Go Explore! : Episode 1

Hey Everybody!

So I came up with this great idea for a blog series just as I was writing this post about my weekend exploring the hills off of Highway 9. Simply the new blog series is called "Go Explore!" The idea behind this is for me to share a lot of these spots that I have came across over the years and even new ones I may come across in the future. Wether they are popular locations or somewhat secret I want to share all of these amazing, breath taking, inspirational places that I find. This also gives you the chance to post replies in the comments on some cool places that you think I should check in the future, which could mean that I could post some awesome pictures of the places you suggested for you to keep!

So I'm starting this off with Highway 9 near Saratoga. I was up in the hills just leaving the range when the scenery urged me to pull over. There was a dense fog covering the mountain side and while it was pretty dark from the storm clouds higher up there was still plenty of light coming through to light the trees up. It was pouring out that day which made it a little challenging, mainly because a camera body is only weather sealed to a certain extent and it had me a little worried (not as much as later though..you will see.) 

Highway 9:  Ive always liked this certain look in nature. It just reminds me of driving up to my cabin when I was a kid and that's something I like to apply to my photos. Emotion from memory. 

This would be something I would advise against. Low visibility and standing in the road just beyond a turn made me feel uneasy. Keep your ears open!

I made my way down Highway 9 stopping on the side of the road every quarter of a mile or so snapping photos until I came to a sign that pointed to Sanborn park. It pointed me up a steep two lane road. I made it no more than three hundred feet past the turn off when I saw a creek that caught my eye. Which after pulling a quick u-turn I promptly grabbed my equipment and set off on a hike. 

This place was amazing. Tall Redwoods and Oaks provided cover from the rain there was no shortage of greenery around this creek either. There is a nice trail that follows pretty close to the creek, but I opted for walking along/through the creek in my sweet waterproof boots.

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I should note that because you have waterproof boots with amazing grip doesn't mean that you won't slip on those slimy rocks. Let's just say the other clothing items I was wearing were not waterproof either and I'm glad nobody else was around...Camera survived! I gently tossed it aside.

Soaked, I continued my hike for probably a quarter of a mile through the creek to search for some bigger "waterfalls." I came across an area which had a man made wall or foundation which was odd. Near it was some bigger "falls" and also some deep ponds. Steering clear of the deeper water I walked onto the trail to see where I could get some good photos without chancing it again..no dice. I hopped rock to rock even aiming for shallow water, but at this point it didn't make a difference!

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So now my camera and I were drenched and I felt I did enough exploring for today. I definitely want to return to hike more of the trail when it's more dry out! I pulled up more info and it seems like a great hike to do on a weekend. It connects with Castle Rock 16 miles up trail, which would make for a great photo hike. Here is more information on the Sanborn Trail

I hope you all enjoyed this and I will talk to you all soon!

 

Jason

For Sale: Prints

Hey Everybody!

So a few posts back I was explaining that I added a shop page to my website. It wasn't quite up to speed though, but as of now it is up and running with more options for print sizes, style and prices for each option that you choose. I was also able to go through and update my services page as well. You can check them out here.

Thank you,

 

Jason

Take a Look Back PT.1

Hey Everybody,

I was out driving through the hills the other day chasing down some nice scenery to photograph and I had a thought cross my mind. I was thinking that there was a time not too long ago when I didn't really have a clue what I was doing with a camera. How would the past version of me attack this sunset? How would the past version of me take this portrait? Well to answer that I had received my first camera in 2006, which was a Nikon D50 with a 20mm f2.8 and a 70-105 f4-5.6. Now knowing me and my mindset I loved fisheye lenses and basically ANY wide angle lenses! That's not so good for portraits or even landscapes. I mean I didn't even know what those "f4-5.6" markings were doing on the lenses or even the importance of ISO! At that time I didn't care, I just really enjoyed taking pictures. 

