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Festa Italiana–Riverside California

Downtown Riverside’s White Park looked immaculate last Sunday. Clean white tents pitched on well-manicured green grass made it so inviting.

By the time I could make out the lively tunes of the famous Italian American singers like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, I could also smell the Risotto, Lasagna, pizza and corn on the cob.

The entry fee of $7 per adult, was very reasonable. Parking was free since we parked on the street.

Banners and flags of green, red and white, the colors of the Italian flag, decorated the length of the walkway from the gate through the fountain and past the gazebo. Continue reading Festa Italiana–Riverside California

On location portrait lighting–basic strategies

Photographing city of Grand Terrace council members

Back in May of this year, I photographed the council members of the city of Grand Terrace.

The council chambers for this little city of 12,000 people in San Bernardino county is surprisingly spacious. Setting up in the foyer was a breeze.

Hardest part was navigating the usual double doors in the building with all my equipment loaded on my trolley.

The walls of the foyer was a yellow color or maybe cream.

In any case my first order of business after dragging out my 3 white lightning studio strobes was color temperature.
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UC Irvine Medal of Honor fundraiser

A daredevil high-flying acrobat dangles precariously by a long piece of fabric as she swings high over the audience during UCI’s Medal of Honor celebration October 2007.

This post was originally published late last year but I’m republishing it because my earlier blog crashed.

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with good friend fellow photographer Carlos Puma last October.

It was like old times when we both worked at the Press-Enterprise newspaper, yet it was more satisfying in so many other ways.

After setting up the lights in the designated “photography tent,” I left Carlos to work his charm on the various dignitaries and important guests. Continue reading UC Irvine Medal of Honor fundraiser