Photo of the Day 003

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


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.

Hit A Creative Block?

How to re-ignite and become re-inspired. 

Industrial Railway

Industrial Railway

Many times over the years I have reached a creative block. This wall where I lack imagination and drive. Here are a few ways I combat this slump

  • Take a Hike 

It sounds rude but a little fresh air does a lot for the creative juices. Being in nature and alone with my thoughts helps clear my mind.   

  • Head to the Museum

Again following with the stepping away from my work. I like to take time to see some of the artwork from those who came before me. The Getty is a place I frequent often since it is close.  

  • Surf the Web 

Surfing the web is probably one of my go to ways of getting re inspired. Looking at my peirs work and even those who have a wildly different style from mine always jumpstart my mood for creating. 

  • Try Something Different 

Over the years I have worked with a wide range of artistic mediums. These range from pencils, water colors, markers, spray paint, video, and photography. All of them can be helpful in breaking out of a norm I might be settling into. It shakes things up and helps me to continue to learn and grow as an artist. 

How about you? Heve you hit a creative block? When do you do to get past it, and did you try anything other than what I do? Let me know in the comment section. 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.

Baby Announcement Photos

How to be creative with your baby announcement photos?


It's a boy!!! 

It's a boy!!! 

    A pregnancy is a very exciting time. Especially if it is your first baby. Nothing is more thrilling than finding out if you will be welcoming a boy or a girl into the world.

    Online you will find a million creative ways to announce your baby to your family, friends, and even the world. Here is one example of ours.  

    We were quick to tell our parents the good news. Taking them to breakfast, and then surprise!!! Your gonna be a grandparent!!! The phone calls to our siblings quickly followed after that. Then was the all important disclaimer that everyone keep quiet until we felt we were ready to tell our friends, and employers. 

    Deciding on a photo for our online announcement took a lot longer. I scrolled through Pinterest, and Google images for ideas. Ultimately I decided to keep it simple with a photo of some little shoes. Photos are great in the since that no one really knows the behind the scenes stuff involved in creating your image. So for the "we're expecting"  picture we headed to Kohls with a camera, and grabbed a few quick photos with some shoes on display.

We're expecting!!! 

We're expecting!!! 

   Durring this time it was too early to know the gender.  So for the editing direction I decided to go with black and white. I wanted a dramatic look so I masked a lot of the un appealing background with shadow and vignette. Focusing the eye on the shoes. I centered my image and converting the aspect ratio to a 16:9 for a cinematic crop.

    It was durring the 20th week when we got the news from the Dr. We again went through the who to tell list. Parents, siblings, friends and finally ending with a social network post.

   For that photo I already knew I would use the same image. I opened it up in Photoshop. Selected the area of the shoe that would have the color, added a new color fill layer, and layer masked out my selection so that it was visible only on the shoes. I then went into the layer blend mode and selected color. This brought out the texture of the canvas on the shoe, and made it look as if the shoes were naturally that color. Here is where the creativity becomes your own. You could easily go to converse website and see all of the colors they have available to get a spot on match or you can do like me and go with a shade you like. Blue was the color I was working with and I made adjustments to the hue and saturation until it was both visually appealing to me and got the final thumbs up from the mommy to be.

    How about you? Heve you taken any baby announcement photos? When did you take yours, and what was your inspiration? Let me know in the comment section. 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.