Sunday, January 30, 2011

I met Haylee McFarland

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After walking out the coffee shop. Jared and I were somewhat dumbfounded because we saw another famous person. We walked passed her and close to the corner. I guess I was still elated as to my encounter with Danny Pudi, that I jumped at the opportunity to get a photo of her. I didn't want to "stalkishly" take her photo like the paparazzi. So I walked toward her and her mom.

I met Haylee McFarland and her mom. She looks really young, and I felt somewhat like a creepy person approaching them and saying, "hello." They looked at me with a startled gaze and I almost froze up. I realized so much at that second how I appreciated the way she portrayed her character in the T.V. show "Lie to Me" alongside Cal(Tim Roth), as his daughter Emily. I guess it was kinda creepy to approach a mother and daughter to ask if I could take a picture of her. Under the context of "famous," I guess it was somewhat more tolerable... understandable for a stranger to ask for permission to take a photo of her.

Not even a second after that gaze and a stream of nervousness, I asked her as a precaution, "Are you that little girl in that T.V. show... umm... 'Lie to Me'?" I didn't know her real name but I knew her character's name, but I just forgot at that moment because I realized that she is actually really cute in real life, not just in the show. She seemed down to earth and said, "Sure!" Then her mother offered to take the picture with me in it... I hessitantly said, "yes." (but didn't show it, tried to play it cool.) After briefly showing her mom how to use the camera, she gave it a try and took a shot. She said, "Oh, it came out blurry." I just replied, "ah yes, it's a tricky camera to use." Then I just asked if I could take a photo of her daughter alone. Hayley replied, "Sure, what do you want me to do?" I really didn't know what to say to that so I just replied, "Just stand right there." I smiled and she smiled right back, I took two shots, and thanked her.

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It was definitely an awkward situation.

I shook her hand and introduced myself, and she introduced herself. Thanks again Hayley. :-)

I met Danny Pudi

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I met Danny Pudi today, he is part of the main cast of Community, a T.V. comedy that revolves around a study group within a community college. He plays Abed, who, on the surface seems to be a person with an affinity for T.V. and Movies. Danny has such great comedic timing with this character that he's such a quotable character within the show. Actually, after evaluating who my favorite character would be... I'm realizing more and more that I really like Abed, followed by Troy, Britta, Pierce, Jeff, Shirley, and Anne. (Actually, this list gets refactored based on the episode, but Abed and Troy remain my favorite characters on the show.)

So I asked him if I could take a photo of him, actually, I've never really met a celebrity before him. Moreover, an actor who I actually appreciate in their art. My friends and I were at a coffee shop and he was there on his computer with his headphones on. After ordering our coffee and hanging out there for a few moments, I told my friends, "I'm going to ask if I could take his picture." They replied immediately, "Wait till we leave." I think that implied that they did not want to be embarassed by me, asking for a photo. Asking a stranger for a photo is quite an awkward situation in itself, but asking a celebrity is on a whole different level. My friends finished their coffee and left me. I thought to myself, as I was sipping on my cup, "why do I want to do this?" I realized immediately that I was just a guy who appreciated this man's work. I wanted to show my appreciation to him, but also ask him a few things...

I stood up, returned my finished cup on the bar counter, stood next to him. He was sitting intently, watching something on his laptop. After a few moments, I waved into his peripheral to catch his attention and said, "hi." He responded with a smile and shook my hand. It felt like an awkward situation to be in but also somewhat normal... as there seemed to me, to be no other alternative to get his attention. If he didn't want to respond and have a small conversation, he could have waved and ignored me. He didn't and I really appreciated his willingness to indulge my curiousity of him.

I immediately asked him if I could take a photo of him. He said, "Yeah, it's okay." I also mentioned that I had a few questions...

I asked him, "how does it feel to be on an amazing show?" Danny just smiled and enthusiastically replied, "It's great!" I asked him, "...about your character's development, Abed to me started off as a one dimentional character, through the past two seasons, he's been getting more depth. Did you talk to the screen writers about this?" He mentioned that it was the screenwriters that developed the character; "Having eight main characters to develop is tough when you have only so much time. With the introduction of Abed's father and some situations, they've (screen writers) definitely built up my character." Then I was curious about his comedic partner Troy, played by Donald Glover, "About Donald..." Danny: "Yes?" ..."you two have such great comedic timing... where does that come from, how does that happen?" He smiled and said, "It's the job." I laughed and I appreciated such a straight-forward answer. He's a professional that's courteous, and welcoming. I really appreciated the conversation we had. I stood up and gestured my arm into a hand shake and upon recieving the grasp of his palm, introduced myself, so did he. I think he thought I didn't know his name, I just didn't want to say "Abed" over "Danny." I didn't want to assume what to call him, because I didn't know him as a person all.

