San Jose Walkabout

I decided to take a quick walk around my city, San Jose and enjoy the beautiful day that we were experiencing. The clouds and blue sky made for a wonderful backdrop against the architecture. I've been trying to capture the Bank of America tower for a while now, but I never liked any photos I took, until today. Walking by and looking up I found the perfect alley that captured it just right. I really liked the reflection of the tower against the building.

I've been focused on enjoying and capturing the beauty that is around. Going to keep capturing the city that I call home.

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A Trip to The Farmer's Market

Yesterday I went to the farmer's market in Campbell and it was so much fun capturing all the beautiful colors of all the fruits and vegetables. I've been cooped up in the house all week and it was so nice to be outside. I picked up some plucot and nectarines. Hope you're all enjoying the wonderful fruits that are offered during the summer as well. These were shot with the Fujix100s and light edits and cropping with Light Room.  

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Stars In The Sky

While many people were out late on New Year's Eve partying it up, I was sleeping early so that my friend and I could get a super early and drive down to Big Sur to see the beach at sunrise. I know living on the west coast doesn't allow us the beauty of a sunrise, but the satisfaction of starting the new year with a sunrise seemed perfect. We got to Big Sur around 5:00AM and it was still dark, so I decided to try to play with some long exposures when we pulled off to the side, right by the cliff. I'm sure I would have been really scared if I saw how close we were to falling off with light.

These were shot on a tripod with my Canon. I used a timer and allowed it to stay open. I wish I had a trigger release, but  I was excited to see they actually came out!


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Live Music In April

In the first weekend of April my friends and I attended two music shows back to back and it was really exciting! On Saturday, we saw CunninLynguists in Santa Cruz at the Catalyst, which is a really great venue. It doesn't look that large on the outside, but inside there are two separated areas for shows and we were in the larger venue.

I enjoyed how the venue was set up, because you could either be downstairs in the thick of the crowd, or hang out upstairs on the balcony and be able to see everyone. This allowed for a great vantage point of photography.

CunninLynguists has been a recent discovery music wise, and they're great live and they kept the crowd going during their entire set.

On Sunday, we saw ZZ Ward, who is AMAZING. Pandora played her music a few times and I downloaded her album and every song is worthy of playing over and over. So when I found out she was coming to the Bay Area, I was really excited. The show was at the Independent in San Francisco and it's such a great place. If you have a chance, check out either venue for shows. It's more intimate and you can really feel the music.

I used the Fujix100s camera, which is really great in low light,  another reason why I really wanted the camera. I was also able to take some HD videos of the show.










ZZ Ward

ZZ Ward

ZZ Ward

ZZ Ward

San Jose SubZERO Festival

Friday was really warm, which was perfect for San Jose's 7th Annual SubZERO festival. SubZERO is part of South First Fridays (a monthly art walk that takes place on the first Friday that stretches about 3 blocks with various business and galleries opened to show art work from artists local and far) and it happens at the beginning of summer and at the end of summer.

It's really fun to attend because there are vendors who come and sell their art, share music and do live performance art. It's such a great addition to Downtown San Jose, which really makes the large city feel like a community. More info here.

Below are some photos of the fun activities that were happening.

Chalk Art Made by Visitors

Heisenberg Chalk Art

Chalk Art

Girl Drawing

Chalk Art


Live Art Models

Photographing Live Art

Live Art and Performance

Live Art and Performance


Two Story Live Painting Mural

Live Art and Performance

Shot with FujiX100s

End of An Era: Good-Bye Domes

About two months ago San Jose said good-bye to the iconic movie theaters, lovingly called the Domes located on Winchester Blvd., across from the shiny and vibrant shopping center, Santana Row. The Century 21 Dome theater, which was the last dome to have a single screen was hosting one last viewing and it was showing Indiana Jones: Raiders of The Lost Ark. I had never seen the movie before (GASP: I KNOW!!!), so it was a double treat to see it on the big screen in a sold out theater and say good-bye to a place that housed so many memories.

My with the dome is from when I attended the midnight showing to see Star Wars III and I remember thinking that it was so special to see the last of Star Wars in such a historic place.

When we arrived, the line was wrapped around the building and everyone was in high spirits. Families were gathered and some people were dressed up like Indiana Jones. Parents were telling their children about the movie and sharing their story of when they first saw the movie.

Upon entering the theater, we were given colorful hats to look like Indian's famous brown hat and goodie bags filled with props that related to the movie such as, a date, rubber snack, a party popper and Twizzler straw.

Beach balls were being bounced around as people made their way to their seats. Over 1,000 people packed in and when we all settled in, the host came out. She was really funny and got the crowd engaged with trivia questions and contests.

The movie was so good! I became really wrapped up in it and although it's an older one, it was done so well, that nothing really stood out. I'm so glad I got to see it on a large screen. It was The fun was over, and I think it really sunk in that  it was the last movie to ever be shown on the screen. People took photos with each other in front of the screen and you can hear people talking about their own memories of the theater.

