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Test with Xaolin

I had a test with Xaolin and MUA Shu Zhang during high noon in Topanga canyon. We used all available light and took in the ambiance of nature around us.  Wardrobe provided by SYM.

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I Moo'd last week. My goal was simple, to change and simplify my current business cards, make them more attractive, and change some vital information (this was the real reason). I had a choice, to print my cards again and change the original text, or to make new cards.

I was introduced to Moo years ago, when it was just beginning to pull photos from your Flickr stream, and the cards were half the size of normal business cards (that option still exists). To my delight, Moo now prints business cards are 3:2 aspect ratio, perfect for those of us who shoots 35mm and do not like cropping (more on that later).

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Thoughts on the Nikon 85mm 1.8G

I love using prime lenses. When given the choice, I will always choose carrying a bag of prime lenses than 1 or 2 super zooms. In an article for from a while ago, I wrote about the kit I take with me usually with few prime lenses. My equipment have shifted around a bit, but I still focus on owning less and having them do more.
For portraits and general head shots, I find using the 85mm to be very pleasurable. It gives me no distortion and offers me a good working distance from the subject, not too close and not too far away. The natural thought for us working photographers is to get the fastest version (most expensive) of the lens. For the 85mm, the price and the weight difference was significant. I can buy 3 1.8G for the price of 1 1.4G, and it is much heavier than the 1.8G counterpart.

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Tilda Swinton for Only Lovers Left Alive

Photographing Tilda Swinton was one of the most exhilarating portrait sessions I’ve had. You may know her from movies such as Grand Budapest Hotel, The Chronicles of Narnia or, Burn After Reading, or have seen her recently as the face of Chanel photographed by Karl Lagerfeld himself. I was quite nervous, so much so that I couldn’t speak loudly enough to give her instructions. From first to last shot, the shoot lasted 180 seconds, during which all kinds of communication were zipping around amongst the many people in the room.

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In This Milky Velvet Sky

I spent a night last week on Mt. Pinos last week, in the middle of California 2 hours north of LA. Mt. Pinos is a well known spot for amateur astronomers due to the relatively little light pollution, open space, and as well as high altitude. During cloudless new moons, you'll often find dozens of telescopes aimed at various planets across the skies.

The night I was out there however, nobody else was there due to the fact that there was cloud in the sky and the moon was somewhere hiding around the horizon. Having the freedom of isolation, I was truly able to enjoy being under the blanket of stars.

15 Seconds at f/ 2.8, ISO6400

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