I just got back from Roseville after spending a weekend up there for my friends Chris and Vanessa’s wedding. Chris is one of my very good friends from college (we were dorm mates), and his wife is a very nice girl that is a Librarian just like him. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful event that they organized at a small hall called “Portuguese Hall” near Auburn. I got a chance to see the beautiful wedding but also to see the historic town of Auburn which is a great place to shoot for weddings or portraits since the town is very old and beautiful. The wedding pictures will be up within a week and I am looking forward to sharing them.
It’s amazing how the Golden Hour can really help make a mundane subject look much more than it is. I took this picture of a Catamaran that we passed by as it sat on the beach, and with the right amount of lighting and color you might have a hard time telling where in the world this is. This was taken at the Catamaran Hotel on Mission Bay. It is right in the heart of Sail Bay – the part of the Bay that has the longest stretch of free sailing than any other part. Sail Boats traverse the long stretch back and forth and on any given weekend you might see hundreds of boats out there.
If you have ever walked around Mission Bay at night you have probably noticed how the lights from the buildings and houses that surround the Bay glisten on the still water. Tonight when we were taking a walk around the Bay we turned to the left and were surprised by what we saw. A beautiful Autumn moon that was appearing right over the horizon. The moon in October is exceptionally big and bright. It was an amazing sight to see.
Fountains of Wayne is an excellent group out of New York City. Now they are not your hippest NYC band given that they were formed in 1996, but there list of awesome songs and original material is impressive. I started to listen to them in 1999, after there initial album release and I have always considered them some of the most talented song-writers in the industry. Lucky me as I discovered that they were playing at Anthology in San Diego last night. I scooped up two tickets and saw one of the best shows of my life. It was a great night. I like photographing live shows but it is actually a bit difficult. The lighting keeps changing and you are often limited to pictures based on where you are seated. From my experience it is always best to bring your longest lens because the closer the better as far as I am concerned. Unfortunately I didn’t heed my own advice and only brought a lens focal length to 85MM which isn’t enough even when you are sitting close. In any case, a great show and a great band.
One of the most beautiful places in San Diego is Scripps Pier in La Jolla at Sunset. If you have not had a chance to experience you should. Take a short walk north along La Jolla Shores about 1 hour before Sunset and watch the birds, surfers and other people strolling along the shore enjoying the magnificent sunset. It is one of the most beautiful places in San Diego.
I went out at Sunset yesterday to one of my favorite places to photograph – Scripps Pier La Jolla. It was pretty much a cloudless and sunny warm day – typically La Jolla. While taking pictures you have to be open minded about what you are going to shoot because what you originally intended to take a picture of might not work. For example, I went to take a picture of the pier but there was this guy that kept jumping into the shot with his own camera – rude. So I turned around and saw this surfer running to the water to catch the last set of waves before sunset. This is what La Jolla is all about.
I am not sure if you are aware but my niece Lucy is a pretty avid bike rider. She rides pretty cool motorcycles and takes off on the road for days on end. When she is happy she will give you a thumbs up as she rides by, when she disapproves of you she will show you with a definitive thumbs down. Check out this wild child on her new Harley and you will be amazed.
I was browsing the internet and I found some neat photographs that people were taking of miniatures. I decided to give it a shot myself so I bought a little astronaut and went out the backyard. I snapped this picture. We are so close to getting a little mini-man on the moon. This could save America if we could.