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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

More pics for your consideration

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Two dogs enter, one dog leaves

I was checking out Mr. Winkle today and it felt good. I couldn't help but realize that Mr. Winkle was cuter than my Napoleon Froman. I didn't like that competitive feeling. I started to tell myself that Napoleon was cute in his own less photogenic way. He's black and it's hard to give him his due. Mr. Winkle, well, he's like a freaky little toy but I love that.


A visitor to this blog wrote me that I looked like a cross between an elefant and a cow with mad cow's disease. His blog is about his political opinions. So here's another pic of me to confirm the description.

Life size Napoleon

This is going to be auctioned off for a laborador retreiver rescue group.

Monday, March 28, 2005

My model felt he looked like he had a lazy eye

in the last pic so I'm posting this one.

I wanted to repost this

I'm working on some samurai pics for the next movie. The photo posted before wasn't that good so I wanted to do better here.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Easter at Villa Maria

I was much surprised to receive an invitation to Easter lunch from Sister Nora at Villa Maria in Water Mill. We shot the last movie (Griffith Gaunt) there. While I have vast amounts of footage of the property I don't any stills at the moment.

Villa Maria's in the news at the moment because it is for sale. The price is $25 million dollars. It has been in the hands of the Dominican Sisters since 1931. We were extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to shoot there. I'm really sad that Water Mill is going to lose these fantastic ladies.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

What a surprise!

The Punisher came for a portrait. He has a real penchant for carrots, who knew?

Photo studio is open

Friday, March 25, 2005


This is the camera that I'm trying to make an m42 mount for. I'm not giving up yet.


I was doing some photo tests. I figured I might as well post a pic of the Graflex here.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Great Picture

Look at those kilts!

They said it couldn't be done

and I've accepted that. After three, THREE, days of trying to figure out how to get a 35mm screw mount lens on the hasselblad, I have given up. Some people encouraged me. But the hasselblad to m42 mount adapter was strangely missing from the market place. After a lengthy convo. with a Russian guy in Atlanta, it's over. He says: "It's like the forbidden city, that Hasseblad. The shatter (sic) won't work."


Screw you Hasselblad.

I sulk now.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Lack of focus

I'm still in the single minded pursuit of a way to put my screw mount lenses on the Hasselblad. It must be done! I can hear you, "Tanster, why would you want to put 35mm lenses on a medium format camera?!" It must be done!

"But aren't the 35mm lenses too small?"

Maybe, they are.

What's going to happen? Will the light reach the film adequately? Will I have to place the lenses too far from the film to be able to focus through the viewfinder? Come on, I need answers!

Monday, March 21, 2005


I can't stop thinking about cameras. The only art that dominates our shallow culture is photography. I've been communicating with Joerg who wrote me something simple about working in medium format photography. The larger negatives are nice but I have a fantastic camera sitting on the wall in front of me. I'll post a pic so you can see what it looks like.

Saturday, March 19, 2005


Originally uploaded by tanalee.


wilhelm copy
Originally uploaded by tanalee.
I went to a little wine and cheese painting thing tonight. This is Bill, a very nice guy.

Raleigh C30

Originally uploaded by tanalee.
My friend Joe hooked me up with a used Raleigh C30. It's my first girl's bike. It used to be a rental at Rotations in Southampton. I had been using a Trek which, I'm told, was way too big for me. What is it about a new bike that gets you excited just like a little kid? I certainly never had such a nice bike when I was a kid. I was pinching myself for having the Trek but it was too big and it would cause pain in my neck.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

This is Joerg's Mamiya page


My friend from Germany

I have been corresponding with a wonderful guy from Germany. I hope he doesn't mind me posting his self portrait here.

I just got my first Mamiya off freecycle from Keith Liblick and this lead me to "meeting" Joerg. So cameras abound with goodness for me these days.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005


I do a lot of complaining about freecycle because I'm tired of this post in my yahoo inbox:

needed desperately-laptop-for my rabbi

It begs me to argue with the rabbi. You do not NOT want to know where that goes. I heard that I can filter certain words with gmail so there I went. I've been enjoying La Blog. Apparently this is some sort of google manifestation. Please explain to me how google makes money. It's not important, however, I just imagine . . . Whatever it's nice like craigslist. I don't have to understand it.

