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I had such a wonderful weekend! Thought I’d have Sunday off to chill, clean the mess that was left from the Party Saturday night. But I woke up early to go to swap meet with Erika and Erica. Yes, that’s two Erica’s lol. I did get to clean up a bit before I met up with Neeah for a photo shoot, these images were shot with an iPhone. The film will be developed later this week.


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My dog spent the weekend at my house since my parents are out of town. She did not like it here at all lol.

My dog spent the weekend at my house since my parents are out of town. She did not like it here at all lol.

Food Porn 2020.

Food Porn 2020.

Click Click: Stillo (SUAV City)

Food Porn is less than a few weeks out and I’m getting super excited about it. I don’t have enough men in the show and I’m fortunate to have some male friends (and strangers) who are willing to volunteer to help. Unfortunately I can’t shoot them all, so I had to shoot two very close friends of mine who really wanted to be in the show too. I shot Still of Rottweiler Clothing and a member of Suav City, and also shot Gian aka Big Gee (I don’t have a teaser of Gee to show ya’ll).

Shot some Click Click photos of Stillo inside of Holy Matcha in North Park. Huge shout out to Holy Matcha by the way, they were very helpful with the food I used to shoot with. Thank you!

Click Click: Marissa

I’m excited about these photos. I did a photo shoot with Marissa last Sunday and took a few Click Click photos of her before we began. The shoot was for Monzu Fresh Pasta and I’m extremely happy with the results, and that’s a rare occasion. I’ll post the Monzu Fresh Pasta of Marissa later on the Monzu Gallery for ya’ll to see but for now I’m still in the process of staring at the photos for 2-3 days to decide on which one to print out for them.

These photos were taken with my new Canon AE-1 with the new 50mm lens I got. I just love the depth of field on the 50mm lens, and the color is on point! Shot inside Copa Vida and outside of Monzu Fresh Pasta.

I absolutely love this shot.

I absolutely love this shot.

I wanted to get a different angle and shot this from inside of Monzu.

I wanted to get a different angle and shot this from inside of Monzu.

Click Click: Erika (Kaka)

I'm always working on my craft, shooting as much as possible learning how to capture different angles and lighting. When I look back at my photos it seems I just keep sticking to the same style, I know I'll find new ways to capture people. Maybe start with a medium format camera or play with light leaks and fuck with the exposures for different effects. 

Erika is a great subject, so we shot for the 4th time last week in City Heights right behind a taco shop, in the heart of the ghetto. The employees were cool with us shooting back there and on their car. I love the wall Erika selected. She saw a colored wall and automatically thought of me and sent me a photo of it, so that's how I found this wall. I'm on that 16/8 intermittent fasting so it was reaching my dinner time so we went to Sipz for some Vegan dinner then we walked around North Park for a little to get more shots. We turned a corner and noticed the sunset, and ya'll know I love shooting in front of sunsets! You'll see in the photos below, enjoy!

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The sunset shot with the sun in the background. 

The sunset shot with the sun in the background. 

My Favorites Of Hailey

I had the pleasure to work the beautiful Hailey. Hailey have been living in San Diego for only two years, ran into her at a bar on Convoy when she was a guest bartender. A friend of mine told me she won a Bartending contest, I forgot what it was called. I wanted to shoot with Hailey when I first met her but it's always weird to ask a stranger to shoot some photos so I never do. Luckily for me we have a bunch of mutual friends and one of them (Jesse from Sycamore Den) suggested I shoot with Hailey and lucky for me Hailey was familiar with my work. She seen some photos I took of Arlene for Food Porn Vol 2, it made things easier. I guess you can say I like it way better when my work speaks for me, so I don't have to be that creepy photographer asking random girls to model lol. You know what they say, "keep hustling till you don't have to introduce yourself anymore." Jk that's not a saying, is it? Who knows. 

Anyways, these are my favorites from our shoot. I wish I can show you the Food Porn pics we shot together but that will have to wait for the show. Enjoy!

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Click Click: Tiffany G.

Good morning! 

