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All the Pretty Challenges

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I am connected to my wife. I also call her my connection to life. She brings a palette of flavor and perspective into my world that has always been two dimensional, vapid, and unchallenged. Ever since our initial endeavors and have since then, forged our way through a strange land of mystery, obstacles, and excitement, the world I have assembled with her has been the ultimate test of preservation and reflection of all the pretty challenges.

We made a promise to each other four years ago today. No matter how rough and tumble our lives are going to be, we’ll always be the strength and weakness that keeps together this foundation. I’ll depend on her forever to be those things we’ve talked about in our restless and dark nights. I’ll continue to depend on her as we grow older, hopefully wiser, and more patient and understanding.

It’s always going to be a process. And as I compare our lives with those around us, our elders who have been together for many, many years…I’m always going to look forward to those nights that we struggle through. I’m always going to look forward to those moments when it’s absolutely the worst case scenario. And I’m always going to look forward to those times when we’re just caught up in whatever obstacle is in front of us.

The above image was taken at an eatery after a photo-walk that we took together as our first date over six years ago. Throughout the years, we’ve recognized plenty of moments to be thankful for like that one, but we’ve also remembered the pain and heartache of times where we had miscarriages as well.

Peaks and valleys of life, I guess.

I’m grateful to my wife for each singular laughter and tear that we’ve shared together. There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not thankful for her presence and for her beauty, courage, and strength. And there’s never going to be a day that I’m not acutely aware that I may be the most fortunate person to be able to share in the ugliest of nights and the prettiest of days with whom I call my best-forever-friend, my wife…Paola.

Happy Anniversary! I can only dedicate this song, “Because Her Beauty is Raw and Wild” by J.Richman and this day to you.

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August 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Magic of The Sun

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The drought has taken over the Bay Area. We’ve only had a sprinkle of rain during the winter season. It’s both unfortunate and alarming to live in such a dry season on the West Coast when the weather has been almost on the opposite side of the thermometer on the East Coast. For those of us who live within the northern parts of California, while we are still under one state, year-round mild climate and temperature has usually greeted us.

However, in 2013, there seemed to be more days in the sun, in shorts and t-shirts, then in scarfs and layers of clothing. As Californians breathe in the heavier, sunnier, and warmer air, the Sun performs it’s daily dance and choreography. In it’s polite tone and posture, we’re showered with rays, not rain…pelted with UV, not water. As we step into the Sun and become strong like Superman, the vitamins we process from the light produces magic. Not magic like David Copperfield, but magic of nature..magic of life…magic of the Sun.

ps Don’t worry, the above image is not of Oakland. We were in Joshua Tree last weekend. The time there really inspired more creative words than normal. All of California is in a drought, but if Oakland and the rest of Northern California becomes this dry, I’m moving to Chicago. At least that’s where I’ve read that people become “Divergent“.

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My coworker is getting married in less than two weeks at SF City Hall. She and her guy were willing participants as part of an ongoing project that will hopefully turn into something more substantial. The day we shot these, Bay 2 Breakers and about six different, large events were taking place in the city. I never, in my 7 years that I lived in SF, maneuvered through such a muck of gridlock and foot traffic. I didn’t believe my eyes, and I didn’t believe my mind. Even though the day was extremely sunny at 10am, we found good use of natural light…and the photo shoot turned out to be successful.

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May 30, 2013 at 3:27 am

Upper Falls

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Just wanted to post a quick image of Upper Falls in Yosemite. Spring is definately the best time to visit!
More images and thoughts to come…

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April 16, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Silhouette Photography

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I’ve very recently played around with this type of photography. I think it looks cool and has some interesting qualities to look at as a photograph. The image you’re looking at is from an engagement photo shoot I had for my friends who are getting married in the fall. I had a great time and good learning experience regarding equipment, details of shooting under afternoon sunlight while using natural light to my advantage.

However, I had some moments where jumping sequences were really fun to shoot and my friends were extremely energetic which helped creating this contrast between the two in the image. Even better than the real image that I took was to create this silhouette of them and getting all the details out of it, including the cityscape in the background.

Using Lightroom as part of my workflow, I was able to use the raw data and manipulate the details (increasing the shadow element + decreasing saturation + enhancing bright and exposure elements), giving me the finished product that you see!

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March 23, 2013 at 5:57 am

Making Things: The Brenizer Method

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My friend, Jorge, loves to shoot portraits. He’s good at it. And his subjects undoubtedly hate to take pictures (me thinks). One way to ease somebody in front of a camera is to say that the image is going to be really cool because it’s going to be formed into a very complex image of details with a shallow depth of field. Confusing right? Kind of, but not really.

Even to a layman, that sounds interesting. To photo-geeks, you just put your hands in the air and say, “what the hell…let’s try it”.

The image above shows the subject off-centered and has a very shallow depth of field. WARNING: If you click on the image, it’s a very big file (23mb). If you look closer at the image, hopefully flickr can do the trick here, you’ll start to notice many, many details that seem to be very clear. That’s part of this method called “Brenizer” and is a fun way of snapping portraits of all your friends.

One thing that I’ve learned from all the photoshoots during this learning curve is that you can make it even more wild and extreme if there’s a lot of things in the fore/mid/background of the image.

Try it!

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Roadin’ Down the Highway of Life

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Today is my wife’s birthday. I’ve been pretty lucky to have met somebody like her to balance my some times too strict and rigid lifestyle. She keeps me striving to be a better person each day…and to always be a more patient and kind individual. I will always enjoy roadin’ with mi companera! Happy Birthday Paola!

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November 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm