinstalled XP and now I’m breathing a sigh of relief as everything is super fact and back to normal.  Yay for Windows XP and yay for new hard drives.  :)

¡Ay, caramba!

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Matthew and I just bought a MAMIYA 645-AFD.   We went to B&H yesterday to test drive (aka: google and oogle) the 645′s and the Mamiya 7′s, but decided on her.  Finally, a hand held medium format camera I can hold without a tripod for long periods of time!  We still love you RZ, this means nothing except you’re going to be a big brother now! ¡Ay, caramba!

Taco Taco

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This is entirely too much fun.  You get to dress up a Taco Bell sauce packet!   You pick the pants, the shirt, the shoes and the accessories – it’s a fun few minutes! I like Taco Bell.  I like the soft and hard tacos,  but with no lettuce.  Just meat, and cheese.  It’s quite delicious.  I am going to talk Matthew into going there today for lunch. How sad is it that I’m on their website menu page planning my next meal?

I love soap!

Randoms:

I love Sabon’s.  Sabon is a "a chain of bath and cosmetic products based in Israel, offers consumers  a winning combination of cosmetics and aesthetics designed to renew and refresh the soul. Their products are handmade
from the Israeli countryside and the dead sea." The store in Soho gave me free samples and I finally used the glycerin soap tonight and I’m in love!  I browsed their website and I now want: AromaSugar Scrub,  many of their Glycerin and Loofah soaps, Soap Flakes, Seaweed Freshener, Mud Mask and others! I fear for my bank account when I go there.


We have 2 shoots this weekend (Saturday and Sunday).  Saturday is a lookbook shoot.  Sunday is a edged up editorial feel shoot using the designer from Saturday’s designs.  The designer is Alison, creator of Dahl.  She’s on the upcoming season of Project Runway.  I shot her previous lookbook last year and she’s a blast. Wubba loves her too.    Currently waiting to see what models we are casting but from the polaroids Elite sent us yesterday (alongside 20 other girls), these new faces are superb: Mandi K and Georgia Karr and Haley Walker.  If we don’t cast them for this weekend, definitely in the soon future.   We also got sent one of the top Americas Next Top Model girls but I think it might be too much reality fashion for us to keep sane. And plus,  she can’t really pose.


I saw Murnau’s "The Last Laugh" (Der Letzte Mann)
on Monday night and LOVED it.  It’s not really a movie that is supposed to make you cry, but I almost cried for the main character many times. You should see it.


I want to do a shoot at the Soho House.  Bad. I contacted them for prices.  I will cringe when I get a reply.

 

Beacon's Closet

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Today I finally ventured out to Beacon’s Closet and lost my virginity to the store.  Beacon’s closet is a used/vintage/clothing exchange store in Williamsburg (Brooklyn).   If you are looking for some cheap vintage clothing – this is your place.  Every rack is organized in colors.  The pink shirts are over there.  The brown shirts are over there. Etc, Etc.  The pants are all organized by sizes.  The  skirts/dresses are in the back of the store and that’s where I spent most of my time.   They also have a large variety of shoes, bags and accessories.  I heard alot of pros and cons about Beacon’s Closet but personally I didn’t think it was that bad.  If you have alot of time to spend rooting through the racks for your own personal treasure and don’t mind squeezing through the tightly packed store and saying "excuse me" every 3 minutes, then you’ll be a happy girl (or boy).  The staff was all really nice too (bonus: and the boy at the checkout: super cute/super nice).  I went into the dressing room with 5 items, but unfortunately only walked out of the store with 2 of them.  I really want this gray hoodie/sweatshirt style dress but it was jut too small around the hips.  I also fancied (alot, alot) this 70s flower print dress which made me want to run into the flower fields and smoke up, but the material just wasn’t going to work.  I’m going to ebay a dress like it though – I loved it.  My green golfers skirt too was a no go too.  I did end up with a pair of orange Prada comfy flats though.  I been looking for some type of flat that will last over time and be able to just throw them on and run out.  Of course orange isn’t very practical, but whatever.  Lately I’ve been loving shirt dresses over tights, so I picked up this pretty blue sweater dress.  I’m quite happy with it as I would have spent alot more for it if I saw it in another store.   I also picked up a little birdy locket today.  I’m going to put Bird Head/Wubba/Matthew’s picture in it I think.  :) .

