Call of the Wild

It was late March when I got my new 70-200mm f.2.8 lens. I was so excited to have it, as soon as I got it out of the box I put it on my camera and wanted to test out it’s zoom range. My cat, Paxton, was sitting on the window sill not 10 feet away. I racked the lens to 200mm and snapped a few frames. He looked at me, as he almost always does, kind of disinterested. So much so, in fact, that he yawned. That’s when I got this, one of my favorite shots:

Cat Yawning

Geek Speak:

f/2.8, 1/750th, 200mm, ISO 800

Why ISO 800? Well, ’cause I didn’t check my camera settings, that’s why. I was so excited to get the lens, I just snapped it on and started shooting at f/2.8. All in all, I don’t think the higher ISO hurts the image.



Cute Kids, Costumes…What’s Not to Love?

I am a volunteer photographer for Baldwin Park Magazine. I figure it’s a good way to get some exposure. If you visit my Web site you can see some of my work that made it on the last issue, including the cover. Check under the “Commercial” gallery or under “Links”.

So my latest assignment last Saturday was the annual Halloween Parade. Kids and parents march down a few blocks to a common area where they have events for kids.

Here are some pics…


f/5.6, 1/90th, ISO 200

More pics on my Flickr Pro site which you can link to on the right hand side of this page.


Sharon and Derek’s Photoshoot

Derek Hudson is a local jazz musician. He and his wife, Sharon, collaborate on projects and have released CDs under the name “Inspired Jazz“. A few months ago, Derek asked me to take some pictures of him for his website. (you can see some of them at his site under “photos”.) That shoot resulted in one of my¬†personal favorites:

Derek Hudson

Well, last week, Sharon asked if I could do another shoot for the cover of a CD they are about to release. Most of the pictures were just of her, others included Derek. They asked for a plain background so a graphic artist could change the background. First, I suggested a plain white seamless paper background. We were going to put it up on their garage door, but when I got to their house at around 10am, I saw the garage faced east and the sun was blasting it full force. No good for pictures. The subjects would be squinting…and hot! So I scouted around the house and chose the shady north side (photographer’s love northern light!).¬† I decided that I could shoot against their brown wall; I figured with some separation and a large aperture (f/2.8 to f/5.6) I could render the wall out of focus. Anyway, here is one of my favorite shots from that day. You can see the before with the wall and the after where I replaced the color with gray.

Original image with brown wall

Original image with brown wall

Same picture with a gray background

Same picture with a gray background

The gray background and empty space should make it easy to add text for the CD cover.

Image Info:

f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/250th, 28mm
580EXII Camera Left, ETTL, Diffusion Dome on