I lifted my camera and my friend Jared was there and he shook Danny's hand and said, "I'm a big fan of your work." Then Danny asked if I wanted to be in the picture, so Jared offered to take the picture.

That's the photo you see up there.

Then I asked Danny if I could take his photo alone. He said, "sure." So I did. I wish I was a little more calm to take that picture in that low light.

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Thanks Danny for being a great guy and engaging in an awkward moment. I really wish this portrait came out better, it doesn't do him justice.

Jared

Lancaster

In Lancaster

My Bicycle

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My Bicycle

Thursday, January 20, 2011

From the Main Blog: Late Night Writing

Late Night Writing is a photo/literary work I published on my main blog. Here's a preview:

"The Water Runner"

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He took off like the wind! A whiffle of his tail, the quickness of his limbs, boy oh boy! What a fast dog. He was a water runner, a fetcher, a go getter. Waves couldn't catch a hair off him. He ran with such freedom and the shoreline roared, "shooosh." I heard the waves say, "GO!" This quadruped was gifted, this dog had wings.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Submitted to Pictory

Featured on Pictorymag

I haven't been able to post any pictures from the past 4 days... mostly because I didn't feel like taking photos. It's been a difficult season in my life.

Anyway, in other news, I sent in a submission to Pictory, which is an online photo magazine curated and edited by Laura Brunow Miner. Right now, my submission is listed as an example on the "Platonic Love Stories," the picture features one of my dear friends Jacque, I just briefly talk about how our friendship is. I love the format of Pictory, in fact, I enjoyed it so much that much of my design decisions for this photoblog were based off of Pictory.

Maybe I should tell more stories with each pictures.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sand, Sun, Water.

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Yesterday, I spent some time at the beach to collect some thoughts and process through a few things. It was mild and peaceful; the weather was forgiving of my warmer settled soft body. A time in the word, a time in thought, a time in prayer in reverence to God. A time to create, or essentially try to capture and experience the vast beauty of this scene.

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It was good time. I read through 2 Corinthians and was particularly encouraged by 1:4, in knowing that God comforts us in hope that we, in His love, would be able to do the same for our brothers. I am in hope that I don't lose sight of His glory in the things I am going through.

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p.s. {I didn't even attempt to take pictures on Friday, there are some moments better left experienced than taken photos of.}

Friday, January 7, 2011

Yellow Leaves Brown Bark

Yellow Leaves Brown Bark

Sorry, no photos from yesterday.

Although, I did think about it. I was out of it yesterday. I didn't feel so good in my heart and I had much time to think about that in the early mornings of today. It was at 1:14am this morning when I woke up and prayed, God bless our broken hearts. I stayed awake in thought and prayer; I slipped in and out of dreams. It was a dark and bright night as I learned much about what I am hoping for, and learning those things, it was difficult for my mind to comprehend. So I prayed.

So I wanted to post something a little more abstract and light hearted today. Something in composition I thought at the time would be beautiful. It's in moments like those when I'm behind the viewfinder of my cameras where I frame the shot and I look intentionally at what's beautiful in life at that time. I guess this is why I love taking portraits.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Fire Pit

Last night we spent some time talking around the fire pit. It was a good time.

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Jared

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Kyle

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Megan

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Aaron

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Jessica

Preachers Sons

Preachers Sons

Saw the perform for the Orange County Music Awards www.preacherssons.net/

These photos were taken on January 4th, 2010.

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Check them out and vote for them! Preachers Sons

This post is a little late because I wasn't able to get to it soon enough.

Here's a video after the break.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Orleans 2009

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This picture is from January 4th, 2010, a retro-grade post for the 365 days this year. The college group I attended at church and I went to New Orleans to build homes. It was a great trip.

So, yesterday, I forgot to take the SD card out of my computer... so no picture from yesterday.

Although, yesterday I moved the last things out of my old roomie's place in Diamond Bar and took them to my new place. After which, I ran errands. It was a good but difficult day.

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Room

New Room

I'm blessed to be in a house with two amazing friends. There are times in the evening that are difficult, at those times, I just pray.