Camping with Alex

I had the idea of doing a camp-girl photoshoot at the Inn Town Campground in Nevada City and Alex Jade did an amazing job as the model.

We started the shoot in a RetroRV. Shooting with the Fujifilm X-T3 and natural light.

We started the shoot in a RetroRV. Shooting with the Fujifilm X-T3 and natural light.

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We then moved into the Airstream to take a few pictures inside and outside.

We then moved into the Airstream to take a few pictures inside and outside.

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Then we moved onto Glamping Tent #3 for a few final shots.

Then we moved onto Glamping Tent #3 for a few final shots.

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Portraits with Becca

I worked with bay area model Becca on some really special portraits over the weekend in Nevada City.

This image of Becca at the  Tulip Gardens  is now one of my favorite portraits that I have captured. Everything about it is special, just works and tells a story. This is the type of portraits i would love to create all day long.

This image of Becca at the Tulip Gardens is now one of my favorite portraits that I have captured. Everything about it is special, just works and tells a story. This is the type of portraits i would love to create all day long.

Both images shot with the Fujifilm X-T3 and 16-55mm f2.8 lens

Both images shot with the Fujifilm X-T3 and 16-55mm f2.8 lens

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After taking photos at the tulip garden, we headed down to the cemetery outside downtown Nevada City for some moody and emotional portraits.

After taking photos at the tulip garden, we headed down to the cemetery outside downtown Nevada City for some moody and emotional portraits.

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More with Annaliese Nobile

Teen model, Annaliese asked me to do a photoshoot with her in Nevada City this week. The 3 hour shoot included a visit to the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley before it was closed for renovation. We probably had the very last photoshoot in that hotel before the furniture was sold and the wallpaper removed.

We used natural light in the hotel, so that we would not bother the people running around the hallways purchasing every lamp, chair and bed in the building.

We used natural light in the hotel, so that we would not bother the people running around the hallways purchasing every lamp, chair and bed in the building.

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Shot through a coffee shop window in Nevada City

Shot through a coffee shop window in Nevada City

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Viewbug Contest Award

Viewbug.com notified me today that I won the “Transportation Hub” photography award for my bus stop photo. The contest had over 4100 submissions of some really impressive photos from around the world. This was one of my very first night photos, shot in the early morning while driving to work one morning. The photo was taken at the Antioch BART station while it was still under construction.

At this point, I have no idea what my prize will be, but it will be in the mail soon. it does look like they did award 5 other photos in this same contest.

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Best Street Photography of 2018

It’s the time of year when I post my “Best of”. This year I decided to select the images I like the most, without a limit of only 10. My best 2018 Street Photography work is at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmoRzRPy

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You can find my best Landscape images of the year at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmxS3ikd

Finding Shadows

After watching Sean Tucker talk about Shadows, I wanted to see how I have used shadows in my street photography this year. Not just really high contract images, but actual shadows to highlight a subject. I love using very high contract and shadows whenever possible, but the small towns I shoot in, just are not heavy in shaded areas. Overall, I find it easier to crush the blacks and make an image very contrasty, and I will do a blog entry for that soon.

Below are a few of the images I found this year, that use shadow. As I reviewed my work, I can see more shadows being used later in the year, as my skills improved.

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Testing the Fujifilm X-T3

I now have the Fujifilm X-T3 in my hands and I was able to take my first images. Overall the camera is very similar to the X-T2. A few under appreciated changes have made shooting with this new camera a joy to use. First is Bluetooth. I don’t have a need to sync my photos to my phone, but the Bluetooth connection has enabled seamless geotagging of my images, a feature I lost when I moved from Nikon to Fuji. The X-T3 also added an electronic 3D level, which is a nice feature when you are shooting handheld.

Another note. A lot of people have asked if you can use an X-T2 L bracket on the X-T3. I have confirmed the Really Right Stuff bracket does not fit. I contacted them and I am told pre-sales will start within the next 2 weeks for an updated L-Bracket.

Below are a few jpg images with minor edits. RAW support is not in Lightroom yet, so I am stuck working with jpg for a few more weeks. I can’t wait to start working with the RAW files.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City.

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Acros film simulation.

Acros film simulation.

Acros film simulation.

Acros film simulation.

Acros film simulation.

Acros film simulation.

Reno Balloon Races

After years of wanting to visit the huge balloon festival in Reno, I decided it was time to check it out for myself. The morning started out at 3:30 as the ballons begin to arrive.

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As the crowds grow and the people arrive, the balloons begin to coordinate and glow together.

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Sun soon rises and this added an entirely different glow to the balloons

Sun soon rises and this added an entirely different glow to the balloons

Almost 100 balloons rise at the same time in a very impressive display.

Almost 100 balloons rise at the same time in a very impressive display.

Around 7:30am the event starts to break up and everyone begins walking back to the parking lot.  This balloon hovered over the lake to give everyone a chance to take photos on the way out of the park.

Around 7:30am the event starts to break up and everyone begins walking back to the parking lot. This balloon hovered over the lake to give everyone a chance to take photos on the way out of the park.

Classic Yashica Mat Film

I have a couple of old Yashica Mat Twin Lens Reflex cameras and every once in a while, I like to break them out as a way to slow down and take a different style of photo. 

I really enjoy the square aspect ratio that comes with the camera, along with the manual focus. I get my exposures by using an iPhone light meter app.  I send my film to http://www.thedarkroom.com for processing and scanning. 

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