Hobbes

I figured a little photo shoot was in order with our newest addition to the pet family. We rescued this guy from a nearby adoption center. He appropriately came with the name Hobbes, after the Calvin and Hobbes comic. The name suited him and this was my favorite comic as a kid so we kept it. I rarely ever take photos of animals so it is always a learning experience. Cats are definitely my favorite animal to photograph so far for the simple reason that they don’t move much. This is totally different from when I tried to photography my sisters golden retriever because he would not stop moving. I took this with a Rokinon 85mm f/1.4. This is one of the best lenses for portraits, and usually they are really expensive. I found this one for cheap but the only drawback is that it is manual focus. That is a small drawback for saving a lot of money and being able to get this lens. This is a one shot image taken handheld with a on camera flash that I bounced off the wall behind me. Hope you like the...

Balloon Dog

After about four months of waiting, I was finally able to visit The Broad, in downtown Los Angeles over Valentine’s Day. This museum had just recently opened and ever since I learned about it’s conception, I had been looking forward to visiting here. This museum was created by by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad and offers free admission. The only tricky part is that it is so popular that you have to reserve your tickets months in advance. Represented here in this photos is Balloon Dog by Jeff Koons. This is one of the pieces that I had really wanted to see along with Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room which, come to find out, you need a different reservation for. Fortunately I was able to get it and get in almost four hours later…still worth it though. There were a lot of great pieces of modern art here and it was definitely one of the most interesting and coolest museums I have been to. I have pictures of the Infinity Room but I found that these photos turned out better, not to mention a giant balloon dog is fun to look at. There was nothing crazy done with this photo. I tried to take it when no one was in the area and also kept it as natural as possible in order to preserve the work of Jeff Koons as it was meant to be viewed. Hope you like the shot and get a chance to visit this awesome...

Pink

  One of the first things you see when you walk into the San Diego Park Zoo is the pink color of the flamingo’s feathers in the nearest exhibit. I always come over here first hoping to get some good shots and because I think these birds are beautiful to look at. On this occasion they were pretty close to the fence that was housing them so I wanted to try and get some up close shots. The lens I had with me only had a maximum zoom of 105mm so I couldn’t really get as close as I had wanted. I took a bunch of pictures anyway since there were a portion of the flamingos that were in a shaded area with good light on them. This one in particular was the closest to me so I focused most of my pictures on it. I caught this moment when the flamingo was biting at its’ skin or something underneath its’ feathers for a short time. I liked how it came out because it looks like the flamingo was just lying its’ head in its’ feathers or something but it was actually a quick moment that didn’t stay for long. The original of this photo is almost unrecognizable because of how far out it actually was and all the distraction that cluttered around the flamingo. I remedied this by cropping in really close and focusing my attention on where I wanted viewers to look. Keeping the quality of the image was my biggest focus considering how close I was getting so I had to make sure that I constrained proportions and checked resample image when doing the resize. As far as adjustments to the image itself, all I did were some simple curves and...