Happy Valentines day

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It’s that time of year where we give our loved ones sweet candy as a sign of affection. Which colored heart is your favorite?

Title: Rainbow heart candy
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I had recently discovered a vast set of texts in the local craft store, and I instantly thought of valentines day ideas.

Title: I <3 you Location: Ventura, California Camera: NIKON D80 Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Film is my favorite format, growing up with it has taught me a whole new world of capturing life. This is to show my appreciation to the art of film.

Title: I love film
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The bead heart is one of many colors, shapes, and sizes. Ranging from neon green to deep purple, there is always a variety when it comes to beads. Do you like to play with beads as well?

Title: Craft love
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Hot spicy love

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Peppers are the spice of life, they can be attributed to heat, color, taste, and shape. These red peppers fit perfectly in my heart shape and presents a fairly spice valentines day look.

Title: Heart shaped hot peppers
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Yellow peppers are some of the most common in the world, but as you see in the grocery store, each pepper can be quite different in size and shape.

Title: Yellow banana pepper
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


What makes peppers so great for photographing is the almost waxy exterior that makes them really shine and pop out in the right light. I really enjoy comparison photos as well because you can see these peppers also change color gradually. Amazing!

Title: Little banana peppers
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


With a stem longer than the body, this orange pepper caught my eye in the market, just begging to be captured. While there isn’t smooth edges like the previous two peppers, this one has a beautiful hint of reds and orange that make it shine.

Title: Habanero Orange hot pepper
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Crazy about kale

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I’ve taken a liking to food photography recently, since it’s very important in our lives, why not document the things that provide us sustenance?

Title: Kale leaf
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Looking closer at Kale, we find it has a rather veiny appearance just like humans. However these veins are purely green and rather delicious!

Title: Macro of a kale leaf
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I was in a ranch market when this purple Kale caught my eye instantly, a very unique vegetable that I hadn’t really seen before and since purple is my favorite color, I knew it was calling me.

Title: Purple kale leaf
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This upclose picture of the purple Kale shows that much like green Kale, it has a very complex vein system however the leaves are much longer and wider than normal.

Title: Up close look at purple kale
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Rustic mushroom photography

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These photos were also taken at Seaside Garden, however flowers weren’t the topic this time. It took quite some time to find various mushrooms after the recent rain storm in the area. The pay off was well worth the search.

Title: Mushroom top
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


These tiny bulbed mushrooms were hidden in brush, looking a little burned and withered but still pretty nonetheless.

Title: Hidden mushrooms
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Often times we find mushrooms in dark and dank places, but these were more out in the open considering the environment. What caught my eye was the pack of bulbous mushrooms looking pristine except for small specs of dirt.

Title: Group of little mushrooms
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


A little sun behind the flat capped mushrooms show you just how close these were to being exposed, however not all mushrooms require darkness to thrive.

Title: Rustic mushrooms
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Macro Monday

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These photos were taken at the Seaside Garden in Carpinteria, one of my favorite places to visit for vibrant flowers and beautiful scenery.

Title: Geranium rozanne flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Simple sometimes is better and these white flowers really stood out against the dark green back drop, offering a beautiful contrast.

Title: Dreamy potato vine flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


You tend to notice detail in leaves when big photos present them, and this leaf can be best described as fuzzy and oddly shaped, having square edges compared to smooth, round edges that most leaves have.

Title: Velvet groundsel leaf
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


You can practically feel the dew drops on this bright red plant, beading ever so slightly next to each other where one gently breeze can knock the water right off. I love capturing moments like this.

Title: Red dianthus flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

A peaceful beach walk

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I took a long walk on the beach with my camera to clear my head. It’s the most peaceful place in the world!

Title: river into the sea
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: wispy clouds in the sky
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: smoke over the sanddune
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: distant foggy mountains
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

The beach up close

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I love using my macro lense because it offers a perspective that normally cannot be picked up by the human eye, like magnifying unique bubbles on the sand.

Title: seafoam
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


This lone crab was crawling around on the beach, scared but curious at the lense I was pointing at it. Luckily it stood still for a second for me to capture.

Title: crab on the beach
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


These bubbles in the sand are made by small crabs burrowing under and creating air holes, quite crafty.

Title: holes in the sand
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


Water is the perfect catalyst to a great photo, and this one I captured shows the ripples of time hitting the solid rock.

Title: ripples over a beach pebble
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter

Simple seashell

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One of the many perks about going to the beach is finding unique sea shells, and there are thousands, if not millions of them. The variety is endless.

Title: Cobalt blue & rust colored seashell
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


This is one of the most unique sea shells I ever came across, and it does look like a space ship!

Title: Sea urchin shell
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


Sometimes shells can be both smooth and rough, just like this lightly tanned clam shell.

Title: Peach colored seashell
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


With a pattern of reds and tan, this sea shell is easy on the eyes.

Title: seashell up close
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter

Shades of pink floral blooms

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Carpet coral blooms from late spring through fall and is a genuinely easy-care groundcover rose. The flower blooms don’t fade in the sun instead their shade deepens as they age, as you can see this rose is a deep rich coral-red color.

Title: Carpet coral red rose
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


This rose is the perfect pink! Grandiflora Rose are known for being hardy, with big pink blossoms and dark green foliage.

Title: Grandiflora Rose-Tournament of Roses
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


I passed by this rose and instantly smelled it’s strong citrus fragrance. As I got closer this glowing soft pink rose bloom caught my eye, this was my favorite rose at the garden.

Title: Orchid romance rose
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


In the winter after a little rain the succulent flowers begin to bloom. This simple flower created an amazing minimalist photograph.

Title: Pink succulent flower
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter

Succulent garden

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Fresh dew drops on this aeonium urbicum succulent makes for quite the picturesque plant.

Title: Sage green aeonium urbicum
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


Succulents can change shades of color quite easily in the right sun light.

Title: small tree houseleek succulent
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


My favorite part about this plant is the extreme gradient it offers from light green to a vibrant red.

Title: Aeonium valverdense
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


This plant is the silver stone succulent, a very memorable and unique part of the succulent family.

Title: silver stone succulent
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter

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