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For my net art project. I wanted to use animated gifs to break down the technical aspects of my portfolio as well as provide contest as to how I took these photographs. I hope everyone leaves having as much appreciation for these pictures as I do and feels inspried to go to and see these places for themselves.

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This image was taken as I was walking along a hiking trail on a cold foggy morning in Bodega Bay. As I looked up from the path I saw how the planks I was walking on lead me straight into a very spiritual looking tree. I squatted slightly to exaggerate the leading lines in the walkway and placed this wonderful tree in the middle of the frame to signify its importance as well as allow for more sky in the frame to convey the vastness of the surrounding space. The uneven horizon line helped further convey the hilliness of the surrounding landscape and by saturating the greens a bit in post, I wanted the viewer to feel the dampness of that morning.

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Folsom was taken in late summer of 2014 before all of my friends had departed for their freshman year of college. We arrived at the Folsom bridge at the height of golden hour and even though this area is not know for fishing, I still told my friend Garrett yo bring his fly rod as I thought it would make for interesting photos. What was really interesting was that since the air was so hot their was no wind and the water was pure glass making for a stunning reflection. The bridge and the reflection really added a nice background and foreground element with their leading lines point to Garrett in the middle of the frame.

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Battery Spencer is probably one of the most photogenic locations in al of California. And if you wait until the blue hour roughly 45 mins after sunset, the images from this former military base are nothing short of stunning. The deceiving thing about this image is that I was not all that close to the Golden Gate itself, It is just so big that even from a mile away, it still fills the whole frame. Further when this photo is examined in a larger format, wonderful details can be made out in the background of the image like coin tower and other skyscrapers in San Francisco's skyline. By waiting until the blue hour, you can capture the glow of the lights and then but also have a nice deep color in the sky which further helps the bridge pop. 10/10 would recommend this spot.

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Anyone who has been to maui has probably tried to complete the Road to Hana drive. This drive circumnavigates the entire island and take about a full day to complete. What they don’t tell you is that this drive is slow and has more twist and turns than a rollercoaster. So everyone gets car sick eventually. This image was taken on one of our pitstops where I just had to get out and stretch or else it was going to get nasty. What I love about this image is the contrast go the greens and blues as well as its asymmetry. The greens and blues in the image really help convey the lushness of the Hawaiian rainforest as well as the purity of the water off of the coast of Maui. The asymmetry makes the image look untamed making the viewer feel as though he is the first person to see this place with this being further enforced by the lack of human intervention in the image.

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Before I took this image my favorite animal was a penguin. But when you see a wild bison in person, let alone a hundred, their size and power could change anyones mind. It was at the tale end a wild life tour in Teton National park when our van driver slammed on the breaks and started screaming for all of us to sump out of the car as their was an entire heard of bison grazing on the valley tundra. It was then over the span of the next fifteen minute that I think I did not stop shooting. Eventually one of the bison got spooked and charged up the hill creating a stampede seen in this image. The actively running bison at the bottom of the frame help to provide the viewer context as to what is happening in this photograph and help guide the viewers eye from bottom to top where a faint outline of the Tetons can be seen.

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Being a member of the LMU ski and Snowboard club I have had the opportunity to shoot quite bit in the Unbound terrain park. Here you can see some of the world top pro’s throwing down their most innovative tricks that they are getting ready for the competition season. Being a photographer on an active ski slope is a delicate art. You have to put yourself in the best position to take the photo while also being as un obtrusive as possible. It took about 4 tries to get this shot just right but it turned out great. I was able to provide context with the mountain in the background and the rail helped to guide the reader and to the direction of the action. Further the orange i the rail helped to balance out all of the bluefin the image.

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The Manhattan Beach Pier is one of the most picturesque piers in all of Souther California. It has wonderful coloring and also has nice and clean lines. Also when the lights turn on top of the pier at night, they really pop off of the night sky background. For this picture in particular, I really liked how the image became naturally divided into three elements being the sky, the water, and the beach. Further the the viewers eye is guided by the pier taking them out to the end of the pier and then beck to shore guided by the lamps reflection on the water.

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Interestingly enough the second Manhattan Pier photograph was taken only a few minutes before the first, however with some crafty editing it looks like a foggy morning. What is nice about this image is the relative flatness of the image allows to get more details and accurate colors than the first. In this image as well the viewers eye is guide out to but the direction and leading lines of the pier. This photo in part worked so well because the blues interacted very nicely with the grays as well as each third had something interesting going on in the image.

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This swimming hole is found deep in the Maui Rain Forest. After a few miles of hiking this tranquil sprouts up out of almost nowhere. While this is a popular tourist destination, by getting there early I had the area almost to myself. The area was very shaded from the dense trees and the water having flown down the mountains of Maui was very cold. This image was shot from the shore line of the swimming hole. The cliff that the waterfall extended from worked to draw the viewers eye into the center of the image where the waterfall was. Then from there the reflection from the waterfall brings the vireos eye to the woman who was really cold.

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Tanker was taken as I was riding my bike along the path between El Segundo and Manhattan Beach. As I was riding during sunset I noticed how the sun was setting perfectly in line with this gigantic container ship so I had to stop and take a picture. It was low tide so I was able to walk out pretty far on the beach I ended up laying belly down on the ground to the the vantage point I wanted. I just wanted enough zoom as to really exaggerate the eclipsing ship. I made sure to compose the the photograph to put the horizon line in line with the top third and the ship at an impact point. The seaweed acted as a nice foreground element. The colors were saturated slightly but otherwise the image is a pretty accurate representation of what I saw.

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There has only been two times that I genuinely feared for my life when I was taking a picture. This was one of them. My friend John and I woke up at 4 am and hopped in the car and made our way from the north shore of Lake Tahoe all the way to Emerald Bay on the south shore. It was still dark when we got there and we hiked up a granite hill waiting to get a better vantage point of the sunrise. As we shot some clouds passed just at the right moment and I captured a once in a lifetime photograph of the sunrising. My only regret is that I had brought a wider lens with me. The part where I thought I was going to die was when we went to climb back down to the road we got caught in a rockslide and a 50lb boulder almost took out my friend.

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This image of Florence, Italy was taken from a location called Piazza di Michelangelo. I had scouted this location from the day before and knew this was going to be a great spot to photograph from. I knew I had to wait until the sunset and the blue hour commenced to take the picture. I wanted a nice deep and rich sky with the lights of the the city to turn on. I made sure to walk out to the leftmost area of the piazza to frame both the duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio in either third of the frame. This image worked so nicely because it is so layered. There is the row of homes lit up by the rivers then the duomo and palazzo are lit up in the mid ground and then in the the sky with the clouds in the background let everything in from it pop even more.