To Bring You Up To Speed

It’s been a long time. I’ve been shooting with an Olympus E-5, Canon 7D, 5D Mark III, Panasonic GH1 and AF100. The winner? Meh. I’m just happy to be capturing photos. Here’s a few that I’ve made this year. Enjoy.

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MC WORDUP of Dope City Saints. Shot for Dope City Media Group.

Steve Shankle of Dope City Saints. Shot for Dope City Media Group.

Kasi Rocswell of Dope City Saints. Shot for Dope City Media Group.

Oakland MC K.E.L.L.S.

Toro. egoisthebrand.com

Brandon Landry

Vallejo MC, L. Rucus

Mwende. Co-workers and collaborators. We just finished filming for a personal project of hers. More details on that later.

Ian. A flutist I recorded in a jam session.

Toro. egoisthebrand.com

 

Aisha Fukushima Live at Legionnaire in Oakland

 

What’s up people? Back in December I recorded a performance in Oakland by MC/Vocalist/Raptivist, Aisha Fukushima. Aisha and her band put on a great live show at Legionnaire. Check it out! Big thanks to Dimitri Moore for providing extra footage.

2014

Happy Belated New Years to all of you. 2013 was an amazing year and I look forward to making 2014 even better. What have I been working on? Well, some of that’s behind closed doors. All I can say is I’ve been pretty busy shooting photo and video! What does the photo up top have to do with this post? Nothing in particular. Just a good memory from last year. Here’s to many more.

My Weekend in a Nuthshell

Greetings everyone! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, but make no mistake, I’ve been working. Some things I can talk about, some things are top secret. So what’s new? I’ve been missing the days of shooting with AA battery powered flashes. I decided to spend some time with them and Westcott Apollo softboxes. I have 3 Apollos: 50”, 28” and 16”. This weekend I decided to have some fun with 2 of them. I’m also experimenting with horizontal flash mounting on stands to protect the foot. I got the idea from watching this youtube video. Without going into too many technical specifics, here’s my weekend.

The following was shot with an Olympus FL50R shooting inside of a 28” Westcott Apollo softbox.

Doing a test shot. The camera is sitting on the table pointing upwards and being triggered by a wireless remote in my right hand.

My dog decided she wanted to be a model. Her side profile.

 

And her smile.

The following was shot with an Olympus FL50R inside of a Westcott Apollo Mini.

Shooting a photo of my nephew before lunch.

 

Me and my Great Grandmother. She recently turned 93. We went out to eat to celebrate.

And now back to the Westcott Apollo 28”.

Shooting an engagement session on Sunday in San Francisco. The soon to be bride contacted me to shoot for her wedding invitations. Had a great time with her and her fiance.

It’s safe to say that my love for battery powered flash units is back in full effect.  I may have some interesting projects lined up with these things. I’ve been considering using Lumopro 180 flashes for all of my small flash strobist work. Stay tuned for more details!

The Details

This past week I had a job photographing an event for an online magazine. I was reminded me just how beautiful natural light is. Seeing the mostly cloudy sky light come in through the window made the food spread even more beautiful. This is my first week on my transition to pursuing photography full time. It’s been a rather fun and interesting one. Here are a few details from the event in the form of photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nino Foxtrot by The Left Coast Flock…and Life Plans

I recently filmed, directed and lit my first music video for San Francisco based duo The Left Coast Flock. I have been working with their collective, {ego} for a little while now and it’s a positive experience thus far. Last night was the official brand launch party. It was also my first time showing off prints on display. It was also the first public showing of the music video. A Great night, indeed. Check out a few photos from the event and the video below.

 

And now, life plans. I recently made the decision to go part time at my day job. I really enjoy my work with youth, but I want to take a risk into going more into business for myself. I want to focus more on my photography and music projects. I have spent a lot of time thinking about what could possibly happen and would would regret not trying to make it a reality. So what does this mean? Well…that my life will be like walking on hot coals. If I stand still, I will suffer. My only option is to keep moving and trying to make progress. I wonder how the journey will affect my work…

Publicly Displaying Photos for the First Time Aug 24th

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A brand that I’ve been working with is getting ready to launch their clothing line. As the photographer of their first look book, I’ve been invited to also display photos at the event. If you’re in San Francisco on August 24th, stop by! Prints will be for sale. I accept cash and cards via square.

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