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CSUSM Men’s Basketball V.S. Fresno Pacific

My 2nd internship assignment was to photograph the Cal State Men’s Basketball game as they took on Fresno Pacific at our home court at Mira Costa College.  Yep, we play our home games at Mira Costa. The lighting in the gym isn’t the greatest, but I managed the best that I could. It was another test for me shooting indoors and getting action shots but I’m pretty happy with my progress so far.  The CSUSM Cougars, ended up beating Fresno Pacific in a close game 71-69. Here are some shots I took at the game.

First Internship Assignment: Bill Walton “In the Executive’s Chair”

I recently took a photography internship at Cal State San Marcos to fulfill the last three credits I need to graduate.  My first assignment was to photograph legendary basketball player, Bill Walton, as he gave a speech as part of CSUSM’s “In the Executive’s Chair Series.”  I have always been used to taking photos outdoors, mostly doing landscapes, so some of my assignments will be a challenge.  I look forward to improving my skills in indoor photography.  The Bill Walton assignment was a lot of fun.  Mr. Walton is a very motivational speaker and even though I was just there to take photos, I learned a lot about his philosophy on business and on life in general. It was a great experience.  Here are a few photos from the meeting.

CSUSM Women’s Basketball

Pano Week

These are some Panos that I have taken for Panorama week in class.

Night Photos

Here are some night photos I took in Oceanside.

HDR week

CSUSM Soccer photos

Today in our digital photo sketchbook class we took photos of a soccer game between Cal State San Marcos and San Diego Christian. The Cougars ended up winning the game 4-2.  Here are a few of my favorite photos I took from today.

Triptych week

Here are my three triptychs for this week’s assignment.

Food Week


Here are 5 photos I took for Food Week in my digital photo sketchbook class.

Digital Photo Sketchbook: Food Week

Tonight was my first class meeting in Digital Photo Sketchbook, and our first task was to find a blog that deals with food and write about what we liked about it.  The blog I chose to write about was  On this particular blog, Heidi Swanson shares different recipes that intersect her “life, travels and interests.”  What drew me to this blog was not only the delicious food, but also how beautiful the photos of the food were.  The lighting and shadows in the pictures add a certain mood to the images that showcase the food and ingredients perfectly.  On of my favorite posts on the site is the TLT sandwich recipe.  I’m a huge fan of sandwiches so this post caught my eye.  The close up images of the sandwich are amazing and will make you hungry for sure. Here are a few examples of the photos.

20 pages

Here are 20 pages laid out as 10 spreads for my artist’s books class.

ARTIST BOOK 20 pages

Book Progress








Downtown Night Shots

Some night shots for the documentary project.







Andrew Prokos

A photographer that has inspired me for my architecture documentary subject is Andrew Prokos.  He is a New York based photographer who has had much of his work published in magazines and in some printed product lines.  He specializes in architectural, location, and fine art photography.  He has on of the largest archives of color and black & white photos of New York City.   His ability to capture a city that has been photographed a billion times and still make it interesting is what inspires me the most.  I also love taking panoramas when I shoot, and he has plenty of those. Andrew has went to great lengths to get the picture he wants, even if that means hanging from the Manhattan Bridge at night, shooting in ankle-deep water in the East River, or dodging oncoming traffic at night to capture the perfect long-exposure light trails. Some corporate collections his pictures are included in are Anheuser-Busch, Cisco Systems, and Merrill Lynch & Co.  I hope to photograph San Diego and do justice to it, showing why its named America’s Finest city.  Here is a slideshow of Andrew Prokos and some of his images.

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Here are some recent photos I’ve taken for our documentary project.

Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky

Tonight in class we watched some scenes from the film Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky.  The movie answers the unasked question of where all of our recycled things go.  Burtynsky takes landscape pictures of these places that have been changed by human activity. The video follows him to China where there are these landscapes that entirely full of recycled metal and the people who work at the nearby factories.  Its amazing how much metal he captures in one single area.

We also watched a slideshow with commentary by Burtynsky.  In the slideshow he says that he was inspired to do the work he does now after getting lost.  He was originally in a city in Pennsylvania to do some normal landscape photography, but after going off the trail and getting lost, he came across an area that had been changed by man’s interaction with it.  And since then he has photographed these “manufactured landscapes.”  Its unreal how he can make these somewhat ugly areas look beautiful with the photos he takes. Here is a slideshow of Edward Burtynsky and some of his images.

