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.
Grass Valley and Nevada City have some interesting small town markets and grocery stores. Below are a few I have found, so far.
My dad has been a geek since his early teenage years, with a love of all things ham radio. He supported the family by owning a small business that sold ham radio equipment. I grew up around dusty old ham radio equipment. I can still remember the unique smell you get from these antiques and seeing my dad work on these antiques bring up a lot of childhood memories.
He is retired now, but he still has a love for radios and radio equipment. He recently developed a passion for morse code keys, the history behind them and restoring these little communication devices. Most of them come to him covered in grease and dust. He takes each one apart and restores them back to working condition.
Many of the 100's he has collected were made in the early 1900's and 1940's. Below is a small handful that he has already restored or are in different phases of restoration.
Nevada county has a few roadside attractions that are unique and fun to visit:
I always find cemetery shooting to be a challenge. I don't always know what compositions will work best to bring out the details of the old headstones and statues. This week I decided to try shooting with the Fujifilm 80mm macro lens and I think it was a perfect choice. I think this will probably be my goto lens for future cemetery visits. A few samples are below.
I recently purchased a Lee Filters ProGlass 10 Stop filter. This impressive Lee Filter is designed to eliminate pink color casting found in many other 10-stop filters. I am very happy with the results produced by the filter on the Fuji X-T2. I didn't have to spend any time changing white balance in lightroom or tweaking the image to remove unusual pink colors.
When using the almost totally black 10-stop filter, the Fuji X-T2 is able to accurately calculate exposure time with the normal light meter. I didn't need to spend any time calculating the exposure time before shooting, unlike using the Nikon D810, which requires the use of an exposure conversion chart. I was also able to compose the shot and lock focus, without removing the filter from the camera. Just one more reason why mirrorless is ahead of DSLR cameras.
I had the opportunity to shoot High School Prom photos in Auburn yesterday. After a long search for an ideal location, we settled on The Ridge golf course, which is surrounded by beautiful oak trees.
The biggest challenge for the night, beyond having only about 30 minutes to shoot 7 different kids, was the wind and cold. I think the temp was around 55 degrees. These are a few of the 30+ images I edited.
For one month a year (in April), you can visit the Crystal Hermitage gardens in Nevada City. These impressive gardens feature around 17,000 tulips and flowering trees in a beautiful hillside location, about 25 minutes from downtown Nevada City.
The gardens are visited by 1000's of people and it seems like everyone is taking pictures with either cell phones or full size DSLR cameras. With all of the colors and different types of flowers, you can imagine why it is so popular.
If you are a Macro shooter, these gardens are a great opportunity to get close to some flowers and maybe a few bugs.
I had a chance to do some portrait work with the wonderful model Kelsey Jackson. Below are a few of my favorite images. If you ever want to shoot portraits with me, drop me an email.
I recently picked up the Fujifilm 80mm Macro lens and from the moment I held this lens, I knew it was special. First thing you will notice about this lens is the size. It is a pretty large and heavy lens, made of all metal and glass. The only plastic seems to come from the lens hood. Even with the weight, it seems to balance well on the Fuji X-T2, even without a grip. When I really noticed the weight was when it was in my camera bag.
As other people have said, the sharpness of this lens is insane. But even more impressive is how smooth the backgrounds are when using this lens. It is by far the highest quality glass I have used and I expect to be using it for a lot more then just close up macro photography.
Like all Macro lenses, the depth of field is very shallow, so locating the ideal focus point can be a challenge. Overall I thought the lens focused quickly when used inside and outside. Being able to work without a tripod gives me the freedom to quickly move around the subject.
I had a chance today to work with a 16 year old professional model Bridget Pelzman. For a a teen model, she really has very talented and made for a wonderful shooting experience. A few of my images from the shoot can be found in today's blog update.
I really love getting the chance to do portrait photography. If you are ever interested in shooting portraits with me, shoot me an email.
One of my photo projects has been to capture minimalist architecture. Below is a random collection of images that fit into this category.