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Blue Giraffe Images has a store!

Hey all! Its been a very busy and hectic past couple of months but I’ve been taking a lot of pictures. Getting back into the habit of posting them online again. Here are just a few but more to come later. Also I know have an official store online so check it out!

 

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Downtown LA. Mirrored.

I have been playing a lot with the technique of mirroring. It’s not just for cheesy music videos you know. It turns out – it can be one amazing form of art. Try it on some of your photos.

Here is my latest. It is one of my favorites.

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Below is the original (although edited) image before the mirroring.

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California Getaway

Not to long ago I uploaded a few pictures from when my girlfriend and I headed up a few hours North in California. I wanted to upload the rest of the images.

Living in California offers you so many benefits, but just like anywhere else you get busy and lazy all at the same time. Once in awhile force yourself somewhere new for a weekend.

Cayucos, CA has become one of my favorite places. We found it pretty much accidentally. Turns out when your driving along the coast and need to stop for a bathroom break it’s a beautiful bathroom break. After that we were staying in Cambria which was also a small little town. So small that it was hard to find a bar that was open past 8 PM. Much different than what we are used to in LA. We went and saw Herst Castle. It was amazing to be at a house that big and in such an amazing place. Best of all was being able to walk and hang out where some of the most famous people in the world did. Got to see where Charlie Chaplin hung out and played tennis. In one of the pictures you will even notice a landing strip.

These images have quickly become some of my favorites.

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Macro. Installment 003.

So we have all made it through the new year. Hopefully capturing some amazing moments with family and friends. Which brings me to my last Macro Installment post. 003. I have been having a lot of fun shooting macro objects, or if you prefer shooting objects macro. Here is the latest.

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A Walk in the Park

Not to long ago a friend and I went to find a new hiking trail. It was narrow and over grown. I was hoping for wide open and on top of a mountain. I did manage to find some cool images there. It’s amazing what you can find when you take a minute to look at what is there. My favorite part – the random blue bridge with graffiti in the middle of the woods.

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Photography Tip #3: The Trio

Shutter. Aperture. ISO. If you want to have full control over your photos those are the 3 things you must master and understand (with giving focal length an honorable mention). To best describe them I will take you through my process when taking photos but by all means make your own and do whatever feels comfortable.

Step 1: ISO. This will determine how sensitive to light your “film” is. 100 = not so sensitive and higher equals progressively more and more sensitivity. In other words… sunny day at the beach is 100 and evening cocktail party is 2500. I set this first because along with determining how sensitive you want your camera to be at its core (the “film”) it determines the quality of the photos. The higher the ISO the more grainy the photo is.

Step 2: Aperture. Aperture controls the depth of field. Lower aperture, like a 2.8, is a very shallow depth of field. Higher aperture will allow for more and more in focus as you go up. The lower the aperture number the more light is being let in and, of course, the higher the number the less light will be let in. Setting this second will allow for you to choose your desired depth of field. I mentioned earlier about the honorable mention focal length – which is how far zoomed in or our you are. Zooming in more on the subject will create a shallower depth of field than zooming farther out… so keep that in mind.

Step 3: Shutter. This is last because, personally for me, it is the least important and allows me to adjust the shutter accordingly so that the previous settings hold true to the reasons I set them. I am not saying shutter has no effect, it does. Faster shutter will give you crisper images and show less movement. Slow shutters will allow for more light in but give you motion blur depending on how low you go. The majority of the time, when taking a “normal” picture the shutter is the easiest to adjust to allow for correct exposure. Be aware that if you are at a 100 shutter speed and its gets darker for some reason causing you to go below about a 50 shutter speed, you’re going to start seeing a good amount motion blur from a moving subject or moving the camera.

This is my personal preference and I do stray from it sometimes but overall it has worked out the quickest and easiest for me in most situations. If your environment changes go back to step one and start again. The advantage of using manual mode is being able to set how you want each photograph to look manually BUT just like a manual car you can’t jump from park to 4th gear without going through the proper steps first.

Hope this helped in some way. Let me know what your processes are or if you found using a better mode is better for you.

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New Los Angeles Prints

I have seen the Hollywood many times. I have seen downtown Los Angeles many times. The goal for these photos was to try and capture both in a way that is a little more artistic and different that normal.

