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I am a landscape and urban exploration photographer currently living in Los Angeles, California See…

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I have a new Facebook page just for my photography! Feel free to stop by and give it a “like” if you are so inclined!


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A distant solitary figure begins to descend into the dunes of Death Valley

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My latest photo from the Death Valley shoot.


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SONY A7R with Legacy LENS

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Great photos! I love the FD 85 1.2L. I might have to find one of those for myself.


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Forget the rest - Simply the best. Sony A7r - Carl Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 - Raw samples. Cameras come and cameras go. That marvel we thought state of the art a few years ago becomes subject to derisory offers at car boot sales.

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Recalibration - The Photography of David Hellard

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I just finished processing and posting my photos of the Los Angeles River I took as part of a workshop last weekend. hosted by the Friends of the LA River and the Los Angeles Center of Photography. If you are so inclined, feel free to drop by and take a look! This set is my first using the Sony A7r.


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So I bought the Sony A7r . I’ll avoid the long pre-amble about why I felt I needed a new camera, I think I would probably simply wander off into digressive ruminations of FF vs APS-C, relative…

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A quick review & summary of my thoughts about the Sony A7r.


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One of the island tufas at Mono Lake. The light appearing to come off the tufa was actually a rainbow that I wasnt able to capture for some reason even though I fired off a mess of shots. Chalk it up to one more Mono Lake mystery….

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Had a fantastic time photographing the tufas at Mono Lake in March. I’m particularly happy with how this one came out.


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One of the island tufas at Mono Lake. The light appearing to come off the tufa was actually a rainbow that I wasnt able to capture for some reason even though I fired off a mess of shots. Chalk it up to one more Mono Lake mystery….

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Ok, this was NOT photoshopped. Apart from a small contast adjustment this is straight from the RAW file.

While shooting during sunset at Mono Lake, this massive storm came upon us. As the weather started to turn, I wanted to get a few shots of the clouds as they boiled over the mountains. I fired off a few shots and started heading with the group back to our cars.

Imagine my surprise to see this face in the clouds! Can you see the eyes? I know, they look Photoshopped, but they arent. Creepy! That’s just what I needed right before I went to bed last last.

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During the course of this trip, I learned truly how valuable light is. This shot lasted less than 60 seconds before the light was too harsh

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Keeping it simple today. Some dunes from Death Valley

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Landscape Photography: The Spray & Pray Technique

While on landscape photography workshop, we pulled over and jumped out of the car at the urging of our guide to get a shot that only lasts a few minutes while the sun is rising and only during this time of year.

I was completely confused as to what I was supposed to be shooting and just starting spraying and praying.  I was supposed to have gotten a layered shot of the different grasses in horizontal lines. Instead I got this, which isnt too bad as long as you dont zoom in too much to look at it. The 100-400mm lens requires a bit more skill to wield than I had at that time. Well, you learn through your mistakes.

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Sunset Gate

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When the Stars Come Out

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Howling Wolf / Broken Tower