Buy Rain :: Volume II – The College Collage

The day is finally here! I’m graduating and you’re ordering my book! How exciting is that?

So here’s the way this is going to work. There are two versions of my book available: The Regular Edition (TRE) and the Special Limited Edition Signed Copy (SLESC). The content of each book is exactly the same with the exception that I’ll be signing the SLESC, natch. Also, the price of the SLESC is anywhere from $4 to $10 cheaper1 than TRE.

No matter what version you end up buying, I’d recommend you go check out the preview on Blurb:
Preview Rain :: Volume II – The College Collage Note: You only get to see the first 15 pages. The actual book has 60 pages.

If you want to order The Regular Edition:
Order Rain :: Volume II – The College Collage Regular Edition from Blurb.
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If you want to order the Special Limited Edition Signed Copy of Rain :: Volume II – The College Collage, fill out the form below: Sold out

  1. depending on your method of pickup 

Some Things to Get Excited About

My long awaited photo book is coming out on Friday.

Rain :: Volume 2
34.0 mm || 1/160 || f/4.2 || ISO1600 || NIKON D70
Golden, Colorado, United States

I graduate soon! The “M” which normally lights the mountain is been temporarily converted into the words largest graduation countdown timer. It currently shows “4” and that makes me super excited.

55.0 mm || 1.6 sec || f/5.0 || ISO640 || NIKON D70
Golden, Colorado, United States

I am going to miss views like this though. However, as a student I never really found the time to stop and smell the roses; so I do look forward to doing that, in whatever capacity that may be.

18.0 mm || 1.6 sec || f/4.0 || ISO640 || NIKON D70
Golden, Colorado, United States

And coming back to Seattle. I feel it’s been to long. Not since I last visited, but since I last lived there. I’m looking forward to being back and being able to do the things I love.

My First Photo Book: Rain :: Volume II – The College Collage

I finally finished up Rain :: Volume II today, just short of 6 months since I first blogged about the idea. I proof read it several times, ran spell check, proof read it some more, and finally ordered the first copy! It will take about a week to print and 3-5 days to get here, so I should hopefully have it in hand before I graduate. Assuming everything looks good, this puts me on track for a May 8th release date, which is what I was hoping for. I did not end up putting an ISBN on this book for a variety of reasons. Next time I guess.

The Rain :: Volume II came out 59 pages with around 70 photos. An introduction, a handful of short stories, a handful of anecdotes, and a special conclusion. Almost all the photos (except for three, I believe) have exposure (focal length, speed, aperture, and ISO), date, and location information. Final price is $40.951 plus shipping (which is almost another $9). Please note that I am not making any money off this book. If you feel that I should be, you may use the donation button found on my site.

I am planning on making available a special limited edition signed copy. This copy will be about $36.86 (yes, cheaper), plus shipping2. Because I have to order at least 10 copies to get this discount, I will A) need at least ten people to B) prepay. All the details about how to do this will be available on May 8th.

In the mean time, sit back, relax, and know that awesomeness is soon to come.

50.0 mm || 1/40 || f/1.8 || ISO400 || NIKON D70
Golden, Colorado, United States

50.0 mm || 1/25 || f/1.8 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Golden, Colorado, United States

  1. I really tried to make it less expensive. However, quality won out in the end. It’s a bookstore-quality hardcover with dust jacket and premium paper [100-pound text silk-finish paper, I’m told] 

  2. unless you want to pick it up from me, than shipping will be “free” 

The Incubator

Just writing out what I know I need to accomplish in the next 15-45 days. I don’t think I’ve ever had this many projects go supernovae1 on me in such a short period of time.

  • Codename Shakespeare
  • Finish up and publish Rain :: Volume II
  • Finish School/Graduate
    • USOC Project
    • 3-ish short essays
    • 2-ish exams
    • 2-ish finals
    • 10-ish hw assignments
  • Graduation Party
    • Colorado
    • Seattle
  • Plan a two month trip to Europe
    • Visa
    • Lodging
    • Airplane tickets

Will update as needed.

  1. when a project goes supernova, it’s basically near completion, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. very near the deadline, the projects looks like it’s going to fail, but it ends up not. instead, the all the different parts of the project instanteously coalesce into a superdense point and spontaneously eject the completed project in all it’s glory, more or less 

Update on Rain :: Volume II

Some updates on the photography book I’m working on:

Obviously January 31st has come and gone with no book, this means that the release date will be May 8th. I’ve also got an ISBN number for my birthday from my Uncle, so I’ll be joining the Big Boys™! I was actually thinking about this the other day, my desire to play with the big boys. I remember in 2nd grade when we had to write “books”, I tried really hard to make my books look like the real thing. I’d have the blank pages, and the about the author page, and one time I think I even had some sort of coupon you could send in. Some things never change.

Anyway, May 8th will be the date. I’m glad I’m waiting because I think I will be able to put some amazing pictures in that I take this semester. I’m also thinking about preordering some books and selling them at my graduation party.

There’s also a chance that the book may be more than 40 pages. Unfortunately, this will add $5 to the cost. The good news is that I get up to 40 more pages with that $5, so the book could theoretically end up being 80 pages (yikes).

I’ll leave you with this picture of Dan Fluharty that I took a couple weeks ago at The Feed. The Feed is this awesome event we do every other week where we eat dinner and then go roast s’mores outside. If you’ve ever tried to take pictures around a campfire, you probably noticed how they end up appearing white and the glow of the fire is completely lost. Well, I had this idea to use a CTO (Color Temperature Orange) gel on my flash. It’s really just an orange sheet of translucent plastic that makes the light look like a tungsten lamp (which is 3200K…daylight is 5600K-ish). As it turns out, CTO is pretty close to the color of a campfire. The net effect is that I can now use my flash to supplement the light of the campfire. Don’t forget that the goal isn’t to blast the subject, just provide some fill light. I thought the pictures turned out pretty well for this experiment:

Nikkor 50mm || 1/60 || f/1.8 || ISO1600

As always, check out the rest of the photos on Flickr: The Feed

The Photo Book

I started working on the photo book I mentioned earlier and it’s coming together very nicely. The current plan is to offer it as a 40-page premium paper, 10″ x 8″ hard cover book with dust cover. Pricing will be around $35, not including shipping. I am considering a softcover, which would be about $10 cheaper.

The better news is that I will not require firm orders from anyone! I’m using a company called Blurb, which does print-on-demand. I also may personally sell ten signed limited-edition versions that would be 10% cheaper (yes, cheaper).

I’m also contemplating putting a real, live ISBN number on it. That would allow me to sell it in book stores if I wanted…not that I’m planning on that. It’s mostly just to add to the authenticity and make me one of the Big Boys™

As for a release date, I’m contemplating two different days: January 31 (which is my birthday) or May 8 (which when I graduate). There’s a lot of work that I still need to do, layout and content is only 66% complete. Then I need to have some people edit it and I also need to get a proof made to make sure everything looks good. One reason to wait until graduation is so I can put any last pictures I get in the Spring 2009 semester (maybe something from New York?).

Any any event, there’s about 50 pictures in the book right now with three full stories and lots of anecdotes. When I get closer to release, I’ll put up some proofs.

Finally, the tentative title is: Rain :: Volume II1

I’d love to hear any thoughts people have in the comments about release dates, hard vs. soft cover, the special edition, ISBN, etc.

1 A couple years ago, I ordered a couple of small booklets using photos from Seattle @ Night, that was “Rain”.