Morning Coffee

I got this idea off pinterest and decided to give it a go. It was pretty simple to do and all I really needed were some Christmas lights and coffee. The hardest thing was trying to simulate the lighting I wanted. It took at least a half hour of trying to cover my umbrella lamp with white and black sheets to get this. Several of the photos I took had good foreground bokeh, but this wasn’t one. For this one, I had to edit in some bokeh from other pictures. I also ended up adding the steam in the coffee because it got cold near the beginning of the shoot. People portraits are fun to do every so often because there is a lot of preparation you can do for them, as opposed to landscapes. You can see one of my other favorite portraits of Kristin here. I hope you like the results! Please follow and like...

Neon Lights

I took this picture the other night in Providence, Rhode Island. I had a vision in mind of shooting next to neon lights but they are hard to find without looking awkward in front of a bar. We ended up finding this light in front of a closed down tattoo shop. Kristin was super patient with me throughout the shoot, despite the fact that I wanted to stay forever. This ended up working out perfectly to look like a good and evil or heaven and hell imagery. What I mean is that the top right corner has a cool blue and the bottom left corner has a darker feel. My camera for the night was a Nikon D810 with a 50mm f/1.4. I hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Wonder

If you have ever seen Brandon Wolfel’s photography, then you know where I got this idea from. When I had the idea of shooting photos with fairy lights I started looking up photos and that’s where I stumbled upon one of Brandon’s. I loved the fairy tale feel and look of wonder that many of his photos had and I already pictured the idea in my head already for what I wanted. For this, I just used fairy tale lights in a mason jar and found some cheap clear tortoise shell glasses on amazon. I just put my nightstand light behind her head for a hair light and the fairy lights were the only lights from the front. I used my Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 for this shot. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Kristin

Took this shot of Kristin on one of the first nice days leading to summer. It has been a while since I photographed someone so I jumped on the opportunity. She was a little less than willing but still a good sport about it. I got her laughing and loosening up after a few minutes of shooting. It has been a little over two months now since we have started dating but I already feel like I have known her forever. Since I met her I told her I wanted to take her picture because I find her beautiful. I took this shot with my Nikon D810 and a Rokinon 85mm f/1.4. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Looking Back

Here is another photo from the set of pictures that we took on the little shoot that I had with Geena. This was towards the end of the shoot when the sun was getting really low and was right over the cliff at Pines Park, in Dana Point, California. I had her pose for this shot, facing the sun, and caught her looking back without telling her to try this pose. When I saw her do it, I ended up loving how it looked so I quickly snapped away a bunch of pictures to try and get some good ones. The sun was perfect because it was only harsh on the areas of her body that I didn’t mind. Her face came out exposed great and the sun even provided a nice glare in the background. I shot this with with my Nikon D810 and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4. As far as editing goes I did a little color correction, levels and curves, and used Nik Color Efex Pro in order to mess with some cross processing filters and what not. Hope you like the results! Please follow and like...

Golden Hour

If you have never shot during the golden hour then your are missing out. This is the first and last hour of sunlight during the day. It provides some awesome light that isn’t as harsh as the sun during the middle of the day and gives pictures a nice warm glow. If it was up to me this would literally be the only time I would choose to do shooting. Geena ended up really liking some of the pictures from the first shoot so she agreed to another fortunately. I wanted to do it outside this time and so did she but I didn’t know any good nearby locations that wasn’t a beach. She suggested Pines Park in Dana Point and I’m glad she did because it worked out great. The park overlooked the ocean and had enough trees and what not to take pictures around. This Nikon D810 is proving to be quite the workhorse. It takes amazing pictures and is so great when it comes to editing them afterwards because of the high megapixels that it produces. For this shot I used a 50mm f/1.4 which has been my lens of choice lately for people. It’s just so versatile that I don’t have to constantly change to different lenses, which can be a pain when photographing people. I did some editing in Lightroom and Photoshop for this picture but it was all very minimal. I like using Nik Color Efex Pro when it comes to portraits because it creates a great natural enhanced look. If you got any questions, feel free to ask!   Please follow and like...

