Stephen Thrasher, Comet Smasher

Uh Oh

Saturday, August 29, 2009 by Stephen



Launch Scrub

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 by Stephen

Discovery's launch was scrubbed due to weather. Most of us moved our flights back one day to see a second attempt.



T Minus 4 Hours

Monday, August 24, 2009 by Stephen

Discovery is all fueled up and set for a 1:36 AM ET launch. NASA says there is an eighty percent chance of the launch going forward, but there are rain showers in the area.



Space Coast Lightning

Sunday, August 23, 2009 by Stephen

Space Coast Lightning

The tour is tomorrow, and the launch is scheduled for tomorrow night, though weather like this could cause a delay.

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Now That We All Agree

Friday, August 21, 2009 by Stephen

I predict this "yes" phase will be short compared to the coming "no" phase.



Strobist Boot Camp Two, Week Two

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 by Stephen

Week two: food. Specifically, David Hobby (author of Strobist) says, "photograph a gastronomic subject so well that it will cause me to go off the wagon." Here's how you take photos of food.

First, I started off the day the assignment was announced by taking a photo of my lunch on top of my dresser.


Then I contacted my aspiring chef friend Elizabeth and asked if I could take some photos to liven up her blog. First up, scones.

Orange Raisin Scones 3

Then, southwestern salad.

Southwestern Salad with Brown Betty in the Oven

Finally, peach brown betty. This is the photo I submitted for the assignment.

Blueberry-Peach Brown Betty 3

Konstantin was going to take a photo for a chef in our cafe at work, but the chef worked two jobs and couldn't meet with us. But he did give Konstantin a recipe for a steak tip plantain sandwich. We literally spent an hour taking photos of this thing, and we were very happy with the outcome.

Strobist Assignment 2: Steak Tip Plantain Sandwich

So, what won? Three peppers in a cast-iron pan. It's a great photo, but it's not exactly gonna make someone "go off the wagon." In fact, none of the finalists really fit that bill, either. I feel like we somehow lost our chance by following the directions. Oh, well.

Right now, we're in the middle of assignment three. Expect a post in a few days.

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Come and Sit at the Table

Monday, August 10, 2009 by Stephen

Her new seat.

It's nice to have her at the table instead of on the table. Also, her Bumbo is getting a little tight. It wasn't always that way.

Now she has room to grow again.



Strobist Boot Camp Two, Week One

Sunday, August 09, 2009 by Stephen

Strobist is a blog about off-camera flash, a technique that gives photographers a lot of flexibility and control. It can be difficult to master because besides the technical side of things, learning the art of lighting just requires a lot of hands-on experience.

Enter Boot Camp Two, a series of assignments to help photographers improve their off-camera flash skills. Week one's assignment was to take a headshot. I've been teaming with my coworker and fellow photo club member Konstantin. This is Konstantin helping me get familiar with my rented camera before I shot the Holley wedding in March.


Konstantin and I went to a parking garage in Boston to photograph a headshot of his sister in front of Boston buildings. After we had some trouble with the high wall around the top level, he chose this photo as his entry for assignment one.


My subject was Rachel. Not too creative, I know, but she was in need of a more professional headshot for publications and such. We went to the MIT brain building, which has a multitude of potential headshot backgrounds. I settled on a simple one, the floor.

For the curious, David announced the finalists and winner for assignment one about a month ago. Right now we're in the middle of the third assignment. I'll give an update on assignment two soon.

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They're Coming

Saturday, August 08, 2009 by Stephen

I can feel them.



Vacation, Part II

Saturday, August 01, 2009 by RDT

In reverse order, our first couple of vacation weeks were spent with my side - where Marlee met her cousin who is closest in age - just four days! Here is documentation of their first meeting:

There are really so many good shots of them . . . here are a few

Stargazing . . .

"You stay here, I'll take care of this one"

And one last shot to remember her by . . .

P.S. Thanks to D. for making that delicious blueberry puree.