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Digital Art. Bird Reflection.

Here is a digital “painting” I have been working on. Let me know what you think!

Mirrored Bird Landscape

 

This is the final version. I liked the color effects of the first one but it felt just a little too photoshop’d for me. Below is a more natural version, which I really love. You have to look closely to even realize it is two photos put together and that both of them are mirrored.

 

 

Mirrored Bird Landscape WM

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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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Hills By the Ocean IMG_3239 IMG_3246 IMG_3247 IMG_3249 IMG_3252 IMG_3253 IMG_3254 IMG_3256 IMG_3259 IMG_3262 IMG_3265 IMG_3267 IMG_3269 IMG_3282 IMG_3292 - Version 2 IMG_3302 IMG_3306 IMG_3307 IMG_3311 IMG_3323 IMG_3324 IMG_3326 IMG_3327 IMG_3331 IMG_3332 IMG_3334 IMG_3339 IMG_3343 IMG_3344 IMG_3345 IMG_3347 IMG_3350 IMG_3355 IMG_3357 IMG_3359 IMG_3362 IMG_3382 IMG_3392 IMG_3413 IMG_3417 Lilley by Hills Long Pier Pacific Pier Bird Landing Pier Lunch Time Sea Side Seclusion The Lone Rock

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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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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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First sale on ETSY

ETSY First Sale

Well… I have made my first sale. To my mother.

I have realized that when I go and buy something I look into the success that person/business has had before me and what people thought of it. So I needed a little help to start showing some activity at the store and my mom can always use a good photograph of mine.

As I think about what makes a small business something you want to buy from, it becomes more and more NOT a small business. Everything you have to put into it, all the things you have to worry about people thinking when they come there, having 1 bad review cripple you, etc. Basically it boils down to first impressions being you’re ONLY impressions. Especially online.

Think about when most of you go to Target. You don’t think about the credibility of the store or that one random item you pick off the shelf. You don’t call your friend asking if they liked their toothbrush they bought last month. Now, I realize I’m making a stretch in comparing the two and that Target is a time and time again proven store. But it is more about how the mind works when buying something – most of the time with every right to think that way. There is a check list we go through in our heads before purchasing something, Target has just proved themselves enough to allow us to enable the 1-click purchase.

This has been way more of a learning experience than I ever thought it would be. The best part so far is getting to connect with everyone and being pushed creatively and always finding new inspiration. Plus, it’s better than my pictures just sitting on my computer.

Side note: Stay turned for an updated macro posting. I think you’ll enjoy it.

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And here is the print I sold my mom. It is of my sister at Malibu beach when she was visiting from Ohio.

Sister KCACO Malibu Beach

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Starfish Photography

Not to long ago I posted some test macro images of a starfish. Here is a starfish still in the water.

Found a couple older starfish images. I think they came out very nice. Check them out. Dont forget about my 50% off SALE. CODE: “BLUEGIRAFFEHALFOFF” Available to use on MY WEBSITE or ETSY.

Starfish in Malibu

 Starfish in Malibu

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Going Through Old Photos

Pardon me while I sound like my mother for a second. In the digital age things are quickly pushed to the back of some hard drive or some folder in an editing program. We are constantly ingesting and ingesting that, at least with me, I forgot to enjoy what I’ve already taken. Ok, there – mom moment has passed.

I went through some old photos I took earlier in the summer and some even last summer. I re-edited a few and found that I liked them all over again. Giving a picture a new look or tweaking it is sometimes a good way to “blow the dust off”.  It also confirmed for me that I had defiantly developed a strong style, which is good.

Anyways, long story short – here they are. Available to order for prints (information below) or just to look at and maybe get inspired to find your old photos.

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Pelican in Flight

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NEW PRINT AVAILABLE

Malibu Palm Trees silhouetted

New Print available. Malibu Palm Trees. Various sizes available and I can do custom sizes.

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Blue Giraffe Images is on Etsy

You may now purchase prints through my shop on Etsy. [click here]

More prints will be added over the coming days. Please check out the store and share. Free magnet of a print of your choice if you purchase a print through etsy and mention this post.

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Blue Giraffe Images Store


Hey guys. The store is officially up and running. I will of course be taking pictures and updating all the time but check it out and let me know what you think. Maybe something is missing that you really want – feel free to help me out.

This store was created to help me with the burden of student loans (a few years after graduation and it only gets worse) so know that your money is going to a fundraiser of sorts. Maybe you can even make it tax deductable 😉 The goal is that I hopefully help you out with some nice wall art/photography and you help me out my making some small steps towards a big goal. Please read my about me for more information.

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