About six months ago or so I went to Joshua Tree with my good ol’ friend Peter. It was a fun trip. I was looking at some of the photos and decided to post a couple. The top picture, believe it or not, is the moon rising, not the sun setting. It looked 10x better in person; the sky was a beautiful red and orange. The bottom picture was taken the night before, not much story to it. If you are friends with me on Facebook, check out some more pics here.
Top picture: Canon 5D – 24mm – f/4 – 30s – ISO1600 – Tripod
Bottom picture: Canon 5D – 24mm – f/2.8 – 52s – ISO200 – Tripod
I know it’s kind of late to be posting this. But I thought I would share my submission to this years Worldwide Photo Walk. I walked with some one of my teachers and some friends in Downtown LA. For those of you who don’t know what the Worldwide Photo Walk is, read below…
It’s a social photography event where photographers get together (usually in a downtown area or trendy section of town) to walk around, shoot photos, and generally have fun with other photographers.
Canon 5D – 24mm – f/4 – 1/320s – ISO100 – Handheld
Well this was an exciting day. The final for my math class was to launch a rocket. Using math, my group and I had to figure out how high the rocket went, how fast it was going, and the acceleration due to gravity. It was an interesting… but we aced it. We launched 3 rockets, and I got pictures of 2 of them as the engines were igniting. So I put the full-res versions up so you can see the detail. And did I mention it took about an hour of off-roading before we finally came to the spot to launch it.
Top picture: Canon 5D – 24mm – f/4 – 1/1600s – ISO200 – Set on ground
Bottom picture: Canon 5D – 24mm – f/4 – 1/2000s – ISO200 – Set on ground
taken at the redondo beach pier, in california. this is the first b&w (black & white for those of you who don’t know what b&w is) that i have posted on my blog so far. there will probably be more to come in the future. who knows? who cares? back to this picture… after eating some pizza and some corn hot dogs on sticks (a.k.a. corndogs) me, ryan, jillian, and peter set off on our dangerous adventure around the pier. peter only made it half way and then had to turn back, but me, ryan, and jillian all made it around and back alive. there were also pelicans on the pier that didn’t move at all. they were like statues (click me). also, not that it has to do with anything about this post but recently i have started shooting film. so hopefully soon i will get a couple up here if they are worthy enough. also, i wanted to let everyone know that my dear friend peter lost something very special to him. his 50mm f/1.8 lens fell out of his camera bag and broke recently. i think it is a goner. if 90 people read this and all gave me one dollar we would have enough money to buy him a new lens.
Canon 40D – 10mm – f/3.5 – 6.0s – ISO100 – Tripod
joshua tree, ca. first off i have to say that joshua tree is probably one of the coolest places that i have been to. it is up on my top 5. for the most part the weather was nice (a little cold) but nice. the rocks were awesome. taking my truck off roading to deserted mines was pretty cool too. we had some weird food and i gained like 8 pounds in less than 48 hours. so i will probably go here again during the warmer parts of the year when i don’t have to have 5 layers of clothes on.
Canon 40D – 24mm – f/2.8 – 30.0s – ISO125 – Set on a rock
i was wondering if this picture was worthy enough to go on my blog but the story that is attached to it is worth it. it might be one of those “you had to be there” stories, but i’m gonna tell it anyways. so its about 10:30 at night and me, peter, cameron, jillian, and betsy were somewhere along these palos verdes hills on the winding roads. me, peter, and jillian were taking pictures of cars when all of a sudden this car just stops in the middle of the road on the turn (which is a blind spot to any cars coming around the turn). he stops there for 10 seconds, rolls back, pulls forward a little, then stops for 10 more seconds, gets out of the car, slowly walks across the road with a paper bag in his hand, goes behind some bushes on the side of the road we are on but doesn’t notice us. then he comes out with no bag in hand. he gets back into his car, does a U-turn and heads back down the hill. in the mean time we are freaking out cause it was weird and me and peter start walking towards the bushes expecting to find a severed hand (or head). we wussed out and had cameron get the car and pick us up asap. as we were walking back from the bushes though the same guy drives back to inspect his crime i guess. and that’s when we knew it was really fishy (or is it fishey). so after we left and about it we decided to go to my house and get some flashlights. we did. we came back. but it was way to weird and scary that we left again. instead we went to the police station and told a cop instead of calling 911. i gave the cop my phone number too so he could let me know if anything happened. 30 minutes later i got a call from the cop. he said that one of the officers had found “bones”. and that’s all he told me. i wonder what it was.
Canon 40D – 12mm – f/3.5 – 30.0s – ISO100 – Tripod
mammoth mountains. i could for sure move to mammoth. or anywhere i can take pictures like this at night. i set up my tripod, camera, lens, remote, the usual. then clicked away. some of the pictures were 5-10 minutes long. so while waiting i would lay on the ground and look into the sky. you can see shooting stars, airplanes, the milky way (not the candy bar), but the coolest thing to me is that you can see satellites. they just glide across the sky, you can even follow them with a telescope if your lucky enough. so my lesson for today is buy an expensive camera, expensive lens, expensive cabin, a cheap blanket for the ground, and enjoy the world. if that’s too much for you just go do something for 10 minutes without a cell phone.
Canon 40D – 10mm – f/3.5 – 99.0s – ISO3200 – Tripod
Ending a long trip (day and a half, if that’s long) we were coming back from Santa Ana and I sat on the bus anxiously waiting to go home — probably at the time thinking about watching all the shows I missed on TV. My head was on the window rattling with the bus as it went over bumps, while my eyes were glued on those white lines on the freeway. Then I looked up and there it was… this scene. So there’s my lame story for this picture.
Canon 40D – 10mm – f/13 – 1/400s – ISO400 – Handheld
I don’t really even remember a story for this picture. So I will just give you a cool quote to think about. “If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office,” said George Lucas. That might be true for some movies, but Jack died in Titanic and that is the top grossing movie ever. So i say, if the boy or girl dies it adds $1.8 billion.
Canon 40D – 28mm – f/8 – 1/8000s – ISO400 – Handheld