Photo a day, day 60. Dakota jazz club, Minneapolis, July 2014.
Back home in Minneapolis and catching a jazz show. My time was tight today because of travel so I had to take a photo at the show. It was too dark to take people pictures, and I didn’t want to take a simple performance shot. I came up with the idea of shooting the performance through my cell phone screen after I saw so many people taking photos and videos with their phone. I also didn’t have access to my computer so I did the post processing on my phone using VSCO cam.
Photo a day, day 59. Venice Beach, July 2014.
I have been waiting for about three weeks to photograph this street performer. When I first saw him I knew I wanted to get a shot, but I didn’t want to just take a picture of him performing his act. I opted to wait for the right situation to present itself so I could add a little story to my photo. I always had a idea of how I wanted the photo to turn out, and it included a child on their parents shoulders in the foreground. All I had to do is wait and today my wait finally paid off.
Venice Beach, CA, July 2014.
When I was taking an evening walk on the boardwalk, I noticed a bright spotlight coming from a building that would perfectly highlight a subject in a photo. I stopped, got my camera out, and started waiting for subjects to pass through the light. As I was camped out with my camera, I heard a strange voice shout, “Do you give two forks about the homeless!?” I looked over to see a sunburnt man, Michael, approach me with and grin and two forks tangled together. We chatted a bit, and as we were discussing his graffiti art I noticed am unmarked police vehicle approaching us. As it passed though the light I jumped behind Michael to give the photo a bit of extra context and story.
Photo a day, day 58. My kitchen, Venice Beach, July 2014.
Sometimes interesting photos come to you. I was sitting at my desk working and Yuki, my lovely dog, decided to rest in a bean of sunlight under the kitchen table. Looking over, I liked how the chair and table framed Yuki and the beam of light really made her stand out. I set my exposure so Yuki was properly exposed and the rest of the scene was underexposed, set framing, and took the shot.
Early morning surf in Santa Monica. July 2014.
Cliche shot of using a path as a leading line to a subject, but I like the context of the surfer and the ocean so I took this shot.
Behind the scenes video I did for Crystal Kay’s “Dum Ditty Dumb” music video. I filmed the majority of this with the Sony A7 and used a GoPro for the opening time lapses. I edited and color corrected the video using FCPX.
Photo a day, day 57. My place, July 2014.
Venice Beach, CA. July 2014.
Sunset shots are easy and always look good.
Photo a day, day 56. Santa Monica, July 2014.
While walking around Santa Monica I spotted a man on a bike that reminded me of something I commonly saw when I lived in China. When I see an interesting character, I just shoot away. I was using an 85mm manual focus so I was only able to get off three shots as he rode by. This is the photo I like best of the three.
Photo a day, day 55. The ever present police at the Venice Beach pier. July 2014.
One thing I have noticed after living in Venice for about a month is the massive police presence on the beach. Instead of tuning them out, I always am looking to get photos showing how the LADP is always watching us. When I was meeting some friends at the beach, I noticed this officer surveying the beach from the shade of the pier. I liked how the pier and supports framed him so I excused myself from the conversation with my friends to sneak up on him to get this shot.
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Photo a day, day 54. Venice Beach Pier at 8AM.
I have taken to advice to always have a camera with you to such extremes I even carry it on my morning runs. Not only do I get some morning shots I would not otherwise get, the chance to get a good photo motivates me to leave the house and run.
Sometimes I run to the Venice Beach pier in the mornings. Whenever I do, I see Erving at the end of the Pier fishing. We talked a few mornings and built up a rapport to the point he was comfortable with me taking his picture.
Photo a day, day 53. Venice Beach, July 2014.
I always seem to find cool light when walking around at night. I liked how when cars would drive though this alley they would silhouette whoever was in front of their headlights and bounce light off the pavement and walls. All I had to do was wait for the right scene to unfold and manage to focus with a 85mm wide open at f1.4.
Sunset a Venice Beach, July 2014.
Another picture I got because I always carry my camera. When walking back from dinner I stumbled on a scene that perfectly captures the spirit of Venice, long haired free spirit types slack-lining between palm trees at sunset. I took about 10 photos and exposed for the sky to silhouette the subject and trees. This is the photo I like most.
Photo a day, day 52. Biking Dog Salesman. Venice Beach, July 2014.
A lesson in always having your camera ready. I turned around at an intersection while waiting for the signal to turn and saw a puppy in the front basket of a bike driven by a smiling man. I didn’t have any time to think about composition, so I just tired to follow the rule of thirds as best I could and set focus on the cute dog.