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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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A Little Hideaway

Cayucos, California. It might be my new favorite spot. And it was found by accident.

My girlfriend and I took a weekend trip up to Cambria. On the way up is when we found Cayucos. A few minutes and a bathroom break later, we discovered the little town and this pier that has become one of my favorite spots in California. As you can see it is beautiful. But it is secluded, has great little stores, nice people, good food, and a stress free environment.

I have spent the better part of a week editing these pictures. Back and forth. Really wanted these to come out good. I have something I am happy with so I wanted to share. If anyone is interested I could do a blog on the color correction process and variations. It is pretty amazing when you are editing to make a few subtle changes and compare it to you last version. You can really notice the changes actually. Below are the images, enjoy. As always these, along with many other prints, are available for sale (update on all of that coming shortly). Vist my store by [clicking here].

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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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Macro. Installment 001.

I constantly walk around and look for things to take macro photography of. Sometimes things work and other times they don’t. At all. I am going to upload a few installments of my latest experiments over the next few days.

Installment 001: Coffee Beans.

Most of us have some sort of contact with coffee beans every day. Whether its the actual bean, already ground, or already made coffee. What does it look like under the eye of a macro lens? Sometimes, it turns out, a baked potato. I think these prints are really great. I can picture them in a nice gallery frame in someones kitchen.

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Enjoy.

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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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Total Experience

The past few months have brought many changes. One of them was sort of a freak accident. While driving to work at the end of August someone, who was parked on the side of the street, opened up their door into my car while I was passing by. The door jammed right into my car on the front right wheel making it no longer drivable. It was towed a body shop.  After a very long process waiting for insurance companies to do their job they ended up calling it a total loss. Yes… from a guy opening his door. Frame damage, struts, wheel, etc, etc. Once it was deemed a total loss it still took 2 weeks to get my car out of the body shop lot because they were charging extensive fees. ANYWAYS… I had time to do a lot of thinking and talking. Everyone that I talked to said that when they totaled their car they used that opportunity to buy the car they had always been wanting… so I did just that.

It’s hard because I was so close to paying off my other car. But if I had to get back into another payment, I wanted it to be something I really wanted. So far, I couldn’t be happier.

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Behind the Sign

Not to long ago I hiked up behind the hollywood sing and took a panoramic photo. It was a little difficult because you have to hold the camera up above the fence – and yes, thats what I really did. Luckily it all lined up. This is a 3 part print available [here].

If you live or are ever in the Hollywood area I recommend the hike. It’s great and the payoff is worth it.

 

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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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