January 10, 2015 · 1:38 pm
Tried a bit of food photography in my DIY lightbox. Couldn’t find a basket of pinterest-approved rustic veggies or a hipster-loved mason jar full of god knows what. Instead, I crumbled nilla wafers, sliced strawberries, and dolloped a few spoons of inexpensive canned whip cream. My backdrop was a wooden board found in the garage.
Filed under Winter/Fall
Tagged as cream, dessert, DIY lightbox, falco, food, food photography, fuji, fujifilm, macro, maningding, photography, pinterest, product, product photography, ranier, ranierm, ranierm.com, strawberries, strawberry, street, the, thefalco.com, x100
January 4, 2015 · 3:28 pm
My Christmas Presents from Livi
Livi always gets me amazing presents, but this year was very special. These watches are a perfect statement of the personal style I’ve crafted over the years: simple, timeless, and subtle. Can’t wait to see how the leather softens and molds into the shape of my wrists.
Filed under Winter/Fall
Tagged as 7d, automatic, bellows, black, bulbs, camera, canon, citizen, DIY, falco, fuji, fujifilm, land, LED, lens, lightbulbs, macro, maningding, photography, polaroid, ranier, ranierm, ranierm.com, soft white, softbox, street, the, thefalco.com, watches, white, x 100, x10, x100, x100s, x100t
January 1, 2015 · 10:47 pm
Filed under Winter/Fall
Tagged as 75-200, 7d, ameebo, amiibo, automatic, bellows, bokeh, camera, canon, f stop, falco, fox, land, lens, lil mac, link, little mac, maningding, mario, photo, photography, photos, photoshoot, polaroid, portrait, ranier, ranierm, ranierm.com, samus, sheik, street, super, the, thefalco.com, zelda
November 18, 2014 · 1:29 am
I can photograph a person outside with relative ease but inside? Inside “street shooting” makes me nervous. I flinch. I double-think. I don’t shoot at all. Sometimes I think I’m being polite but really, I’m just missing the shot.
Here, I did not miss the shot. After a day of work interning at The Veteran’s Equity Center, my group members and I stopped by Blue Bottle in the South of Market district. They waited for their coffee and I waited for this lady to lower her gaze. She was reading quite intensely. From the giant “FRENCH” typed on the cover I assumed it was a tour guide or a language book.
I just love the diagonal tilt of the lighting. Feels very Edward Hopper-esque, only closer. The line across her face isn’t her hair – it’s mine. It was stuck inside the bellows, just behind the lens, and appeared in every subsequent frame. Does that count as a photobomb?
Filed under Polaroid
Tagged as 100, 100c, automatic, bellows, blue bottle coffee, ca, california, camera, edward, edward hopper, falco, fp, fp-100c, francisco, fuji, fujifilm, hopper, ISO, land, lens, maningding, photography, polaroid, ranier, ranierm, ranierm.com, san, san francisco, street, the, thefalco.com
November 16, 2014 · 8:54 pm
Livi’s Mom: RANIER! RANIER! QUICK! IT’S SNOWING!
It is? In… Texas?
The first and last time I experienced snow was in 2000 at Angel’s Camp, CA. I was ten years old and the snow on the ground felt ten months old. It was hardened, like blocks of ice, but hey! I’m a Bay Area kid so I could care less! Snow angels, snowball fights, and snowmen, here I come!… Unfortunately, the snow was so stiff the snowball my oldest brother threw cracked the skin on my brother’s temple. He was pissed.
But this? This was wonderful. I never experienced falling snow so it was such a treat. I walked out with Livi’s mom, her brother, their dog Mila, and my dog Oso.
Handheld @ ISO 4,000
This shot blew my mind. I could actually see the snowflake shape on the tree stump. I had never seen it before. Maybe in art class cut out of binder paper, but not like this.
As I felt the gentle bodies of ice sleep softly on my cheek, I was reminded of all the beauty and mystery of life.
Filed under Fuji X100
Tagged as 000, 11/16/14, 4, 4000, fuji, fujifilm, high, ISO, maningding, night, photography, plano, ranier, slow shutter, snow, snowday, street, texas, x100
November 16, 2014 · 10:44 am
This is one of my all-time favorite shots. Prior to this, I hadn’t even touched my cameras in months. Livi, my family, and I went to the Oakland Zoo as a learning experience for my nephew, Ariston. During the trip my brother-in-law, Mark, brought his newly gifted Canon 5d Mark II and was snapping away at giraffes, lions, and howler monkeys. Then, we walked in to the petting zoo barn and I saw this tiny, fleeting moment. A true H.C.B moment.
With the quickness, I borrowed the 5d Mark II in my hand, pretended I was interested in photographing the goat, and snapped this ONE photo. I felt like Clint Eastwood only less beard-y, more Asian, and less likely to talk to a chair. It felt good getting this shot. It was reassurance that YEAAA BABY! I STILL GOT IT! DADDY STILL GOT THEM MOVES!
I just love the ray of light beaming down on the little girl and the goat. Looks like it jumped off the page of “The Bible: For KIDZ” magazine – which I totally just invented just now.
Filed under DSLR, Street Photography
Tagged as 2, 5d, canon, goat, ii, lighting, maningding, mark, oakland, petting, ranier, zoo
November 16, 2014 · 10:33 am
Filed under Fuji X10, Street Photography
Tagged as blog, car wash, fuji, fujifilm, maningding, ranier, street photography, sunnyvale, thefalco.com, werk, x10
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