For The Love of Abandoned Photography

Floor Lamp

I knew I was going to be hook on Abandoned Photography with the first click of the shudder. Of course spending over a week with great friends scouring the countryside looking for places to shoot helps. I have to thank my friend Abby for being such an awesome host (and muse). She exposed me, no, threw me into the world of abandoned photography, adding yet another level of passion to the craft of making images. Over a year later, I am still processing images from that whirlwind of a trip, and loving every minute of it.

There is nothing like exploring an unknown (to yourself) location and photographing various states of disrepair and decay. There is a morbid kind of beauty in the peeled paint, rooms with graffiti and broken furniture, and if you’re lucky, the occasional deceased large rodent or two.

Here is the latest image from that trip to roll of the assembly line.

Floor Lamp

Floor Lamp

What type of photography gets you all fired up and inspired? Sound off and comment. I’d be interested to find out.

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Horton Plaza Bloom

Horton Plaza Bloom
Horton Plaza Bloom

Horton Plaza Bloom

If you’re visiting San Diego, and you have an itch to do some mall shopping, Horton Plaza should be on your destination list. This multi-level outdoor mall features a unique and colorful layout, providing a feast for your eyes as you walk from shop to shop. For me, it has always been a relaxing place to walk around at a leisure pace, people watch, taking a shot or two when the fancy strikes.

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The Trophy Winner

La Mesa Car Show

This beauty was one of the trophy winners at the La Mesa Car Show last week.

La Mesa Car Show

HDR SS Trophy Winner at the La Mesa Car Show

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Grilling Atmospherics

Grilling Atmosphere

While grilling some burgers the smoke rose into the tree branches above, and created an atmosphere suitable for a horror flick. So, I quickly grabbed my camera, set it on the tripod, and took this shot, burning the hot dogs because of  my compulsive need to take a picture.

Grilling Atmosphere

Grilling Atmosphere

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HDR Sunset Dedicated to My Love

Mission Beach Sunset

Today is a special day for me and my girl…this sunset is for you, extra special like.

Mission Beach Sunset

Mission Beach Sunset – HDR

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Grantville Trolley Station

Leaving Grantville

Last night I took a quick trip to the Grantville Trolley Station because it caught my eye as I was driving by on the freeway. It was one of those locations that looks intriguing until you actually see it up close. Never the less, I thought, “I’m here, lets see what I can do with it.” It’s the kind of shooting that presents a challenge, something I am a sucker for. So today when I sat down to review what I’ve captured, I was pleased to see I came away with at least a few interesting shots.

Grantville Station

Grantville Station

Shadow and Texture

Shadow and Texture

Rail and Light

Rail and Light

Stand Behind Line

Stand Behind Line

Hand Rail

Hand Rail

Leaving Grantville

Leaving Grantville

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Fine Art HDR- New Product Announcement

Blue Hour at Huntington Beach Pier
Blue Hour at Huntington Beach Pier

Blue Hour at Huntington Beach Pier - New Available for sale at Fine Art America

Hello everyone. I am happy to announce a new product that I am rolling out. I have recently joined Fine Art America, which provides a perfect outlet for photographers and artists who need an avenue to sell their wares on the internet…and the really neat thing about it is they take care of production and order fulfillment too! For the busy artists, its a no fuss, no muss arrangement. I am selecting specific images that will go into my fine art collection, so you will want to check back often for new releases. You can find my storefront by going to my Fine Art America page, or you can visit my Facebook Fan page.

Are you a photography looking to sell your work? Do you need a website to help promote and sell your work? If so, you definitely want to click on the banner below.

Websites for Photographers

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10 Tips For Capturing Life’s Precious Moments

Best Friends Napping

People often ask me how I capture the touching images that I do. There really is no magic bullet, or secret that I have, other than being ready and having a camera. So I thought I would provide a few insights that I have, and hopefully, these tips will help you too.

First, a word about equipment, you don’t need a fancy DSLR, or even an expensive point and shoot. Most of the time, all you need is your cell phone. When you really think about it, most people like to share their images on social networking sites like facebook, twitter, flickr, etc, and a smartphone is the perfect device. Chances are, you’re already doing this.

Here is a list of things to think about to get you on your way to taking those images you will treasure for a lifetime.

Best Friends Napping

Peaceful and quiet moments are often the easiest to capture.

10 Tips For Capturing Precious Moments

  • Keep your eyes open – The more you look around, the more things you will notice around you, and the more opportunities you will see, and eventually shoot.
  • Keep your camera with you – As I mentioned before, it doesn’t have to be fancy…to paraphrase someone much wiser than I, the best camera is the one you have with you.
  • Take lots of pictures – They say practice makes perfect, and the more pictures you take, the more familiar you will get with how your camera performs, what it’s strengths and weaknesses are, and how to compensate for them.
  • Get to know your camera’s special features – If you are using a point and shoot, or DSLR, get to know it’s feature set, at least to the point to where you can quickly make adjustments and take a shot. If you are using a smartphone, download an app or two and play with them, have fun with it…but remember, special effects should be used to enhance the ‘mood’ of a picture, and NOT be used just because.
  • Sometimes, the quiet peaceful moments can be the most powerful.
  • Anticipation is key – When you’re at a family gathering, you know there is going to be a lot of hugs and kisses, especially as people are coming and going. It is easy to spot, so if you can get a good vantage point, your camera is ready, and you see two people approaching each other with open arms, you stand a good chance of capturing a great shot.
  • If you miss a shot, don’t get frustrated, digital is cheap, try, and try again.
  • Don’t go for the perfect picture – Cameras can be temperamental, and rarely deliver exactly what you expect. Sometimes the image is blurry, too dark, too light, or any number of other things that may be faulty…the important thing is the mood. Does your image still tell a story, or make you feel something when you look at it? After all, you are capturing a mood, as well as preserving a point in time.
  • Take a shot after the ‘shot’ – Very often when people are in front of a camera, they aren’t going to show you their real smile, or their eyes may be in the middle of blinking, try taking a picture just after you’ve taken your first or second take. You may capture a more relaxed smile, or better yet, someone being goofy because they think you’ve already gotten what you want.
  • Above all else, have fun, if you’re having fun, so are your subjects, and they will be more relaxed in front of the camera.

Well, that’s it for today’s round of tips. Now get out there and preserve some precious memories of your own.

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