Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vacation Photos: Alaska

I know it has taken me some time to get all the photos edited and uploaded. I hope you like the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Luis

Find the collection on Flickr HERE!

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Lens!

I can now say that I have another lens in my arsenal, and it will probably become my primary weapon. I was looking for something that would "fit" in between my 18-55 kit lens and 70-200mm L glass. I love both lenses but having to switch back and forth between them is a bit of a pain. I have 2 bodies, but the added weight makes a huge difference when traveling.

I can't take all of the credit for the research, as my wife was the one that first found the lens on a travel discussion board. She loves planning vacations and knows that I may need some new toys to go along with them.  After researching the different options, I was set on the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3.

The price was right, especially with the $150 rebate, and the range is fantastic. I ready many reviews online that helped me make my decision. There was a lot of positive feedback, but of course, not all was positive. The only real complaint that I found was possibly the sharpness when zoomed out to 270mm, but most large lenses seem to have that issue. 

I know that my last post was about having less equipment, and technically I am buying more equipment, but this will actually help eliminate some equipment in the long run. I may not need to carry 2 separate lenses, and could possibly get away with just one.

I know I didn't get very technical about the specs on the lens, but they can be found here.

I just got picked this up yesterday and haven't really taken it out, but that will change soon. I will post photos on Flickr and possibly here.


Til next time!
 

Luis,

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

How Much Gear Do We Really Need?

I have recently been only taking my main camera body with the standard kit lens (18-55mm) when going out to shoot and I have been enjoying the process much more. I recently read a blog post by a photographer that is pairing down the gear he carries. I couldn't believe all the cameras, lenses and gadgets that he listed! Even when it was cut back to the "essentials" it was still massive.
 
I do a lot of traveling and carrying around a huge backpack is getting less appealing. I found that all I really need is a few cards and an extra battery. I was thinking about it recently and all the gadgets really just get in the way. These add-ons are not only pricey but I then gotta learn how to use it. I don't want to spend the time to learn to use something I may not even want to keep. Hell, I have never taken any formal photography classes. I am an artist and the only way I learn is to do it.

How was it done before all the news "necessary gadgets"?

I just think that all these things turn into distractions and keep me away from really enjoying shooting. I have found that this makes it feel more like a job and I don't ever want to get to that point.

Well, I hope this post makes sense. I guess my point here is that you don't always need the latest and greatest gear. By trying to keep up with it all can drive one insane and only slow us down.


Luis

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Displaying My Photography at First Fridays!

I am ecstatic to say that I am showing my photography this Friday night in Bixby Knolls for "First Fridays" at the Everyday Zen Relaxation Studio! The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. and will include free tarot readings, free chair massages and more. The studio has set up an "Event" on their Facebook page with more information about the event and their other free offerings here.


First Fridays also includes other artists and musicians in the business along Atlantic Ave. For more information and map about the event, stop by the official site here.


My photography will be up for display and purchase. I will be there with my lovely wife and trying some of the studio's organic teas. I hope you can join us!


Luis

Everyday Zen Relaxation Studio
3740 Atlantic Avenue, Studio #201
Long Beach, CA 90807


Facebook Event Page: First Fridays
First Fridays Official Page





Sunday, February 13, 2011

News and Updates!

It feels like time is flying by and many different things are going on but we gotta start somewhere.

January was pretty dead as far as photography but I spent most of it taking care of seeds I started a few days after Christmas. I am still looking for an actual day job and my un-employment benefits ran out at the beginning of December. I know the economy is getting better but work is still scarce. 

Now that the more depressing news has been given, it is all uphill from here. Our Valencia orange tree is putting out many many more oranges than two people can eat. I have sent out tweets to let people know about the free oranges but I have not really had any takers. We have given some to our parents and gave some out last night to a few artists/friends at the Art Walk.

The Artwalk was a good time and I was kind of missing it. We skipped the December one because of our trip to Walt Disney World and there is not one in January. There were many new artists at this event and it was great to see the new things that are going on out there. 

Speaking of new things, I have been invited to participate in the "First Fridays" in Bixby Knolls for March. I am extremely excited to share my photography with new people and this is a wonderful opportunity to get my name out there. I will be at the  Everyday Zen Relaxation Studio on 3740 Atlantic Avenue. It is at the south end of the event. The studio is on the second floor but there are stairs and an elevator to get to it. 

There are only so many things that one can do to stay busy while being at home. I have picked up a new hobby and thoroughly enjoying it. I am fully immersed in gardening and loving it. It has grown  on my so much that I created a specific blog for it. I share my gardening experiences, recipes and going green.

That is the major news for now and hope to update more often than I have been.

Luis


Helpful Links:

1. 2nd Saturday Artwalk in Downtown Long Beach
2. First Fridays in Bixby Knolls
4. My Gardening Blog: It All Started With Tomatoes

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Camera Bag! Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW

It was time for a new and bigger camera bag. The current one I was using had been around for a while and was not able to fit my toys. Although, the bag itself I see as a new toy.

The bag I was using was the LowePro SlingShot 200 AW and we both needed an upgrade. The  main reason for the upgrade was that the zipper was coming apart. Both cameras with lenses were pressing outwards on the zipper and caused it to basically, come off. 

I was not sure as to what specific bag I wanted, but I did know that I wanted a LowePro and a sling-type bag. After some online research I found the new version of my current bag but needed a bigger bag and the Slingshot 202AW would not cut it. 

After reading reviews online, the Slingshot 302AW was ordered and I could not be happier. I had read that this is a BIG bag and it sure is. It feels like almost twice the size but does not weigh that much more. I was still putting in all the same equipment as in the other and the extra weight would not make too much of a difference. 

There are so many upgrades on this new version and I cannot wait to get out to shoot. New tripod straps, new pockets, and upgraded straps are just the beginning. Of course, the pockets are bigger because it is a bigger bag but there are new pockets that fit more things. 

I may update with a new post but I think this should be it. 

Luis

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Walt Disney World Photos!

Hello readers,

My wife and I were fortunate to make it to Disney World for about 10 days.  Of course, my camera came along and captured many moments. I have the days separated out on Flickr and grouped together into a collection.

These were all taken with my new camera and I loved almost every shot. There was not much editing and most photos were untouched.

You can see them all HERE!

As always, I like to hear your thoughts, questions and comments in general. Do not let me down!

Luis
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