I'm not exactly sure how I stumbled across your blog, but your photos have definitely captured my attention. Really nicely done!
Thank you sir! I appreciate it greatly.
I stumbled upon your instagram a couple of months ago and I gotta say keep up the good work man your work ethic, lifestyle, and taste make me realize that's how I want to live my life.
I really appreciate this! People like you make me hope that it’s not all in vain.
How did you end up as the person you are today? I.e your style, job, and general taste in things.
That’s a tough question to answer, as I’m sure it’s a multitude of books, experiences, mistakes, and other things.
But, if I had to try and sum it up, I think I’d attribute it to giving myself some reflection time for anything and everything I do. If you do something significant, give yourself time to stop, reflect, and process it. If you don’t do this, you’ll never learn from anything and will trudge into the future making the same mistakes over and over.
How exactly did you assemble/construct your bedframe?
It’s really simple. The 6x6 planks of wood are heavy enough that the joints only needed simple L brackets to give some structure, and the weight of the wood gives the frame rigidity in every day movements. It’s really just a huge picture frame assembly.
With the rise of instagram, I've become incredibly interested in photography. What kind of camera would you recommend for a total beginner (I've never had a camera before, and have only ever shot from my iPhone)?
It’s hard for me to answer this without saying a film 35mm camera is the best way to go. I think learning about exposure, composition, and focus is best learned on a completely manual camera. My personal favorite is a Nikon FM with a 50mm lens. It will run you no more than $200, and will last forever.
If you do go digital however, I won’t be the best with suggestions, but would urge you to keep the camera on the manual setting. Learning the ins and outs of basic photography skills will only help you in the long run. Your first months will be full of missed photos, improperly exposed captures, and blurred images, but it will all be worth it down the road.
I have a fear of being put into a situation that I don’t have the operational skills to overcome, and subsequently have tried to learn everything I do from a root level in order to counteract that situation. If you learn on an automatic camera, and one day book a gig on a set where you have only manual settings to rely on, you’d be caught with your pants down and in a tight spot, and that’s no fun!
Hey just wanted to say Hi and that your blog is amazing! Ive been going non-stop liking things and reblogging like crazy. Thanks for the inspiration! - Brian :)
Ah, thank you! I appreciate the gestures!
still one of my all time favorite photographers. always great to see such consistency in every photo set you post. cheers!
I really appreciate that! I’m just happy to be able to run some film through my camera and have the means to process it. Thanks for checking everything out.
In your Instagram, there is a picture showing your unique wall mounted desk, did you D.I.Y or you gotten it somewhere?
It’s built with wood I found, and some brackets from a normal hardware store down the street from me. Ultra simple!
If you aren't really for editing your phone photographs with vsco, which editing soft ware do you primarily use?
I used to use Snapseed and PS Touch, but now that Instagram has built in great adjustment tools, I’ve been using nothing else (if posting to Instagram). Also, it never hurts to shoot a photo in light that you feel makes the photo stand out on its own without adjustments.
Hey man, have you ever used a rage finder camera? I bought one, it's Fujica Compact 35 and I'm having difficulties gets my subject in focus. I always miss my subject. any advice?
I have! Rangefinders are great, but they definitely take some getting used to. I would just practice practice practice! The more you get used to the rangefinder and looking for lines to use to focus, the better you’ll see your results. Also, learning to judge distance to get you in the ballpark is always great, as well as learning how 35mm, focal length, aperture, and subject distance all work in tandem. Then, once you get used to those factors, you’ll factor in subject distance and subject motion speed, and you’ll have a whole other world to explore.
Don’t be fooled by people who have been shooting forever and have great images. They got there the same way you did, by practicing a ton and (probably) shooting through a lot of blurry rolls!
I'm from New Zealand and I will be over in LA next week, is there anywhere you would recommend going to for an "underground" experience of the city?
I’m not very good with LA proper and cool spots, as I grew up outside the city and spent a lot of my time skating. If you end up on a skateboard, I can help with spots though! Just give me a shout!
Hey! Awsome photos, dude!! I just stumbled upon your blog from a repost of your shots of the ink wells out in lauganitas.. I also live in the bay area and know of, and been to, many of the places you've photographed.
That’s amazing! California is such a great place, and even though I’ve been in the northern half for almost 5 years, I still feel like a kid in a candy shop. There’s so much to explore. Maybe I’ll see you around one day.
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