Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Splash Time

Splash Time (Teaser 3), originally uploaded by RLHyde.

I'm using some new equipment to trigger my off-camera flashes lately, and I can do some pretty neat stuff with said equipment (like stopping water). I can't divulge any more information than that right now - stay tuned for a future update where I'll describe what in the world I'm talking about.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Advent Christmas

Red Bulb, originally uploaded by RLHyde.

So usually Christmas stresses me out. However, this Christmas has been a little better. For one, Kathleen and I got our very own for-real Christmas tree, and we decorated it with all of our ornaments. It's pretty great. I hope you enjoy these few shots of a few of the prettier closeups of the tree :)

Bokeh Out, originally uploaded by RLHyde.

Green Bulb, originally uploaded by RLHyde.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall Abstractions

Morning Light Abstraction, originally uploaded by RLHyde.

So I've been taking a few photos lately. Nothing big, just when I have time, I take some shots. Me and photography are still going strong, but I needed to slow things down while I manage these other things in life (like, you know, my psychotically busy job).

Anyway, I like doing abstract things, and I've been experimenting a bit, so I hope you still like me, world.

Fall Leaves Abstraction, originally uploaded by RLHyde.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Guest Post: Kaija's "another time"

another time., originally uploaded by kleine_moewe.

This is not my photo. It belongs to a Flickr pal of mine, Kajia, and I absolutely adore it.

Some day, folks, I promise I'll put photos up again. Maybe in late November? That's roughly when I found time to get back into photography again last year. We'll see.

In the meantime, click on this photo and look at her other awesome work!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Stains (in which I announce the end of my 365 project)


Well, it looks as though I have fallen off the wagon in 365 land. I have gone days without posting or taking a picture. And the truth of the matter is that I've been very happy with the past few days. So, even though not many people follow my every move here, I feel it's important to announce that I am through with my project. I got almost 70% of the way through the year, but with school starting back up and all the pressures related to being a teacher and a masters weighing me down again, this project has become more stressful than it's worth.

And on top of that, I think I've learned all I can learn in a project like this. I've grown a lot since January 1st, and I'm super glad I went through this process, but just the other day I found myself comntemplating building a white-box so that I could do a ton of simple object photos with white backgrounds. I know how to do that. I've done that before. I'm not going to spend another 114 days doing shots like that because there's nothing to learn in that, and really, that's all I'd be able to consistently do throughout this semester.

So anyway, thanks, everyone, for your comments, your favs, and your support. It's been real. I won't disappear or anything, but I won't be posting daily. Maybe next January I'll starta 52 week project :P

(oh, and this photo is of a stain a blueberry tea bag left on a little saucer)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Time Management

Time Management, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


I'm trying to get myself back on track with these posting deadlines, and now is the time, as school has officially started.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Victory Burrito

Victory Burrito, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


Today was a harrowing day. It was orientation day for the students at my school, and really, the students were great. The bussing situation, though was ridiculous. Pop quiz: If it takes two busses to get a group of students to a rope course in the middle of nowhere, how many will it take to get them all back? These idiots' answer? One. It takes just one.

Incompetency = fail.

P.S. This photo is sub-standard because the rest of my day is in such a goddamn rush because of said incompetency.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Saugatuck Dune Grass

Saugatuck Dune Grass, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


I love the dunes on Lake Michigan. It's just about the only place in the state you can climb real hills!

Holland Pier, Lake Michigan

Holland Pier, Lake Michigan, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


Yesterday Kathleen and I took a mini vacation / day trip out to Lake Michigan. We spent a little time reading here on the beach at Holland State Park, but it was too cold and too windy to really stay for very long.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

It's Coming

It's Coming, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


And you know it, too. Today the high here in Ann Arbor is 66 degrees (and the start of UofM football . . . gag).

I hate it.

Friday, September 3, 2010


Stacks, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


This goes in the category of my brain labeled "Things I haven't done in way too long."

