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Well to be honest I am extremely honored that they decided to chose my photo for the cover of the new manual.  Who are “they”, well it’s the California DMV and yep, that’s my photo on the cover of the 2014 Driver Handbook.  It’s an odd feeling knowing that thousands of people will see a photo that I took, and a printed version for that matter.

Golden Dawn

Golden Dawn

How did this opportunity present itself?  Full disclosure I do work for the DMV, but not as a Continue reading

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Minolta Maxxum 7000

Minolta Maxxum 7000

Can a $5 camera be the best tool to take your photography?

So there I was, relaxing early Saturday morning, and in comes a call from my wife.  On Saturday mornings my wife and her mom like to go and check out the garage sales, more often that not finding treasures here and there.  Jokingly I always tell them to buy anything photography related.  Well this time they found something.

“So there are a couple of cameras here do you want them?” is what she said.  I asked her what they were looked the two of them up and I said get the Minolta.  Did it work? I couldn’t tell you.  Turns out that this camera is somewhat revolutionary, heck it has something that my modern day DSLR doesn’t even have.  After she arrived home with the camera I did some research and it turns out that it was the first camera with a built in focus motor.  Minolta was on the technological forefront with this camera, leaving the giants of Nikon and Cannon to follow suit.  The internal motor allowed for smaller less expensive lenses.  Along with the focus motor came a new mount, larger than the previous, and is still in use today by none other than Sony.  Yes the “a” mount humbley started here as well.

Now comes the real question, do I really want to use this camera?

Well why wouldn’t I want to use such an innovative camera, a camera that forever changed modern photography.  Well there is the reality of finding out how good or bad of a photographer you are.  Well it has been said what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.  I see this as the best way I can train myself to be a better photographer.  I can’t rely on the lcd screen on the back to tell me where I went wrong and immediately readjust and shoot again.  I will have to rely on my knowledge of light and how it works, and what I need to do to make the photograph mine.  I can no longer have the attitude that if I’m off a stop or two that I can bring it back in Lightroom.

All of this, I believe will only make me a better more confident photographer.  There is also that added bonus, the nostalgia of film photography.  That old feeling of waiting for the roll to be developed and looking at prints!  Remember those, you used to look at them as a kid, or if you’re younger maybe your parents did.

I’m looking forward to receiving my first roll developed from the lab, and I haven’t even loaded the first roll in to the camera. Well here’s to bettering my self as a photographer

Cameron and his wife and son.

Cameron and his wife and son.

Week 6 family time.

Spring has sprung here, and there is no better time for families to be out and enjoy the weather.  I was back at the Rock Garden at William Land Park here in Sacramento taking advantage of all of the flowers in bloom.  I wasn’t the only one taking advantage of the day, Continue reading

Daisy

Daisy

Week 5… the late bloomer.

Unlike this Spring, if you can call it Spring because it’s been hot, this post is a late bloomer.  I actually prefer fashionably late, it sounds intentional and has more flare.  My stranger for this week is actually very close to my photography, but in a distant manner. Continue reading

Nikoli

Nikoli

Week 4, just in the “Nik” of time.

So there I was sitting in the house and wondering if I was going to find some one in time for this week.  I had my worst ever bout with allergies this past week, to the point that I took a couple of days off of work and visited the doctor.  Needless to say walking around to find a stranger was not high or even possible this week for the most part.  Anyways back to sitting in the house.  There I was sitting at the table waiting to take my son to his indoor soccer game and a man appeared outside riding his long board skateboard with what turned out to be his young nephew.  I grabbed my camera and said to my self this is your guy.  I walked out my door Continue reading

Karl and his ride

Karl and his ride.

Week 3, fashionably late.

Well at least this photo was taken in week #3.  Just outside of work on my lunch hour I spotted the low rider bicycle across the street, but seriously how could you not notice it!  As I walked across the street he was on the phone and I asked him if I could take his photo he nodded in the affirmative.  I readied my camera looked up Continue reading

Kim

Kim

Week 2….. finally!

Well after a week of nothing but negative replies, and growing doubt in the ability of this project to succeed the first person I ask this week says sure.  As I headed out on my lunch today in search of a stranger I began to think that this project just might crash and end prematurely.  I decided right there that I would not let it end, that I would ask every person that I crossed paths with.  So I was off.  I headed north and figured I would have a good chance.  I was two blocks in and no one, then three, four, five, six and still nobody. Continue reading

Week 1.5 The week that wasn’t.

There was no one there.

There was no one there.

Well a week has gone by and no takers. I approached quite a few people and struck up a casual conversation.  When I brought up my camera and explained my project to them and asked if I could take their photo all I heard was no, no thanks, I’d rather not, or my favorite I don’t think so.  I guess after my quick easy start on week one, the results of week two were inevitable.  Although I am disappointed, I will carry on with the project.

So the week wasn’t a total bust, I did expand my photography in a different direction, namely placing some of my photographs up for purchase on the inter-webs.  I have been thinking about this for quite some time now, but I finally found a service that fit my needs.   Continue reading

Maserati Granturismo

Maserati Granturismo

What’s the quickest way to improve my photography?

One of the easiest way to change your photographs dramatically is to change your stance.  Simple as it sounds it makes a huge difference.  Take a moment and think about the bulk of your photos, what were you doing? Standing is my guess.  Breaking this habit nets huge results.  Don’t be afraid to get a little bit dirty when you are out taking photos, at the same time prepare yourself, bring a blanket to get down on, a large trash bag on the ground can separate you and your camera from mud, some knee pads can be a savior, or just throw caution to the wind and do what you have to do to create your photograph (but be safe as well).  An easy example would be taking pictures of your kids, get down on their eye level and not only will your resulting composition be better but more than likely the  experience will be better for your child. Continue reading

Fro Nation

Fro Nation

Photography extends far beyond the click of the shutter, yes that is the quintessential moment when you freeze time, but there is so much that goes on before and after the click.  Not only is there more than that moment there, at times, is another next to the photographer.  Just this last weekend I did an outdoor family portrait session with Richard Pochop, and although he was holding the camera in this instance, being an “assistant” doesn’t quite accurately describe the role.  This was the first time that he and I had worked together in this capacity and it was a blast.  We go out and shoot very often together, so the unspoken communication came naturally. Continue reading