Category Archives: Personal Photography

We’re Engaged!

It is with great joy that Nathalie and I would like to announce that we are engaged!  I proposed this last weekend at Balboa Park in San Diego.  It was a beautiful and special evening, one we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

We are planning on getting married this summer in Temecula, and then have a reception in Malta beginning of next year.

Here are some photos we shot after we got engaged.  I used park benches and the ground to steady the camera so as to use long shutter speeds, which make for intense and surreal colors.

This Weeks 250: The Grand Canyon…

I went on a trip to the Grand Canyon this last weekend, with my family and Nathalie. It was a really nice break from everything that has been going on the last few weeks and some treasured time with Nathalie before she leaves for the Middle East this summer.

I also had an amazing time photographing on this trip.  Here are some of the photos from the weekend.

I love this photo of the desert that I shot with my iPhone driving 75 mph.  I love how the iPhone captured the road as a blur and the background sharp and clear.

We found this truck at one the stops we made in Southern Utah/Northern Arizona.  It was a lot of fun to take some photos of it…

We stayed at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for one night, which was more secluded and still than the South Rim. I had visited the South Rim many times before.

My dad and my sister hiked from the North Rim to the South Rim, while Nathalie, my mom, and I drove around the Grand Canyon.  It was a 250-mile drive around this massive hole in the ground. It truly puts the magnitude of the canyon into perspective.

My favorite lookout at the Grand Canyon is the Desert View Lookout, which I discovered a few years ago while visiting the Grand Canyon with some of my South African friends. It allows one to look at the canyon from the East, with a view also of the Colorado River.

This Weeks 250 – Black and White, No Edits

I recently shared about my personal goal to shoot at least 250 images a week for my own personal growth as a photographer.

This week, I gave myself a particular restriction within which to work. The confines were that I had to shoot in black and white in camera, and could only take one lens with me (this week it was my 24-70 2.8). Also I was to publish the photos as shot, without any post-production editing done to them. Here are my favorites taken this last Saturday as I was hanging out in Laguna Beach writing, reading, and having some personal time.

These were all taken in or around Crescent Bay. Enjoy!

Creativity is a Process…

Life has become considerably busier the last few months with a new job and a new relationship. So much so that I have found it difficult to be creative with my camera. I’ve recently made it a personal goal to shoot at least 250 images a week, so as to constantly push myself to create. I am also trying to shoot in adverse lighting conditions in order to master using my camera in different lighting situations.

Creativity is a process, and requires energy; it just doesn’t come by sitting around. I am taking every opportunity I can right now to be creative. I am also experimenting with other forms of media such as video and music. It has been so good for my soul to create and experiment.

I have also realized lately how important it is to share my work. So, as I create I also want to share and publish the work that I am producing. As I shoot every week, and hold myself to my commitment, I will be sharing my favorite photos.

Here are some of my favorites shot this last weekend. The first four were taken in Long Beach on Saturday morning as I walked back from Peet’s in Belmont Shore to my house:

The Belmont Shore Pier:

On Sunday, Nathalie and I had a long overdue date day. We drove down to Dana Point and Laguna Beach and spent the day together. I am also starting to teach her how to use my camera. Here are a few of the images I took during our time together…