Hanging out with Raquel

Here are a handful of photos from the last time Raquel and I shot together. Enjoy!

San Jose Giants

I had the opportunity to go shoot some photos for the San Jose Giants yesterday. For those unfamiliar, they are the minor league baseball team for the San Francisco Giants. I had a great time, even though I was limited to where they would let me go. I was for the most part told to stay along the third base line, which is unfortunately where the visiting team sits. I also had the privilege of using some amazing sigma glass. The sigma company let me use a 300-800 f/5.6 lens and a 70-200 f/2.8 lens. I liked both of them equally, but if I was going to buy one it would be the 70-200. They also make an adapter for these lenses so that you can use them on almost any digital body you own. I used them on my Canon 5D mkII as the lenses were dedicated EF glass, but they also gave me an adapter so that I could use these lenses on my Sony a6000. Incredible glass. Check them out. I shot a total of about 1250 photos but only kept about 20. Here are a few images from yesterday.

You Can Make a Portrait with Anything

Apologies for the lack of content. I’ve been focusing more on my street/documentary work rather than portraiture. But it’s brought up a good conversation with some friends. I usually use my Canon A1 or my Canon 5D mkII with 50 mm lenses when I make portraits. For just about everything else I use my Leica m4 with a 35mm f/1.4. My Leica set up isn’t something that you would typically use for portraits, but I decided to play with it a bit. If you’re creative you can make a good photo with anything. Here are a couple of samples of some nontraditional portraits. Shot with my Leica m4 with a voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 and kodak Tri-X pushed to 1600.

Wabi Sabi

I received a roll of 120 Kodak TXP from my friend Alex Corona, who runs the site streetsofriverside This roll was extremely old and had expired in 1986. I didn’t expect much out of it, but here are the only shots worth showing out of that roll. These were shot with my Lomo Lubitel, Enjoy!

Found Photographs

A few months back I started making treks to the local flea markets. Mostly looking to find some obscure treasure of a camera. I had dreams of finding a rare Leica, or a beautiful piece of untouched glass. In reality what I usually found was broken cameras, lenses with scratched and hazed elements, or downright crap.

One of my last trips I started digging around a box of broken camera bodies that a man had out for display. As usual the cameras were crap. Most of them were broken, some worked but only long enough for me to press the shutter once. At the bottom of this box I found a small print with the face of a young man looking back at me. I picked up the photo to find several others behind it. It was clear to me that the people in the photos were family. The photos themselves were old, they were beaten, and needed some TLC, but what I saw was a handful of photos that was someone’s life. A few of them were even inspiring. They had a documentary/reportage feel. One of them in particular spoke to me. It was a photo of a sailor in uniform. I felt an urge to take the photos and try to find this man and give him, or his next of kin, these memories back. I asked the gentlemen who had them if he knew anything about the photos or who the people were and he did not. I asked him how much he wanted for them and he told me I could take them.

I’m currently working on retouching these photos but here is what my detective skills have told me about these photos so far:

1: These photos were taken sometime between the mid fifties through the late 60s

2: The family, at least at some point in the above time frame lived in the California Bay Area, possibly San Leandro

3: I believe the Navy ship in the photo to be The USS Preston (DD-795) In March 1964 Preston deployed to the WestPac operational area with the 7th Fleet. Most of her time was spent in the South China Sea with brief visits to Japan. The Preston provided gunfire support to ground troops in Vietnam until January 1966.

Here are the images I found. These are the rough scans that are not retouched:

So! Do you know these people? Have you any information on the Naval ship? Any clues that could help me get these photos back to the rightful owners? Thanks for looking!

Just A Moment

Apologies for the lack of content. Life is, as many of you know, life. So we get busy, but we endure and continue to create. Enjoy!

Welcome to a New Year!

Time flys when you’re having fun! Does anyone do new years resolutions anymore? I’ve never really been into doing them but I decided to do one this year. I want to shoot way more than what I’ve been doing. and I want to put a zine together by the end of this year. Not really a new years resolution, more like a goal. Anyway, here are some photos of my friend Raquel from the last shoot I did in 2015. Shot with my Canon A-1 with a 50 f/1.4 and Kodak Tri-X. Enjoy!


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