woodland hills

Photo Of The Day 002

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.

Little Planet In the Park

"Sunsets in the Park" as apart of a little planet series I worked on a while back.

Shortly after moving to southern California from the central coast I received an email from an old co worker. He isn't the social networking type. To be honest he only recently upgraded his flip phone for a smart phone. He lived down in southern California for years before our paths crossed in the city of Santa Maria. I have asked him about places to go and things to photograph out this way. For me growing up on the central coast I could point my car in any direction to find beautiful landscapes, old towns, stunning beaches, and ocean life. I can't say I have found the same beauty here as of yet. Granted there are plenty of beaches, grand cityscapes, and tons of interesting places to exploring each day. In my friends email reply he encouraged me to "Take the common, and look at it differently." In the past whenever I lived somewhere new I kept to a routine until I felt comfortable enough to venture out and see my surrounding areas. I would go to the same market, gas station, and drive the same roads to work. After reading his email I decided to brake from my norm. I try to take a different route home (if traffic is within reason), go out to a different market each weekend, and explore new places. Looking at the common, differently.

How about you? What are some of your favorite things to photograph? Have you ever moved to a new area and explored new and interesting places? 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.