Landscape

How many photos do you send to your clients?

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 -How many photos do you send your clients?- The short answer for me is all of them.I thought I would take some time over the next few posts talking about some of the questions I get as a photographer. When it comes to the editing and delivery process I decided early on that I wanted it to be simple. No packages, no minimum quantities, and no back and forth nonsense picking prints.I edit and deliver every image I capture (except for test shots and out of focus images) in a web format and a print format. I can understand some wanting to only send what they feel is their best work. However more often than not I've found people will like different images for different reasons. I also don't want to hold on to clients photos. My thought is they are your photos you paid for them so you get em all, and I save room on my hard drive😃. The term "do good work" is much more important when I hand everything over.

Photo of the Day 007

"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.

Photo of the Day 003

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.

Exploring Pismo Beach

Photos not only capture a moment in time but are also a way to re-live a memory.

I was born and raised on the central coast of California. With that being said I am a little biased when I tell people that one of the best beaches in my book is Pismo Beach.  For as long as I can remember the ocean has always been a force that I have been drawn to. So naturally it is also a place I photograph often.

Most of the times I have been to Pismo to take photos it is down on the beach or at the end of the pier. For this photo I was spending the day with my mom when she asked if I'd like to catch the sunset from a new perspective.  She drove us to a spot I had not been to before, and the views of the beach from there were amazing.  To the far left of the photo is the Oceano Dunes and not included to the far right was a clear sight of the coast line leading to Shell Beach.

Once I had my camera set up we sat there for about an hour talking and laughing while waiting for the sun to set.  I took five photos to create this panoramic image.  I used my 50mm prime lens and stitched the photos together using Photoshop (lightroom had not yet added the panoramic feature) The sky that day was on fire once the sun began to set, and The small beach town below had a dreamy look to it.  The ocean was calm and the skies were clear.  This is a time I reflect upon often.  Life is an adventure, and the people you experience it with makes it that much better.

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Making Large Prints

So you've taken lots of great photos and they are just sitting on your phone or computer. What do you do with them now?

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I am a huge fan of large prints. An amazing photo is not only furniture in your home but a conversation pice.  It can bring a room together, and it will always bring life to a bland wall.

In the early years of  instant camera photos I remember asking my parents to take me to the store so that I could have my film developed.  The idea of taking a photo and not being able to see the finished product seems so foreign to me now but thats the way things were before digital cameras.  I would thumb through the photos I took and over the years they would make their way into "the box" where all memories go to retire.  

Once digital cameras hit the market the way we viewed our photos was now instant, and you had even more selective power on what you may or may not want printed.  "The box" had been replaced with a CD for storing your digital pictures, and computers became ever more user friendly. As computers operating systems and programs grew so did your files.  Computer photo albums replaced the albums your grandma or your parents had laying around the house. But even with all the upgraded tools of photography people still went out to get their photos printed.

Today we have cellphones, and making prints is almost non existent.  Sure we have Costco photo, and even some online photo printers but we are living In the era of instant news, live stream, and snapchat. Our photos have gone from a tangible item to something consumed and discarded.  I post my photos online, keep library of digital images, and my cellphone has over two thousand pictures (a small amount compared to others). 

Lately within the past three or four years I started ordering prints again.  Looking at a photo on a cellphone is not the same.  I am reminded of the commercials just before the movie starts in theaters. Their is an epic action sequence, slowly the picture begins to shrink until it is the size of a tv or small device.  Then the picture explodes and the commercial says something like "some things are meant to be viewed on a big screen".  The emotion, the mood, even the feeling can be felt with a large format. It is something that just doesn't translate over to mobile devices, no mater what the screens resolution or color display is. A print is what it is. you see it the way the photographer intended it to be seen.  

Big Prints

Big Prints

One of the things I think about the most when I post a photo online is "how does it look to everyone else?" Depending on the monitor, brand of phone, lighting conditions, screen brightness, and a number of other things that are out of my control. The way I see and post my photo may or may not be the way you see it. That is why I'm a fan of prints, and why Ive taken a renewed interest in them.  Like all art photos evoke a feeling, and the bigger the photo the bigger the feeling.

What do you think?  Do you still make prints?  Or do you keep your photos on your phone or up in the cloud? 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.