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Two Birds, One Blade

Two Birds, One Blade, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


This morning I realized that I hadn't shaved and I hadn't taken a photo, and I had to be out the door in about 30 minutes. Hence, photo.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Just Clap Your Hands

Just Clap Your Hands, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


Where it's at.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Pips, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


This is a domino set I had when I was a kid. My parents recently dropped it off with a load of other stuff I used to have when I was a kid. I forgot how beautiful this set was, though. Such brightly colored pips.

Monday, August 30, 2010


Foundations, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


This is the new underground parking structure being built in downtown Ann Arbor. I didn't have my Nikon d40 with me, so I shot this with my Palm Pre. I'm continually impressed with the kinds of pictures this thing turns out when the lighting is right. If you look at this at its original size, you get an almost painterly, impressionistic view of the details. It's nice.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

End of Summer

End of Summer, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


Had a day at the parents' place today, and got to spend some quality time with the nieces and nephews. This is Lydia, who was happy to help me with my photo project today. Thanks!

Friday, August 27, 2010


Exuberance!, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


I told you I'd do one where I was smiling. I didn't tell you it wouldn't be creepy.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Watson Redux

Watson Redux, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


Last time I visited Watson, I forgot my real camera (as you may remember). This time I brought the right tools and got a very fun shot of him. Also, he's 30 lbs now!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Serious Face

Serious Face, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


I should have been smirking in this one. Next time I promise I'll do a self portrait where I don't look sad, mad, mean, or angry.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Dark Giraffe

Dark Giraffe, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


When he looks at you, run.

Gorillas are the Weirdest

Gorillas are the Weirdest, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


As proven yesterday at the Toledo (Ohio) Zoo.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Over the Shoulder

Over the Shoulder, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


I titled it this because otherwise it may be hard to tell exactly what orientation my head has to the rest of my body.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Lies, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


When your product is definitely going to last up through your new, ridiculous labeling starts hitting the shelf, you may want to tone down the deception a little bit.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Humidity, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


I need to stop deciding to do closeup self portraits when it's this mugy. The other side of my face comes out so bad in this lighting that I had to crop it out!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Basil, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


Yesterday's photo got 2 views. Let's hope this does a little better.

Study in Line and Value

Study in Line and Value, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tea Set

Tea Set, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


I very nearly titled this photo "tea party," but then I thought better of it.

Nightmarish Vegetation

Nightmarish Vegetation, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


View Larger.

This is fresh corn from the farmer's market. Kinda crazy when you get all up close, 'eh?

Friday, August 13, 2010


Sharp, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


So I've finally assembled the final pieces (to accompany the others) to become a certified shaving enthusiast. This is my new Merkur safety razor (the 38c variety). I haven't actually used it yet . . . that's what I'm going to do once I'm finished here.

1 sb600 camera right, 1/16 power, 1/2 CTO, through 12'' snoot.

Triggered with Cactus V4s.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court, originally uploaded by RLHyde.

224/365 (substitution)

I haven't posted the last couple of days because Kathleen and I went on a quick trip to Washington DC. She had business to attend to, but we found time for sight seeing as well.

This is the spiral staircase in the Supreme Court building. I'm pretty proud of myself for having steady enough hands at 1/30 shutter to get it to be this clear.

Library of Congress

Library of Congress, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


The Library of Congress is an absolutely gorgeous place. I highly recommend you go if you're ever in the DC area.

(By the way, this was taken on Friday, not Thursday. I did take a photo on Thursday, but I didn't like it. So here you go.)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Nearsighted, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


Kathleen and I have many pairs of glasses between us. Here are all of them. (If you look closer you can see all the distortions through the lenses more clearly).

Monday, August 9, 2010


Vacancy, originally uploaded by RLHyde.

Large and On Black.

This is just a little idea I've had bouncing around in my head for a few days.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

You Seem to have Misplaced Your Spoon


Much better if you look closer.

