Spring in the Orchards

My city is notorious for only having two seasons: hot and cold. The only real sign of a traditional spring is the blooming of the almond trees (I think they’re almond trees anyway). I’ve always wanted to go out there for some photoshoots and to just get some pretty flower macro shots but was always afraid of legal issues and scary farmer men chasing me down the road. So I just opted to enjoy the drive, sometimes slowing down if it’s windy to marvel at the road washed white with blossoms.

However, this year I was welcomed into another group of local photographers and models, and as I watched them plan photoshoots and take clients to the orchards I figured it was more-or-less alright to go in for a personal shoot. So I grabbed a couple friends to go with me and just hang out, shooting whatever we wanted without any real agenda to get done.

It was really nice, considering lately I’ve been lacking inspiration and motivation to go out and just take pictures.

I originally intended this to be an HDR image and keep all the detail in the slightly overcast sky, but it just wasn’t working out so I decided to take the overexposed bracket and run with it.

I liked it at first, but now I’m not so sure how I feel about it… maybe I’ve been staring at it too long. (Update: I’ve made this image available for purchase at both Red Bubble and Fine Art America.)

Bonus portrait!

My friend Raquel is awesome. She’s always willing to pose for portraits to help me beef up my portfolio and get more practice. She’s super supportive too, and such a hard worker she makes me feel tired just listening to everything she does! Crazy lady, but you’re cool so it’s okay.

HDR Garden

I’m working on edits from a recent photoshoot I did with a local photography group, but I have some new toys and techniques to play with so its taking some time.

So as a filler, you can have this.

This is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image I made some time ago of the garden centerpiece at the Getty Museum in LA. I split the original RAW file into 3 different exposures, processed and tonemapped them in Photomatix, then made final edits in Photoshop.

There’s something about it that makes me feel like its not really that good… The framing, the cropping, the edits, the colors… I’m not really sure, but it doesn’t do justice to the actual scene. Maybe I just stared at it for too long.

Well, I like how the water came out at least. I’m very proud of that little patch of HDR water (   ゜∇゜)