Went on a trip to Gearhart, OR just outside of Seaside, OR and took some night photos on the beach. On the walk out, there was a bridge that must have been at least a football field in length. It looked like it led you into the clouds from far away so I had to take a photo. One of the most challenging things for me when shooting at night is setting your focus, and something I learned recently was to bring a flashlight with you so you can shine light on the focal point so your camera can see it, otherwise it’s just guessing in the dark. Once you set your focus, set your Auto focus to Manual and shoot away. This photo was shot at 9:30 p.m. and there was hardly any light out. Settings: 100 iso, F/3.5 at 30″ exposure.
A lot of people use LED lights to write words in the air during long exposures, I used a flashlight to write the word and then pointed it downward to light up the ground as much as possible. Settings: iso 200, F/3.5 at 20″ exposure.
The second year I shot this event, lots of fun and glad to help out. It’s always tricky taking pictures at events like this because you want candid pictures of people enjoying themselves, but most people dont like their picture being taken at all. So for this event, I was hiding behind trees and shooting with my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens a lot! Things worked out great and the American Heart Association is happy with them. If anyone would like to help out with the next event please email me, they are always looking for photographers and it’s a great cause.
During my trip to Mexico there were numerous opportunities for unique photographs. I chose to focus on people mostly and avoided landscape photography. This was the 4th time I’ve been to Mexico and it certainly is a place everyone should visit to experience the culture and different way of living. The kids are amazing, they are content with playing with a tire all day. If I was given a tire to play with when I was younger I would have rolled it once and requested an action figure from Toys R Us. It’s always a wake up call, a trip to make you feel lucky where you live and a humbling experience.
Cabo San Lucas- Here at the Sea of Cortez, tourists pay for a water taxi out to this beach where they can go snorkelling and visit the natural arches and rock formations. You have to jump from the front of the boat onto the sandy beach, I’d say 50 percent of the tourists fell on their back and got washed up by the waves. In this photo, a family was headed back to the port and unfortunately for this woman, she needed extra help getting up the boat. The expressions from everyone experiencing her leap from beach to boat really tells the story.
This is the distinctive El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.
Decorations in Mexico always surprise me.
This young man risks his life everyday jumping from a cliff into 8ft water. You have to arch your back and dive head first so you don’t hit the bottom.
This is the shoe shine market in downtown Mazatlan.
I spent a good portion of my time in downtown Mazatlan holding my camera waiste level and snapping pictures of people in their everyday life. This woman looked so content and happy up against this wall.
This pic is by far my favorite. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is in downtown Mazatlan, the natural colors bouncing off all the statues, the gold exterior, the star of david at the top (one of the only churches with this jewish symbol) all make this cathedral one of a kind. Too beautiful to really capture in a photograph, you must see for yourself.