Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Elliott Attempts To Break Into Mission San Miguel

We took a little family outing to San Miguel today. I took A LOT of photos and videos of Elliott. I even got some more photos of Coral taking photos, but it’s all too overwhelming to edit them all tonight. I did like this one though, so I’m posting it as a preview to a future post. Keeping it short and sweet tonight.

Sweet dreams.
– Jeff

Photos Of Coral Taking Photos #1

I can see this becoming an ongoing series of mine. I have already amassed A LOT of photos of Coral taking photos. Some might consider it an unhealthy amount. Others might consider me a stalker. She is much more the photographer in the family than I am, which means she gets to use the fancy camera. Although, since investing in the GoPro I’ll have to admit I’m feeling pretty fancy lately.

Another thing I’ll have to admit is how cute she looks with a camera in her hand. I mean, Dang! She is one hot little cutie! One of the things about Coral that you might not know is that she transforms into a totally different person when she gets a camera in her hand. I’ve seen the transformation take place numerous times and it never gets boring to me. I love watching her work.

I’ve learned that once she’s in her element it is best to step back and let her do her thing. If you get in her way you get trampled, so be on the lookout.

These photos were all taken back in October after spending a day in Cambria. Highway 46 is a gorgeous drive from Paso Robles to Cambria. It can get pretty windy up there, but on a clear day you get a spectacular view of the Pacific and can even see Morro Rock off in the distance. If you find yourself on this drive I highly suggest stopping by Jack Creek Farm and trying one of their delicious Apple Cider Slushies. So good!

Coral doesn’t know I’m writing this and I might get in trouble for it, but oh well…I’m going to say it anyway. She is totally available for photography jobs. I know she won’t do a wedding, but she’s totally up for product shots, possibly some candid style portraits and of course, fashion photography. If you’re interested in hiring her contact her through one of her IG accounts or let me know and I’ll pass on the message.

Check her out on Instagram. She has two accounts at the moment.
instagram.com/slomygosh: Her personal account with lots of photos of our kids and some other random stuff.
instagram.com/coralcoloredglasses: Her professional account. Since May 2014 it is mostly photos of her deer series, which is totally worth checking out, but if you scroll down past May you will see some of her fashion photography.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

Evelyn’s Grand Jete Over The Last Sunset Of 2014

Evelyn is obsessed with dancing. Here she is leaping over the last sunset of 2014 in Cayucos. She’s our tiny dancer. But she keeps getting bigger. She turned 13 last month. THIRTEEN. Anyway…

It was a beautiful sunset and a great way to end 2014.

Deer Hunting With Coral And Richard In Paso Robles

Hopefully, you are all familiar with Coral’s “You Don’t Belong Here Anyway” Series. If not, check it out on Instagram, @deeries.

I am the driver on these urban safari’s, but from time to time I bust out my iPhone and take photos too. Yesterday was the first time we’ve taken a guest with us other than our screaming 3 year old and our overly talkative 12 and 14 year old. And who was our guest deer hunter? None other than local badass, Richard Fusillo.


Coral and I discovered this field right off the road where the lighting is just crazy beautiful. This photo is totally unedited because shooting during “The Golden Hour” is almost cheating.


Sadly, this baby deer died in somebody’s front lawn. I guess Coral gets the lively shots of deer and this is what I get.


No photo adventure with Richard is complete until he gets to shoot an abandoned building in a state of total decay.


I’m not against hopping a fence either. Here’s a double exposure I got of Richard in his element.


Here’s a shot Coral got of me with all my fancy camera equipment.


And, of course, the long shadow selfie.

Enjoy!
– Jeff

You Don’t Belong Here Anyway: A Photo Series By Coral

If you are not yet following my lovely lady on Instagram I suggest you start.

Where we live happens to have a huge deer population and I don’t mean Goliath size dinosaur deer. I mean “huge” as in there are A LOT of them. A few of months ago Coral started deer hunting. With a camera, not a gun. And I’ve got to tell you, they are a bold and brazen bunch. So much so that we caught one on our porch late one night and I know you might be sarcastically thinking, “Big deal!” I’d think that to if the deer just strolled through our front lawn to get to our porch, but no no no. To get to our porch means you have to climb 21 steps and make your way past a baby gate. Now, if you’re thinking, “must be a pain in the ass when you have to carry groceries from the car or take the trash out,” you are exactly right. But I digress…

as I often do because…who knows? Anyway, as I was saying…

A few months ago we decided to take a leisurely drive through the neighborhood just to find some deer and on our first outing we caught a baby deer, no bigger than a foot tall, walking across the street about 60 seconds from our house. Don’t get me wrong, deer are total pests and have literally eaten enough of Coral’s plants that she’d need to apply for a loan to replace them. I’m talking a lot of plants here, people. However, seeing the baby deer walk across the street was incredibly adorable. And, in a way, so out of place. It sparked an idea for Coral and she started documenting the deer we find. Coral came up with the “You don’t belong here anyway” series based on the contrast/contradiction of seeing the deer (nature) mixing in with the neighborhood (civilization).

Coral is much more eloquent with words, so I’m giving her the floor here:

We discovered that the entire west side of town abutted a vast hill country. The result of which is wildlife intersecting with civilization. Deer, rabbits, mountain lions, wild boars, skunks… For better or worse, the line between nature and neighborhood is indistinct and very blurry here. And though the deer particularly have been a nightmare for me as a gardener, I can’t help but be in awe of them- impressed with their bold resilience, and a bit confused by it too. I’ll be forgoing fashion for a bit to post a series of photos documenting the deer throughout my neighborhood; it’s called You Don’t Belong Here Anyway. I hope these photos and their title encourage you to consider whether it’s the deer, or the suburban sprawl that remains out of place, and I hope you enjoy!

