sonder.

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk. - The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
This guy wandered in right in front of my house today. Normally the wading birds of this size stick to the man made lakes nearby (If they show up at all), so I was pretty surprised to see him around.
Also, that first pic is the closest thing I’ve ever had to a successful photo of a bird in flight. I got it on pretty slow equipment, so that’s something.
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This guy wandered in right in front of my house today. Normally the wading birds of this size stick to the man made lakes nearby (If they show up at all), so I was pretty surprised to see him around.
Also, that first pic is the closest thing I’ve ever had to a successful photo of a bird in flight. I got it on pretty slow equipment, so that’s something.
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This guy wandered in right in front of my house today. Normally the wading birds of this size stick to the man made lakes nearby (If they show up at all), so I was pretty surprised to see him around.

Also, that first pic is the closest thing I’ve ever had to a successful photo of a bird in flight. I got it on pretty slow equipment, so that’s something.

(Source: sonderlife.com)

Would you guys be interested in a set of faux-Polaroid prints?

s-o-n-de-r:

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I occasionally make faux-Polaroids, and I was thinking it would be cool to offer them as a set for sale. Would you guys be interested?

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Wow. A lot more activity than I thought there would be. Guess that means you guys are interested! I’ll look into it.

s-o-n-de-r:

This year’s main stage Warped Tour bands make me feel so old.
I watched half these bands grow from their beginnings, from playing tiny club shows.
For context, my first Warped Tour was 2007. Underoath was actually around and conquering the world. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus was exploding. Everyone could sing “Face Down.” Paramore caught everyone’s attention with Riot! and with a fiery frontwoman who was pushing boundaries.
All Time Low was on the SmartPunk stage, and Mayday Parade had just released A Lessons in Romantics and was breaking hearts with it. Hawthorne Heights were the scene kings.
Few people knew who The Summer Set, The Story So Far or Breathe Carolina were. Now they’re all headlining the tour.
It goes without saying that the point is that the passage of time is so weird. This period and stage of music is so intimately tied to my own personal stage of life where I was growing up that it lives in a nostalgic bubble. But that’s not unique to me. I was 15 in 2007. Kids who are 15 going to their first Warped Tour in 2014 (Have fun by the way. There’s nothing like it in the world) are going to have the same nostalgia, but just of a little different music. This is what irritates me about all these Warped Tour critics who say the tour hasn’t had a good lineup since __ year. They fail to realize that the music changes. They’re caught up in their own memories.
This scene chews up and spits out so many bands so quickly that it’s a testament to their talent that ones like All Time Low and Yellowcard keep going at it. 
You know what doesn’t change over the years, though? Through jobs, school, broken hearts, new bands? I still get excited the night before Warped Tour like it’s my first time. I still look forward to that one day (or in more recent years, 3+ days) of the year like it’s Christmas.
It’s a rush I’ve never felt from anything else.

s-o-n-de-r:

This year’s main stage Warped Tour bands make me feel so old.

I watched half these bands grow from their beginnings, from playing tiny club shows.

For context, my first Warped Tour was 2007. Underoath was actually around and conquering the world. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus was exploding. Everyone could sing “Face Down.” Paramore caught everyone’s attention with Riot! and with a fiery frontwoman who was pushing boundaries.

All Time Low was on the SmartPunk stage, and Mayday Parade had just released A Lessons in Romantics and was breaking hearts with it. Hawthorne Heights were the scene kings.

Few people knew who The Summer Set, The Story So Far or Breathe Carolina were. Now they’re all headlining the tour.

It goes without saying that the point is that the passage of time is so weird. This period and stage of music is so intimately tied to my own personal stage of life where I was growing up that it lives in a nostalgic bubble. But that’s not unique to me. I was 15 in 2007. Kids who are 15 going to their first Warped Tour in 2014 (Have fun by the way. There’s nothing like it in the world) are going to have the same nostalgia, but just of a little different music. This is what irritates me about all these Warped Tour critics who say the tour hasn’t had a good lineup since __ year. They fail to realize that the music changes. They’re caught up in their own memories.

This scene chews up and spits out so many bands so quickly that it’s a testament to their talent that ones like All Time Low and Yellowcard keep going at it. 

You know what doesn’t change over the years, though? Through jobs, school, broken hearts, new bands? I still get excited the night before Warped Tour like it’s my first time. I still look forward to that one day (or in more recent years, 3+ days) of the year like it’s Christmas.

It’s a rush I’ve never felt from anything else.

I was a gamer long before I was a photographer.
However, after learning photography, I realized the composition skills could be used to create in-game screenshots. It’s interesting because obviously there aren’t any manual settings to dial in - what’s on screen is what you get. But you can still place objects on the rule of thirds, use negative space, etc. So after reading that there’s a console command to edit field of view on Fallout 3, I set it to 114 degrees - equivalent to a 14mm wide angle lens. Predictably, things stretched out like they do with wide angle, so I tried to capture a dramatic shot of the Chimera tank in Operation: Anchorage. 
I even applied some edits to it in Lightroom, although with a 1920x1080 jpg file, there’s not much you can do to it. I increased the clarity, bumped up vibrance, pulled saturation, and even applied a wide angle correction profile to it, which actually took away some distortion.

I was a gamer long before I was a photographer.

However, after learning photography, I realized the composition skills could be used to create in-game screenshots. It’s interesting because obviously there aren’t any manual settings to dial in - what’s on screen is what you get. But you can still place objects on the rule of thirds, use negative space, etc. So after reading that there’s a console command to edit field of view on Fallout 3, I set it to 114 degrees - equivalent to a 14mm wide angle lens. Predictably, things stretched out like they do with wide angle, so I tried to capture a dramatic shot of the Chimera tank in Operation: Anchorage. 

I even applied some edits to it in Lightroom, although with a 1920x1080 jpg file, there’s not much you can do to it. I increased the clarity, bumped up vibrance, pulled saturation, and even applied a wide angle correction profile to it, which actually took away some distortion.

(Source: sonderlife.com)

Anonymous asked:
Describe your soulmate.

Anna Kendrick

My soul-mate is probably someone who loves traveling above all else. Someone who doesn’t want kids. Someone who has a passion for something (Have you ever talked to someone who’s passionate about something? They’re so full of life). Someone who likes to try new food places instead of all the regulars. Someone who likes to talk about their interests. Someone who (and this is important) can deal with the fact that I need to withdraw from human contact sometimes.

I’m not holding my breath though.

So I’ve been helping my brother on auto repair stuff recently, and we looked at a 1962 Corvette today that needs some work. What a gorgeous car. I have an affinity for classics (mostly from the late 1950s), and the lines on this thing are gorgeous. From the chrome trim above the headlights to the slant of the rear, I love how this car has so many sleek, sloping lines.
Sitting in it was the first time I ever sat in anything so old. I’m in love with the iconography of these old machines’ dials and indicators, reminiscent of Googie architecture and space age optimism.

So I’ve been helping my brother on auto repair stuff recently, and we looked at a 1962 Corvette today that needs some work. What a gorgeous car. I have an affinity for classics (mostly from the late 1950s), and the lines on this thing are gorgeous. From the chrome trim above the headlights to the slant of the rear, I love how this car has so many sleek, sloping lines.

Sitting in it was the first time I ever sat in anything so old. I’m in love with the iconography of these old machines’ dials and indicators, reminiscent of Googie architecture and space age optimism.

(Source: sonderlife.com)

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