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Art Wolfe

Photographer Art Wolfe’s work caught my eye because I am interested in wildlife and landscape photography.  Over his career of 30 years, Art Wolfe has photographed landscapes, animals and native cultures on every continent on earth.  He has published over 60 books, including some award winners.  Wolfe spends 9 months a year researching and scouting areas where he will will take his photographs.  He also has won countless awards and medals for his work including the Photographic Society of America’s Progress Medal. He also hosted a show on ESPN in the early 90’s called American Photo’s Safari. He also has a show that debuted in 2007 titled Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge. On his website he has a quote about him from actor Robert Redford, “Art Wolfe’s work tells a story that is overwhelming, breathtaking, and vast.”  Some of the images in his site are simply amazing.  Everything from his photos of animals to his landscape photos are incredible.  Here is a picture of Art Wolfe and a few of my favorite images of his.

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Annie Leibovitz

We watched the second half of the Annie Leibovitz movie in class tonight.  After working for Rolling Stone, Annie moved on and worked for Vanity Fair and Vogue Magazine.   The film described the relationship that Leibovitz had with her close friend Susan Sontag, and many of the people interviewed i the film said they they complimented each other very well.  Susan knew how to describe Annie’s work , she was the more verbal person, while Annie was the more Visual f the two.

It also talked about the deaths of her father and her friend Susan.  It was a very somber part of the film and there were parts where Annie would break into tears.  Photography is a way that Annie escapes from the sadness.  The film included more amazinf images that Annie took.  I have to admit that I wasn’t really aware of who Annie Leibovitz was, but now after watching this film, I can say that she is one the greatest photographers I have ever seen.  I only hope to be as successful and happy with my career as Annie Leibovitz is.

Recent Images

Some recent pictures taken for my photo class



Annie Leibovitz

Tonight in my Photojournalism class we watched Annie Leibovitz: Life Through A Lens.  It was a documentary about famous celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.  You could name any famous person of the last 40 or so years and there is a pretty good chance that Leibovitz has photographed them before.  Just doing a google search for her gives back some amazing results.  I had no idea that some incredibly famous photos and magazine covers were shot by her.  Every one from The Rolling Stones to the Bush Cabinet has been a subject of hers.

She says in the film that she was inspired by a book she read that revealed to her that she could travel the world, something that she had never really realized.  She attended the San Francisco Art Institute and studied to become an Art Teacher.  But she then figured out that to become an art teacher, you first had to become an artist.  Leibovitz reminisces in the movie about her first camera and how her family was a big influence on her becoming a photographer.  She had a big break when she visited Rolling Stone Magazine headquarters with a bag full of photos and met with the art director there.  The rest was history as she went on to capture some of the magazines most famous covers.

It was also incredible to hear and see all celebrities and friends she had worked with, and what they had to say about her.  One of the people interviewed said that of he could describe her in one word that the word would be “daring.”  After watching the video it really makes you want to get out there and make a name for yourself, just like Annie Leibovitz has done.

Agua Hedionda Lagoon

The solo photoshoot I did towards the end of the semester was at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad, CA. The lagoon is a coastal reserve that contains many different endangered species of flora and fauna which help make up its beautiful exterior. The Agua Hedionda Lagoon foundation was founded in 1990 to help conserve, restore and enhance the environmental features of the Lagoon and promote balanced recreational and commercial uses consistent with assured future lagoon vitality. Visiting the Lagoon was a great way to end the semester and reflect on all the experiences and knowledge I obtained.


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Olof Carmel at Ordover Gallery

Olof Carmel is a photographer born in Sweden, raised in the U.S., that has shot some of the most beautiful landscape photography that I have ever seen. His work is currently up at the Ordover Gallery in Solana Beach. I have always been interested in landscapes, especially because drawing landscapes was my concentration in high school. I also love Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, two places that Carmel has photographed wonderfully. He is known for his use of vivid colors in the photographs he takes. In his artist statement, Olof Carmel says that he likes to move around quickly while photographing because it helps heighten is awareness, allowing him to capture better pictures. He says he has the strong desire to capture the beauty of the world and share it with everyone. I was amazed by Carmel’s ability to make amazing compositions in his photos. Not only are the colors interesting, but the way he captures them inside the frame is interesting as well. His photographs can sometimes look like paintings.  I really couldn’t decide which photo of his was my favorite, but I am partial to the photos that he took in Lake Tahoe. It would be cool to learn some tips from Olof Carmel on photography, because the images he takes are ones that I would definitely love to learn to take. Carmel is truly a master of capturing the beauty of our planet and I would suggest to anybody interested in landscapes to check out some of his work.

Rincon Trip

Our final photoshoot as a class was at the Rincon reservation in Valley Center, CA. We learned about the effort the Native Americans are putting in to help restore their native plants into several gardens. These gardens were located right next to a peaceful creek that ran on the side of the hills. They are separated into four sections with one facing the ocean, one the desert, one the mountains, and one the valley. After the students helped plant, Dr. Joely Proudfit, a proud descendant of the Pechanga band of Luiseño, talked about the history of the reservation and the struggles of its restoration.