Sometimes you only think to pull out the camera and make photos of special occasions like birthdays, weddings and graduation. But I think so of the best time is to capture the everyday things that we take for granted. This help preserve the memories especially if you have kids because they learn and grow so fast that sometimes we take it for granted.
This past Sunday I put in a roll of film and just captured the ordinary events so that one day my family and I can look back and remember the those simpler times.
Last weekend a friend of mine asked if I could capture a surprise engagement proposal. I have never done this before so I jumped at the opportunity. My friend said that the proposal would happen on the bridge of the Japanese Garden at Cal State Long Beach.
So I made it to the Japanese Garden at the same time the soon to be engaged couple did but I had the element of disguise since she didn't know who I was.
I waited on the opposite side of the bridge and had my camera with the 70-210 F4 telephoto lens attached to capture the event as it unfolded.
As you can probably tell she was extremely surprised and shocked. She was glowing with happiness.
It was a privilege to be able to capture a such a wonderful event.
A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to shoot an engagement session at the Griffith Park Observatory. It was a perfect day at the observatory. The weekend brought a lot of people out to Griffith Park but we were able to find some secluded locations to make some great images.
We had lots of fun making photos on the roof and all the way down on the numerous trails around the observatory. Congrats to Becca and Tyler as they tie their nuptials later this year in Boston.
It was recently my son's 4th birthday and he is a dinosaur fanatic! He loves everything from the Apatosaurus to the Zingongosaurus. For his birthday he wanted to visit the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. The museum has recently opened a new dinosaur hall which is really impressive. The new exhibits were very interactive and informative. It was great time watching real live paleontologist at work cleaning fossils.
We can't wait to come back later on the year to visit the other exhibits in the museum.
A few weekends ago my wife and I took the kids to Griffith Park to enjoy the sun and a ride on the little train. I thought it would be a great opportunity to remember the day and shoot on black and white film. The Nikon F80 hasn't seen action in a few months so I loaded it up with a roll of Ilford HP5 400 ISO and a 50mm F1.8 lens.
The first few shots with the F80 where not so great. I think the automatic film advance was sticky because after the shutter fired the film only partially advance to the next position. So I had to hit the shutter button again for the film to advance and to be ready for the next shot. But after a few burned frames everything worked like normal. I guess it needs a little cleaning and lube or I should just use it more so the parts don't get stuck.
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