Spaghetti with Pesto on San Pellegrino

Saturday, 22 Mar 2008 | Food, Internet, Photography

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My Al Dente Spaghetti with Pesto photograph is currently featured on the San Pellegrino website. It is one of several photographs in their Pesto Manifesto article. It's such an honor to have one of my photographs on their site because I'm a real fan of their sparkling water and other products. San Pellegrino is the perfect compliment to a delicious Italian meal.san

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Capture My Desert Book

Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | Photography

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I received my Capture My Desert book in the mail. It's a very cool compilation of photos created by the Desert Sun. It was created by choosing from 4,420 photographs submitted by 262 photographers. 177,930 votes were cast to select the winners.

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My Cascading Leaves photograph won the Editor's Choice award for the Landscapes & Nature category. I feel very honored because this award was chosen by selecting the photos which received the most votes and then the editors of the Desert Sun picked the one they liked best out of the group. And as if that wasn't enough, I received a cool $100 Target gift card! :)

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Venice Beach Flickr Meet

Sunday, 16 Mar 2008 |

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Last Saturday, I attended a very fun Flickr Meet at Venice Beach. I was excited about going to Venice Beach because I have never taken pictures there and was eager to see what I could find. There was a great turnout. Most of the people I didn't know, so it was great to meet new Flickrites who enjoy photography like I do. I carpooled with Liana, a neat gal from Garden Grove and it was nice to have company for part of my drive. I ended up with a very nice set of photographs from the event.

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I had seen some paper mache Mexican Skulls on Flickr and I was determined to find some to photograph. Once we located them, almost everyone in the group took a picture of these fascinating skulls. Each one is hand made and painted and no two are alike.

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Venice Beach is famous for its grafitti, but it also boasts hand painted murals of all types. The pink lady above is an example of the artwork to be found on the walls of buildings along Venice Beach. They are a wonderful subject to photograph due to their bright, bold colors and shapes.

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There are vendors selling all sorts of goods along the boardwalk. The man above was selling bracelets. I asked if I could take his photograph and he kindly let me. I love the character of his face. I love to take portraits because people are so different and interesting in their own way.

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We also walked along the Venice Canals which once featured Italian gondolas. These canals have bridges and were fashioned to look like the canals in Venice, Italy. I didn't know about the Venice Canals before this event. It was very neat to see the beautiful homes which line the canals. I'll have to go back to take photographs again when the sun is lower in the sky.

It was a very fun day. I enjoyed meeting new people and discovering new things to photograph. I am definitely looking forward to another Los Angeles Flickr Meet in the future.

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Calumet Printer Shootout

Saturday, 15 Mar 2008 | Computers, Photography

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Today, I drove to the San Diego Calumet in Escondido to check out their Printer Shootout. They had representatives from Epson, Canon and Hewlett-Packard on hand with their photo printers. If you brought in your own digital files, they would print samples on their respective printers to compare.

I brought a CD with a number of my photographs to print. The one pictured above is my parrot photograph printed out on a Canon Pixma Pro9500. Epson had their Stylus Photo R2400 and Stylus Pro 3800, Canon, their Pixma Pro9000 and Pixma Pro9500 and HP, their Photosmart Pro B9180.

I had my parrot photo printed on four printers on 13" x 19" paper. I didn't print it with the Epson Photo R2400 beacause the quality is supposed to be nearly identical to the 3800. Honestly, it looked good on all of the printers. Both Canons printed it with more contrast and a bit more saturated, but the Epson looked the most natural and pleasing to me. The HP did a good job, but there was very evident banding if held so light reflected off the photo. The HP representative said he would send me my photo printed with a different computer. Apparently the speed of the computer affects banding. Faster printers print it without banding. I'm curious to see how the reprint looks.

I have to say, I was quite impressed with the Epson Pro 3800. The images looked stunning printed on this machine. I am so tempted to pick one of these up so I can easily print photos up to 17" x 22" at home while precisely tuning the image, but I'm not sure I can justify the cost versus having my photos printed professionally on photographic paper.

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Happy Slip

Sunday, 9 Mar 2008 | Christian, Friends, Humor

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Today, my friend Liana and I had the pleasure of meeting Christine Gambito, better known to most people as Happy Slip at Woodbridge Community Church in Irvine. Christine gave an inspirational testimony to the youth group.

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After her talk, Christine was kind enough to stay for autographs and photos. I asked if she would pose for a few photos in the courtyard where the light was very nice and she gladly accepted. As you can see, I got a great shot of her as well as a few Happy Slip faces she made for me.

The folks at Woodbridge Community Church were so kind and inviting. Thanks again Christine for the photos. I really appreciate it. :)

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