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Created: Sunday, 01 March 2015

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Was the dress white and gold or blue or black?  Somehow the world needed this debate. I was looking at this image from a recent wedding yesterday.   It looks like it was in Maui but it was on a hilltop in San Bernardino.   This is a typical problem that I have to deal with.  The bride is wearing a white dress, a blue veil and has a flowergirl also wearing blue.  But in reality we know that they were both white.

I used a flash that had the same color temperature as broad daylight.  But we don't always get the luxury of working in true broad daylight.  In this image the color of the light from the flash was slightly different than the daylight.  The flash was brighter on the left side of the image than on the right.  Thus the bride's veil is slightly blue and so is the flower girl's dress.  To make things a bit more confusing the bride's dress was slightly off white.  The flower girl's dress was pure white.   

So, what does this all have to do with the internet controversy?  What you can see from this image is that shadows tend to reflect blue.  I can't tell you have many times I've seen blue tinted  wedding dresses.  It's a very common problem, especially in open shade.  I've seen this problem so many times that I am conditioned to see white and gold.  But without seeing more of the image I can't really tell for certain.  It looks like it was taken in a shadow which leads me to suspect white and gold.

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Created: Monday, 07 July 2014

What DSLR camera should I buy?

I get this question about once every few months, so I thought I would answer it on my website once and for all. My friend Evan asked me recently which DSLR camera to buy to the most professional results. I'm a good person to ask for a few reasons.  I make my living in photography, and have been for 17 years.  I have been closely monitoring the development of the DSLR Camera market for the past 17 years.  I have also been following the development of the ARM processors these cameras use for their image processing.  

Nikon D800

Costco Box Lunch Special

Six years ago there was a two lens, flash and camera body combo for sale at Costco and Sams Club for under $1000 from Nikon and Canon. Today there is as well, and ten years from now there will be as well. The tech specs on these bodies and lenses are very good. The lenses are very sharp, and they have some neat features like image stabilization for low shutter speeds which reduces out of focus images. I sometimes refer to this setup as the "Costco Box Lunch Special."   It represents a huge bang for your buck when you think of the amount of equipment you get for under $1000.  The camera and accessories are light and travel well.  It's an excellent first camera system for a consumer.  Both systems not only do photography but video as well.   You can make some outstanding movies with these cameras.   The downside is the body and lenses are fragile and will break easily if your not careful.   They are slow to focus and do have problems in low lighting.   They are by no means professional systems.  

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Created: Monday, 02 June 2014



This was an image from our Oak Creek Golf Course Wedding  Venue Review.   The venue is located in Irvine, CA close to the Irvine Spectrum.  In the general area there is a lot of competition for wedding venues.  They range from simply okay to wonderful.    I had a good experience with this bride groom and their wedding.    This venue has been around for a while but it was never on my radar.  Nobody every mentioned it.  Is it possible to have a well kept secret in Irvine?    I liked that the venue had a lot of different photographic opportunity.   The staff seemed to keep things moving and ran a good show.

Wedding Photography Image from Lifetime Images

This is an example of a Photoshoped image, but not in the way you may expect.  For the most part what you see in this image is what it looked like when I took it.  I did have one member of the staff behind the bride and groom who showed up in image.   There was also a very distracting sign behind them.   In a perfect world we could have had people on both sides of the doors with walkie talkies holding people back.   We also could have relocated their sign elsewhere.    The bride and groom stepped outside for around four minutes and simple wanted fast and easy.   The party continued without them and people milled around.  Not only that but we ended up having guests follow them out and start talking with them as we were  trying to get the shot.  A lot of time they think that if they stand a few feet to the side of the bride and groom they won't be in the shot.  Thus getting a shot like this is harder than it looks and removing stray people from the background is part of the process.  


Created: Friday, 13 June 2014

Strange and sad series of events

We have a family friends who have a daughter the same grade as my twin daughters.  This friends daughter had  graduation from High School yesterday.   The graduation was nice, it was held at their football field.   The principal bragged about his students for nearly 30 minutes.  He had been with the school for thirty years while our high school has had 5 principals in four years.  This principal knew his students well, and ours simply didn't. I left the graduation with a real admiration of that school. I was so impressed with their school and jealous that their daughter had a much better high school to attend than ours did.  
While the principal was speaking something was eating in the back of him mind.  By the end of the night the cat would be out of the bag and the school which he was so proud of would be featured  on the evening news.   Despite all the great things going for the school the name would be tarnished   One of the teachers had a student from six years ago accuse her of having a sexual affair that lasted for years and occurred on school property.  

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Created: Thursday, 29 May 2014

Love is a 'Battlefield.'

Oh my gosh, did I just name a post after a Pat Benatar song? Yikes.

Here's a little story about Southern California most people don't know.  When Walt Disney was thinking up his grand idea known as Disneyland it came time to build the hotel next to the park.  He went to his creditors and asked for a loan and they said "Walt, we love you but your money is kinda funny."  So he does what we all do when our money is kinda funny, he went to his friends.  He first called up actor Art Linkletter.   Art was a great visionary, he heard the plan and said "This isn't going to work."  Then years later he would walk in front of the Disneyland Hotel and with each step he would think "Theres another million I missed out on."  

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