Saturday, September 27, 2014

Olivia's Senior Portraits

Olivia is a senior at Arroyo Grande High School and a star basketball player as well. I was fortunate enough to be the one to shoot her senior portraits and it was a perfect time. Her mom, Casey Jo was there and was a great asset as she kept hair out of Olivia's face, had great ideas for poses and knew Sycamore Mineral Spring's layout, which is where we shot the pictures. I couldn't be more happy with the outcome of these senior portraits. Thanks, Olivia and Casey Jo!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Just a little somethin' I took on the way home from work...

I was driving home from work and it was very cloudy. As I over-looked a farm field, I couldn't resist. I pulled over and in a minute or two, had my pic.  This is an HDR photo which means that I took three photos in succession; 1 light, 1 dark, and 1 standard, and combined them to get all the highlights and mid-tones.  

Santa Maria, River bed, HDR, photography, farm, drought, California





Vida and Darren - Santa Barbara, Ca.

I was hired for a half day, in other words, for only four hours.  I wish it was more because it was so much fun! These newlyweds are terrific for each other as you can see in the pics. The wedding took place at the beautiful Santa Barbara Courthouse. Good luck, Darren and Vida!











  



Monday, March 31, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Nipomo Little League - Challenger's

I attended the Challenger's opening game, not just as a photographer, but as a father. My son was on the team and was the first batter. The Challenger's is a special team for special players. It was truly amazing watching all of these kids and their parents put forth so much effort to make this happen. The results could not have been better. Everyone had giant grins on their faces! I had joyous tears streaming down my face the whole time. Other kids from the neighborhood were helping out, by escorting the players to their bases, or helping them field the balls. Their parents didn't make them do this, either. This experience was so moving. It's not often enough we get to witness LOVE at it's finest, but when it does happen, there is nothing like it. There is still good in the world...



 My favorite pic of the day. His smile sums up the feeling of everyone who attended.

Look at those smiles!! That's my son, Caden, running to first with a huge grin.








 Look at that hit!



Everyone had a chance to play.



 Running so fast, he smoked the bases!


What a great swing. Base hit!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

New Composites

I am new to compositing images, and any type of layering for that matter. I have never used Photoshop,
but recently started using Perfect Photo Suite 7 and it rocks! I love playing around with it. Right now, I am just practicing with layers and images, as you can see below.








These photos were obviously taken in Pismo Beach. All I did here was remove the background with the Perfect Brush in Perfect Effects and added a new sky, then an effects layer or two.




The Sky moaned, and the Earth listened

 Pismo of yesteryear

It was known as The Great Pismo Fire