What I learned while taking these photos is that every day we pass things that we take for granted. Maybe it’s downtown Los Angeles for me but maybe is the old coffee shop on the corner for you, or a tree in a park you always run by, or even the neighbors dog. These, by no means, are the most amazing pictures ever taken of Los Angeles but what they did for me was help me open my eyes again and see whats around me when most days I just let it fly by.

Here are some more photos. They have been listed for sale on [etsy] and on [www.bluegiraffeimages.com].

 

 

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The Lens Reversal Ring

 

I have been talking about this lens reversal ring a few times and I posted up my first real experiment photos yesterday. I realized that I failed to put up a picture of the actual lens reversal ring. So, there it is up above. It is an amazing little tool that will take your zoom lens and allow you to mount on to your camera backwards turning it in to a macro lens.

[click here] to see my macro photography and read a more in-depth description on the process.

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Macro Photography | The Final Result

The Macro Experiment. Could a Lens Reversal Ring that cost less than $10 provide quality macro images.

Equipment: Canon 5D, Tamron Zoom Lens, and a Lens Reversal Ring.

Prologue: A few posts back I talked about a method that would convert any zoom lens into a legitimate macro lens. No filters, no magnifiers… all done through the lens. The method… turn it around and shoot through it backwards. It didn’t seem possible. The first tests I did were before the reversal ring so I had to hold it in front of the camera. It worked enough to convince me to spend $10.

Commence the experiment. I gathered random household objects (including my girlfriends eye – still very much attached to her) and a small light I had lying around. As I photographed and got the hang of it I became more and more excited. The lens created such a stylized look, not to mention got in very close just like any good macro lens should.

Conclusion: Worth it? Hell, it would be worth it if the ring cost $50. It’s an amazing style and gives you the ability to shoot with a macro lens. In some ways it might be better than a macro lens because you can just keep the ring in your back pocket while shooting and if you need to grab a quick macro shot just screw it on and flip it over.

Here are some images. These prints are slowly becoming available on my website [www.bluegiraffeimages.com] and on [etsy]. 50% OFF still going on for about another week. If you don’t see it – let me know and I’ll create a listing right away.

Was the experiment a success? Let me know what you think. Go and experiment yourself and let me know how it goes. Here is a link to the reversal ring I purchased but you will want to check the size of your filter thread for your specific lens.

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The 50 Followers Update


50 Followers in 23 Days. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s about 2 new followers a day on average. Not sure if thats good, but at least it doesn’t sound like a failure. I thought I would talk about some things I’ve learned and some things I still don’t understand.

LEARNED:

• There would be times I would be sitting on my couch and just stare at a draft I had written wondering if I should post it. Once I do end up posting them, after some internal debate, they actually tend to get the most responses from people. Maybe its the part of me that is being real in those posts that wonder if people actually care – surprisingly they do.

• You will get likes from people that actually like it and likes from people that like to like things. If you’re slightly confused as to what I’m talking about, you may be the person who just likes to like things.

• It takes A LOT to get comments out of people (except for spam). People are more than willing to give their time to a like button, but it seems more of a challenge to gain the interaction along with it.

• So far from the posts I respond to and the posts of mine people have responded to people like genuineness (that’s a crazy word).

• WordPress is a great community to learn whats going on and see different ways people document some of their journeys. Whether its a story with photos, just photos, unique ways of laying them out. It’s very interesting.

• Unlike Facebook I feel like I am allowed to look at your pictures and your stories because thats what you post it for. I feel slightly stalker-ish on Facebook and I even know those people.

STILL LEARNING

• The best way to display my pictures. Do people want to scroll through large pictures or click and go through a gallery? How many is to many?

• The best times to post. This will always be a topic I think. It’s a huge world out there so maybe there isn’t one time better than another. So far I have gotten good luck with evening posts.

• The best ways to tag images and posts so people can find them. I have heard to had a lot of tags and then I’ve heard that adding a lot of tags can actually hurt you.

• Im still learning how to promote myself and to gain new interest from new people. Lets be honest, I’m doing this to sell photography.

Overall I started this to try to get more people to buy my photography. Maybe eventually that will come of it but it not it has gotten me looking at things differently, being more involved and open to new ways of talking about and presenting ideas and journeys to outside people. It has gotten be out taking pictures and going through old pictures. It’s forcing me to share my work with more people hoping they like it. But most importantly it has given me some sort of confidence to keep going and that some people, even if its only 50, care enough about a picture I took or something I said to click the FOLLOW button.

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