Monday, April 11, 2011

just pics

I've been taking a lot of pictures lately, but I haven't been updating much... why? Because I wanted to put an awesome, life inspiring and thoughtful message with each picture... and I came up with zip, nada. Just another reminder why I'm not a writer, but someone who takes pictures.

Hope you enjoy my photos from the past 2 weeks.

같이 on Lamar

Gamja tang with Brian and David c.


Went to get a new pair of sandals and ran into Felipe, a reallly old friend from middle school.

There's just something about large panes of glass and light~

draught house pub

David showed me an amazing joint, Draught House Pub, which has an amazing beer selection. I'm learning!

boulevard tank 7 saison

Boulevard Tank No. 7 Saison, a little too complicated for a novice like me, heh. 


Juan, who works at the Supercuts on guadalupe, is the only man that I can trust to cut my hair right.

hey there

Random flower and a school bus


Swim class in UT's natatorium

para aqui

Getting tacos de barbacoa and a torta de buche at El Tacorrido, I'm going to say this right here and to no one else.

F*** restaurant week. There's something fishy about paying 35$ for a meal at a place that normally costs 200-300$... It's like you're paying to see a preview of a movie.

self help

Half-Price books with June

I like UT, I like Austin. Screw what I said earlier.

Monday, March 28, 2011

go with the flow


We can go on "photoshoots" where I try to eek out an expression from you for more than an hour. Where I will try to tell you to move your head and correct your posture, all while hiding my face behind a huge clunky camera and sweating my ass off. "What is he getting at?" A puzzled look appears every other frame.

Or perhaps we could just go for a walk. Breath the air, feel humidity and the wind... and when we come across something special and interesting, the moment will speak for itself.

Each picture brings me back to those moments where all the pressures of daily life seem to disappear into a thin veil of dreaminess and laughter. Where time finally slows down it's pace...

set the exposure.
*breath in*
*exhale slowly...*

Monday, March 21, 2011

Japan nite and future goals

lolita 18

I got back into Austin on Friday, just in time to catch some sxsw action. Kind of disappointed that I didn't get to check out any of the more popular bands, but this was enough of a taste for me.


All proceeds went to victims of the earthquake in Japan.

It really seems that my ambitions have reached a plateau over the past year. It's as if I thought I reached a comfortably high level of photographic proficiency... but it seems every one is catching up, and fast.

Seeing all of these innovative photos and project initiatives from my friends really has me asking the question, "Where do I want to take photography?"

I want to take unique photos, with enough depth and feeling that it will live up to the test of time. Taking pictures of celebrities, or random people I don't know doing the same old smile and pose over and over again doesn't really appeal to me.

As for gear, I think I've reached a consensus.

Life goal:
Leica M9, 50mm f/1.0 or f/0.95 noctilux

Near goal:
Canon 5D or 5D mk2 with 35mm f/1.4 L, 100mm f/2.8 macro.
GF1 with 20mm f/1.7 (I'm happy with it.)

A Leica M9 + 50mm noctilux is definitely out of reach, but it's definitely the combo I have my heart set on in the coming years.

As for now, it's time to consolidate my gear. My Canon 5D is still a fantastic camera, but my glass is sort of a jumbled array of mediocre lenses. I want to end up with the 35mm f/1.4 L and the 100mm f/2.8 Macro lenses in the end. I believe these 2 lenses will give the best range of flexibility to me.

The Canon 50mm f/1.4 can only be used above f/2.8, so why bother? Also the depth of field at f/2 from the Canon 100mm f/2 is almost too shallow for normal use. So why not get a sharper lens capable of macro photography, while still able to use f/2.8.

As for my GF1, I still think it's an amazing camera. I'm going to keep it even though cameras such as the Olympus EPL2 and Fuji x100 are actually in reach. At the same time that I adore these smaller cameras for their unassuming size, I just feel limited when using them in terms of depth of field and low light performance, and these aspects don't improve no matter how much one is willing to pay at the moment. It seems that full frame or larger is where I aspire to be at this moment.

Selling these lenses: Canon 28mm f/2.8, Canon 50mm f/1.4, Canon 100mm f/2, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L.
Selling Leica M6 TTL, with 35mm f/2 Summicron.

I need to get better at portraits, and not the type that we see all the time on wedding websites and senior portrait sites. I want to take pictures with the energy and depth of the likes of Richard Avedon. This will probably move me to experiment more with artificial light, and light modifiers. As well as a lot of research in poses and movements for the model.

I also want to take my street photography somewhere, and that means I need to go out into the streets more. This is kind of difficult seeing as I get out of class close to rush hour and Sunset. Again this will require me to do research into what makes a strong, emotional and distinct street photograph versus just a normal snapshot.

You can visit me in the art library =).