Emilio’s Baptism

Posted in Action, Baby, Event, Photography, Portraiture by daybf on September 22, 2011

Back in July an old friend of mine asked me to photograph her son’s baptism. I had never been to a baptism before, so it was a neat experience to attend. It was also good low-light photography practice. Patricia looked beautiful, and her son Emilio was well behaved!

I’m mostly posting the live-action candid event photos and leaving the family photos out, but I had to post a photo of Emilio with his proud parents (last photo of the post).

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Santa Cruz Harbor Surge Aftermath

Posted in Event, Photography by daybf on April 27, 2011

This is long overdue, but better late than never. The Santa Cruz Harbor was hit with wave surges on March 11, 2011, after the terrible tsunami in Japan. We experienced nothing in comparison to Japan, but the surges caused an estimated $22.5 million in dock/infrastructure damages. And “at least 18 boats sank and another 100 were damaged by the waves” (abc local news article). There are a lot of clips of the surge on YouTube, but this one and these sum it up pretty well.

My dad has a sailboat in the harbor, so he went down on the day of, but it was ill advised, unsafe, and crowded, so I waited until the next day to go down and take some pictures of the aftermath. By the time I arrived they had already cleaned up a lot of the debris, but you can tell where boats and docks are damaged or missing.



99 Bottles: solving life’s most trivial questions

Posted in Action, Event, Photography by daybf on April 18, 2011

2011 has been filled with trivia! Santa Cruz has several different trivia nights, and nearly every week I go to 99 Bottles on Wednesdays, and Woodstocks on Thursdays. 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall‘s trivia starts at 8pm and has a variety of weekly theme questions such as name that sound, song, face, etc. Here’s a little compilation of 2 different nights:



Zwickelmania, 3rd stop: Rogue Ales

Posted in Action, Event, Photography by daybf on March 4, 2011

My third and final stop for Zwickelmania was Rogue Ales Distillery. They gave a short tour of the small distillery where they make their rum, and then had one beer available for tasting along with a tasting of their Hazelnut Spice Rum for $1 (which I would highly recommend if you like rum).


Zwickelmania, 2nd stop: Crystal Ballroom

Posted in Action, Event, Photography by daybf on March 2, 2011

My second stop for Zwickelmania was the Crystal Ballroom, one of McMenamins many venues. The Crystal Ballroom holds concerts and dance lessons, etc, but the second story includes a brewery room. This is where McMenamins beer tasting took place and is seen below.




And lastly, here’s me! An Irish couple who drove to Portland for the weekend from Vancouver, Canada asked me to take their photo, so then I asked for the man to take mine.

Zwickelmania, 1st stop: Bridgeport Brewing

Posted in Action, Event, Photography by daybf on March 1, 2011

On my second full day in Portland I took part in Zwickelmania, which is an annual event where breweries open their doors to the public from 11am-4pm for tours and tastings. I didn’t really know about it until that morning, so I just looked up which participating breweries were within walking distance. So, I took a tour of a couple breweries in the Pearl/NW and got to taste some of the different beers. Today I’m just going to highlight Bridgeport Brewing, which ended up being my favorite.

Tour of the brewery:

Lots of hops!


I asked to take the bartender’s picture while he poured my tasting and then I continued taking pictures as he talked to someone next to me about how big he must look holding my little tasting glass.


Interstate 5: a snowy Portland-bound car adventure

Posted in Action, Event, Photography by daybf on February 18, 2011

Yesterday Shannon and her mom Sarah and I left for Portland Oregon! We left at 5:40 am and didn’t arrive until 9:20 pm. It was quite the trip! There was a ton of snow north of Redding in Shasta County and we stopped to buy tire cables (same idea as chains) but luckily we didn’t need to use them. I have hardly even seen snow since High School so I was happily taking pictures outside of the window and took some videos too. Finally around Weed, California the roads were pretty dry and normal, but it still was snowing. Of course I had to take some pics of Weed road signs, since it’s kind of an ongoing joke in California and we drove through it! Our last stop before Oregon was Yreka for lunch and then once we hit Oregon we were surrounded by beautiful trees and happy to be driving in nice weather!

We stopped at a gas station and Sarah went to pump the gas, but a gas guy immediately corrected her and told her that he must pump the gas, and then he washed the windows. He seemed a little irked that we were from California and didn’t really know what was going on, but hey, what can we say? We are new to the whole Oregon thing.

Here are pics from the road trip, most of which were taking from inside of the car:

Super Bowl Sunday

Posted in 365, Event, Food, Photography by daybf on February 6, 2011

6/365: I had to highlight the American tradition of Super Bowl Sunday for my pic of the day. My mom made hummus from scratch, along with a vegetarian chili. Pair with some chips and salsa, and we have ourselves a little Super Bowl feast! Here is my beautiful mother with her Super Bowl treats:
Vegetarian Chili, plus a pic of all the snacks:

Holga: 1st roll, Ebell Club

Posted in Event, Film, Holga, Photography, Portraiture, Wedding by daybf on December 20, 2010

I received a Holga camera for my birthday, and I was eager to start experimenting with it. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Holga, it’s a medium-format plastic camera known for unpredictable light leaks, soft focusing, double-exposure capability, and vignetting. Each one is unique and produces odd effects of its own. So really this camera has a cult following based on its inconsistency and unpredictability.

I went to Long Beach for 4 days as a bridesmaid in my friend Nina’s wedding, so I put it to good use. The first roll I had developed is actually the 2nd roll I’ve taken (1st and 3rd roll are still being processed) and took place at the wedding site: the beautiful Ebell Club.

My favorite from inside the Bridal Room:
Getting ready in the Bridal Room:
Tying Nina’s corset, and a double exposure of the ceremony hall as seen from the balcony on the second floor:
I am in love with this sofa-seen here with Nina’s bouquet:
Stool near window outside of Bridal Room:

Thanksgiving 2010

Posted in Event, Food, Photography, Portraiture by daybf on December 17, 2010

This year we spent Thanksgiving in Madera at my uncle’s house. My cousin Briana goes to UCSC now, so we picked her up from campus and were on our way! We spent 2 nights there and enjoyed relaxing by the fireplace and eating delicious traditional food. mmm mmm good.

We brought our dog Joya along, so there were dogs of plenty who became my photographic subjects throughout the stay. Let’s start with the fam:

Let the festivities begin!

Dog walk to digest…and feel a little bit better about ourselves after the feast.


Briana and the sweetest rottweiler ever: Mole.

 

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