I had searched These many years; Looked high and low Across far frontiers.
No one knew Where to obtain This thing I sought In my fool’s campaign.
Was she here? Or is she there? My quest for love Was my solemn prayer:
“Fill a void And mend this ache! Help me to find While I’m still awake”
Home I came, My hands filled naught. My friends all saw How I was distraught.
But in the crowd A face shown new. I cracked a smile That was long since due.
Golden hair And eyes of blue; My heart leapt out And away it flew!
Afar I went, Yet here she stood. Mere steps away, Where God said she would.
Laughter came When we did chat; All hours of night About this and that.
Deep in love We both did fall; More so each day Would our hearts enthrall.
“Lucky me,” I’d say to her. “Compared to you, I’m a mangy cur.”
None of that, She’d let me say. The same she felt! So we met halfway.
Never felt A love like this; And more it grows With each lovers kiss.
A group of diverse friends drive up to a cabin in Lake Arrowhead to celebrate the 4th of July. I’m not the only one that thinks this sounds like a horror movie, right? Unfortunately for everyone else, it turns out that I was the killer. And I *really* get into my roles. O_o
While this is not something I personally created, I wanted to share it with you on my main Tumblr today. :)
It’s my 33rd birthday and I celebrate it with a fun adventure and an epic birthday party! Follow along as I get in trouble for filming in Starbucks (and find out what flavor frappuccino I ordered) and have a little too much to drink at Timmy Nolan’s Tavern. All while wearing a paper Burger King crown on my fedora.
“Memorial Day Sunset” Settings: 50mm and 1/250 at f/1.8 (ISO 200)
This is the Memorial Day sunset over the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. I took it just two hours ago. The panoramic is composed of 14 separate images, brought into photoshop for stitching. Aside from that and basic balance (bringing up shadows and lowering highlights), this scene is exactly how it looked in real life. I am extremely proud of how this image turned out.
Join us on our current adventure to the outdoor film screening, music showcase, food truck eatin’ event called Eat.See.Hear. We sample the wares of Babe’s Badass Burgers and Coolhaus, take in the scenery, and watch Ted on a big outdoor screen on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles.
“Looking Away” Settings: 50mm and 1/250 at f/1.8 (ISO 200) Featuring: Aaron (me; self portrait)
This is the photo that I’m currently using as my profile avatar all over the internet. This came from a wedding reception I attended a few weekends ago. My friend, Andy, was also in attendance and I knew he’d be able to get some good shots of me, so I asked him to snap my new self portrait.
In post, I blew this out. I just brightened it up to make it really stand out and be immediately recognizable. (My last avatar was taken at night and ended up being a bit dark when shrunk to the size of a digital postage stamp.)
“Twilight Skyline” Settings: 18mm and 1/10 at f/5.0 (ISO 1600)
Last Saturday, I was at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College for an outdoor screening at an event called Eat|See|Hear. The event was a lot of fun and the view was spectacular. Before the movie started, we wandered around and I took a couple photos. This was taken within the 15-20 minutes after sunset as the sky still had a hint of blue and the city lights were lit up. I love the contrast of the whites agains the dark blue in the background with the yellow of the street lights in the foreground.
Not much post processing here. Just made sure everything looked clean and smooth and that the white balance was set right (cooled down slightly from what was taken). No vignette was added.
Since I didn’t process this, I’ll talk a tiny bit about the settings. I used the stock lens that came with my camera (which honestly isn’t very good) to get a wide angle of 18mm. I had to bump the ISO up to 1600 to get an image lit well enough at 1/10sec shutter speed at f/5.0. A better lens with a higher aperture would have afforded me a faster shuttler and/or lower ISO. Regardless, the image came out pretty nice.
“Basking in the Setting Light” Settings: 55mm and 1/100 at f/4.0 (ISO 200) Featuring: Miles
This was my very first levitation photo. It was actually taken the day before the other image I posted a few months ago. This one hadn’t seen the light of day because I was creating the shadows being cast from his body to help create the image, which took a lot of work thanks to the curves of the fountain. When I had them just right, I realized that they were too high and needed to be adjusted.
To create this image, I took three shots. One of Miles standing on some apple boxes on the fountain. My tripod was locked down some bit away. I then had him come down so I could get a masking shot of the boxes alone, then finally removes the boxes and got a background plate. After that, it was simple photoshop with to remove the box and get him floating. I would have preferring that his feet were pointing down more, but this was not bad for a first attempt.
The final piece of the puzzle was color balancing. I wanted to keep and enhance the effect of him basking in the final light of the day. So, I used a warm preset and adjusted from there. It was a delicate balance to not make it too warm or too overexposed. A medium vignette was added to help add the final effect and draw complete exposure to Miles. A strong contrast is also used to help make him pop and show it is obvious that he is floating.
Another weekend adventure! Join me and my friend TK as we drive down to San Diego to watch the Padres do battle with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“Mischievous Thoughts” Settings: 50mm and 1/3200 at f/1.8 (ISO 400) Featuring: Jen Gewin (MM #2834134)
This is the first close up that I’m posting from my photo shoot with Jen Gewin in St. Louis’ Forest Park. I like how you don’t quite know what she’s thinking, but it’s almost definitely going to cause trouble.
Post processing work is fairly straight forward to keep the natural feel of the piece. My challenge came in the white/color balance and giving the right amount of warmth versus causing her skin to look too yellow. Finally landed on a balance when I slightly lowered saturation while increasing vibrance to keep the image from looking dull. A medium vignette was added (a bit stronger than I normally use) to fully force visual attention to her face in the center of the image.
“Padres in Panoramic” Settings: 55mm and 1/100 at f/5.6 (ISO 800)
Last weekend, I drove down to San Diego with my friend TK to watch a Padres game. The seats we got were amazing—in the first row right behind the dugout! The shots I got were amazing and I immediately posted several of them to Facebook and Tumblr. This panoramic, however, I saved for posting everywhere until now.
This was stitched together in Photoshop from 7 separate images taken in a single pass, then processed in Lightroom to touch up contrast and whatnot.
“Waiting for Her Lover” Settings: 50mm and 1/4000 at f/1.8 (ISO 400) Featuring: Jen Gewin (MM #2834134)
This was one of the first shots I took with Jen Gewin in St. Louis. I started with my wider shots off to the side of the bridge, then I moved in and got my closer portraits. This was one of the poses she was doing when a hiker passed by and commented on her outfit, exclaiming that this was going to make a wonderful image. Obviously, I agree and it has now ended up in my photo stream.
I took this image with my 50mm lens. The ISO was up to 400 and the shutter was open all the way at 1/4000. That resulted in a slight loss in detail, but it wasn’t too bad. I processed this naturally, using a portrait preset, then modifying the contrast and saturation a bit. Overall, this should match the other shots I took. I wanted the greens of the trees to really stand out.