Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas 2008

Family Christmas
The twins' house
December 2008

I took 462 pics yesterday and narrowed it down to 60 after post processing. 35 pics made it to our picasa album (so I can share it with my family), and only 7 made it onto this blog. Out of the 7, I really only liked the first one and the last one. I love the lighting and colors in the first one, and the composition for the last shot. The technical quality of the last picture could be better though. Enjoy the pictures in between. I shot entirely in manual yesterday, I'm really proud of myself! (Yes, I know it's about time.)

Happy holidays!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Samy's Camera Olympics Night

Robert Beck, Robert Hanashiro, Rod Mar, and John McDonough

Us with Rod Mar- his blog is awesome. He used to do sports for the Seattle Times but recently accepted a buy out and is now freelancing.

Random chair

Pacific Design Center from across the street.

Samy's Camera Olympics Night
Pacific Design Center
November 2008

A really fun event. Nikon sponsored it so we were able to play around with diff camera models and lenses. I enjoyed meeting really talented photographers as well as listening to their "behind the scenes" stories of the experiences they had while photographing the Olympics. I wish I was lucky and talented enough to photograph the Olympics! Side note: PDC is a very interesting venue!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Death Valley

A different perspective on the way to Father Crowley's Point.

Marble Canyon

Marble Canyon- looks like a heart haha.

Sand dunes

Sunlight hitting the dunes

More pics of dunes

Jer on the dunes

Zabrieskie Pt

Salt pools (yes Death Valley has some water!)

I like the lines of this pic (Badwater Basin)

Salt formations at Devil's Golf Course

One of the salt crystals

Starry starry sky- 30 sec exposure

Jer taught me a cool trick- you can use a flashlight to shine some light on your object if there's no other source of light. However, the above pic is when you do it for 3 seconds.

This was for 2 seconds and it came out really nice! Again, a 30 sec exposure. The rest of our campsite has to be really dark though for it to work.

Borax wagon.

Yet another diff image of Death Valley.

All pics taken at Death Valley by me or Jer in Nov 2008. This place was a photographer's dream. Next time we go back, I want to bring a wide angle lens!