Riverside’s 2015 Day of the Dead festival

Riverside-DDLMEvery year I look forward to Riverside’s El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival.

Though it is in its twelfth year and I’ve attended each and every one of them, I still look forward to it because of its uniqueness.

Folklorico dancers in pretty pink dresses perform for the crowds at the Aztec stage. This ground level stage is always packed during performances and very difficult to shoot. I used a monopod to raise my camera above the crowds in front of me. I used a remote cable release and guessed about the framing which is why this is often called a "Hail Mary" by news photographers
Folklorico dancers in pretty pink dresses perform for the crowds at the Aztec stage. This ground level stage is always packed during performances and very difficult to shoot. I used a monopod to raise my camera above the crowds in front of me. I used a remote cable release and guessed about the framing which is why this is often called a “Hail Mary” by news photographers

Unlike the other festivals, this is probably the only one where folks attending expect to be photographed because they come all decked up in costume and makeup.

So if you like taking pictures of people, this is one not to miss. Continue reading Riverside’s 2015 Day of the Dead festival

Learn to use your speed light to improve your portraits

Miracle at Graber House 2015
Miracle Guillory, my model was lit by 2 Speedlites inside my small Octodome softbox and also another on fitted with a grid on the left of her. The small Octodome was on the right just out of camera frame.

It’s been a while since I led a small flash lighting workshop,  so I’ve scheduled one for Sat Oct 31,2015.

We’ll be using the auditorium on the 2nd floor at the city of Riverside’s Main library.

I’m planning to have 4 models, possibly more, but that would depend on the number of students that actually pay and show up.

If you live in Southern California and are interested in taking better portraits, there’s no better investment than taking a workshop to learn to light. Continue reading Learn to use your speed light to improve your portraits

Fairmount Park, Riverside’s jewel of a park

Fairmount Park is a frequent haunt of mine because of the innumerable possibilities as a backdrop for portraits. Lots of shade any time of the day makes it ideal for my purposes.
Fairmount Park is a frequent haunt of mine because of the innumerable possibilities as a backdrop for portraits. Lots of shade any time of the day makes it ideal for my purposes.

If you’re a reader of this blog, you might realize I seldom photograph landscapes or scenics.

I thought long and hard about why.

I suspect it has to do with my need to come up with something different even if it’s a very common subject that’s been photographed countless times.

Think of Machu Picchu, the Great Pyramids, the Taj Mahal,  Zion, Yosemite, Borobudur, Angkor Wat  and all the other Wonders of the World.

They are amongst the most photographed manmade structures on Earth.

They’ve been photographed from every conceivable angle, time of the day and season of the year. Continue reading Fairmount Park, Riverside’s jewel of a park

Outdoor lighting setup suitable for the backyard.

I almost missed Miracle this year. I had already packed up and she had dressed to leave so I was fortunate to see her.
I almost missed Miracle this year. I had already packed up and she had dressed to leave so I was fortunate to see her. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Recently I participated in the 5th annual Graber Olive House group photoshoot.

Last year I participated in this invitation-only event for the first time when I only had 3 hours to spare.

This time around I was there from around 10:30am to 5:30pm.

I photographed 6 models. Continue reading Outdoor lighting setup suitable for the backyard.

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