Portrait of Mom

I took this portrait of my Mom while I was back home on leave. This was taken near the end of the day before the sun set in my backyard so I had some great lighting. I used a Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens which has an awesome depth of field and I have been using that to it’s full potential. Before I got this lens I had always wondering how some of the top pros got these awesome portrait photos where the focus point is so small and the rest of the image is gradually blurred and I could never figure it out. At first I thought maybe it was my camera but I have seen other picture taken with a Nikon D7000 with the same effects so it couldn’t have been that. Once I found this lens I finally understood; it’s all in the glass. My eyes are finally open to why so much weight is put on lenses as opposed to cameras. This lens is great and I definitely recommend it for taking portrait but remember it is a manual focus lens. This will definitely create a problem for people who need real fast focusing because it takes some getting used to if you have been using auto-focus a lot; at least it did for me. Not to mention being an f/1.4 it has a really small focus point so it is easy to mess up and have the picture not look right. I do have the automatic chip in this lens though which I think is a must and cannot be done without wasted effort without it. This will indicate when you focus point is in focus in viewfinder that way it is not just a guessing game. This is a single RAW image that was...

San Clemente Girl Apr27

San Clemente Girl

This isn’t actually a photo I took but I wanted to put it up because my buddy Steven had taken it and I helped with the editing. My buddy spotted this girl while we were at San Clemente Beach just hanging out for the day. I was teaching him how to use this new Rokinon 84mm f/1.4 lens that I bought and he couldn’t help but want to take a photo of this girl that was near us on the beach. He went over and asked for permission and she was kind enough to say yes. Thanks to a comment she had made on the photo, we have found out that her name is Claudia Pacheco. The clouds were covering the sun at the time so it made for a real nice filtered light which accentuated the natural beauty of the girl. He did a great job with the actually taking of the photo considering he has minimal experience with photography and he was using a manual focus lens that is notorious for easily getting out of focus pictures if not focused properly. I was surprised at how bright her eyes had shown in the off camera image considering this was all natural light and we had no reflectors so that was a big plus. I barely had to touch this photo when it came to post processing. The only work that was dont on it was a slight curves and levels adjustmen and a few unwanted blemishes taken out in Photoshop CS6. You can find my friend Steven Feusi, the one who took this photo on tumbler here. Hope you like our collaborative efforts at making a photo. And a big thank you to Claudia Pacheco for letting Steven take this awesome photo...

Lost in Translation

This photo reminded me a little of the cover of the movie “Lost in Translation.” This is actually my sister in this picture and this was taken on Acorn Street in Boston, Massachusetts. This was my first visit here surprisingly considering I have lived in the area for most of my life. You can probably already tell from the photo, but it was an awesome little street. There were cobblestone roads and old looking lampposts as well as brick buildings everywhere. It was also around Christmas time so there were even little wreaths with red bows. It was surprising in a way because it was right off a busy area around Boston Commons and almost like a hidden gem. If you have never been to Boston in general then I highly suggest it. There are tons of old historic buildings which have some interesting and beautiful architecture that makes for great pictures. This road is one of the many areas you can find out there. I took this with natural light because the building masked the sun so it was all shady which made for nice soft light. There was even a nice natural backlight that was provided for the picture from the lower building right behind my sister which helped to outline her more and seperate her from the background a bit. I have been getting into portraits a bit lately and have been trying new techniques to get the look that I visualize when I plan out the shots. I’m constantly learning and trying to perfect my technique so there will be more to come. This is a single RAW image file that I processed in Photoshop CS6. Most of the adjustments were minor apart from the dodging and burning that was...

Headshot

I never got this girls name but she was a Brazilian model that I had shot with at a recent meet up that I had attended that was put on through Meetup.com. It was definitely a great new experience and my first time working with so many other photographers and models. There were people from all over and a lot of the models were Brazilian and barely spoke any English which was interesting. We would almost have to show them ourselves what poses we wanted them to go in so that they could do them. I had been working recently on trying to better myself with photographing people since, as you may have noticed, I don’t photograph people often. It is completely different from landscape photography in the sense that you can’t take all the time in the world to get things done. Rather you need to be accurate and know what you want and how to do it quickly so that you can get the most of the time you have with the model. Also, because it involves another person, you have to keep their interests in mind sometimes and make sure they know that they are doing a good job or if they need to fix something, etc. I wanted a few close up with soft light on the models faces so for the shot I had the model go sit down in a shaded area in the middle of a courtyard that was at Balboa Park in downtown San Diego, California. I zoomed in pretty close to her face and kept a wide open aperture in order to separate her as much as I could from the background. The whole image was processed in Photoshop CS6 with basic levels and curves...