Mermaid Becca

I had a great time shooting with model Becca in Auburn California at Lake Clementine. Between dodging crowds of people and climbing down rocks, it was challenging, but Becca knows how to work the scene to bring it all together.

Becca wanted a waterfall and we found a great one for our shoot.

Becca wanted a waterfall and we found a great one for our shoot.

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You can see why they call this Rainbow Falls

You can see why they call this Rainbow Falls

After shooting at the falls, we moved to the Foresthill bridge for something totally different.

One of the tallest bridge in the country.

One of the tallest bridge in the country.

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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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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.