Portraits

Just unpacked my Strobist Dual Lumopro 160 kit yesterday and had some time to take it out for a test spin tonight. With a little bit of finessing, this kit will be able to achieve some amazing results. While racing against the changing light of a sunset, the manual flashes are a bit tricky as ISO’s change for background exposure, but I can’t even imaging how brilliant this setup will be for constant daylight settings. I’m very happy I went with this kit instead of just one Canon Speedlight 580 EX ii.

Behind the ScenesPersonal

I’m happy to say that I’m currently preparing six pieces to show on July 3rd at S.A.M. The pieces are from my recent travels to Maui in addition to personal work I’ve done around downtown Long Beach. I’ve completed post-processing and now going through soft-proofing to ensure I get the best print quality I can. Collages.net is my professional color lab. S.A.M. (Summer and Music) covers several different event series within Long Beach, but I will be participating in “Sundays in the Park with SAM”. The event takes place in Promenade Square Park, on the corner of Promenade and 1st St. in downtown Long Beach. There will be live music from 3:30-6:45pm, including Fielding, Jenny Long & Ben White. Please come say hi and show your support, I would greatly apprecite it!.

Personal

Just some fun shots from around my city. It’s almost like fulfilling mental notes…when you don’t have your camera you make a note to come back next time with it. We had some amazing skies that night too…

Travel

After several days of heavy walking, and not too much time before catching the bullet train back to Paris, a light day was in order. Headed over to Westminster Abby, where President Obama was visit just the day before, to see many public displays of affection for our country’s leader. The skies were absolutely stunning that day, and views of/from Westminster Abby and the Victoria Tower speak for themselves. Back on the train to Paris to close out the trip, but not without one final shot of Gare du Nord (so cliche). Whew…time for a nap.

Travel

Another full day of exploration lead to visiting the Kensington Palace and Gardens in Hyde Park. We also headed towards South Kensington to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum. Afterwards, took a walk back through Hyde park to see the Diana Memorial Fountain, The Serpentine, Speakers Corner, and the Marble Arch.

Travel

The first day in London. We arrived by bullet train in the morning from Lille, France. Wasting no time, we headed out for the changing of the guards, which is quite the production. Continuing on down the Thames to The City to explore the financial & new architectural area of London.

Travel

Between Belgium and London, we came back into France for a few days. Lille was a refreshing change from the Flemish area of Belgium. We happened to be in town the night that Lille won the national soccer title, and the city came alive with celebration. The next day we relaxed and visited the monuments of downtown. The most remarkable was a cathedral, Notre Dame de la Treille, an amazingly beautiful juxtaposition of old and new.

Travel

A night in Brugge, but not exactly like the movie. Brugge is a quaint, quintessential European city. The canals that run through the city are beautiful, except when mobs of tourists are motoring through them on little mobby tourist boats. Despite the beautiful surroundings, I found the people quite rude. I’m not sure if it was only towards the French, but regardless it was a little unsettling. The food and beer definitely made up for the lack in personality. De Halve Maan brewery, the only brewery in Brugge, served up some mean triples and quads, and the rib-sticking food was tasty and anything but light.