Instagram :: June 2011

June was a cool month for Instagramming…

I got revived with some true street inspiration this month, and went back to some of my urban/street photography roots. I joined Doctor Popular and Photojojo for an eventful instawalk in San Francisco (#instawalksf) where we rambled all over Chinatown for a few hours. The best part was picking up a fisheye lens for my iPhone and becoming instantly addicted to the thing! I think it’s going to be my new go to tool for keeping iPhone street walks interesting.

My new photo friend, Felix Lim (@fixelzero) and I decided to ramble onwards to downtown and after starting at 11am, ended up photowalking until around 9pm that night… It’s a real treat wandering around and shooting with Felix as we have about 33% overlap in our style and 66% difference on our vision, so we end up with really cool and often completely unique perspectives on the same city block. After covering miles and miles and dozens of those blocks on this instawalk, we came out with some cool complimentary images. Felix goes for people and gestures in place, and is a master of seeking and capturing these great black and white compositions with a person or two in them that just make the image. I tend to stick to grit, details, wide industrial views, and close focus tilt/shift type images of street scenes.

Hoping I can spend one day each month on a walk like this. I really like the idea of using a simple point n shoot camera like the iPhone, getting some snaps, processing them in the phone directly through the Instagram app or other iPhone software like Camera+ or Noir, and keeping it simple. I tend to process on the fly, usually right after shooting the image, and post directly to my feed. The beauty of all this to me is simplicity. The only time these images touch my computer is when they’re getting backed up onto a hard drive, and so I can post the processed images here on my website/blog. It’s refreshing to use such a simple process to deliver images, and anyone can do it. The more people you follow on instagram, the more interesting perspectives you gain from all over the world.

Happy Instagramming!

 

Felix doing his candid street thing:

 

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Whitney Nichole Performs for Google at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA

One of those really cool experiences you don’t often get to enjoy – spending the evening at the headquarters of Google.

Whitney Nichole performed with Abigail Picache and Kevin White at the Friday afternoon social last week, and it was a treat to join in on the experience. Everything at Google is really sweet. The campus (affectionately known as the Googleplex) is beautifully situated in Mountain View, CA and it’s all it’s cracked up to be. The employees are treated to a wonderful work environment all day every day, and once a month a Friday afternoon mixer and concert! Great food, great people, and of course great music.

Thanks to Googler, Jason Shafton, for inviting Whitney to perform for everyone at TGIF in Charlie’s Cafe!

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Roberts Family | Stern Grove, San Francisco

A great family on a great day for a photoshoot at Sigmund Stern Grove in San Francisco! Images from my a recent session with my friends, the Roberts family.

 

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Ari in the Park and at Home | Family and Baby Portraits

I had the pleasure of doing two sessions with our friends, the Dalfen’s, one at Ari’s first birthday, and the other a few months later on a beautiful sunny day in Dolores Park. He’s a wonderful kid from a wonderful family and I’m really glad I got to spend some quality time capturing these moments for them 🙂

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Whitney Nichole – Live from Bay 6 | Harwood Podcast Network

Had an amazing time working with Kevin, Cindy and Cameron Harris at their latest recording for the Harwood Podcast NetworkLive from Bay 6 with Whitney Nichole!

Performed by Whitney Nichole (Vox & Keys), Shelby Grolig (Harmony Vox), Kevin Harris (Guitar & Harmony Vox), John Xepoleas (Drums), Dana Zuccarello (Cell0) and Michael Olaf (Bass).

Had a great time working with the HPN crew, definitely looking forward to spending more time with this great family in their amazing audio/video recording studio in Martinez, CA.

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Link to the podcast here.

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Zack Arias One Light Workshop Comes to San Francisco!

This past weekend I was honored to host as the City Representative for Zack AriasOne Light Workshop here in San Francisco. Repping meant organizing and booking the studio, models, food, catering, supplies and other logistics. Though I understand more now why good planners are well paid for taking care of business, it was more than worth the adventure to become part of the experience at this incredible workshop.

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If you know anything about me, you know that Zack is one of my icons of photography, so you know I was living on cloud 9 all weekend. He is a sharing photographer – tells all, and keeps it real. Over the past few years, I’ve read most of Zack’s blog posts, seen tons of his videos, spent entire weekends glued to the computer during CreativeLIVE seminars (Studio Lighting and Foundations of a Working Photographer), and practiced many of his techniques on my own shoots as I grow into my own style. Living the experience in person was a treat of epic proportion.

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The mixer the night before was really cool, and was a great way to meet many of the attendees. I love the idea of the night before meetup as everyone has a chance to share stories and bond before jumping into the 15 hour workshop the next day. There was a great mix of photographers, from dabbling hobbyists to full time pros. Everyone brought a unique sense of being to the workshop and I’m sure everyone took something priceless away in improving their own craft.

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The morning starts out with a quick rundown of all things photographic, from basic camera stuff like apertures, shutter speeds and ISO (no eyesooooohhhhh!), to more advanced topics like camera to subject distance, inverse square law, flashes & strobes, flash power, mixing ambient and strobes and all that good stuff. Once you get through the obligatory basics, the afternoon into the evening (about 6 hours) is spent shooting with a variety of modifiers with two models. Zack sets up each scenario with a demo that includes a pragmatic way of finding composition and exposure, and then the students take it away.

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All in all it’s an experience well worth it and then some. I’d absolutely attend again, and I highly suggest you make it happen next time Zack is in your neck of the woods. You’ll meet cool people, spend some time with a photo ninja, and pick up more skillz than you can handle all in the space of about 24 hours of your time.

Our lovely models for the day were Whitney Nichole and Maya Carina. Thanks to both of you for being so generous with your time and talent!

We Started in the studio with an umbrella and the Westcott 28″ softbox:

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And then moved it outside to ramble around the gritty alleys of the Dogpatch…

Zack setting up a grid spot shot:

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When it was my turn, I had to make it a point to catch a few of Whitney under the spot 🙂

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And then we pulled out “big momma” (the Westcott 50″ softbox):

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After the main instructional portion, we broke for a pizza dinner, then split up into 3 teams to go out in the dark on an assignment to “make some cool images of each other.” Fellow workshop attendee and street photographer, Felix Lim, was my subject for the the street image concept I had; one of the last captures I made was of him on the corner of 3rd street right as the MUNI T-Train train conveniently passed by.

 

A great deal of thanks to Zack and his team (Meghan Arias and Kara Pecknold) for putting together this great workshop. It was cool to meet Zack’s eldest, Caleb, who was a rockin’ assistant throughout the day. Cheers Zack, hope to see you back in SF soon!

 

See the full gallery of images from the workshop here.