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Fuddruckers Meal Review

Out with the family enjoying some burgers at Fuddruckers in Burbank CA

Sometimes a craving hits and you just need to fill it.  Today that craving was for a burger from Fuddruckers.  I had been there once before and ordered their bourbon burger.  The atmosphere of the place is really nice and it reminded me of "The Graduate" in San Luis Obispo.  The burger or chicken sandwich is served up on a bare bun.  It is over in the side bar where you add all the toppings and condiments yourself to dress your burger to your liking.  The toppings range from shredded lettuce, romain lettuce, tomato, red onion, white onion, tomato, salsa, pickles, and more.  While the condiments remain pretty standard with your mustards, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and mayonnaise.  The most important of all the condiments is their hot cheese sauce.  If you have not experienced the awesomeness that is a cheesy fry you need to add that to the list and then quickly check it off. It is really great for dipping your fries.

 I have to give the guys over there at Fuddruckers the thumbs up. They make one good burger and the place was clean. In the corner they have classic arcade games and they even have the new Coca-Cola machines where you use a touché screen to pick or create your own custom soda.

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How about you. Have you ever been to a Fuddruckers? Also have you ever had fries with cheese dipping sauce? Let me know in the comment section below. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. You can follow me on Instagram as well links located above and remember to like if you liked this, and share this post.

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"Fire in the Sky" Capturing a burning sunrise in Valencia CA

The mornings in southern California are lit with amazing sunrises that set the sky ablaze during the months leading up to the fall and winter.  On August 6, 2015 at 5:57am as I got closer to work I was welcomed with this.  A sunrise off in the horizon behind some of the towering power lines that can be found in the city of Valencia.  The suns light reached across the morning sky and cast a warm tone to the lingering clouds.

When shooting sunsets I usually set up my tripod and compose my shot well ahead of time.  Sunrises however are completely different.  Working early mornings has me arriving at work around the time the sun is rising.  This leaves little to no time to set up a tripod or even compose a shot.  For this photo I had left my camera attached to my tripod because of the previous mornings sunrises.  Once I pulled over and made my way to this location I dropped the legs and used my 18-55mm kit lens.  Composing the power lines off to the lower right I took a few bracketed images so that I could merge them into HDR photos later.  Once I felt confident that I captured the scene I took a couple more with my 35mm and 50mm prime lenses.

With the month of July rapidly coming to an end I am anticipating this years sunrises and look forward to capturing some more great mornings in Valencia.

How about you. Do you enjoy any sunrises or sunsets? Also if you are a local to the Valencia or Santa Clarita area what is your favorite place to watch a sunset or sunrise? Let me know in the comment section below If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

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Capturing wildlife at Balboa Lake

Taking the camera, and baby out for a walk around the lake is a highlight to the end of the work day.  Having a baby definitely changed my routine after work as well as my views on places to live.  Before our son was born we lived in the Woodland Hills area with the Westfield mall and other local hangouts just a short walk from our place.  It was a great area to live as a couple however as parents I feel more drawn to quiet neighborhoods.  Having the lake close to us is great.  We take our son out for walks and as his attention grows so does his consumption of the beauty in the park.  I took this shot with my 85mm prime at ISO 400, f/4.0, and 1/5000 of a sec. Looking back it was a really bright day, and I could have shot it at ISO 100 with a slower shutter speed. I think I had forgot to check my settings after taking some photos indoors. In the end I got the shot I was going for and all in camera with no cropping in post.

Where do you spend your time unwinding after work? Also if you have a little one do you prefer the busy city life or a quieter neighborhood? Let me know in the comment section below Also If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

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Hitting the trails hard in the Chevy with the @mexican_cowboy

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This weekend we too to the trails just behind some homes in the San Fernando Valley.  Though it was a hot weekend it was a surprise to see some water left over from the night before.  Not one to pass up on an opportunity to take his truck for a dip Tavern went full bore through this trail. I shot this with my 85mm prime at ISO 1000, f/4.0 and 1/1250sec.

Have you ever been off-roading or taken photos while out on the dirt track. Let me know in the comment section below Also If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

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Some of the steps I take when editing my sunset photos.

Ignited with the final light of the setting sun. The sky was set ablaze with color.  For the past week the sky has been alive with color.  While busy with work and errands I make time at the end of the day to stop whatever it is I am doing to watch the setting sun.  Each one is different from the last.

When I shoot a sunset I lean more toward editing with the foreground in shadow rather than going with the HDR look.  I feel It helps draw the attention toward the main focus of the image.  Also I will add a subtle vignette to the edges and finish with a graduated filter in Lightroom at the top to give the sky a cooler feeling as your view draws further from the setting sun.

I took this photo with my 85mm prime as ISO 400, f/4.0, and 1/250sec.

How do you edit your sunset photos? Do you prefer the HDR look or having the foreground in shadow?. Let me know in the comment section below. Also If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

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Hitting the streets of San Fernando in the Chevy looking to do a little off-roading. 

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When Tavern picked up this truck it wouldn't even run. But with some automotive knowledge and a little elbow grease he was able to breath some life into this once dead vehicle. For most this would be a family vehicle or some daily driver. Not the case for this Chevy. Now that he has the truck running it has remained  under construction toward becoming a beastly off-roading machine.

We hit the trails out on the back side of El Cariso park. The truck handled the steep hills and rocky terrain with no problems. Taverns years of off-roading expierence made running this track a breeze. Coming from the central coast where it's all about driving the dunes in Oceano this was a welcomed change.  I took this photo at ISO 400, f/4.0, and 1/800sec with my 50mm prime. I also positioned myself on a higher vantage point to photograph the truck, and crouched down to get a view from down under. My camera was set to a continuous focus to keep the grill sharp while moving. 

Have you ever been off-roading or taken photos while out on the dirt track. Let me know in the comment section below Also If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

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Exploring new vantage points while photographing in Woodland Hills

It was a hot day without a single cloud in the sky while out in Woodland Hills. We were out getting some weekend errands taken care of. After we had some lunch I took a little time to explore some parking structures surrounding the Warner Center buildings.  I ended up finding a great view from on top of the Westfield Mall parking lot.  Normally when I set up to shoot a landscape or architecture photo I get my tripod out, and take my time framing my image.  However it has been my experience when photographing in public parking lots that security isn't far from coming in and telling me to leave.  For this picture I shot five exposures handheld so that I could get a higher dynamic range when editing in Lightroom.  The sun was extremely bright on the windows so I knew I would need that range to preserve some detail in my shot. For most of my landscape and architecture photos I use an aperture around f8 to f16.  For this I shoot I changed things up and shot a little wider placing my focus point on the buildings.  Another thing I took into consideration while shooting without a tripod was to use a fast shutter speed so the photos would merge nicely when editing.  I took this photo using my 85mm prime at ISO 100, f4, and 1/1600s.

Have you ever explored new angles at places you photograph often? How did those photos come out? Let me know in the comment section what you thought of that beach. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.