Archive for November, 2011


A Midnight Release

The wait was over. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was finally here. This franchise has successfully stepped out of the “World War II” roots that put them on every gamers must-have for the holidays. Over the last couple of years, Call of Duty has been breaking records all over the gaming industry. In 2009, Modern Warfare 2 set records by selling 4.7 million copies within 24 hours. Black Ops broke that record the next year by selling 5.6 million copies. Modern Warfare 3 was expected to surpass that number and it did. Within 24 hours, the game had already sold 6.5 million copies in the US and UK alone.

 

One thing that does help the hype of the gamers are midnight releases. Not all stores participate but those that do usually find themselves busy with huge crowds. Last year, I went to the midnight release of Call of Duty: Black Ops with a friend of mine we thought we were getting there at a decent time when we arrived at 11:30pm… We thought wrong, the line at Gamestop in the mall was backed up to the entrance at Target. This year, I thought I’d do better when I arrived at 10:45pm but I was proven wrong again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I should have figured that Modern Warfare 3 would be crazier than Black Ops. Personally, I like the Modern Warfare franchise better and many others do as well. Gamestop at the mall had a midnight release of their own and they also held a tournament as well. They gave away an Xbox along with the game to whoever could win the “Free-for-all tournament” which is basically every man for himself. Above are a couple of pictures that I took of the guys (who were completely oblivious to the flashing camera by the way) who were playing in the tournament.

 

Even though I showed up almost an hour and a half before midnight, I got ticket number 122… I couldn’t believe that I was that far in the line even though I had arrived very early. I went and sat down with a friend of mine who was at the release and we watched some of the guys who were there for the tournament play. As midnight came closer we started heading to the store where we quickly saw the line getting bigger and bigger by the minute. We ended up going to the back of the line because we were told that the numbers on our tickets were just for a raffle that the store was having. We stood by the area where kids play and I snapped a couple more pictures of the crowd that was forming behind me. After a little while we were told that the numbers on our ticket were indeed the place in line where we were supposed to stand in and we headed to our respective spots. Taking pictures there presented a little bigger challenge for me seeing as how I stand at five feet and one inch but I managed to take a couple of more pictures of the crowd that was ahead of me. I can safely say that there were at least 200 people at that midnight release because I there were so many people behind me and I was considerably close to the store considering the spot I had been in.

 

After midnight struck, the line started moving considerably fast. I was 122nd in line and I was out within 20 minutes. One of my other friends was 155 in line and was out not five minutes after I was. I think  it’s safe to say that I’ll be avoiding the next midnight release of Call of Duty.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Hobby of Mine

      Well, here’s a little more information about me. I love photography. Some friends have called me a landscape photographer because I like taking picture of random things that I find out in town. But I also like taking pictures of people as well. I can’t really say much else about my photography. I like going around and I find inspiration for pictures at the oddest moments. I also tend to take at least twenty pictures per “session” that I do and only like about one or two pictures out of the entire set. I like using the light I am given mostly because I don’t have the means to afford those fancy studio lights in order to take nice studio worthy portraits. I’m currently taking a photography class at school and I’m hoping that this class makes me a better photographer with a better perspective for the field. Now here are some of the pictures I’ve taken over the last couple of months. Not necessarily those that I consider the best but I feel like they stand out and they each have a little story behind them.

 

The first picture is “Beer Bottles in the Plants” (top left corner). I was out walking around downtown Jonesboro around nighttime and I was wanting to take pictures of my cousin under the street lights but my idea for the picture was scratched off because the idea I had for the picture were different from actual reality. Simply put, the streetlights of downtown didn’t give me the picture that I had wanted. After being a little disappointed we walked around the area just to see what was going on when we stumbled across some plants and I saw the beer bottles inside. I took my camera out and snapped a couple of pictures and that one was the one I ended up liking the most. The next one is “A Sunrise by the Train Tracks” (top right corner). I love pictures of sunrises and sunsets so I decided to take some of my own. I looked up online what time the sunrise would be the day before so I decided to get up about 15 minutes before. I got up around 5:20 and I went outside… I waited for the sun to rise when I was quick to realize that what I had thought to be the sunrise was not exactly what I had hoped for. Yeah, the sun rose… but I still had to wait until the sun rose over the tree line in order to take the pictures. So while I was waiting, I took pictures of the nearby railroad tracks and this was one of the pictures that I ended up liking the most.

This next one is called “A Hard Worker” (center). I was over at a friend’s house that day and I was supposed to be taking pictures of her garden but instead I ended up taking pictures of her sandals setting out by her garden. I tend to have an eye for things that seem out of place and I felt that the combinations of the gloves, the sandals, the blanket, and the bricks felt out of place but also unique. I took about five pictures and this one was the one that we ended up liking the most. “A Walk at ASU” (right) is one of my favorite wide shot pictures. I don’t take many wide shot photographs… mostly because I feel that close up tell a better story. But my photography assignment that week was to have a wide shot so me being the procrastinator that I am waited until the day that the pictures were due to run around and try to find a picture. I looked for anyplace that would give me a good picture and I was walking to class I looked to the right and had a little moment of inspiration. I took my camera out and started to take pictures of the people walking down. This one was mine and my professor’s favorite one. My last one is “A Playing Snare” (bottom left). I was back in my old high school for our homecoming game and I was supposed to take pictures of the kids there but instead got distract and took pictures of miscellaneous things. I saw the snare drummers playing and I walked over to the and took the picture. I took about three but the reason I particularly like this one the most was because of the fact that I took this picture without looking through the lens. I’m surprised by some of the good pictures I’ve taking without looking through the lens of the camera and I really liked this one because of the angle and the fact that the you can tell that they were playing at the moment. I liked hoe the drumsticks look like they’re in motion. So that’s it for now and I hope you enjoyed reading about my pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It’s easy to forget sometimes the beauty of our planet, and no one is to blame for that. With everything that goes on around us, from protesters, to scandals, to ongoing wars, revolutions, and disastrous events, noticing the beauty of the planet we all inhabit seems the least of our worries. Which is why I admire landscape photographers who make it their mission in life to not let us forget that despite everything bad that happens around us that not everything is bad, there is hope for peace and tranquility for us. “The Mountain” was filmed by landscape photographer Terje Sorgjed in El Teide, one of Spain highest mountains and he captured some of the most beautiful landscape shots I’ve seen, helping see that our planet still has beauty and not corrupted by the human race.