We headed up to Big Bear this past weekend for a much anticipated friendcation. Thirteen people under one roof... in 3 bedrooms... for 2 nights. And it was everything I thought it was going to be. As much as I would have loved to, I made it a point to NOT take my camera with me so I could enjoy my time socializing. However, I did manage to sneak a few quick snapshots with my iPhone :). This last picture was courtesy of my good buddy, Raymond.
I had the wonderful opportunity to spend 4 days in Yosemite last week with some awesome people... And boy do I wanna go back. I had never been there and definitely didn't know what to expect. It was also my first time camping so getting my things together was a bit overwhelming. As a result, I decided to pack light. Yup, that meant my camera gear to. I didn't want to sacrifice time with the family by stopping to take pictures every second of the day (even though I would have loved that to). So all I had in my hand was my D300 and a 35mm and this is what I got along the way.
I took advantage of some much needed time off from work this past week and headed up north on a road trip to Seattle, Washington with my wife. This excursion was nothing short of amazing. We spent a total of 5 nights in Seattle and during this time we got to see and do a variety of things including the EMP Museum, Pacific Science Center, Space Needle, Argosy Harbor Cruise, Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, The Museum of Flight, and The Underground tour. I would definitely say that we saw A LOT in Seattle, but various parts of the drive up and back home were incredible as well. In fact, some of my favorite sights from the trip were on the road. There were some astonishing views as we drove from Eugene, Oregon to the Coast (hwy 101) and they continued well into our drive south through the beautiful redwoods of Northern California. I didn't spend much time taking all the pictures I wanted to take since it can be difficult trying to balance out travel and photography (especially when you're not traveling alone), but here are some quick snapshots that I was able to get. Some with my DSLR and some with my trusty iPhone. :)
Over the past several months I've developed a new love for the look of film. It has something that I just don't see much in digital photos. It has character. I would love to bring that energy to my photos, but the bad thing for me is that I know nothing about shooting film. My first camera was a Nikon D50 and I hadn't given film even a brief chance...until now. Recently, I've tried to simulate different film looks in post, but of course there is only one way to get it right on. I need to go back to the basics. I need to learn to shoot film.
Last week I decided to bite the bullet and buy a film camera. With the helpful advice of our awesome wedding photographer Roger Ellsworth, of EPLOVE PHOTO, I purchased a Canon AE-1 Program with a 50mm 1.8. I don't know too much about this camera yet, but I do know that it came out in the early 80's as an entry level camera and they made a ton of them which made it super easy for me to find one. The first time I held it in my hands was pretty magical. I mean, I've held a film camera in the past, but I've developed a whole new appreciation for photography in the last 6 years so this was way better. Having to manually focus, and manually advance the film after each frame gives me a whole new level of control over my camera. Even the shutter sounds amazing. The only thing now is being able to use it. I don't expect too much out of my first few rolls of film... but in due time, I hope I can get out of it was I was looking for. I can't wait.
I shot my first and only engagement session in early 2012 and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I knew I wanted to do it again, but just didn't know when. Well, it's been long enough and I am eager to shoot one now.
I am currently looking for engaged couples who would like a free (1 hour) photo session with me. That's right, I did say free, but there is a slight catch... Nothing too bad. I am offering these free sessions as a learning experience for myself. As a 'photographer' it is pretty safe and easy to pick the most beautiful location with the most amazing light and set up a shoot from there. But I want to get better. And in order to take more amazing photos in amazing situations, I feel that I need to learn how to shoot in any given situation. Thats where you come in. All I ask of you is that you choose the location. I want to be able to take good pictures in the places that are important to you, not just the places I love. I'm open to just about anything, within reason.. as long as its legal... and somewhat cool, lol.
If you're interested in setting something up feel free to do the following:
1. Click the FACEBOOK icon at the top of this blog 2. 'Like' the Robert Arroyo Photo page 3. Send me a message (through the Facebook page) telling me a little bit about you (the couple) where (in Orange County) you might like to shoot , and when you would be available to shoot. Ideally, I would like to set up shoots during the month of February.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you guys.
*** SORRY GUYS THE FREE ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS ARE ALL BOOKED. THANKS FOR LOOKING
When I found out my friend Katy Carranza was putting together a fundraiser for Corazon De Vida, a Non-Profit organization that helps orphaned and abandoned children in Baja California, I knew it would be nice to get involved. And since I have somewhat of a passion for photography, I knew I would do just that...take some pictures. The evening featured artwork by talented local artist Anji Craun as well as a silent auction to help raise money for Corazon De Vida.
It was great visiting family in the Dallas area for Thanksgiving this year. The weather was a little colder than I'm used to in Orange County, but the change of scenery was very nice. I didn't get much of a chance to go out and shoot, which is understandable since we flew out there to be with family, not to take pictures, but that didn't stop me from snapping a photo or 2 whenever I got a chance. Although I took my bulky DSLR with me, I rarely used it. With cell phone cameras being so handy and of a decent quality, I didn't feel like I was missing out on much when I didn't have my good ol' Nikon around my neck. All the following pictures were taken with my iPhone 4.
The Anaheim Bolts opened up their season with a convincing 13-5 victory over the Sacramento Surge. Diego Barrera scored the first goal of the night to give the Bolts a 1-0 lead and it didn't stop there. Barrera, along with Anaheim veteran Adriano De Lima would go on to score 3 goals a piece en route to a 1-0 start in their 2nd season in the Professional Arena Soccer League.