Thursday, March 5, 2015

Test Shots

Just got the new Canon 7D Mark II. Amazing camera, awesome features, super custom for each user. I just did some test shots. Here are a picture of the stock Honda Accord. She looks nothing like this now. Just a fun comparison.
Stock, REAL LIFE!!! My Personal 2003 Honda Accord V6-EX. Love Her. Taken with the 20D who knows when.

GT6 photo shoot. Trying to imitate real life. Lowered.

1:16 scale of a HKS Honda Accord, same body style but just raced out, kinda. Test shot of the 7D Mark II.
I just have a good time learning about this camera. I want to master it. So if anyone wants me to shoot something for them, let me know! I need the practice!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

On Location: Aloha State

I just came back last night from one of the most beautiful trips I've taken in a looooooong time! I believed my soul purpose was to photograph a long time friend's wedding. She approached me about 6 months ago, asking me to photograph her wedding. That doesn't sound odd until you hear the back story to it. The happy couple of Matt and Rachel is a blessing. I know the bride, Rachel. I took some prerequisite courses with her in Mira Costa like 8 years ago. We just met in this class, I'm not about socializing in class. I'm trying to get by, no time for friends. Hahaa. Rachel was my only friend in the course. She knew I was into photography, but not well versed. She wanted to enter a Roxy surf photo contest. I knew it wouldn't be hard to photograph her, she already has the surfer persona, thin, tan, always coming to class with sandy sandals and a bikini under hear clothes. Cutest thing while she buries her head in her book. She knew where everything was in the book if I had a question. She really helped me out a lot in that course. So we had a couple of outings to Encinitas where she surfed. She really liked the photos, they were fun and unique. They're so old that I can't locate them at the moment. I don't even know where to begin on searching for them. Just trust me, their out there. I remember her telling me, "When I get married, I want you to photograph my wedding." At that time, I just laughed and agreed, It was definitely a kind gesture to say, but nothing serious at that time. Eight years later, she tells me she met the man of her dreams and about to get married. I'm happy for her. She deserves it, she works hard at everything she does. Never half ass anything. Not only am I happy for her, she asked me to personally to photograph her wedding. Of course I'm gonna say yes! She flies me out and covers my lodging. It's not like she put me in some cheap hotel, I stayed in the middle of Waikiki. Everything was in walking distance, no need for a car, one of the most famous beaches literally a block away.

I was here for a job, it was to photograph her wedding. It was a beautiful one too. Location, the couple, bridesmaids/grooms men, family, reception, music, the smiles, so much memories. Check out their same day edit. Propeller USA Videos did a wonderful job on it. Check it out here.

Matthew & Rachel - Same Day Edit - Kapiolani Park from Propeller USA on Vimeo.

Here are a few pictures I took while I was down in Hawaii.

As always, Aloha for stopping by.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Track Day/AutoX at Auto Club Speedway

My first best friend, Nick invited me out to check out autoX at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. It is something completely foreign to the normal car scene i'm use to. I have been accustomed to g2g, meet up, car shows, but track day are not for the cars to look pretty. It's to see the car perform. It helps when you have a team/crew. Nick had a whole support crew starting from his roommate and good friend, Ivan. From there were several well experience autoX drivers. This was definitely a fun experience. It's all fun. It can be sketchy for sure, but it's something everyone needs to participate in sometime.

Started off early, left North County before the sun could rise, grabbed our spot, settled in, registered, attended the driver's meeting, then off to the races. The group consisted of many famous and respect motoring underground members. From the well seasoned Miata to track hungry FR-S to new comer Focus ST. Everyone was welcome to join the fun. There was plenty of cars going around. I saw some stock Honda Civic EX, popular American muscle, European Luxury, to race ready Imports. There's a spot for everyone.

It's a great oppurtunity to learn one's car and try to push it to the limits and personal limits to. It may look easy being little bit longer than 30 seconds, but the entire time you're focus on so many things from the gas, proper gearing, braking, turning. AHHHHH!!!! No room for mistakes if you want to make every second count. Nick cerntainly shined on his first time doing it. 33.9 seconds, one of the best times among the day.

Watch his run on my youtube channel.
Nick's AutoX run.

