Tributefest – 40oz To Freedom

Tributefest 2010 took place May 1, 2010 in Santa Clarita, CA at Central Park. Here are my photos of the bands starting with 40oz to Freedom the Sublime Tribute band.

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The entire set for 40oz to Freedom can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastminuteracer/sets/72157623986984240/

LA Kings vs Predators 3/14/2010

Check out some photos from the Kings game!

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Here is the entire set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastminuteracer/sets/72157623509429659/

Los Angeles Kings Practice 3/5/2010

Recently I went to the LA Kings practice on 3/5/2010. The practices take place at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. All practices are open to the public. I’ve never been to a Kings practice so it was interesting to see how it goes. Usually they end up running a lot of the drills and practice certain plays on the lines. Of course I took my camera and took a bunch of photos. Here are my favorites:

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Wayne Simmonds

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Michael Handzus

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Anze Kopitar

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Drew Doughty

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Alexandar Frolov

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Jonathan Quick taking a shot on goal

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Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick

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Ryan Smyth

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Brad Richardson , Jarret Stoll, and Anze Kopitar

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Ersberg and Quick

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Brown and Kopitar

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Jonathan Quick

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Here is the entire set on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastminuteracer/sets/72157623443037913/

Check out this video I took also of one of the drills:

Seattle – March 2009

This is my last blog post for 2009. What a great year for travels. I’m finally getting to all my back logged photos from the trips I’ve been on this year. In March of 2009 I went to Seattle. These photos are mainly from the west side in Alki Beach. It’s amazing to shoot downtown Seattle from across the bay:

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Here is the set of the photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastminuteracer/sets/72157622984622021/

I want to wish all my friends, family, blog readers and fellow photographers a Happy New Year! Happy 2010!

Photos From San Francisco

Went to San Francisco during Thanksgiving this year. Had a chance to take some photos up there, here are a couple that I took:

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Here is a link to the entire set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastminuteracer/sets/72157622963219319/

Bridgeport Photohoot with Denise

Well it’s been almost 2 months since my last blog post. I haven’t had a chance to really had a chance to post. Hopefully I can find some time over the next few weeks to get the backlog of photos I’ve taken over the last couple of months.

On Saturday 12/19 I got a chance to take these photos in the lovely Bridgeport area of Santa Clarita.

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Festival of the Arts 2009

The weekend of October 3rd-4th, 2009 was the Santa Clarita Festival of the Arts. This annual event showcases various art. In previous years the event was called the Street Art Festival. This event takes place ever year in Old Town Newhall located in Santa Clarita, CA. Last year I was lucky enough to capture this photo which has won two awards so far:
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This year the event was well attended and I think the weather had a lot to do with it. Also the new streetscaping in Old Town Newhall definitely added to the look of the event. This event is always fun as it is amazing to watch the street artists reproduce a piece of art on using chalk on the street. I also shot a time lapse of this event. Eventually I will be able to edit my own time lapse version but in the mean time here is one that Suma created:

Here are my favorite photos from the event:

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Here is the set from this event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastminuteracer/sets/72157622572817044/

My First Trip to Photoshop World

This year I had a chance to go to Photoshop World for the first time. The 2009 Photoshop World Conference was held from 10/1/2009 to 10/3/2009 in Las Vegas. This is my review of PSW and some photos that I took while I was there.

I flew out of Burbank on Wed night at about 7:30 PM. I always have a habit of taking a photo out the airplane window:

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After a quick 1 hour and 5 minute flight I landed in Las Vegas at 8:30PM. You can see Mandalay Bay in the background, where the conference was held:
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The conference started on Thursday and I was only able to go for Thursday and Friday since I had to be back to shoot another event on Saturday and Sunday. This was my first conference and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. A couple of days prior I used the Photoshop World planner to pick the classes I wanted to go to. So I had some idea of what I wanted to attend.

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First stop of the day was the keynote:
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I saw some interesting things here in the keynote like the hinges in Photoshop that let you pivot an item. The Scott Kelby and Joe Mcnally video was hilarious. It was also amazing to see the winners of the Photoshop Guru awards.

After the keynote was the first session. I planned on mainly doing the Lightroom track since that is where I spend almost all my work flow in these days. Surprisingly, I have never taken a Lightroom class, so I started with Lightroom Basic Training with Matt Kloskowski. This was a good class that did exactly what it was titled, taught the basics of Lightroom. Many of these things I already knew however I did learn some things. It seems that everyone converts their RAW files to DNG’s I had no idea why anyone would do this. I learned than when you do this Lightroom burns the changes onto the DNG file if you keep the RAW file then there are two separate files. That was good to know, which means I find myself importing and converting everything to DNG now.

