I didn’t think that this post was going live, bit it did. So there it is. I thought it was a cool picture of Hong Kong.
Click on the Wikipedia link, it is awesome at full-res. See if you can find the Batman building.
Many of you that know me and read this blog, (namely Melissa), know that I am totally enamored by the photography of Jonathan Canlas. He is local of Lehi, yet renowned in the world of photography. Since I started following his blog, I have been dying to get my hands on a Holga, and have resisted the temptation every time that I have gone into Urban Outfitters for some time now. So, to my Amazon Wishlist it would go; in hopes that someday I would get one. Imagine my excitement when I opened a packeage today from Eric, my brother-in-law. He pulled it off the list and got me one for Christmas. So then today I was looking across Jon’s blog, trying to find the kind of film that he uses, I came across this gem:
Kitsch is a German term that has been used to categorize art that is considered an inferior copy of an existing style. The term is also used more loosely in referring to any art that is pretentious or in bad taste, and also commercially produced items that are considered trite or crass.
Because the word was brought into use as a response to a large amount of art in the 19th century where the aesthetic of art work was confused with a sense of exaggerated sentimentality or melodrama, kitsch is most closely associated with art that is sentimental; however, it can be used to refer to any type of art that is deficient for similar reasons—whether it tries to appear sentimental, glamorous, theatrical, or creative, kitsch is said to be a gesture imitative of the superficial appearances of art. It is often said that kitsch relies on merely repeating convention and formula, lacking the sense of creativity and originality displayed in genuine art.
Though kitsch and kitschy may be terms used to criticize, the term is sometimes used as a compliment as well, with some finding kitschy artwork to be enjoyable for its “retro” value or unintentional, ironic humor or garishness.
That is exactly what I am going for. To say that I want to be more like Jon would be an understatement. I love the style, and try to mimic it. It makes me want to be a better photographer.
So Jon, thanks for taking some kitschy photos.
Well, it happened, the whole mountain is open at Brighton. That’s right, from Great Western, all the way over to the slippery slopes of Mt. Millicent; Brighton is all the way open. When I pulled into the parking lot today, Millie was running, but seemingly without any passengers. The lot fellers pointed me over towards Great Western, and I ran up the hill. Probably my favorite part of the day was charging down the face, being a little to confident in my turn, and falling over backwards and sliding down the hill.
That’s right. I fell.
I got down to the lift to hear that Millie had just opened. Sweeter words had never passed my ears. After taking the short route across the parking lot, I found 21″ of fresh, new, virgin snow waiting for me. Christmas came early.
The ride up Milly was quick. Even after a year, I don’t think that I am used to having a high-speed quad over on Milly.
With even more Snow in the forecast, this makes for a great week of skiing.
If have skied at Brighton in the last few weeks, you have likely been staring at Great Western and Milly, ready to trade a limb to get over to the fresh snow. Well, the day has half come with Great Western opening up. If you are headed up today, look for me taking powder laps around Endless Winter. If I’m not there, likely getting air on the huge roller at the bottom of Silver Spur.
Six inches at the base means lots of freshies up top… Viva Great Western!
Then head up to Brighton this Friday night! X96 and Brighton are sponsoring a best trick contest this Friday at 7:00PM. It will take place at the ever delightful, always Majestic Terrain Park. Some details:
Fireworks, free contest, and prizes. What could be better…
Now, Melissa tells me that I shouldn’t post stupid YouTube videos, so I won’t. I am going to post the most excellent YouTube video that I have ever seen.
In my next life, I want to do car reviews for the BBC.
Apparently the BBC doesn’t like sharing…
Same video, less pressure to bow down from the BBC.
For those of you looking to get your night skiing fix on, Brighton opened up last Wednesday for formal night skiing.
Brighton will opening for night skiing on Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tickets will be $32.
Night skiing is from 4 P.M. – 9 P.M. Monday – Saturday
If you are looking to save a couple of bucks, you can pick up 2-1 passes at Arctic Circle that are good on Wednesday nights.
I set up the tripod and my 40D mounted on a Sigma 50-500 and a lens doubler, both not high end options, but they are adequate for what I typically use them for. I sighted in the moon and then turned on the Live View function of the 40D to make the minor focal adjustment.
What an awesome picture, I was so ticked trying to take pictures of the moon the other day. I am glad that someone figured out how to do it…
WordPress 2.7 out!
Kendall talked about how good the snow was at Snowbird today, and I have to enthusiastically agree. I was right up the hill a little further at Alta today, having an awesome bluebird day skiing. With Supreme opening, there is a lot of terrain available to ride at this beautiful resort.
This last week I got the chance to watch “The Alta Experience” on PBS. What a great program. Beforehand, I had never know the origin of the great sport if “Schuss” but can eagerly say that I want to get involved. If you have thought that Alta never had a terrain park, you would be sorely mistaken.