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Archive for November, 2011

Tech kids

While shooting portraits of her mom, this sweet 5-year-old wanted some camera attention. As soon as her Mom left to change for the next set, I asked her to come up to the set and pretend she’s Mommy, she knew exactly what to do.

Tech girl

Tech girl

After a few smiles to the camera she was drawn into the computer and didn’t mind the camera anymore.

Tech girl

Tech girl

Climbing trees and playing outdoors were my favorite activities when I was this kid’s age, My fascination with computers started when I was well into my 20’s. For the last 10 years I build and keep up all my computers and love doing that.

I didn’t find computers very practical for myself untill Photoshop 3 came out. Looking at these images made me think whose childhood is more fulfilling, the tree climbers or the tech kids? I don’t have an answer for that.

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Smart phone photography is fun

I stopped using my snapshot camera a year ago, a bit after I started using a smart phone. Up to that time I always carried one with me, it was usually a canon powershot.
These days I carry with me my phone/snapshot cam/music library/phonebook/portfolio/…. well, you get the idea.

The smart phone images are about as good as any snapshot camera, less the zoom capabilities.

I never use the phone’s digital zoom, I prefer to crop an image after taking it, that’s if I really need to. In order to satisfy my kink for constantly framing the world around me, the smart phone is a great solution.

The huge variety of cool apps out there is a bit confusing at first but I narrowed it down to two apps that I find are fun and helpful. The one I can’t do without is Thamba photo editor, it’s a feature rich “Photoshop” substitute, the other is LoMob which allows me to mimic different film styles. Here’s a couple of recent shots.

I shot the first one at my doorstep this resilient little thing was growing from the concrete two feet front of my door. I consider it lucky even though it has only three leaves. I shot he fire hydrant a couple of blocks from my house.


Minerva

Here’s another image from my current exhibition, she’s called Minerva, She’s named after the German factory that made her, around 1910.

It looks like someone tried to restore her paint job many years ago, pretty badly I must say, I find that it’s adding character to her, well that and her teeth.

Minerva
Minerva

I’m currently showing Minerva and other images from the “Dannah’s Toys” series at:

Sabor 2 Café 708 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena. 91101

from November 16 to December 31. The place is open every day from 7AM to 9PM.

If you’d like to meet me there please drop me a line and we can hang out.


“Dannah’s Toys” exhibition

I’ll be showing my latest toy series at:

Sabor 2 Café
708 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena. 91101

from November 16 to December 31.
The place is open every day from 7AM to 9PM.

Since there’s not going to be an official opening, if you’d like to meet me there please drop me a line and we can hang out.

Fella

Fella


Exploration in portraiture

I was invited to shoot a portrait of my friend Alice O’Kieffe who’s a writer, in her home in Southern California. I initially thought of a “writer at work” setup. Looking at the yard and considering the natural indirect light, we set up a writing area outside, where the natural light was hitting the background just right while giving me a well silhouetted subject to light up with my flash unit.

The nature of the connection (or disconnection) between the subject and the camera is what remains forever and defines how the subject connects to anyone who will ever see the image, that is the most important thing that makes an effective portrait and can’t be faked. To find that connection, exploration is very important and since this kind of session don’t usually have a predetermined layout, together with directing, walking around and exploring the subject while shooting helps finding the sought after frame.

While  packing up the equipment,  I noticed that Alice went and set in another  part of the yard where the natural light looked perfect to me, so I shot a few more images, you can see one of my favorites below.