And always, thanks for watching.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Update: Nick's Ford Focus ST

It's been hot as shit lately. But today was the first day I experienced a glimpse of seasons changing. I had to take advantage of the cloud weather. So I did. Nick just got his car washed, overcast present. It was a sign for me to shoot. We drove up to San Marcos/San Elijo's Double Peaks Park which overlooks San Marcos. Here are some of the settings. I used my strobe to fill in the dark shadows. All edits were done in Lightroom.

Check out my old post on it's stock days. It's changed a lot, performance and aesthetically. 

Like always, thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


YO!!! I have a traditional state of mind at times. So when Jess and Al told me they're throwing a baby shower, I instantly hated the thought. I always thought baby showers were for women and family. Nah BRAH!!! This was another reason to throw a party. Celebrating Jameson's coming. He's a big deal already. Not even born and people, including myself cannot wait for him.

Jess and Company did a great job with the party. Alcohol, food, family, and friends is usually a formula for success, but Jess had to class it up. It's all about the details about the party. Headbands for EVERYONE, snacks inspired by Pinterest, and everyone getting in the spirit. No way somebody can be too cool for this. I feel so proud to be part of the party and hoping to be an influence on Jameson's life. There are so much more to the party, but its more personal and cute, something Jameson will appreciate when he gets older.

Here are some of my own personal favorite photos from the photo booth yours Truly set up. Visitors came and gone throughout the day. Remember the people and the moments are always special to each person. I'm glad to have helped captured with the help of awesome music provided by DJ oH SH!T and the Keg and shots of Jameson whiskey. Hahaaa. Check out the rest of the photos on my picasa web album. I just wanted to share the pictures with y'all. If there is a special photo you need/want, let me know so I throw more TLC and proper setting for prints.

Check out the rest of the photo booth pictures here.

As always, Thanks for stopping by. Can't wait to meet you Jameson! If you share any pictures, be sure to use the hashtag "#james_on"

Monday, August 11, 2014

Brandon's Surprised San Diego Visit

You had to be there to appreciate any of these pictures. This is gonna be a short post. Mobbing deep, last minute after a fantasy draft. I certainly appreciated it, I know Brandon did too. It was just filled with amazing times. We played catch up with Brandon, meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends. We hung out as if we were 19 again. We're all nearly 30, but that doesn't stop us from reliving those days.

I think this post is Brandon Approved. Like always, thanks for stopping by.

Nick's UAL Debut

I haven't touched this blog in a while, it is long over due. I might be starting backwards, but the important thing is that I'm starting again. With IG (Instagram), its so easy to share photos. The only gripe I have with IG, is the lack of quality. How can you really appreciate a pic from a cell phone without being able to zoom in. Other than that, I think IG is an amazing application. I feel like everyone has step up their own personal photography skills. It forces people to be creative. I was trying to do that even before IG with this blog. I wanted to be able to share photos without compromising quality.

Here is what I did this passed weekend. It was a wild one for sure. Busy with friends.

There are hundreds of different sports out there. My personal top favorite sports are tennis, basketball, and football. No particular order. However, I think I can add another sport to the list. The Ultimate Armwrestling League aka UAL. My great friend, Nick had an opportunity to compete with the world's best arm wrestlers from Brazil, Russia, the US.

It was his first league, but definitely not his last. Here are some of the pics from the Event.

Nick of course, sticking together had to be parked next a Ford Raptor. Best cars Ford has to offer right now.

Nick post match with one of the most beautiful women Ana Cheri

Nick's under the spotlight. All eyes on him, even if it lasted for a second. Something that definitely impacted him.

8x World Champion Richard Lupkes. He is a beast on his own.

Beautiful Arm Candy.

Former San Diego Charger LB Shawne Merriman checking out the scene.

6x Ladies World Champion Chris Regaine from Brazil. She is intense. 

Lisa Wolfley dominating. Veteran, 25+ years in the sports.

Me hanging out with Lisa Wolfley. Shes freaking cool. So strong. When we got the event, me and Chris hung out scoping out the scene. Next thing we know, we're concern for Nick, cause it was a whole different level of competition. I was very lucky enough to randomly talk to Lisa Wolfley and ask her some last minute advice to help out Nick. Such a sweet person.

Thanks for checking this out. I'll be posting more often. As always, thanks for stopping by.