I was given tons of books and small lessons from my dad, which helped guide me to take better photos more consistently. Honestly though what helped the most was all the times I would go drive and take photos of scenery or buildings. I would even experiment with lighting with self portraits. Finally it became time that I get a proper education and attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco. 

Anyway back to the reason of all this! I can say that you definitely take your personal interests into photography. I love music and motor sports. I also love to travel and meet new people! That is why it's hard to stay in one area of photography. I took my love for music and kept taking photos of smaller bands at venues like The Vibe in Foster City, The Venue in Los Gatos or Bottom of the Hill in SF. At that point I started to make a portfolio for myself. Soon I was marking my calendar so I knew when all of my favorite bands would come into town and started emailing all the managers to hopefully have the chance to photograph in a greater venue. My first response was from The Expendables and I would be shooting in their hometown venue at The Catalyst. 

Here is one of my first live band photos taken back in 2008. My friend Ryan in Hope For A.M. and my cheesy border effect!

Here is one of my first live band photos taken back in 2008. My friend Ryan in Hope For A.M. and my cheesy border effect!

I was beyond stoked for this. I mean first of all I was able to legitimately have my camera gear in a venue, then to be allowed in the photo pit up close to the bands was exciting, but the one thing that made the night was I was allowed backstage where I was able to share a drink with The Expendables! My excitement carried through the night where I somehow shot about 3k photos, which if you're not a band photographer is pretty ridiculous. I did learn a few things that night though, mainly how much I hate red lighting and what it does to the photos! 

Ryan of The Expendables.

Ryan of The Expendables.

More recent photo of Hoodie Allen in SF

More recent photo of Hoodie Allen in SF

Since then I have built up a good portfolio which has allowed me to photograph many bands and events around San Francisco. It has truly been so much fun to meet all the different people in the music industry! In the end It's not like I know everything there is to know, but it's funny to look back to see where I started and how far I have come. 

 

Thanks,

 

Jason

Fitness Photography

Hey Everybody!

I just wanted to share some recent updates with you.  Lately, I have been really excited to be making a move into fitness photography. I'm bringing all my knowledge of lighting from portraits to help bring out a more gritty advertising feel to these photographs. Essentially, I'm trying to provide a service where you can receive top notch photos at a great price. These photos can showcase what you have already achieved, or goals you are currently working towards. I'm hoping to reach out to everybody involved in fitness.  Whether you are a trainer, a professional body builder, or avid gym member, I can help capture your goals in the making!

I want to thank Walter Daly for letting me crash his workout this past Friday at Crossfit San Mateo:Team Elite. We were able to get some awesome shots!

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A few weeks back I had another buddy, Adam let me take some photos as well and here is one that we got. 

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Let me know what you guys think! If you are interested in something like this send me a message here.

 

Thank you,

 

Jason

Playing Tourist

Hey everybody!

It's a pretty funny thing that I grew up in the same city for the past 24 years. I'm not even 30 minutes away from San Francisco and some of the most sought after tourist attractions like Alcatraz, The Bay and Golden Gate bridges. So why is it that just this past week was my first time going out to photograph them? I have no clue at all, but here are a few photos that I snapped.

Golden Gate from Fort Baker.

Golden Gate from Fort Baker.

The photo set is of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge. This is an idea I had because I'm so fascinated by the night sky and I could only wish for a sight like this at all times.

Bay Bridge Eastern Span: Milky Way.

Bay Bridge Eastern Span: Milky Way.

Bay Bridge Eastern Span.

Bay Bridge Eastern Span.

So let me know what you think of the Eastern span photos. Do you like it with the stars or without the stars? 

Thanks,

Jason

 

 

Website Tweaks: Shop Addition

Hey Everybody!

Update: I’ve been hard at work these past few nights tweaking my website. I wanted to create more interaction with you all so I’m making a few changes around here.

