Friday, July 30, 2010

Taking a Break

I can't begin to explain how tired I am of hearing the "it's a new chapter" metaphor regarding graduating high school and moving onto college. This tired old cliche has been plaguing me over the summer, and I think if I hear it one more time I'll probably snap and loose it.

Anyway, the fact of the matter is that things are changing and, as Bob Dylan once said, "you better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone". Thus, the Hidden Woods Media blog is soon going to be a thing of the past, replaced by a David Stewart Photography website. I haven't really began to work on this yet, so it may be a while, but I feel I'm sort of in a need of a break from photography and video work as it is.

Over the course of the past few years, I've had a fairly strong focus on nature, scenic, and landscape photography. While this was good subject matter for me to get my feet wet, I really feel as if it is time to move on to a more broad range of photography; I want to work on shooting people, candids, and projects that have more of an aspect of photojournalism. This type of photography feels much more genuine to me, and it also offers the opportunity for increased challenge and creativity.

Posted below are some of my most favorite photos and moments captured from the past few years, each offering insight to the memory and feeling of that particular time of my life. In my opinion, nothing goes better with visuals than music, so I have also included a long list of songs that have made up my life in my years of high school, posted chronologically, month by month.

Thanks everyone who has read and checked out my blog over the past few years; my next post will include the URL to the new site!

Cheers,
David Stewart


Freshman Year (unfortunately I lost all but one photo from this year with the crash of my last computer):

Music:

2006
The Strokes - You Only Live Once (September)
Midlake - Roscoe (October)
Voxtrot - Four Long Days (November)
Islands - Rough Gem (December)
2007
Cold War Kids - Hospital Beds (January)
Of Montreal - The Party's Crashing Us (February)
Modest Mouse - Dashboard/Florida (March)
Pieces of the People We Love - The Rapture (April)
Voxtrot - Firecracker (May)
The Colour - Open Up The Boulevards (June)
The Notwist - One With The Freaks (July)
The National - Santa Clara (August)




Sophomore Year:





Music:

2007:
Coconut Records - West Coast (September)
Q Lazzarus - Goodbye Horses (October)
Patrick Wolf - Overture (November)
High Times - Elliott Smith (December)
2008:
The Shaky Hands - The Sleepless (January)
Pinback - Fortress (February)
MGMT - Kids (March)
Ghost Land Observatory - Sad Sad City (April)
The Velvet Teen - Counting Backwards (May)
ABX - Collide You a Drank [Cloud Cult v. T-Pain Mix] (June)
Cut Copy - Lights and Music (July)
Cloud Cult - Everybody Here is a Cloud (August)



Junior Year:




Music:

2008
The Wombats - Moving To New York (September)
Against Me! - Thrash Unreal (October)
Iglu & Hartly - Violent and Young (November)
Crystal Castles - Vanished (December)
2009
Deerhunter - Never Stops (January)
Ladyhawke - Back of the Van (February)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Salvation (March)
Metric - Sick Muse (April)
Kyle Andrews - Sushi (May)
Phoenix - Lisztomania (June)
Animal Collective - Daily Routine [Phaseone Remix] (July)
The Big Pink - Velvet (August)



Senior Year:
**This is a challenge; within the past year I have taken more photos than ever before, and thus have learned more about photography than ever before. The photos I chose for this are my ABSOLUTE favorites, but I have plenty of others that I would love to share. Find me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/des91) and navigate to my album entitled 'Hold Time', where I posted a large collection of photos from the past year. Here we go.
















Music:


2009
Mew - Introducing Palace Players (September)
Yeasayer - Ambling Alp (October)
The XX - Shelter (November)
Say Hi to Your Mom - Blah Blah Blah (December)
2010
Wild Beasts - Hooting and Howling (January)
Her Space Holiday - Sleepy Tigers (February)
Yeasayer - 2080 (March)
Right Away, Great Captain - Like Lions Do (April)
The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio (May)
Foals - Miami (June)
Animal Collective - Peacebone (July)



Sunday, July 25, 2010

Serentiy

I've recently been growing more and more tired with nature photography; it begins to feel rather dull and mundane after a while. I've been up in Idaho for the past week, visiting the pretty damn cool town of Coeur d'Alene. As I was up there I found that I want to get into shooting a lot more of people/candids, as a result this is one of my more favorite photos from the trip.




Sunday, July 18, 2010

Core of Nature

Noticed the intensity of the milky way tonight as I was cruising home, snapped this (click the image for high resolution).


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Motion

Don't really have anything to say about this photo.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Under the Milky Way Tonight

Sometime within the past few months I began to dabble in astrology photography; my first decent photo came from Fallen Leaf Lake at about midnight. I shot with an ISO of 1600, a wide open aperture, and about a two minute long exposure. Check out that photo here.

Since that time, I have developed a strong interest in astronomy and have really continued to enjoy shooting the fiery balls of gas way out in the galaxy. In Tahoe last night the stars were brighter than ever and the milky way was as visible as it gets, so I jumped on the opportunity and shot this. Be sure to click the photo to get the most out of the shot. :)


Friday, July 9, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Valley

This is an old photo, reedited to look more trendy than before.

Lupine



Friday, July 2, 2010

Welcome to Carson

Since moving to the valley I haven't taken any time to really go shoot anything.. thus I've been waiting to get my bike (tomorow :]) and go on some early morning rides/shoots. This is what I've taken in the past day or two of living here, though.





Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Night

From the top of Cave Rock at 12:00 a.m. on 6/21:





Monday, June 7, 2010

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Benches & Boats

Best Viewed In Full Size (click on the image)


Thanks to Eul'r for the Modeling.




Monday, May 31, 2010

North Shore

Saw this old, half burnt-down cabin on my way to Truckee today.


Sunday, May 30, 2010

Black&White

I'm thinking I'll do a lot of BW work for a while.




Sunday, May 23, 2010

Spooner Lake

'tis spring... sort of.



This looks better if made full sized (by clicking on the image):







Friday, May 21, 2010

Monotony




Inspired by standardized testing.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Slideshow

David Stewart Photography Slideshow from David Stewart on Vimeo.

I've always had this idea in the back of my noggin to create a slideshow of the photos I've taken in a given amount of time. This video is a visual representation of the past 6 months in my life. I've found that--over the past year or so--I've grown away from video and more into still photography (though it does seem that I may be going to film school next year). This short piece serves as evidence to that statement; my photography abilities have gone way up, and my editing/production has gone way down.

Anyway, this is my first go (ever) at making a slide show, so appreciate it for what it may or may not be worth.

Lastly, if you see any photo in here that you might like to have a digital wallpaper of, let me know by posting a comment with the 00:00 from the video. I can send a high-res wallpaper to your email--free of charge--so long as you promise not to claim it as your photo.
Enjoy, please :)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010