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. You can also check out more of Yayoi Kusama’s work through this link. 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 museum. Please follow and like...

Los Angeles Cityscape...

I had been waiting to go to this spot in Los Angeles forever but I had never known where it was. Recently I was wondering around on 500px and finally stumbled across a similar photo that had the location on it. Now that I was fully equipped with the location and my new camera and zoom lens I was all for it. For those who are looking for this spot, it is right off Mt Hollywood Trail. This is pretty much off one of the paths that you can hike on around Griffith Observatory. I had always thought these pictures were composites since I had never found this angle, but once I got to this spot I was ecstatic to find out that it was real. For this shot I used my Nikon D810 mounted on a tripod, with my Nikkor 70-300mm lens. This was actually my first time shooting with this lens and I was really happy with the results. I shot 5 bracketed shots and combined them through HDR processing and luminosity masks. I will sometimes combine the two processes if I find that one of them isn’t cutting it for what I am trying to accomplish. I hope you like the results.   Please follow and like...

Happiness

The great thing about photography is that you are able to capture moments and hold them there forever. For instance in this photo I captured happiness. This couple had just gotten married that day and we were doing some post wedding pictures over at the Urban Lights at LACMA in Los Angeles. You can see on their faces just how happy they felt at that time. Photography is one of those things where you can look at a picture and immerse yourself back into that place and time of that picture and remember how you felt, that’s why I love it. The ability to capture it, no matter how fleeting the moment or time may be, is a reward in itself. I’m sure there are many pictures people have of past relationships, old friends that moved out of their lives, or people that have passed that show many different emotions in them. Regardless of what feelings may be carried by those memories now, a photo of that time is something that you can look at and remember back when you enjoyed that time in your life. When you were in a different place, and different circumstances, with no idea on how the rest of your life was going to turn out. I find that amazing. I was literally lying down on the ground in order to take this shot. I told them just to talk to each other and not to mind me for the time being, however hard that might have been. What ended happening when they started talking? They started smiling and laughing. Who knows if they thought it was funny that I was on the ground but either way it was great for photos and nice to see that they were...

Luminance

This is an old photo that I took while at Corona Del Mar. I have been wandering around the internet lately reading various articles that all seem to focus on a technique that I had never used before called luminosity masks thus the name of the post luminance. What these essentially do is bring in particular light values of a photo, acting almost like an HDR technique, which is something that I like and am very familiar with. What I read was that luminosity masks actually had much more control and accuracy compared to the HDR technique so I decided to give it a shot. Most of the info I used was off of the 500px website which you can get to by clicking the link. Jimmy Mcintyre also has an awesome website that has loads of useful information on the subject of digital blending and luminosity masks. I used a luminosity mask action that I set up in Photoshop CS6 and imported all the three exposures as layers. The main file that I used for the base image was actually a lightly processed HDR image that I had put together. I wanted to see if I could actually get better results from luminosity masks and I quickly found out that I could, so not much of the final image is HDR. It was tricky to get it to look right at first and required a bit of work from the get go, but the hard work quickly comes to fruition once you get the hang of it. Hope you like the results! Please follow and like...

Korean Friendship Bell...

This Korean Friendship Bell is a little hidden gem located in San Pedro, California. It is pretty well known amongst locals but not so much to tourists visiting California for the first time. I had been living in California for a little over two years at the time when I had made my first venture over to this spot. Unfortunately it took me forever to find it the first time because I didn’t have a GPS at the time and was trying to read directions while on my motorcycle (which is definitely not advisable to do), and I didn’t end up arriving until it was pitch black out. I still took pictures here anyway but there were some crazy spotlights on the structure that gave it a crazy color cast and just made the image on a whole unattractive. So, needless to say, I was pretty excited for this visit. I arrived here about an hour before sunset so I could have enough time to explore. There were a few people here but fortunately they came and went pretty quickly and they became increasingly more sparse the closer it got to sunset. I scouted out the area from different vantage points and I hadn’t quiet decided on one perfect spot so I took shot from several. The one pictured here is what I decided on as the best after looking at them on my computer. This is actually two pictures that are vertically stitched together, well…more like 6 because they are two HDR images. I really tried to tone down the HDR in this one so that it only complimented the photo subtly rather than giving it any sort of funky look or oversaturated colors that seems to be prominent among HDR images. Most...

Los Angeles

An iconic spot in downtown Los Angeles is the Griffith Observatory. Not only were a few awesome movies filmed at this location (one of which is my favorite: A Rebel Without A Cause) but there are also great views of the city and you can even see the Hollywood sign from here. This shot was no easy task to get on this occasion though. This was taken before I had my motorcycle in California, so I was still using public transportation. I had planned on going to this spot and tried to look up some bus routes that went here but couldn’t only find some that came close; there were none that went the whole way. I figured I could find my way once I got out here since I have done this before so I got my things and took off. When I got to the closest bus stop I got of and began looking for signs pointing me in the right direction. At this time it was mid-afternoon and the sun still had a little bit of time before it would set so I wasn’t worried. I found a road I thought to be the right one leading up and I ended up asking a few cops to confirm this. They gave me a funny look after I said I was walking up and confirmed my assumptions on it being the right road. They finished by saying I might want to take a taxi but I waved them off knowing that I had hiked pretty far in the past for shots. With that said, this was a long way up. I figured it would be a straight path but it curves all around the hillside all the way to the top. By the time I had actually reached...