I got Tiffany's photos developed yesterday and I am excited to show ya'll. I put a few of my favorite photos in Click Click (main page) and some that I think are nice on this blog post. I think I'm falling madly in love with my Canon AE1 ya'll, the photo quality is just soooo crisp! Shot Tiffany with the Canon 24 mm lens, all natural light. Shot inside Moniker General located in Point Loma. So what ya'll think? Should I do a Food Porn shoot with Tiffany?

 

Dirty Chicharones | S&S

My girlfriend got a haircut yesterday and she was loving it. Her hairstylist joked (maybe she wasn't joking) about seeing me for dinner so I can take some pictures of her with the new 'do. We weren't suppose to hang out yesterday. I was supposed to go to the gym do my 4 mile run but a photo shoot was implanted in my brain and I couldn't let it go, I really wanted to shoot too. Adriana has never really let me take photos of her, she hates it! Not sure if "hate" is the right word but she would cover up every time I tried to take a photo. I guess she's feeling more comfortable with it now, so we both skipped gym and ended up doing a photo shoot inside Polite Provision and Soda & Swine North Park since I've never shot in there before. Such a beautiful place for a shoot ya'll. On top of that, we had some really good drinks from PP and some off the menu shit at S&S (thanks to Chef Danny). 

Dirty Chicharones only available at S&S North Park location.....SOON. It's not on the menu just yet. If you happen to be there, just ask for Chef Danny and be like "let me have what Nit had, Dirty Chicharones." 

Dirty Chicharones only available at S&S North Park location.....SOON. It's not on the menu just yet. If you happen to be there, just ask for Chef Danny and be like "let me have what Nit had, Dirty Chicharones." 

Karen Burger on happy hour, $5. Taste like In-n-Out but without the lettuce and tomatoes. 

Karen Burger on happy hour, $5. Taste like In-n-Out but without the lettuce and tomatoes. 

A couple of Champagne slushy. 

A couple of Champagne slushy. 

Chef Danny pretending to hang out with me just to hit on my girlfriend....hahaha just kidding. 

Chef Danny pretending to hang out with me just to hit on my girlfriend....hahaha just kidding. 

First time shooting at Polite Provisions. I can't wait to get my film developed. 

First time shooting at Polite Provisions. I can't wait to get my film developed. 

Adriana's drink, forgot the name. 

Adriana's drink, forgot the name. 

My favorite drink, Mr. Brownstone. 

My favorite drink, Mr. Brownstone. 

Another fancy drink I can't remember the name of. 

Another fancy drink I can't remember the name of. 

Band Of Brothers RTP

The crew of Run The Pixels took their photographic art to Bar Basic for their Tuesday art show hosted by Thumb Print Gallery. I love going to Bar Basic for the art shows but unfortunately they always do it on a Tuesday night. Such a great place to chill, eat some good pizza, drink alcohol, and check out some art. It wasn't too crowded at their show last night so I got to chill and talk to each members for more than 10 minutes. Thank you Mike Sumoto for sharing some slices with me and my lady! 

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Mango Wheat beer, so damn good!

Mango Wheat beer, so damn good!

Annie is gonna hate me for this picture but she look like shes talking about some intense stuff haha. It was great catching with Jenna and Annie. 

Annie is gonna hate me for this picture but she look like shes talking about some intense stuff haha. It was great catching with Jenna and Annie. 

I was never into scented candles but 5&A Dime has one that smells like cookies. Adriana has one in her room too. So I jumped on the band wagon and got myself one that smells like Strudel. 

I was never into scented candles but 5&A Dime has one that smells like cookies. Adriana has one in her room too. So I jumped on the band wagon and got myself one that smells like Strudel. 

That is Jessica Stewart, owner of Ms. Wick's Wares. Home made candles/wax in vintage glasswares. Pretty damn cool! 

That is Jessica Stewart, owner of Ms. Wick's Wares. Home made candles/wax in vintage glasswares. Pretty damn cool! 

Shoot On Sight

These are some photos I took of Christina yesterday, I think they came out great but I'm not truly satisfied with them. Why? For one, I'm forever working on my craft trying to perfect it. Though perfection doesn't exist, I understand that. But the day I control the result of the photos I'll be happy with them. What do I mean by that? Well for one, I shot with my Canon AE1 yesterday because I love how the photos comes out. But I'm having trouble figuring out why the photo kinda get washed out above. The color kinda fade as you look from bottom to top. But maybe I'm hard on myself as usual because I shot these photos at F-Stop 4 and 2.8 during sunset in a shady area and I shot both with Shutter speed 250 and 500. So maybe I do have a bit control over my photos and I kill myself for the ones I don't like. I will never understand why I'm this way.