– Coral

I couldn’t have said it better.

If you can please picture us in Safari outfits cruising around Paso Robles in a 1976 Scout, it would be much appreciated.

It’s not Coral’s first color choice, but as the driver on these urban hunts I get to choose the color of our vehicle.

Be sure to follow Coral on Instagram: @slomygosh

Enjoy!
– Jeff

Family Photo Adventure: San Miguel, CA

I forgot to post these, but a couple of weeks ago we went on a little adventure in San Miguel. Not much going on there, but we did find an awesome gas station that’s been converted into a coffee shop. This first photo is the only one I took in downtown San Miguel. All of the other photos were taken at the Mission. For some reason I was really obsessed with doors while we were there. Enjoy!

For those interested, Coral took control of our fancy Canon for the day, so all of my photos were taken and edited on my iPhone.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

Copper Pot Selfies In The Kitchen After Dinner

I made the mistake of taking advantage of the “2 Western Bacon Burgers for $5” deal going on at Carl’s Jr. Seriously, who in their right mind eats two of those things in one sitting? Oh, me! Duh. Keep in mind I ate these delicious disasters between 2:30-3:15pm. It was a late lunch. When I got home at 5:30pm Coral was making dinner and by serving time, thirty minutes later, I was still feeling quite hamburgered and had to skip dinner, but I did sit at the table because I’m a family man. An empty plate sat sad and lonely in front of me waiting to serve its purpose and do its job, but that time never came. Despite not eating I somehow was the last person to leave the table. On the verge of passing out from lack of sleep and overabundance of Western Bacon Burger in my belly I found myself staring blankly into the cooper pot that sits on our dining table. I somehow convinced myself that what I witnessed in the reflection of the pot needed to be documented. Obviously, it didn’t need to be, but food intoxication got the best of me.

Enjoy!

It’s 9:38pm now and I’m still not hungry. You know, although Carl’s Jr. is the opposite of healthy, $5.40 to stay full for this many consecutive hours is impressive on some level.

See ya!
– Jeff

Super Stoked About This Praying Mantis Greeting Me When I Came Home Tonight

I love me a praying mantis. This one was on the handrail waiting to greet me when I came home tonight.

He’s just so cute. Hopefully, I didn’t hurt him too much with the flash. After this photo I cuddled him for awhile, so there should be no hard feelings.

Here are some fun facts you might like to know about the Praying Mantis:
– They are the only insect that can turn their heads 180 degrees.
– They will eat their own kind.
– The female will sometimes eat a male during or after mating.
– They have a one year life span.
– Loved by farmers because they eat crop destroying insects.
– Of about 2000 species there are only 18 known species in the entire North American continent.
– Have a single ear located on the underside of its belly.

Until next time…

Signs I Liked At The Mid-State Fair In Paso Robles This Summer

Equipment used:
iphone 4, Hipstamatic, Snapseed

Salvador Dali Lens From Hipstamatic

@hipstamatic retro packs on sale for $.99 each. i just got pack 1 which included the salvador dali lens. here it is in action. no filters added. also, hipstamatic does not pay me or give me free stuff to promote them...but they totally should. just sayin'

As you know, I love Hipstamatic. Almost every photo I take with my iPhone is taken with Hipstamatic. Last weekend they had a promo for their “Retro” Paks. I totally splurged. In the world of apps and “in app” purchases the term “splurge” means I spent about $3. Not bad. The Dali Pak was included in one of the offers, so I snatched it up. If I had to sum it up I’d say it turns your photo into some sort of surrealist photo. Duh, right? The outcome is totally random. The results make for pretty interesting imagery. Some of them work, some of them don’t. You can take four photos of the same exact thing and end up with four totally different images. I like it because it’s like making an abstract painting, but you know, without all the mess. Here are some of the photos I’ve taken with it over the last few days. Enjoy!

downtown slo. corner of marsh and chorro. @hipstamatic dali lens and edited with @snapseed

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selfie in art nerd shirt. no apologies for my latest dali lens addiction. i blame hipstamatic for it.

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Also, I don’t get any money or free product to constantly promote Hipstamatic. Not yet. Of course, I totally should. Hint hint, big wigs at Hipstamatic, I’d totally rock the Hipsta Kid shirt in a Dude’s size Large. Please send it to:
The Claassen Gallery
774 Marsh St
Suite D
San Luis Obispo CA 93401

Thanks much!

Sunset In SLO

I don’t normally hang out at SLO High…
Dropping James off at wrestling tonight there was this.

SLO Sunset

Taken on iPhone with Photosynth. Slight editing with Snapseed. Both apps are free.

A Couple Photos Of Places That Make Yummy Treats

I just realized that for two days in row I happened to take a photo of something having to do with baking. Yesterday, I was at the donut shop getting my Thai iced tea fix and took this.

name this place and get a prize. the prize is...you pat yourself on the back.

This morning I was at Batch and took this photo of their cookie depositing machine.

cookie depositing machine. behind the scenes at batch.

If I was more ambitious I could see turning this into some sort of series.

Happy Eating.
– Jeff

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