Final Project


Pechanga’s Great Oak

This place was such a site for your eyes. This oak tree is huge with it’s limbs so large they are resting on the ground 20-30 feet away from the trunk. The story behind this tree being a spirit is very interesting. To just hear stories about spirits and how it is engrained into their traditions is very unique.

For these photos I aimed for getting a few lens flares to add another element to the photograph, and I feel I succeeded. A couple shots were bracketed into HDR and then toned down just to hair so it isn’t so jarring; I just wanted some nice smooth tones to show the tonal range of the tree.

Beach HDR Test Shots

In addition to shooting timelapse photography, I’m looking at doing timelapse HDRs. Using Magiclantern firmware to do bracketed interval shooting, it will shoot 3 shots consecutively to what ever interval I set it to. Once all of that is done, I bring it into Photomatix Pro to batch process the images to make them all into HDR imagery. HDR is pretty stylized but I prefer to not overdo it, but be just right so it doesn’t look too stylized.

Book/ Final Project Update


As discussed briefly in one of our prior classes, I am planning to do a visual piece with time lapse photography around Southern California. My initial day of shooting was going to be at Joshua Tree and the plan was to do some star trails for my video. Due to other circumstances I was unable to go out there which delayed my project. These circumstances persisted for a good while and it took me a couple minutes to figure out what I wanted to do. I was at a point where I can choose not to do my time lapse project but instead, just create a book. I told myself not to give up and just change the overall theme of my project.

For my project I want to incorporate the sights and sounds of different locations of 0 Diego County. Narrowing it down to a smaller locale will help me focus on this idea. Overall I want to take people on a timelapse journey throughout San Diego and to hear the sounds it has to offer. Today people always just plug in headphones and not pay attention to the sounds around them. Sounds that make the place interesting, unique, and relaxing.¬† So far, I’ve gone to a few beaches to film video, timelapse and to record high quality audio of just the waves. bringing a shotgun mic, recorder, and headphones out to the beach; it was probably a sight to see for other beach goers to see.

As for presenting it, I would like to present it in a similar fashion as a standard projection. Perhaps much larger than what we are used to in a classroom. In addition, I would like to make it more immersive by having the viewer watch this short with headphones that I will provide. Since you’ll become engulfed¬†auditorily, I feel that it will add more immersion to the sights that are to be seen.

Other locations I’d like to film would be downtown San Diego, Oceanside Pier, reshoot Elfin Forest, and perhaps go to Lake Hodges. Time is dwindling and I need to go and shoot more

Jim Brandenburg // Chased by the light


Jim Brandenburg is an interesting guy. To start out with very little knowledge of photography and work for National Geographic is such an amazing achievement. Shoot day in and day out with the rigors of editors wanting more, and other photographers vying for you job it seemed very stressful for him. Being burnt out on photography seems like a understatement; for how much joy you get taking photographs, it sounded more like a chore for him. With Brandenburg doing this project, only taking 1 photograph a day slows down the pace of your work and makes you more methodical, more meticulous with what photograph you will take for that day. I feel Brandenburg helped himself by doing this series, as it helped himself not only as a photographer, but emotionally and psychologically