I like how it sorta look like a painting and not a photograph, or a mixture of two. The digital camera would give it a crisp, clean, and sharp look, where the colors will pop, but I prefer this look. I can't get pass it and convince myself to shoot digital. Maybe for business I would shoot with a digital camera, but my heart will always be set on film. 

Christina changed up her hair color and I wanted to shoot her again in front of a colorful back drop. I found a yellow wall and a light pink wall in Golden Hill. Originally I wanted to shoot in front of a red wall but I couldn't find it, I still can't remember where I saw a bright red wall. I swear it was in Golden Hill. 

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Lowrider Dream

Remember that dream I had about me and Rossi with the lowriders? If you read my previous post you'd know what I'm talking about. But I'll catch you up on it. I had a dream that I was talking to Rossi about the next music video shoot, he wanted to have lowriders in it. And out of the blue Rossi hit me up yesterday to shoot. I was available and made my way to Barrio Logan immediately. After a couple of minutes of walking around Mylow comes out of Por Vida and told us we can use his car. Shit all our eyes lit up, his car is dope as fuck. He wiped it down, unlocked the doors, everyone stepped in the car as he wipes it down. It was already clean but you know how car guys are, they'll wipe that shit down anyways. Correction, car guys and gals. Mylow pulled it out on the street and photo shoot began. Shit is kinda crazy though, that I just dreamt about it. So that set the lowrider idea in motion. Now Rossi is talking to a videographer about shooting his next music video with Lowriders in it, and I'll be in it as well! 

These photos were taken with my Canon AE-1 with 50mm lens. I'm not that happy with them because as you look at the photo from bottom to top, the light kinda washed it out a bit. Time to retired the 50mm or something, because the 24mm has a whole different feel to it. It could also by the shutter speed I was on. So there you go, I'm still learning after all these years, I'm forever a student my friends. 

Out Of My Comfort Zone

I skipped gym today, which I shouldn't have. Still sore from my Christmas work out and I'm feeling under the weather. To be honest, these are just excuses. I just wanted to pick up the photos I dropped off yesterday at Nelson Photo in Point Loma. Traditionally I'd go to Moniker General to view my photos but I went straight to Neighborhood to meet up with Dook and Flow. Bad move because the bar is a place to socialize, not work. I was distracted by a the people around me, phone blowing up, I was trying to eat my food, Girard pulled up to the block in a stolen Ferrari Speciale (JK it's not stolen).  I eventually finished looking through my photos and got some new sexy Foodporn photos approved by Arlene. With that said, I will have my first and possibly my last digital photo in my Foodporn 2 show. I just liked the topless photos I took with Arlene's camera versus the innocent looking photos I took with my Film camera. You see, I'm not comfortable shooting nude, I'm shy about it for some reason. Thanks to Arlene for pushing me out of my comfort zone and produced some really sexy, real FOODPORN shit for the show. I appreciate her a lot!! That respect for art my G. Rossi Rock showed up to view the photos I took of him yesterday, after going through them I emailed the photos to him and shared ideas about his next music video shoot. I'm gonna be in his music video for the fourth time! WOOP! Much Love Rossi. I'll have Rossi's photos posted on the site and my blog as well. 

It's my birthday week so my brother bought me dinner and a couple of drinks, he's been doing that this whole month!! THANK YOU DOOK!! 

I can't wait for the next Foodporn 2 show my peoples. I cannot wait!

I can't wait for the next Foodporn 2 show my peoples. I cannot wait!

Bologna sandwich with Tomato Basil soup from Neighborhood. 

Bologna sandwich with Tomato Basil soup from Neighborhood. 

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I love Ferraris. This was a great distraction. 

I love Ferraris. This was a great distraction. 

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Left The Hood and hung out with Doug and Jason at the 5&A Dime Headquarter. 

Left The Hood and hung out with Doug and Jason at the 5&A Dime Headquarter. 

Jason playing video games while I sit on the couch writing this blog post. 

