Fave 5 From 2012 Part 1
|Infrared Black & White|
Along with my photo picks of 2012 I thought I'd highlight five books that I really enjoyed. I mean to write more about the books I read, but am finding it hard to do. Two types of ratings I don't generally bother with looking at are for books and for music. They're so subjective that people can and do often times have opinions that very much differ from my views. So think of these not as reviews of the books, but more of why I liked them.
About the shot2012 saw me finally trying my hand at some infrared photography. I had seen it online first many years ago and really liked the surreal look it gave off, especially in the faux color area. With this shot I had originally meant for it to be a faux color shot (see original post here) but in the process of writing that entry I did a very quick black & white conversion and find I like this look better. Infrared and black & white allow me to relax about certain aspects of photography. I don't feel the need to attack a photo and rid it of every piece of noise in a black & white shot. In fact I find myself adding grain. Infrared, since we're already taking out the visible light spectrum, frees me from trying to replicate what I saw and to be a little more artistic about the finished shot. The shot is surprisingly noise free, but the long shutter speed allows a lot more movement in the shot that I normally wouldn't tolerate. I love the glowing bushes against the middle of the day sky.
About the Book
|The Suarez Collection|
Kill Decision is a slightly less sci-fi feel of a book, more of a techno-thriller dealing with today's favorite talked about piece of army technology, the drone. This feels a lot more Crichton like with the merging of cutting edge 21st century tech and the complex organization of an ant colony. I was a little dubious about this at first, but it quickly made sense and made for another fast page turner that I was sorry to put down at the end. I hope I won't have to wait too long for a new Daniel Suarez book. You can find more information about him and his books here.