Venice preview

Our weekend in Venice was super-romantic. I’ll have a lot more to say when I get around to all of the photo editing, but for now here’s a preview of what’s coming up. We took our gondola ride at twilight because I wanted to get some slow shutter shots, and also because it was a particularly beautiful time of the day. The bridge in the background is the Rialto, which means we’re on the Grand Canal for this one.

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Anders and Nicole

A weekend in London with Anders and Nicole unexpectedly equalled a lot of great photo ops. They’re great traveling companions–and although at this point I wasn’t really traveling (we stayed in London), we did manage to find some new spots with killer photo possibilities. Here we are at the Laban Dance Centre, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, who also did the Tate Modern. This building is great–multi-colored facade, and all of the windows are mirrored, which was fun to play with. We’d been hanging in Greenwich and waited out a downpour in a cafe, then went in search of[…]

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A few more shots from Scotland

Looking up at St. Giles’s Cathedral in Edinburgh–I love the contrast in this shot. Not HDR, by the way. A lock called “Union”? You can see all of me and half of Vivi in Kandra’s eye! Everyone seems to be posing for me in this one. I think they were just waiting for me to finish my photo so they could take one–don’t think they knew my photo was of them. Vivi loves jumping. Vivi loves her poncho. Vivi loves jumping in her poncho. Liberation appears to be closed up. Interesting thing here: 52 is a yellowy-orange color, which looks[…]

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Victoria Skimboards Dangerous Shorebreak 2010

One of the coolest things I did in Hawaii (this time) was stumble upon the Hawaii Amateur Skimboarding League’s Victoria Skimboards Dangerous Shorebreak competition at Sandy Beach. If you’re unfamiliar with skimboarding, or specifically with dangerous break skimboarding, this video shows some of last year’s competition. I was shooting into the sun (which was high in the sky), so the waves were lit from behind; there was plenty of light, so a fast shutter speed was no problem; and the competitors were close to the shore, so it was easy to get lots of detail. After having some success with[…]

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Kitesurfing at Kailua beach

It was windy as can be today, but I HAD to get to the beach. Adam and I went down there to check it out and the water was FULL of kitesurfers. So awesome! I used my 70-300mm craptastic Sigma lens for this. This is the first lens I ever bought, when I was in London and thought I might not be back for awhile and wanted to get some different shots, and when the only criteria were mm and price. This lens is disappointing because the contrast suuuuuucks. BUT, 300mm isn’t bad so it’s still nice to have–and the[…]

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Monsters are not Myths at the Make-Out Room

My buddies Monsters are not Myths played at the Make-Out Room this weekend. Great venue, but photographically it’s kind of weird. The stage is great (and I could roam as I pleased), particularly because there are two levels (so the drummer and bass player were elevated–much better for photos), but the lightinng is so predominantly red that I couldn’t even pick up much of anything in the green and blue channels unless I lit with a flash, which was kind of strange against everything else being red. I used two different setups: ambient light shot with an 85mm f/1.2 wide[…]

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Array Interactive shoot

Saturday, Emily and I did a shoot for our friends at Array Interactive. We needed to get some standard headshots, but their direction was “we want to look cool”. We shot in two locations: the San Jose Diridon train station (for their cement, hard-cornered tunnel and for a “going places” feel I wanted to try), and the top floor of a parking structure in downtown San Jose for the views and urban feel. The headshots turned out nicely–shot in low light as the sun was already down (this was the last thing on our schedule), but with my 5d Mark[…]

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