Walking into the apartment today, Kathleen noticed this spoon wedged inbetween two of the pickets of our downstairs neighbor's patio fence. So I ran down and took a photo of it. Too good an opportunity to pass up.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Green Bottle

Green Bottle, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


Kathleen's new water bottle is green. View larger.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Beaded and Bubbly

Beaded and Bubbly, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


View this close up.

So I do a lot of shots of alcohol, I've realized. I'm officially making a whole set of those shots.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Security Measures

Security Measures, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


Every night I put the chain on the door, knowing full well that if somebody has taken the time to get through the deadbolt, a tiny little chain isn't going to do anything to stop them.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Needlessly Moodly Self Portrait

Needlessly Moody Self Portrait, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


Also, I'm officially 28 1/2 years old. Maybe that's why I'm so moody. Or maybe it's because it's so effing humid lately.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


OMG, WHA?!, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


This is one of those "running out of ideas" days.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


Hats, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


these are my hats. I know I've appeared in one or two other hats before, but these three are the only ones I really wear out and about. I contend that the short-billed "conductor" hat is the only kind that I look good in.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Plastic Flamingo

Plastic Flamingo, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


The Matthaei Bottanical Gardens was advertising "Frolicking Flamingos" as we drove up their driveway today. However, the gardens themselves were overrun with some banal wedding or something, so I only got to photograph the ones out in the entryway

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Holy Crap

Holy Crap, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


It got suddenly late, and Kathleen made me realize that I hadn't taken a photo. Oh vacation, how you knock me out of my routine!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Old Technology

Old Technology, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


These things just stare at me uselessly every time I'm in front of the TV. Things change so quickly.

This one needs to be seen as big as possible.

Mosquito Bite Cure

Mosquito Bite Cure, originally uploaded by RLHyde.


Some of the effects of the vacation are still wearing off - specifically, the dozens of mosquito bites on Kathleen's legs and feet. She looked up a recipe for treatment, though. Apparently you need to swab each bite with rubbing alcohol and then cover the area with scotch tape and leave it covered. She said it works pretty well, but it might not be worth the bother of having your legs covered in strips of scotch tape, thus making it uncomfortable to walk.


Comptometer, originally uploaded by RLHyde.

(vacation set: 12/12)

I had originally intended on taking pictures of the Saugatuck Dunes in Michigan on the last day of our vacation, but I forgot to grab my camera before we went hiking. However, next to the dunes is this old mansion that is open to the public. The builder of the mansion was Dorr Eugene Felt, inventer of the Comptometer, an invention I had been unaware of but now love. They had a ton of them on display, and this was one of them inside a glass case. I liked the dreamy effect the shallow DoF and reflections on the glass created.

And so ended our vacation. It was a phenomenal time, and I'm still sad that it's over.

Farewell to Camping

Farewell to Camping, originally uploaded by RLHyde.

(vacation set: 11/12)

We woke up at home on a Sunday morning, having driven 20 hours the day before. Our vacation was cut 2 days short. We were both saddened by this, so on a whim, I said, "Hey, let's drive to Fort Custer, camp there, then spend the next day at the Dunes." We both raced out of bed, into the shower, and grabbed breakfast. So we got one more good day of camping in another beautiful state park. This photo is of the top of our trusty little tent.


Mushroom, originally uploaded by RLHyde.

(vacation set: 10/12)

Alright, truth be told, I didn't take a photo on this day. Why? Because we were driving originally from Camden, Maine to Niagra, New York, but when we realized the camp ground we were going to stay at was disgusting, and after a reservation we quickly booked through fell through, and after the lady at the hotel we thought we were going to stay at told us that no hotel in the area (Canadian side or US side) had vacancies due to a giant rowing competition or something, we decided to continue to drive through the night until we got home. So this photo was of a mushroom growing in our camp site in Maine. This is all natural light, btw.

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