Recently I've been seeing a lot of exposure blending and light painting. The techniques involve taking a series of photographs, maybe adding flashes in select areas, or changing the shutter or aperture between shots. Then you can combine exposures in PhotoShop and create magical looking High Dynamic Range shots. Single exposure shots don't often capture the full vibrance or sheer awesomeness that the human eye can. Sometimes it's necessary to use techniques like HDR to capture what you're actually seeing. 

The other day I took a trip with some friends out to Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, outside of San Jose, CA. It's one of the highest points, if not the highest point in the area. Where am I going with this? Well being one of the highest points around, Lick Observatory sees some incredibly epic sunrises. Sunrises that make the sky look like they're going to start raining fire. 

Here are some exposure blending shots from Lick.


Photoshop is such a powerful tool it's almost hard to comprehend it's capabilities. It isn't some all knowing, omnipotent being, but sometimes it sort of seems that way. I'm continuously trying to learn more about Photoshop and develop my skill set with it but I feel like even with years of practice I'm only barely scratching the surface of the potential that Photoshop holds. 

Using Photoshop gives you a God like sense of control with the ability to create. You have the ability to bring to life your wildest imagination, if you have the experience and the skill set, which is why it's so much fun to learn. The better you get the more real your creations can become, from compositing multiple images into once fantastic scene or blending multiple elements together to create a photo realistic interpretation of the world.

Here are some things that I've been playing around with lately. Just some fun little projects to stay fresh and get some practice in. Hope you enjoy.


This is my first blog post! Pumped to be getting this in! All of the work on the site is original work. I'm still cleaning up the finer details and adding all the content but it's all there for the most part. I've been working on getting the layout and design of the site squared away recently. It's been a long time in the making. It's been very difficult for me to follow through with creating this portfolio site. I've always struggled with self doubt. Asking myself questions like "Am I good enough?" "What will people think of my work?". Self promotion has always been uncomfortable for my like I'm being cocky and underserving of praise. If you don't put yourself out there you are never vulnerable. If you never fully commit you can never fully fail. That was my thinking, aimed at protecting my ego from the "what ifs". 

But that constant sheltering of your ego becomes its prison. You're relegated to never knowing if you'll succeed because you're never willing to be vulnerable (at least I wasn't). Eventually you come to the point where you realize that it doesn't matter if you succeed. That the only thing worse than failure is not having tried at all.