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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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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].

Sea Side Seclusion The Lone Rock Long Pier Pacific Pier Bird Landing (1) Pier Panoramic Pier Lunch Time

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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 002.

The second installment of the macro photography is a little bit on the shorter side. Strawberry and a Kiwi. 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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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

Well I missed the deadline… but here it was.

Lunch Juxtaposition

This is… WAS… my submission to the weekly photo contest.

Walking down the Santa Monica Pier when I see the perfect juxtaposition. Beach attire, surfboards, ocean all around her yet you could pick her up and place her down in any asian community and she would fit perfect. She was sitting and looking at the ocean just enjoying her lunch. Good for her.

If you are not familiar with the weekly photo contest and would like to find out more or enter [click here]. Apparently I should have done that and not missed the date.

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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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