Jason playing video games while I sit on the couch writing this blog post. 

Click Click: Day Walker

Shot Walker a.k.a Day Walker with my Canon AE-1 over the weekend. I just love how the film photos look versus digital photos. This time it cost me $21 to process one roll of film at George's. Over priced, I should've just went to Nelson but I was in North Park for lunch and wanted to get it done ASAP. 

Click Click: Babe

I apologize for the name on the title. I honestly didn't know what to use, she gets mad at me for using her real name so I'll just titled it "Babe." 

It's been a very very long time since I've done a Click Click shoot. Oh how I miss doing it so much! I love it! Here are some of my favorite from the shoot. I really love shooting the subject with the sun light directly behind them because it gives that soft tone and highlight that I need. You may have seen me do this multiple time and I think it's becoming a signature. Either the light or the blue wall, I love shooting in front of the blue wall because of the effect it has on the subject. It makes the subject look cut and paste onto the wall, but realistically, they were just shot in front of the wall with my film camera. 

The Making Of The Japan Photo Show

I was invited to throw an art show at VIP Smog Center Grand Opening ceremony a few months back and I told him I couldn't do it since it was such a last minute. Some how Kevin (owner) pushed it back but not for me and this time I have enough time to get prints and frames together. I invited David a.k.a Bojangles to join me since we've been talking about doing a show together for years ya'll, years! And we're finally doing it. David recently went to Japan as well, his photography captures the car culture in japan as for mine, it's more of the Japanese people in general. It was a great mix. Me and David got a great start at getting the prints done and IKEA frames was so available and affordable we bought a box worth in one day. Two days before the show I called Kevin to see how's everything going and he said "a mess." Not exactly what I wanted to hear. I stopped by the shop and he wasn't lying, it was a mess, like nothing was done, no evidence of him preparing the shop for the Grand Opening. So while we're standing around talking about a Plan B if we fail to get it done but Kevin is a whole different kind of monster. It's a good and bad thing, he definitely inspired me because he doesn't take NO for answer, even if its Fate herself, he would not settle for a no. His style of getting things done may not be the healthiest but that dude is fucking relentless! He WILL get it done even if it means working nearly 24 hours. So anyways, one day before the show Kevin wants to fucking renovate the gallery, are you fucking kidding me!?! So anyways, we disagreed but David and I supported his decision and worked our ass off to get things done. As soon as we started clearing up all the junk in the gallery. We loaded it up with large amount of wood from Home Depot. He hired a flat bed two truck for them shits. Saturday morning we cleaned up, painted the wall, put them heavy as wood on the wall. And also building a wall behind the sink from scratch! He took the floor panels and created a wall haha. Kevin kept coming up with ideas while rebuilding this damn place and I'm over there like "ideas, ideas, NO IDEAS please!" cuz I Know that'll just kill us haha. The sun had set, Kevin looked over at me, "you believe me now? I told you I can get this done." I never said it was impossible but fuck man, imagine what he can do if he can do this in 24 hours. Oh yeah, Kevin finally bought a fucking door for the bathroom, at 8PM on a Saturday night. 

After our short meeting we spent Friday night clearing up the space. 

After our short meeting we spent Friday night clearing up the space. 

Yup, that's a bed. 

Yup, that's a bed. 

Doing everything last minute making every minute crucial and stress level high. Kevin maintained his composure the whole time, till we got to Home Debot and the forklift driver was on a lunch break so we had to carry those wood ourselves. Oh Kevin rented a fucking flatbed. 

Doing everything last minute making every minute crucial and stress level high. Kevin maintained his composure the whole time, till we got to Home Debot and the forklift driver was on a lunch break so we had to carry those wood ourselves. Oh Kevin rented a fucking flatbed. 

I took the time to go through David's photos since I haven't seen them. 

I took the time to go through David's photos since I haven't seen them. 

It was getting late, we're tired, stood around to chop it up a bit before David and I went home to rest, Kevin stayed. 

It was getting late, we're tired, stood around to chop it up a bit before David and I went home to rest, Kevin stayed. 

