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Los Angeles County Fair

After literally years of convincing my girlfriend and I ventured to the Los Angeles County Fair. Taking my camera offers a few things for me. A way to express my eye and my art with photography… and an escape from reality. This, to be honest, started as being an escape from reality but as we walked around and I got in to it I started to realize just how beautiful the fair can be. The lights, the atmosphere, the night sky, etc.

(I am also trying a new method of posting my photos so let me know what you think)

This welcomed us. As if a gate way into the unknown… or maybe to the mountains.

LA Fair Chairlift

Arial View… of some of it. I think it’s great to see all of the lights, the night surrounding it, and all of the trailers stored showing just how mobile all of this fun is.

Los Angles County Fair - Arial View

LA Fair Rides

The Rides. The rides of the fair offer a beauty all in their own I have discovered. Some moving. Some still. In some the ride is the art. In others the people on the ride is the art. Spinning, emotion, and lights…

LA Fair Electric Cars

LA Fair Arial Spins

LA Fair Bungee Jump

LA Fair Holding On

LA Fair Ferris Wheel

LA Fair Silhouette Ferris Wheel

Prizes. What’s a fair without the prizes!? It seems like everyone either had the little ones or the large oversized prizes. For the most part I found them the most beautiful, and the cheapest, when hanging inside of the games.

LA Fair Minion Rules

LA Fair Minion Prizes

LA Fair Oversizes Prize

The Fair Food. This one was captured the least. For two important reasons. 1) it was WAY overpriced and 2) when we did get it the hotdog fell apart and the funnel cake was a powdered sugar delicious mess. Here’s a couple though.

LA Fair Funnel Cakes

LA Fair Pig Spit

This next picture has quite the story. We pony’d up the $20 bucks to ride a ferris wheel that Bubba set up that morning. My girlfriend wanted a romantic ride, I wanted to take pictures, and… well.. this girl wanted to ride with us. I looked over and noticed we had a follower. After explaining she was not with us and we preferred to ride alone she tried to get out but the ferris wheel started moving. For the next few turns around the wheel – she was ours. Turns out no one else wanted to ride with her and we looked fun and inviting. Guess thats not a horrible quality. She loved heights (thankfully) and just looked out with wide eyes the whole time making me feel bad that I was so eager to get rid of her in the beginning.

LA Fair Ferris Wheel Guest

And… my girlfriend on the ferris wheel – a welcomed guest. Notice the graffiti on the windows… classy.

LA Fair Girlfriend Peace

 

I will be adding pictures up [here] as they go up for sale.

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Proofing Prints

I just got in some new prints I ordered. They came out amazing. Crisp and great colors. So excited to get these in the hands of more people. Check them out, let me know what you think.

For you photographers out there, get your pints printed and get them printed at a great place. It is one thing to view them on the computer, it’s a complete different experience to hold them in your hand.

Pelican Rock

Silhouette Palm Trees

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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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The Macro Experiment

Maybe some of you have heard about the quick, easy, and cheap macro lens fake. Basically take your lens off your camera, flip it around and put it up to your shutter as if you were going to take a picture of the inside of your camera. I had seen this before and even saw that they sell ring adapters to mount the lens this way to your camera. First thought: if it really only cost 7 bucks (cost of adapter) to get a macro lens why didn’t everyone do it. Well to be fair, I didn’t get the mount – but I did hold it up to the camera.

Below are a few pictures of a starfish I took. They’re okay but in my opinion not even close to what a real macro lens could deliver. I want this to work… I really do.

What do you guys think? Have any of you tried this?  If some of you have the lens mount and it makes the world of different please let me know.

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Birthday Weekend

This past weekend was my birthday. 27. Old enough to feel old but not old enough to where you can tell people that and they will ever agree with you. My girlfriend took me to Newport Beach for the day/night then to Huntington Beach on Sunday for an amazing brunch & hang out on the beach day. We met a lot of nice people and had a great relaxing time in one of my favorite places.

We met a pelican on the pier. He was photogenic for a while but was clearly there for other reasons… fish. Then it was on to some beach time and brunch.

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Hollywood Sign Panoramic

Hiked up behind the hollywood sign and took a few panoramic photos. Here is my favorite.

 

 

To order contact me personally. This is split into 3 prints/canvases upon order.

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Bicycle Pillows Coming SOON

Pillow Teaser. More colors/sizes/options to come soon.

(if you just can’t wait – feel free to contact early)

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Keep Calm and Carry On Print Set

Keep Calm and Carry On was a poster produced by the Government of the United Kingdom in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion. It had only limited distribution, so was little known. The poster was rediscovered in 2000 and has been re-issued by a number of private companies, and used as the decorative theme for a range of products. There were only two known surviving examples of the poster outside government archives until a collection of 15 originals was brought in to the Antiques Roadshow in 2012 by the daughter of an ex-Royal Observer Corps member.

The story behind it and the meaning intrigue me. The simplicity of it allows it to apply to pretty much all circumstances. I started thinking about what photos would help to convey the emotion. Here are a few… more to come.

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Bicycle Night Photography

I took my bike up to the top floor of a parking garage at night. It gave me the ability to use all the different lights the garage, city, and night provide. Long exposure’s really help to amplify the use of color. All the colors, lighting, and lens flares are all natural. Saturation and levels were the only adjustments.

What I learned from this is that when doing a long exposure you never know what colors will pop. In this case it was some blue from an emergency call box and some yellow from the floor beneath. Both of which I saw when walking around but neither of which I knew would have such a drastic impact. It’s a great learning experience to play with some long exposures.

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