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The second session i attended was Portrait Retouching Techniques – Part 1 by Scott Kelby. This class showed how to do portrait retouching in Photoshop. Much of it was pretty basic but I wanted to attend a class that Kelby was teaching. I was amazed at the speed in which he could retouch a photo, guess that’s what happens when you have so much experience with it.

After this there was a break in the sessions so I went to check out the expo. Mpix posted on Twitter first person to take a photo of their booth wins a $25 credit. Well I can’t believe that I was actually the first one to get a photo and I actually won a Twitter contest.

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I enjoyed the expo, there where many vendors showcasing their products. Also throughout the expo demonstrations on lighting were given. There were also many small sessions going on. I got to see the making of the Kelby and Mcnally video which was an interesting session.

My favorite booth was the mimrobot booth, even purchased one to bring back as a gift for a certain Star Wars fan..
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The next session I attended was Organizing Strategies Using Photoshop Lightroom with Andrew Rodney. This was probably my least favorite class, it pretty much was the same thing I learned in basic Lightroom. However I did learn about the advantages and disadvantages of multiple Lightroom Catalogs. Looks like I will be sticking to one large Lightroom catalog, something I did not do previously.

Now it was off to the Photoshop World After-Hours Party at the House of Blues. Here are my photos from that, all shot with my iPhone or Canon SD780

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Day 2
The great thing about this conference was that it was in Las Vegas so there was plenty to do. This was also a bad thing.. which meant I was out till 4am the previous night. I missed the first session of the day and wanted to attend Lightroom for Wedding Photographers. Guess I will have to check out the workbook for that class.

The first session I went to for that day was the Top 10 Things You know in Photoshop by Rafael Concepcion. This was a good class learned a couple of new things like holding alt on a PC in Photoshop will turn any Cancel button into a Reset. There was also a PC and MAC debate when a portion of the demo didn’t work. Concepcion was a pretty funny instructor and kept me laughing through the class.

The next session I attended was Concert Photography From Capture to Client by Alan Hess. This class was awesome, Alan talked about everything you need to shoot a concert. It went from securing credentials, equipment needed, work flow etc. This class was very useful since I shot a lot of concerts this summer. This was also the first class that Alan Hess had ever taught at Photoshop World and he did a great job. I loved his photo of Death Cab for Cutie from above the stage. When I left the session I thought, this is my favorite session so far. Until I went to my next session.

The next session was Tips for the Working Photographer by Joe McNally. This session was amazing, I had no idea what to expect. Joe talked about his career as a photographer, the ups the downs. Just hearing him talk about his photography career was well worth going to this conference. I was blown away by the images he showed and the care he took in each of them. One my favorite quotes from Joe Mcnally was this, “You never know where the next frame might be that’s the life of a photographer.” That statement was so true and meaningful. Joe also talked about risk, don’t be afraid to take risks as a photographer was his main statement. I was truly inspired by this session. Here is one of the photos that he showed of him dangling from a helicopter:

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My second favorite session of the conference was Light, Gesture, and Color with Jay Maisel. This class was also very moving and touching. Maisel showed many different photos that he had taken. He also talked about moving around the subject how much a photo can change because of the lighting.

My final session of Photoshop World was One Light for Real People with Jack Reznicki. Jack showed off a bunch of different lighting setups using just one light and a softbox. I didn’t get to stay for the entire session because I had to catch my flight back home. I did learn a couple of interesting light setups, like how to create a white background by placing the subject against the softbox. I also learned to angle the background which was an interesting technique. Apparently I should also check out the EOS utility for importing photos directly into the computer.

Overall Photoshop World was a wonderful experience for my first time. I wish I could have stayed another day out there to go to the Saturday sessions and the panels. I also missed Midnight Madness and didn’t have any time to go on any of the Photowalks. I can’t wait to go again next year. I also finally joined NAPP.

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All Corked Up Wine Festival

October 3, 2009 was the All Corked Up Wine Festival. The festival was held in the College of the Canyons parking lot in Santa Clarita. There were many wine vendors as well as food places from around Santa Clarita. Here are some photos of that event:

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Here is the set of photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastminuteracer/sets/72157622414491167/

Volcom Stone’s Wild in the Parks

On September 19th Volcom hosted its Wild in the Parks event at the Santa Clarita Skate Park. The Volcom Stone’s Wild in the Parks event is taking place at different skate parks all over the nation. The Santa Clarita Skatepark was the only stop in California for this event. Many different skaters participated ranging from all levels up to the pro-am. Here are my photos from the event:

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Here is the set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastminuteracer/sets/72157622433644604/