Fresno Chaffee Zoo: Frogs & Fairytales

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his is the second year for the Fresno Chaffee Zoo’s Frogs & Fairytales event and the second year that I have shot it. And once again there where lots of boys and girls dressed as princesses and knights with a chance to see cool animals and especially frogs close up. It was a very nice day and lots of activities available for the kids. Looking forward to coming back again next year!

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Professional Portraits for Vivian Kim, MD

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ere are some commercial portraits I did for a doctor starting her new practice in Fresno. She is an ophthalmologist who will have her own website and blog so she needed a number of professional images with different outfit changes. We did them all at her home using my backdrop as well as some environmental backgrounds.

Vivian Kim professional portrait.
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Autumn in Yosemite

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast year I made a fall trip to Yosemite to start a series of photo pages for The Fresno Bee on capturing images through the iPhone Instagram app. This year I came up to do a fall feature on Yosemite again, but this time I decided to bring out the big cameras – My Canon 5D Mark II’s. In fact, it really didn’t start out as a Fresno Bee assignment at all. I even went on my day off and spent all day up there – something I never get to do when I’m on deadline. My buddy – fellow pro photographer Gary Kazanjian – and I have been entertaining the idea of doing a workshop for photo students in Yosemite. So we thought it would be good to go up and scout out locations and build up a library of images that potential students can look at and decide if they want to try to learn some of our techniques.

In the end I did make a few photos for a Bee photo page on fall color, but one of my favorite photos of the day was more of a Yosemite icon moment. We got to a spot on the Merced River and waited just as the sun was dipping below the cliffs when it lit up El Capitan with a golden glow. I had planted my tripod in the very shallow water of the river and Gary had suggested I try an HDR image. I had never done it before and wasn’t keen on what I had seen from others doing it. But I gave it a try anyway. I exposed several images – a few over exposed and a few under exposed at different shutter speeds. I imported those frames into Photoshop and ran it through the HDR process. What came up was way too extreme. It was what I was used to seeing from other photographers. So I tweaked it a little bit – brought back some hard shadows and let some of the highlights go brighter. Then I was pretty happy with what I ended up with and glad I gave HDR a shot.

This iconic Yosemite in Autumn image is one that I am selling as a print or canvas. So if you are interested in purchasing, please contact me through my contact page. Thanks!

Autumn in Yosemite fall scene
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Play.Create.Grow

I recently did a commercial photography shoot for a cool children’s books and activities company in Fresno called Play.Create.Grow. The company is having their website done by my friends at Nettra Marketing.

On one day, we photographed the books and products at the company’s office in Fresno. Then on a second day, we took a bunch of kids to Woodward Park and a residence to show how kids can use the books and products to be active and imaginative in their play. In addition to these photos, I also did a little introductory video that will play in the background of their site. I can’t wait to see the final product

As I said, this looks to be a very cool company with a lot of good ideas. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of Play.Create.Grow in the near future.

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Video website production: Play.Create.Grow

 

I recently began doing some limited video website production for marketing clients in Fresno. This is among the first, which was done through Nettra Digital Marketing for Play.Create.Grow, a children’s books and activities company in Fresno. This will become a background video that will run on the company’s website without sound. Apparently, it’s a popular effect for a lot of company websites. Since I have been doing so much video journalism for The Bee, I’m hoping to use that expertise to expand my business in offering video production.

For this video we spend part of a day in Woodward Park and a home in Fresno photographing kids either reading books or participating in activities or crafts that are based on products from the local children’s book company.

In the end I think we did a pretty good job with this. I’m sure the effect will be quite eye-catching on their site. I can’t wait to see it when it goes live.

Below is the Play.Create.Grow video, which was edited and produced by Nettra Digital Marketing in Fresno.

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