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.
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.
I was contacted by Photography Week Magazine a few weeks ago, asking if i would be willing to let them publish one of my pictures. The image they selected was from a recent trip to Nevada City. Photo taken with the Fujifilm X-T3 with the 80mm Macro lens. Published in issue #331
I had a chance to work directly with teen model Annaliese Nobile on a snow photoshoot at the edge of Nevada City. The shoot took place the day after a heavy snowfall, which gave us a lot of fresh clean powder. Below are some of the results.
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. To view the complete list, visit https://flic.kr/s/aHsmxS3ikd
I will do another post for my Street Photography, soon.
When the holidays come around, Grass Valley and Nevada City take the festival season seriously. Below are some pictures from Cornish Christmas in Grass Valley and Victorian Christmas in Nevada City.
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.
I went on a photowalk with the “Chopstick Guys”. They always bring together a nice selection of models. The point of this shoot was to travel light and see what you can get with on camera flash, which I had never actually done before. I have always used off-camera lighting.
These are a few of my favorite images.
I shot the senior portraits for Layla at Empire Mine State Park using the Fujifilm X-T3. Below are a few of my favorites.
Pictures were shot with off camera flash in a softbox using High Speed Sync.
While I wait for Lightroom to support the X-T3, I have found a utility to convert the RAW files to DNGs that can be edited in Lightroom. Below are some random edited RAW DNG files from the last few weeks.
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.
I am now offering an 8x10 softcover 80 page street photography book, focusing on my best street images from the last 2 years. Priced at $24.99, it really is a great value.
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.
As the crowds grow and the people arrive, the balloons begin to coordinate and glow together.
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.
It has been a few years since I added new images to my series of City Park photos. Grass Valley and Nevada City don't have very many parks to explore. I found this park just past downtown Grass Valley.
One of the biggest events in Grass Valley is the Nevada County fair. The little fair in the forest. It's always a great place to capture photos of the rides, long exposures of the lights, fair food and street photography style images.
During the summar months, Grass Valley and Nevada City are busy with street fairs and farmers markets. Below are some of my favorite street photography images of the summer.
All photographers have a bucket list of places they want to photograph. The Woodland sunflower fields is one of those places.
While the sky wasn't very exciting, I am still happy with the "hot summer" look I managed to get from a few of my images.
I recently discovered this covered bridge about 20 minutes outside of Nevada City. The Oregon Creek is along the Yuba River in North San Juan. It is part of the Tahoe National Forest.
The bridge originally opened in the early 1870's and was totally restored in early 2018. I searched the web and found that the bridge was closed to traffic before it was rebuilt, because it was in such bad shape.
Under the bridge you will find a beautiful creek that is used for fishing and swimming.