Archive for November, 2011

334/365 portrait

334/365 portrait, originally uploaded by ajbrusteinthreesixfive.

during our session I realized we in the room next to a photo studio. Actually, the guy who owned the venue was a photographer and there were 2 5DMII with 24-105s and 1 5D with 24-75 sitting on a cart there. We couldn’t leave without taking a picture in the studio (with the 5D of course) and here you have it – with hat props and all.

333/365 ignitor

333/365 ignitor, originally uploaded by ajbrusteinthreesixfive.

day one of the ignitor for McDonalds over. Pretty cool. The hard work comes tomorrow. Tons of real work, a nagging cold, and lack of sleep will not help, but we’ll get through it… More concerned about the pile of trouble waiting for me back in Atlanta…

332/365 publichotel

332/365 publichotel, originally uploaded by ajbrusteinthreesixfive.

checked into the Public Hotel in Chicago – apparently used to be the Ambassador East and newly reopened a month or two ago. Absolutely beautiful. Took a bunch of pictures of the hotel lobby and room, but in the end, it is me working at the desk that I chose for today’s shot. Gotta question the size and position of the desk/TV but feels like I am in a movie theater and keep waiting for my Mom to yell at me – “you’re too close to the TV!”

331/365 windowlight

331/365 windowlight, originally uploaded by ajbrusteinthreesixfive.

time and time again, light from a window always proves to be the best. A beautiful model helps too.

330/365 underneath

330/365 underneath, originally uploaded by ajbrusteinthreesixfive.

always wondered what it would be like to take a shot underneath the swing. After coming back to the ATL from Baltimore, what is usually a simple 1.5 hour hop is now a stress induced nightmare with two children. I was so exhausted by the time I got home, all I could do was lie down and hope Nyla didn’t drop anything on me… At least she was happy…

329/365 baltimore

329/365 baltimore, originally uploaded by ajbrusteinthreesixfive.

spent Thanksgiving week in Baltimore and this was the only night I actually got to spend 45 minutes taking pictures – so drove over to the most scenic location I could think of, set up shop, and shot. Left after the sunset since it was the Friday after Thanksgiving and none of the lights in the buildings were on for a decent blue hour shot. Its tough to make Baltimore look good, but from high above on Federal Hill you can almost escape the unfortunate state of this city…

328/365 thanksgivingdinner

The Baltimore, DC, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, and NYC Brusteins together for the annual Thanksgiving Dinner in DC this year. The Baltimore / Atlanta Brusteins finally reclaimed the “Who’s the Smartest Brustein” trophy back to where it belongs.

327/365 bulldogs

327/365 bulldogs, originally uploaded by ajbrusteinthreesixfive.

basically the number one reason I want to come to Baltimore is to see some friends of my parents. Why? Because they have the three most fantastic bulldogs on this planet. Oscar Meyer, Ellie Mae, and Peggy Sue. So after arriving in Baltimore last night, we immediately headed over there this morning to see them. I think 3 bulldogs at once was too much for Nyla but she still had fun, and ended the visit with a nice big CHU to Oscar, the biggest, chillest, most beautiful bulldog ever…

326/365 unclegarrett

326/365 unclegarrett, originally uploaded by ajbrusteinthreesixfive.

well, this year and this 365 was about to go by without a picture of my brother. As we arrived in Baltimore for Thanksgiving, we were lucky enough to cross paths and see him for 20 minutes – in a rainy parking garage – introducing him to Kylie and reintroducing him to Nyla. Then we were off home and he was off to Austin or wherever he was headed – and we closed the Uncle Garrett chapter of 2011.

325/365 spin

325/365 spin, originally uploaded by ajbrusteinthreesixfive.

had wanted to take a shot like this for a while now but couldn’t figure out how to get the shutter to release while holding Nyla. Tried to have Toshimi stand behind me and spin with me, but she couldn’t keep up. I tried to stand behind Toshimi, but she spins too slow. Then I figured it out! Attach the remote, set the mode to H speed continuous fire, and then set the remote to bulb setting for continuous shooting – then spin! The only difficult part then is getting Nyla to look and keeping the camera steady – the shot was indoors at night so hard to get an appropriate shutter speed, but happy with this result for a first try. Must try again outside…