I woke up pretty early Saturday morning, had a big breakfast knowing there will be alot of movement. David had to be at his friends funeral so he couldn't be there in the morning to help. Hats off to David for being strong and composed, he said good bye to his fucking friend and came to help like nothing ever happened. He didn't get much sleep though, so he was extremely tired but carried on anyways. Mad proud of David for all his hard work and sacrifices. And he's going back to Japan this month! He managed his time and money very well. 

Well, the renovation started late on a Saturday! We spent a lot of our time clearing out the space and waited for the handy man Paul and a couple of others to show up to get work started. While Paul and Kevin put them heavy wood on the wall I was on the opposite end painting the shits. Paint tried up pretty quick and was able to put up my photos. David arrived late after noon and went straight to work. Slowly but surely things were looking good, Kevin kept looking over at me and says "Watch, we're gonna fucking work a miracle"  and by the evening time he looked over at me and said to me, "see?! I told you I can make this happen." I kept talking shit as usual but hats off to Kevin, mad props homie. 

David showed up and picked the hardest part of the job. Carry that shit up wasn't easy. 

David showed up and picked the hardest part of the job. Carry that shit up wasn't easy. 

Oh yeah, David showed up with his Starlet on the tow truck. 

Oh yeah, David showed up with his Starlet on the tow truck. 

The Dude Blvd Crew is back. 

The Dude Blvd Crew is back. 

Okay Kevin, you sure showed me, now show me how to turn Oxygen into money Ninja! 

Okay Kevin, you sure showed me, now show me how to turn Oxygen into money Ninja! 

With Paul and David's help, I was able to put up 20 pieces with ease. 

With Paul and David's help, I was able to put up 20 pieces with ease. 

David finally get to put up his piece while Kevin and Paul build a fucking wall, yeah another last minute thing. 

David finally get to put up his piece while Kevin and Paul build a fucking wall, yeah another last minute thing. 

Muscle Tone, Shades, Shadows & Contrast

Shot color film all my life till my college days. I was introduced to shooting black and white photography in college where we printed the photos ourselves in the dark room and that was great! I was afraid of the dark then so being in a complete dark room taking the negatives out of the canister was a challenge. I had my eyes closed in the dark just cuz I was afraid to see some sort of super natural shit lol. Anyways, one of our assignment was to create abstract art using human body parts. I had my ex-girlfriend at the time as my model and she was kind enough for me shoot her in nude. I wish I can show you the images now but if you been to my art show you would've have seen it. Back to the story, I accidentally over exposed ( I think it was) the image upon printing it and discovered a very cool print! It was all white and the only thing left of the image was her curves and outline of her body which looked like a pencil shading by finger. It did not look like a photograph anymore, it looked more of a drawing done by an artist. Ever since then I've been wanting to go back in the dark room and print more photos like that and then some, like these I have posted, shot in front of a dark back drop. 

 

This is my friend Mikey, I've known him for over a decade and I shot these for my Inked Gallery for this site and just recently I decided to edit them using VSCO Cam. Why did it take me this long to edit them? It's because none of my photos I shoot with film are edit. I got bored and got nothing to shoot so I decided to play with these photos and bring out some skin/muscle tone and play with the shadows and shit. And the results are cool! 

Expired Film | DTSD

My cousin called me one day out of the blues. I was in the middle of my ping pong game too, I answered anyways. My cousin was telling about some expired films for sale at the swap meet he was at. I asked him the basic questions, what's the exposure count, ISO counts, brand etc. It was a Walgreen's brand and it has been expired in 2009. You can still shoot with expired films, it's how the film was stored matters the most. If it was to sit in the sun all those years it would've been destroyed and no good to shoot with. Last questions I asked him was "how much and how many of them?" He said 10 and they're a dollar each. I told I'll take them all. I later came home to twelve 4 packs, I think he miscounted haha. But I was excited to have all these films to shoot with. 

I shot a model with it earlier this week and the photos came out great. So thats a good sign that all these films are good to shoot with. I went to Downtown San Diego Monday evening to get some night shot that I rarely do and this was my first time shooting at night with the Canon ae-1. I didn't have a tripod so I had to improvise and place them on ledges, boxes, and rails. Most of the f-stops were guessed, I basically didn't know what I was doing, I was winging it. It was a good lesson as some of the photos turned out to be okay. But I guess I have learned a little bit about exposures over the years.