I'm sad to see such a place go, and I've heard rumors of it developing into a commercial shopping area. It's on trend with the changes in the area and although I understand the monetary draw to opening another center, it's still sad to see a historic spot be taken away. For more info here's an article from The Mercury News.

The Line Wrapped Around the Theater

Waiting for The Movie To Start

Movie Watchers

Last Showing

Candy Stands

Final Good-Bye

Last Showing

Photos shot with iphone and fujix100s, slight edits in Lightroom.


Summer Concert

Today was such a beautiful day for an outdoor concert! My friend and I went to the  20th Annual BFD concert in Mountain View and it was such a blast!! There were over 24,000 people there with 3 stages of a variety of alternative bands and DJs. Concerts are so amazing because for that amount of time thousands of people have come together to watch and share the experience. With lives getting busier and more distracting, it's really special to have that kind of interaction.

What was really encouraging to see was that I noticed there weren't a lot of people constantly on their phones, but just enjoying the moment.

What has been your favorite concert experience?

Main stage lawn area

When Music Hits You, You Feel No Pain

NYC 2013

How did that happen? It's almost been a year since my trip to NYC last year and although I had posted some photos, more specifically the wedding and one snap shot. I haven't had a chance to share photos from the whole trip. These were shot with Fujix100s, which after a year I now have one. No more renting it! After a while, the cost of renting was adding up, so I decided to save up for it and it is one of my most beloved cameras. The lens is amazing and it creates really crisp photos and great for enlarging.

The Coney Island photographs are really vibrant and bright, but that isn't from editing. It really was that bright that day.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Get lost and bring your camera.

Ariel view of NYC from the Roosevelt Island Tramway

Red & Grey

Bay Area Bar in NYC. Felt right at home.

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Until next time.


Portrait of a Photographer

My friend Carla whom I met via Social Media have been "friends" for a few years now. The magic of the internet has allowed us to keep in touch, learn about each other and our lives despite us never having met each other. So when she reached out and asked if I would be able to photograph her for her portraits, I was super excited and nervous. Shooting people is fun, and something I really enjoy, but shooting a photographer makes me nervous because we can be a little critical, since we know what we want. However, I was looking forward to finally  meeting her.

We chose San Francisco as our destination since she works there and we are both from the Bay Area. It was such a delight to shoot and talk with her.

Here are a few photos from the day. These were shot with a Canon 30D, using 80mm lens.

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Weekend Exploring

This weekend was fantastic. My friend came up to visit from LA and we went exploring with two other friends. Although heavy rainstorms were predicted, we decided to go anyway, and I'm sure glad we did. We drove out about 1.5 hours out and ended up in this abandoned building. The brickwork was still standing strong and you can see from the bones that it had a beautiful interior. It's interesting to see how things we've built stand over time and what happens when it is left to the elements.

There were moments when I just stopped and realized how extremely quiet it was, and seeing as how far we were from the main roads, it felt like we were the only four in the world, like a scene right out of Walking Dead.

All four of us are photographers and it was really great to go with them because we all aimed our cameras at different things, sometimes similar, but we all had a different way of seeing things, and that allowed us to be inspired by each other.

We stayed for a little more than an hour and as we walked back to the car the sprinkles were starting, and by the time we drove home, the storm was in full form.

These were shot with a Fujix100s, the newest member of my camera family and I love the camera so much!!

We continued on with our day with a self guided Vietnamese food tour and time in the local used bookstore. What a great way to spend the day.

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Wedding in NYC

DSCF9356 Spent the day at work. Edited some wedding photos I attended in NYC this past summer. This is one of my favorite shots and the bride and bride loved it as well. These two are some of my closest friends and I'm happy I got to witness their union.

Tomorrow I have more free time and will either be shooting or working on some lettering.

Happy 2014!

_MG_4208-2A Happy New Year to you! What a year it has been and I wish I had been more diligent with documenting it on this blog. Nonetheless, it's a new year and I have much to do.

Here's the first post for 2014, and this is a photo I took this morning on the way to Big Sur. I opted to stay in for New Year's Eve to get up extra early at 4AM and head down the coast to Big Sur.

It was such a treat because the stars were still out and I was able to try out long exposures with my camera on a tripod. I've never photographed stars before and it was so wonderful to see it come out!

We spent about 6 hours in Big Sur photographing various spots and enjoying a lunch. What a great way to start 2014!


Pinhole Image

Taking two photography classes this semester. One is traditional black and white, complete with dark room time and the other is digital color photography, using Lightroom. For our first black and white project, we made a pinhole camera using an empty oatmeal box, painted it black inside, using blackout electrical tape we designed lightproof box to expose paper.

Here is one of my prints from the 5 picture series. I exposed 7 papers, and this one I liked the most.

The photo had just finished being washed and was on its way to the drying rack.

Really enjoyed this project, I hope to do some more throughout the semester as I'm working on my semester long project.