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Always

10/10 I would take pictures in SF all the time if I could. It would definitely help if I lived there. There is a certain magic that lurks in The City air but is in no way used to keep people out. The magic that is emitted by The City is like that of Disneyland but maybe like one category down. What I love about taking pictures in SF is that I can take out the true whites and true blacks and not be mad about any type of non clarity. When thinking of magic, I think of a soft and bright type of setting which is what I went with in this picture. The subject provides the perfect contrast to the bright buildings as it ventures into the magical city.

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Going on a Trip

We’re going on a trip, in my favorite rocketship, zooming through the sky – Little Einsteins!! 

I can’t help but sing this song in my head as a yellow vehicle passes by. This picture was taken one busy SJSU morning and the vehicle happened to pass by. One of my photo assignments required me to take a picture of a moving object using a technique known as panning. Panning is when the camera is following a subject as it moves and capturing it at a shutter fast enough to make it seem like the background is moving rather than the subject. This was the result of that technique on the rocketship passing by.

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Cup of Sunshine

This was a picture I worked on for quite a bit of time. More time than usual to be more precise. The cups at Philz were different for a limited time and it seems like the world was going bonkers over these new cups. I decided to put them against a lighter background to bring out the colors some more. Again I used more rule of thirds by lining up the board and the cup along the first vertical line. Also the cup is framed by the bars or rails or whatever they’re called. I used a brush to brighten up only the board and the cup as to make it seem like they glow a special kind of way because Philz is a special kind of brew.

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Loyalty

This is my fraternity brother Josh and his Gen 9 Honda Civic. The Gen 9’s have a nice sleek shape and look good especially as an SI version. My brother Josh belongs to the Loyalty fam and like one of the ideas of the fam, we worked on the car together. Well at least for one day to install new coils. Now the car sits pretty and low with barely any wall space for the tire so it rubs a lot.

ΑΚΩ

This brotherhood has given me so much ever since I decided to join. Strength, Loyalty, Pride, Wisdom, and Courage all wrapped up into one family. This picture was taken at our annual Brosgiving at Harrys Hofbrau. Nothing better than a bunch of brothers bonding over attractive manly food. My use of the rule of thirds is evident. I also added a bit of grain to the picture to give it a sort of old school feel. When it comes to pictures of text, people are drawn to it no matter what because it is something to read.

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Home Base Kitty

As I said in a previous post, this cat has basically been adopted by our family. In this picture, it’s body fits perfectly in the little diamond square as if it were the umpire at home base. I really admire this shot because the framing works great with my shoes acting as leading lines somewhat to frame the cat inside and all the other leading lines leading to multiple points. The cat is just framed perfectly into the middle. The rule of thirds bring focus to my shoes but then my shoes just lead to the bigger and more noticeable subject in the middle.

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Wear and Tear in Nike Air

There is no denying that Nike has become one of the biggest names in the world. With some of the world’s most known athletes under contract – LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Michael Jordan – there is no doubt this name is already down in the history books. This picture really focuses in on the Nike Air logo. The Air technology is on the side of shoe under the heel. Almost everyone knows this however just from reading the brand name on the back of a shoe. The dirt gives the logo on the shoe some character. Yes. This shoe was definitely worn. Why? I mean who doesn’t want to wear their pair of Nikes on everyday?

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Yellow Bull

I had not had a single drop of energy drink exiting high school. I believed that drinking energy drinks was bad for my liver and my entire wellbeing. During my very first round of finals, I found myself lacking energy and wanted something to turn it up a notch. At the time, the Warriors came off their best run in the playoffs since 2007 after upsetting the 3rd ranked Denver Nuggets as the number 6 seed and then losing to San Antonio in the next round. I saw a Harrison Barnes commercial and he was sponsoring Red Bulls and thought to myself, “If Harrison Barnes can endorse Red Bull, I can drink Red Bull.” And the beginning of Red Bulls was born in my life. This picture tried to capture the beauty of the first kind of Red Bull I had ever had in my life. I like the contrasting dividing line across the picture diagonally. The light reflecting off the top of the can is perfect. Making Red Bull perfect. Perfect.

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Cat Nap

This cat has been coming around my house often for the past couple of years. Safe to say that my family has practically but not officially adopted the feline. This shot was created revolving around the reflection of its face while it naps. I thought it would be really cool to flip it over because sometimes with reflections, it is hard to tell which is right side up! It is super noticeable in this picture but I love  the reflection because of how much of the cat’s face is captured.

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White RS-7

I have had the privilege of growing up around cars and the process of customization. From a 240sx to a Nissan GTR R35, I have been blessed to see the transformation of rust bucket to chick magnet. For this book I chose to photograph my pledge brother’s 2012 TRD edition Scion TC RS-7. Now rocking twin exhaust pipes and brand new headlights with the wheels sitting nicely – the car is looking meaner than ever. The close-ups really bring out the details of the car that people will gloss over but are important to the car’s aesthetics. From the tires’ walls to the custom diffuser, they all play a piece in the car’s looks as well as functionality.

My pledge brother has been working on this car ever since my first year of college and to see where it’s at now is gratifying. I wanted to capture how fierce and elegant the car looks with a little Bay Area flavour but also this car is a symbol of pride for my pledge brother which is also something I wanted to capture in my pictures.

“Pride to me means doing something the best you can do that you can show it off and want people to know it’s your work or that you did it. When it comes to my car, no money and no labor was spared. It’s like a painter and his paintings, every painter wants their work to hang in museums and they want to be proud and show it off, I just want to show off my car when I drive around or it’s parked. Not because it impresses other people but because it impresses me because it reminds me that I can do incredible things and I have a talent to be proud of.” – #136

Campus Puppy

This puppy (that isn’t even a puppy because it’s just a super-old small dog) has been seen almost every single day strolling the SJSU campus. This puppy, whose name I never got the chance to get, may be seen following its owner (whose name I also was not able to get) using it’s cute little steps. I had the chance to take this in the San Antonio plaza as the puppy strolled a little ways from its owner. It paused and I took the chance to get in front of it and snap a couple of shots. This shot is special because I seemed to catch it smile a little bit. My use of the rule of thirds is very evident by placing the pup at the intersection near the bottom right section. The picture originally did not use any true black but my photography teacher saw the photo as a little “muddy” so the true blacks came back by flattening the tone curve and this was the result of that. The face comes out clearer and the whiteness really brings out the pup’s face as it smiles for the camera.