Changing over's been a little challenging. I'm still hacking my camera, doing some illustrations and working on the script. It was moving along for a few days.


Originally uploaded by tanalee.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Bridal photography

These are two images from a wedding I shot.


As a child of the 80s, I believe hacking to be the mark of a truly intelligent person. I can't hack but I guess I can try. My friend told me I could get a firmware hack for my digital rebel. I'm trying to do it but it's not coming easily.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

I went to petco today

This is what I found in the parking lot.

Friday, March 11, 2005


Originally uploaded by tanalee.
It's outlined with a sharpie. I colored it in with caran d'ache sticks and then applied water.

Napoleon Froman

Napoleon Froman
Originally uploaded by tanalee.
I was really disatisfied with the other pic on the blog. So here's a new one.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Another Samurai

I hope it doesn't get worse when I add the marker to the face and erase the pencil.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Bunnyboy got a haircut

Napoleon's suffering from post traumatic stress disorder today. Even though neither Napoleon nor I got cut. Big accomplishment.

Monday, March 07, 2005


I got two general messages today. Yahoo! news had one of those articles about psychosomatic physical issues. Such as: people who are happy are healthier. Scientists put blisters on happy couples and on unhappy couples. The blisters healed two days faster on the happy couples. Okay, that's nice.

Then I was at the car place to repair my jeep. All the books were: "Women who love too much." "You can't change him." "When it's time to move on."

I checked out: "You can't change him" whatever it was called. Somewhere in the middle, the writer, Dr. Dan Riley started to write about anger. He said people think that anger is something that you have to let out. After the anger outburst is over people feel worse, not relieved so . . . The guy basically was suggesting that people shouldn't get angry in a demonstrative fashion. It's okay to acknowledge problems, to discuss them in a thoughtful way. Just not to get too overheated. It leads to problems for everybody. This was the first time I ever considered this. I'm hyperemotional. I think I'd be happier if I had less angry outbursts.

Summary: it's okay to get angry but it's also okay to not get angry. I never considered that. I always felt like it was right to get angry if something was wrong or unfair.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Saturday, March 05, 2005


Got some ideas for the script. So I've been making props. Enjoy.

little stevie wonder

little stevie wonder
Originally uploaded by tanalee.
I'm so glad I have a picture of this panda puffer. He was my favorite fish.

Thursday, March 03, 2005


Originally uploaded by tanalee.
My friend John (loray.blogspot.com) put this together. John is a magician with his mac.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Martha's even better at prison than you are

As an over achiever in recovery, Martha Stewart is designed to bug me. She's the most amazing at everything. This is the typical personality of the self hating person who has everything prove. No big surprise there.

Everytime I turn around, I've got to see her on the cover of Newsweek, on tv, on yahoo! news. Martha's better than ever, thinner, smarter, more humble. She's competitively humble! There's nothing to say. I can't be clever about it. There's no nuance. No subtlety. Why do people go along with this crap? I guess because the people who write this stuff are invested in the celebrity roller coaster ride. She's up! Now She's down! Now she's up! What an amazing story. We haven't heard one like this in five whole minutes.

Also a few corporations own everything. The people who are invested in her new show also own pieces of Newsweek who also own pieces of her magazine. It's a massive circle jerk. Oh well.

I'm going back to making my naked yoda figure . . .


Originally uploaded by tanalee.
I painted this on the closet


Originally uploaded by tanalee.
I painted this on my closet

"This blog keeps me sane"

Have you ever noticed the kind of people that blogs attract? How many rambling, my family was fucked up so that's why I'm a slut/fat/passive aggressive sites are out there? How many will morbidly attract me?

My culture's fucked up so I'm attracted to the ravings of loonies.:()

"I hate my roommate (that bitch!) so I slept with her boyfriend and threw out her family heirlooms. You don't think I did the wrong thing? My father left when I was a baby so what do you expect . . .?"

Then the inevitable . . .

"Writing this blog keeps me sane."

I'm fascinated by that line because it's invariably written by people who show no sanity whatsoever. (Read following with an Asian accent) Look for crazy blogger and you will find this line--young grasshopper.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005


Originally uploaded by tanalee.
A lot of people look like Monchichis. Three come immediately to mind:

1. Marc Anthony (the male Celine Dion)
2. Rosie Perez (duh)

and Paula Abdul

(American Idol sucks so much yet I still watch it.)

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