First off, I made my blog the homepage so you aren’t bombarded with photos when you log on to my website. Now, you're greeted with my rants and thoughts with the occasional photo post. Then I consolidated tabs to make more room on my site. I moved my people portfolio into a nice drop down menu along with my music folder. This was mainly to showcase my awesome new tab …drum roll... my shop menu! I added the prints tab where I have some of my favorite landscape photos for sale. Each photo ordered comes framed in a color of your choice (Black, Walnut or Maple). Lastly, under the services tab you can find information on all the services that I provide, and a nice FAQ at the bottom of the page.

I'm very stoked on these new additions and tweaks. They’ll definitely make everything run smoothly for everybody. Let me know what you think!

 

Thanks,

Jason

One of the many prints that I have up for sale. Framed to give you an idea on how it will look!

One of the many prints that I have up for sale. Framed to give you an idea on how it will look!

Unseen Addiction

Thanks for stopping by!  I want to start out by saying that I'm lucky to be surrounded by so many creative friends. Friends who strive to follow their dreams and go into business for themselves. As many of us know, that is a tough process, which is why I'm honored that they bring me on as their photographer.  They allow me to bring my creativity on board while helping them reach out to the world.

I must say that photographing for a clothing company has to be one of the most enjoyable times. I mean, being out and about in the wilderness is great and refreshing, and being feet away from a car traveling upwards of 100 mph is exhilarating; however I prefer the great times to be had as a big group of friends working together while having fun.  Being in an environment like that is truly motivating and in the end helps everybody out.  


My friend Emily started her own company last year and has been stocking up her inventory like crazy. She wanted to roll out her website as quick as possible so we had to get rolling pretty quickly. We had a few shoots lined up, which was really exciting for the both of us. One outdoor, Three in the studio, thousands of photos and days’ worth of editing later I unveiled the first photos! We have made tremendous progress, especially with the models loosening up and becoming more comfortable with poses, which is a key factor for the whole shoot!  The overall process is sped up, besides the occasional wardrobe change on set, but most of all it comes down to if the person who hired me is happy and if the models are having fun together (thanks to mimosas).


It never gets old seeing your work being published, and is such a gratifying feeling. I want to thank Emily again for this opportunity, and if you're in need of some new amazing clothes go check her shop out at www.unseenaddiction.com

For more photos from the shoots click here

- Jason

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Quick turn around..Wardrobe change!  

Quick turn around..Wardrobe change!

 

From the first outdoor shoot.

From the first outdoor shoot.

From the first studio shoot.

From the first studio shoot.

Welcome to my new site!

Hey everybody!  

I want to take the time to welcome you to my new site, which is filled with all new features! First, I want to apologize for the inconvenience with my site being down and under reconstruction these past few weeks.  The good news is that I'm back and looking cleaner than ever!

Now back to my new and improved site! I added new features on my site to make it more user friendly and hopefully engage everybody by leaving comments and asking questions.  This also brings me to the first demonstration of the new site features, which is this blog itself. I have never had a real blog, only because I was never into the idea of writing a short novel with every photo group I posted, but I figured it would be a great way to share the stories behind my photos. In the blog you can like or comment to start a conversation, or even share some constructive criticism with me. (To all my BorrowLenses friends…yes, yes I know highlights are blown.) You will also notice that my blog has a feed of the latest photos and tweets on the right hand side of the page, which will help keep everybody up to date with my newest photos and projects.

Also, you may notice the new fancy social media buttons at the bottom left of the website. Those buttons lead to my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and 500px portfolio, where you can like or follow me.  If you really, really like me, then feel free to hit that share button and pass me along to your friends and family! Thanks :). 

Overall, the site itself and the contents are entirely new and cleaned up from the hundreds of photos I had in the past. Going forward, I will try and feature only my newest work and projects, but I will keep you updated if that happens to change. All photos are now one size and located in a clean looking slideshow, which can be controlled by the arrows at either side of the page. My contact form is now bug free so hopefully I won’t receive anymore broken emails, which doesn't really affect any of you, but that makes me excited!

I think that pretty much covers everything. So welcome once again and let me know what you think!