Second, I am a big fan of descriptive subject headers. So I thought I could promote this memorable event even more explicitly than what Jay did in his posting "Yes, It's That Time of the Year Again...".
It's Julian's fault that I bought my 8mm Sigma lens. He has one, and takes weird pictures with it. As opposed to mine, his are good (yup, he uses fancy high-tech equipment like flashes, and white background paper -- one day I'll go there, too).
This is MySQL's very own Brian Aker, as distorted by Julian.
The new thing Julian is doing is Light Painting. This means he creates pictures that look like they've been PhotoShopped through some strange filter, but they haven't.
Let me quote Julian:
Light painting portraits are distinctive, innovative, and magical. The photos have a dreamlike futuristic feel and lend themselves to editorial work, advertising, book covers, and portraits of musicians.
I do not digitally manipulate the images. All of the effects are created simply by painting the subject and the surrounding area with colored light in a dark room while the camera shutter is open. This makes for images that feel especially organic and believable despite their surreal nature.
My subjects and I have a great time creating light portraits together. The style of the images is both unique and varied. My proficiency comes from 15 years of experience and experimentation with this type of photography. It also helps that I am an illustrator and painter as well as a portrait photographer. The process is fun and is a natural combination of painting and photography.
If there is a concept or emotion that you want expressed in the image, I especially enjoy using that as part of the creative process. I'm happy to work with an art director, or I can take the initiative to come up with a powerful and satisfying image.
So if you're at the UC, do stop by at Julian's event and have your picture taken!