Is it time to update your professional networking photo?
I recently participated in a Nifty-Fifty walk, where photographers create photos using a 50mm lens. It’s a challenge in today’s “zoom-in, zoom-out” world. Not to long ago, almost every film camera with inter-changeable lenses was sold with the 50mm or normal lens. Today, most DSLRs are sold with a zoom lens. If you only have a zoom lens, you can use painters’ tape to the lens at the 50mm point and start the Nifty-Fifty challenge.
On Saturday, February 3, white supremacists descended upon Chicano Park, a World Heritage Site, for what they called a picnic. The only problem is that they showed up with gas masks and brass knuckles sewn into their gloves. They also shouted racial slurs and denigrated the local culture.
Who shows up to a picnic with no food, wearing gas masks, and set for a confrontation?
Let’s be honest, we take more pictures these days than we ever took in the past. We take so many photos of ourselves that we forget how important it is to gather our families for photos that celebrate special occasions where someone else (that would be me) does the work of organizing and picture taking.
Here are a few recent examples of family photo sessions in the San Diego area.
Quinn and Stella are all ready for the holiday season, sending you greetings of good cheer and a happy New Year!
I’ve been to some awesome culinary establishments over the past few months photographing sweet and savory foods.
One of my first stops was to Suzie’s Farm, a darling organic indie farm used by many restaurants and open to the public. Then it was onto meet with chef Bibi Kasrai of Harvard Cookin’ Girl in La Jolla, Chef Javier Plascencia for the folks at Got Milk? and to see what was cooking at Kitchens for Good, where they break the cycles of food waste, poverty and hunger through programs in workforce training and healthy meals and social enterprise.
Next in line was Josh Hockett, who has completed an impressive amount of food challenges at restaurants around San Diego County, including the Pancake Monster at Brian’s 24 in downtown San Diego.
Following up on the sweeter end of things, I also photographed Kristianna Zabala at Nomad Donuts in North Park, the most awesome biscuits at the Antiques Row Cafe on Adams Ave and tasty pastries at Black Market Bakery on 30th Street.
As much as I enjoy creating images with a dSLR or a CSC (Compact System Cameras, aka mirrorless camera), I also really like using my iPhone for photography as well, especially when I travel. Of course, the biggest drawback is smaller file size and loss of overall image quality. In balancing those deficiencies, my approach is different and I find it frees me up a bit for some creative fun, as seen here in these images from a recent trip to Seattle.
I recently headed off to a group photographer meet-up at the Motor Transport Museum in Campo, not too far from San Diego. The outing was an adventure back in time. So much fun, can’t wait to go again!
I’m always looking for a new place to shoot July 4th fireworks. This photo was taken from a friend’s balcony in the Bankers Hill neighborhood of San Diego.