Other random pictures of the day:  Installation (?) outside of my buildingI’m not really sure.    ||    If I was from Texas (I’d shoot myself)    ||    Neat shoes    ||   Mario land    ||   Chelsea Markets     ||   Hey Pumpkin head    ||   Hey Happy Guys   ||   I should hang out here    ||   The ride home.

I apologize about the camera phone quality in the last few posts.  I’ve recently got a new point and shoot camera and I need to figure out all the features and how to shut off the features so I don’t get kicked out of stores.

Beacon’s Closet is located at: 88 N. 11th Street (Williamsburg) and 220 5th Avenue (Park Slope)
Chelsea Markets is located at: 75 9th Avenue

Beacon’s Closet

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Today I finally ventured out to Beacon’s Closet and lost my virginity to the store.  Beacon’s closet is a used/vintage/clothing exchange store in Williamsburg (Brooklyn).   If you are looking for some cheap vintage clothing – this is your place.  Every rack is organized in colors.  The pink shirts are over there.  The brown shirts are over there. Etc, Etc.  The pants are all organized by sizes.  The  skirts/dresses are in the back of the store and that’s where I spent most of my time.   They also have a large variety of shoes, bags and accessories.  I heard alot of pros and cons about Beacon’s Closet but personally I didn’t think it was that bad.  If you have alot of time to spend rooting through the racks for your own personal treasure and don’t mind squeezing through the tightly packed store and saying "excuse me" every 3 minutes, then you’ll be a happy girl (or boy).  The staff was all really nice too (bonus: and the boy at the checkout: super cute/super nice).  I went into the dressing room with 5 items, but unfortunately only walked out of the store with 2 of them.  I really want this gray hoodie/sweatshirt style dress but it was jut too small around the hips.  I also fancied (alot, alot) this 70s flower print dress which made me want to run into the flower fields and smoke up, but the material just wasn’t going to work.  I’m going to ebay a dress like it though – I loved it.  My green golfers skirt too was a no go too.  I did end up with a pair of orange Prada comfy flats though.  I been looking for some type of flat that will last over time and be able to just throw them on and run out.  Of course orange isn’t very practical, but whatever.  Lately I’ve been loving shirt dresses over tights, so I picked up this pretty blue sweater dress.  I’m quite happy with it as I would have spent alot more for it if I saw it in another store.   I also picked up a little birdy locket today.  I’m going to put Bird Head/Wubba/Matthew’s picture in it I think.  :) .

Other random pictures of the day:  Installation (?) outside of my buildingI’m not really sure.    ||    If I was from Texas (I’d shoot myself)    ||    Neat shoes    ||   Mario land    ||   Chelsea Markets     ||   Hey Pumpkin head    ||   Hey Happy Guys   ||   I should hang out here    ||   The ride home.

I apologize about the camera phone quality in the last few posts.  I’ve recently got a new point and shoot camera and I need to figure out all the features and how to shut off the features so I don’t get kicked out of stores.

Beacon’s Closet is located at: 88 N. 11th Street (Williamsburg) and 220 5th Avenue (Park Slope)
Chelsea Markets is located at: 75 9th Avenue

I voted for Bambi

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Ok, here’s the truth. When I went to the Meow Mix House the other day, I cast my vote for Bambi.  She’s from NYC, she was representing,  I had to.  I love kitties who sleep all day and give the finger to the world.  So when I heard that noone wanted to adopt Bambi because ""She’s not the most social one in the group" I was outraged!  Of all 10 cat-estants in the Meow Mix House at 49th
and Madison, it is the New York tabby that has yet to be adopted. Every
other cat-testant, from Nashville’s frisky Opry to Miami’s streetwise
Cisco to even double-pawed Romeo from Los Angeles, has feline-ally
found itself a home – or has one on the way.
NY POST spies say the finicky short-haired Bambi has a
proclivity for hissing, the occasional swipe and a tendency to just
kind of sit on the leopard-print couch and stare. She also bats things and enjoys string.  Finally though – Bambi found a home! And her bed is coming with her! 
"On day one, she claimed the sofa – the living room’s prime spot. The
princess was so taken with it, in fact, that Meow Mix let her keep it.
Emma Grimshaw of the upper East Side will pick up both couch and kitty
from the ASPCA’s E. 92nd St. headquarters today." reports NY Daily News. 

For those not in the know: The 10 former strays spent 10 days in the cat-customized Madison Ave. pad, taping 10 three-minute episodes. Each week, they compete for a job at Meow Mix in segments aired Fridays on Animal Planet during the 9 p.m. hour, with one voted off each episode through Aug. 18.