Digital Photography Projects

And for my second post of the day, I am going to add some of my projects from my Digital Photography class from this past semester at Herkimer College so that you get to see my growing skills with Photoshop. So I hope you will enjoy them.

Scanogram.

Scanogram.

Hue/Saturation.

Hue/Saturation.

Paste-Into.

Paste-Into.

Vingnette.

Vingnette.

Spot color.

Spot color.

Duotone.

Duotone.

Line drawing of a cat.

Line drawing of a cat.

My attempt to hand color the portrait of Chester Gillette and Grace Brown.

My attempt to hand color the portrait of Chester Gillette and Grace Brown.

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Roxalana Druse: The Forgotten Central New York Murder Case (Vlog)

It’s that time again: Another Throwback Thursday video and today’s Throwback video is from 2010 where I talk about a dark chapter in Herkimer County history: The forgotten murder case of Roxalana Druse, a woman who was convicted of murdering her abusive husband in the late 19th century and whose case was eventually overshadowed by the Chester Gillette case.

Also this week I reedited the original post for the blog portion of this story because my Yahoo Contributor Network account expires today. The link for it is right here:

 

Hot Weather, Hot Chicks

I filmed this vlog over the weekend when it was 90 degrees out. I talk about my approval of summer’s arrival as well as give out an update on my impending movie, including a topic I am debating about whether or not to include in the movie because it has ties to my origin on the web or do a separate video: The famous American Tragedy murder case.

Closing music during the Myers Park clips courtesy of iMovie.

Tomorrow I am uploading my next riff: A riff on the infamous 1930’s movie “Sex Madness.” Hope you will enjoy it and I figure I’d give you a little advanced warning: That riff is nearly an hour long.

Q & A: Charlie Sheen (#winning) and the Truth About An American Tragedy

Well here is the latest Q & A vlog with some more questions that I answered on Formspring and on Myyearbook.com. And as I did in the last Q & A video, I started with the questions from my Formspring account first.

Q: If you could master one talent of your choice instantly, what would you choose?

A: Moviemaking.

Q: What’s your favorite clothing brand?

A: I don’t really have one, most notably because I can’t really afford to buy designer brands.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A:Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. A very close second would be Theodore Dreiser’s “An American Tragedy” because it is based on the real-life Chester Gillette murder case in 1906 for which the trial was held right here in H-town.

Q: What was the reason that made you start youtubing, and how long have you been making videos for YouTube?

A: I was inspired by another YouTuber (Mr. Safety) and I was looking for a way to expand what I have been doing on the web (blogging and social networking) and I have been doing YouTube videos for just over 3 years.

Q: What do you think about Charlie Sheen #WINNING?! 🙂

A: No comment, although he makes for good comedy. 😉

Q: What would be your number one relationship-breaker? What is unforgiveable in your book?

A: Lying.

Q: What’s the first thing you check when you turn on your computer?

A: My Email.

Q: What part of marriage is the most appealing aspect to you (whether you’re actually married or imagining what the most appealing would be)?

A: Togetherness, even though I am not a firm believer in marriage.

Q: If you could be the president or leader of your country for one day, what would you do?

A: Boost the economy for starters.

Q: How would you describe your personality?

A: In a word: Complex

Q: What is your relationship status? (eg. single/In a relationship/other)

A: Obviously single.

Q: Are you a morning or night person?

A: Night person, partly because of my job.

Q: Do you watch “Unsolved Mysteries” at all?

A: I used to as a kid. I recently found some episodes on YouTube and the most recent episode I watched was the “Grace’s Ghost” episode because it was about the Gillette case and the possibility of the existence of Grace Brown’s ghost at Big Moose Lake. (Yes, folks, I am still planning a video about the Gillette case in the near future.)

And here are the questions from Myyearbook.com:

Q: If you had to give all your money away to a charity, what one would you choose?

A: The American Heart Association because I do the Heart Run every year. Unfortunately, I did not do the Heart Run this year because of the weather.

Q: What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled for April Fools Day?

A: Haven’t really pulled too many pranks.

Q: What story did you have your parents read to you over and over again as a child?

A: I don’t remember.

Q: Who is the worst actor in Hollywood?

A: There’s quite a few… Don’t want to name names, but only to protect the not-so-innocent.

Q: When do checks expire? How long does a person have to cash a check after is it issued?

A: I think it’s like 90 days or something like that.

Q: If you met “the one”, what do you think it would feel like?

A: IDK. I haven’t really been in that situation.

Q: How much does physical attraction matter to you…a lot, a little, or not at all?

A: A lot.

Q: If you joined the circus, what act would you most want to perform?

A: Lion tamer.

And that is pretty much it for this segment. If you want to ask me a question and don’t have a Formspring account, you can ask in the comment section below here on the blog or on the YouTube video page.

Music by Nathan Wills:

 

Bicentennial

Happy 200th anniversary, Herkimer!

Happy 200th anniversary, Herkimer!

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the 2007 Herkimer Bicentennial Parade which commemmorated the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of Herkimer, N.Y. It was really exciting and I got plenty of photos. I just finished uploading all of the photos I took of the event from a CD I had made at Wally World. The reason why I had to wait until now to upload them was that I didn’t have enough money to pick them up until yesterday.

There were a wide variety of floats and people in the parade. Most of them had to do with the Revolution and had many marchers dressed in Revolutionary War-era costumes. Some of them were basic floats with bands, clowns, beauty queens and themes that dealt with historic events in Herkimer. There were also military marchers, public officials, and even Ronald McDonald was in the parade.

Of course there was one piece of Herkimer history that was not represented in the parade and that is the piece of history that I am involved in: Two individuals by the name of Chester and Grace. Of course they were last year, but I still think that they should have been represented. There just wasn’t enough interest.

Anyway, I have just uploaded the photos into a new set on my Flickr photo site. I have just added a link to that new set on my profile. It was a lot of fun and I am glad that I went. I didn’t really get to partake in the after-parade party in Myer’s Park afterwards because I had to work that night. Then as I was going into Wally World after a brief stop-off at Mickey D’s, they were having the fireworks display outside. I didn’t really see too much of that because I had to eat dinner before work that night. Besides, fireworks aren’t usually my thing anyway.

In short, it was a pretty enjoyable day.