Alex Camacho
Crosby, TX, United States
Born in Houston, Texas and raised all over living the life of an Army Brat. I Went to eight different schools (three elementary, one middle school, four high schools) and have one little brother who’s not so little anymore. I’ve been married for nearly fourteen years now to a woman who rocks my world and I've been blessed with two wonderful children. Our dog, Sally, is a big black lab saved from a local shelter.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Back to School?

vivtank_08I was sitting around the other day thinking I should go really look into using my G.I. Bill to take some photography courses. It's something I've always wanted to do since I was a kid carrying around my dad's 35mm SLR. I'd take it on school field trips, out in the summer to the zoo and around town on the bus. It still baffles me to this day he'd let a kid run around with a piece of equipment as expensive as that. Lucky for me I never so much as dropped it (I swear to the best of my recollection). Anyway, my love of photographs goes way back. Bad pictures with closed eyes, funny photos, and even a few good photos too. I got familiar with how it worked but never truly understood all the dials, knobs, and numbers. I knew how to change out the lens, how to focus, knew what ISO to use where, load and unload it, but that was about it. Man, I really loved that camera.

So now that I'm all grown up *shiver* and taking pictures of my own kids I thought it would be pretty neat if I actually figured out what all the rest of those knobs and numbers on that camera mean. So I looked up some local schools to take some courses and found that Art Institute of Houston offers a full course. I figured I should use my G.I. Bill money before Uncle Sam decides to take it. I filled out their online info page and got a call the next day. Before I knew it, I had an interview set for Monday with the Assistant Director of Admissions. I honestly was just hoping for a pamphlet with a course schedule but got more than that. I'm pretty damn excited about tomorrow and more than a little nervous. If admission is based purely on past school performance than I'm just screwed. I was the kid who "never seems to apply himself and daydreams too much in class". I'm hoping for the best though because the more I think about it the more this feels right. Worse case scenario though, I take some community college classes and try again when I got some grades to prove I can do the work.

So tomorrow is a big day for me so I'm trying to relax a little listening to music and pouring through my photos. Lana's been awesome about the whole thing considering I really kinda sprang the whole thing on her. It's another complication in our life and she saw only good things to come of it while I worried over clashing schedules and babysitters. She simply said we'd find a way and she's right of course. She was happy I finally got around to doing more than talk about taking a few courses and helped me dig out a few good photos to print up and take with me tomorrow. In fact, one of them is now hanging up at our local Walmart. When I went to pick up my 8x10's the clerk asked if I would sign a release form for them so they could display my tree frog photo. Yeah, it's just the local Walmart but I was pretty happy.

So keep your fingers crossed, knock on some wood, turn in a circle three times counter-clockwise and wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Still Scannin'

onthefloortogether02There really hasn't really been a whole lot going on lately. I say that but honestly I just haven't gotten around to sitting down to blog. Everytime I sit down at my computer I end up scanning photos and listening to my mp3's until I'm too tired to think about blogging or something else needs my attention like Olivia, laundry, etc. I'm making good progress in our box of photos so that's always something. I was on such a role I decided to tackle Lana's photo folder on my computer. By the time it was said and done, I had reorganized her Almostheavenridingstables website docs on her computer. I'm not really sure how the leap from my computer to hers was made. I really hate seeing a disorganized computer directory and I don't know I if I could have stopped myself. There were quadruplicates of some photos, all in different locations and with different names!! So now there all in one location and properly organized so that someone sane can find what their looking for.

Lana and I have really been trying to be a little more organized these days so I don't think she minded too much. We did have a small panic attack. Lana had borrowed some discs from John and Jody that we had trouble finding for about an hour. They eventually showed up after tearing the house apart and we found some really great photos. Last year they had a photographer out to the barn for pictures and got lots of really great shots. I'm not sure I could have a more photogenic kids. Anyway, I'm off to scan more photos while Olivia's sleeping. Enjoy!
This was the original photo. The black sheet in the background made extracting the image difficult but nothing a levels layer couldn't fix quickly.
I was really happy with how well this came out in Photoshop. You have to check it out full-size to appreciate the tweaks made. Modified the levels, softened the edges once I removed it from the original image, took the eyes from another photo for Nikki, and added a soft glow. :)