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Big Ups to Brklyn? naw, its Pasadena son.

Well its great to be back in Chico.

I think.

The next couple of posts will be from last semester,

as well as late summer

and over the holiday break.

I just got some film back from the lab,

to which I am pleased with greatly.

getting film back never gets old.

its like little mini Christmas’,

seeing frames for the first time in months, maybe years is a special moment.

Well, here they are,



this is morgan. he likes tequila.


he loves the Packers and the Farve.


he is nice man.


hers is the one and only dylan, more of him to come much later.


The next few are from early in the Fall 07 Semester.

I took a trip down the Feather river just outside of Chico with Nick Osti and friends.

It was a great day.

This is only Part I, the pre-party.


The myth, the man, the laugh, the rhymes, the Frosti.












The next is a little party sequence.



More to come from that day soon, but not in this post.

I will end this on a rediculous display from Orange County.

These are real speed bumps.


over 7 feet long and 15 inches high.

I took this one from the curb level.


oh, and this last photo.



Gotta run. more to come.

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Days of Summer

Gonna drop one on ya.

just a little bit.

just ta see if you like it. . .

right Caroline?

a few tips first.¬† ūüėȬ† pun intended.

wake up earlier, its rewarding.

listen to CRS, Justice, Air, Cinematic Orchestra, Portugal The Man, and Rogue Wave and Jose Gonzales.

drink less.

drink more. who was I kidding?

Watch Weeds, The Office, Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The L Word, and of course, Entourage.

Keep up on current events, balances you and keeps you from being a zombie to one aspect of your life. 

Screw it, watch anything HBO has to offer. Especially in the next five years.

Go to Vegas at least once a year.

explore the outdoors around you,

investing in a DVR or TIVO is like diversifying your life portfolio.

ride a bike or walk if you can. LA is the exception.

Never give homeless people money.

Give them food,

gift certificates to someplace they can get food,

or give them your attention.

Not all problems can be solved with money.

but what do I know.

here are some frames ya little rascals.


Thanks Erin.




Missing DC a bit. or at least the friends I made there. Be back at the end of Oct.


Miles Lavin everybody.


Playing softball in front of the capitol was amazing.


played with a former Congressman, Rep. Istook.



. . .

real mature Rondell. . .

Now for some VT deep cuts.








That place changed me for the better.

Now some hometownchicoshots.

















“I get by with a little help from my friends” – Ringo Starr.


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14 mm

Before I left school,

I applied for membership in Canon Professional Services (CPS).

to get it, I had to prove I worked for a publication, and fill out a couple of forms.

They have a two day turn around on repairs,


and here’s the kicker,

they let you rent any lens and body they make, if they have it in stock.

Its like getting presents twice a month.


The first piece of equipment I decided to rent was the 14mm f/2.8L

and all of the photos that follow will be through that lens.

Its a beauty of a lens, and wide as hell.

I love it.



Sunset on the Potomac, Jefferson Memorial on the left. DC 2007.

Pat Donovan at his Maryland residence. 3200 is lame. 2007.

Union Station. DC. Summer 2007.


Man falling out of seat on the metro. DC, Summer 2007.

Dead celebrities. Office of Printing and Engraving, DC. Summer 2007.


Leftovers. Union Station, DC. Summer 2007

Dark sunset, Washington Monument. DC, Summer 2007.

Flagpole sitta. DC, Summer 2007.


Miss Martone. Return trip from Pat Donovan’s place. Red Line. Summer 2007.

Miles Lavin, esquire. DC, Summer 2007.


spectrum.  Union Station, DC. Summer 2007.


Self Portrait w/14mm.  My pad.  DC. Summer 2007.
Jeffersonian glow. DC, Summer 2007.

Remember. . .
Live Your Life.

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Major Upload, Private Moments


 It has been quite some time since I have been able to sift through all of the photos that I took and/or developed over break.

 Lets recap:

  • Stormtroopers for the Rose Parade
  • Governer’s Inauguration and Ball (will upload later)
  • Family Christmas (will upload later)
  • the 1881
  • Early assignments for the Orion
  • Other misc Chico photos

I really don’t have any rhyme or reason to the order of the photos, I’m just going to publish whatever comes to me, so note that these aren’t chronological in any way.

I want to start off with a couple of frames I got a a buddy’s birthday recently.¬† He turned 19, and had a pretty darn large party with plenty of alcohol to make it last.¬† People were playing beer pong for hours until the DJ got the open air dance floor going with some Nor Cal/East Bay Music.¬† Basically it was all Mac Dre and E-40.¬† I might have heard Nickatina and some Tupac, but the “THIZZ NATION” definitely represented.¬†

Represented HARD.


They were out to control the dance floor.  They did. 

Thizz nation?  OK. 

But really fellas, what’s with the glasses/goggles?

I guess it really doesn’t matter if it makes you happy.

These next two seemed pretty content with themselves.


Nice guys.  stay classy.

And here is the birthday boy.  He had a pretty good night.


So here is my roommate Cody.¬† He wanted to get a tattoo in remembrance of his late infant cousin and his late friend.¬† This frame ran in the Orion, for a “Developing Chico” segment in the paper.¬† It’s basically a small portion of the Features section that showcases a standalone piece of work from the photography department.¬† I liked the expression on his face, he never winced from the pain.


Over Christmas break I went with my buddy Matt to photograph an entire division of stormtroopers.  George Lucas was named Grand Marshall of the 2007 Rose Parade and Bowl game, so as an escort, what could possibly be better than 200 something fully suited stormtroopers. 

To these uber fans from all over the globe, apparently nothing.

To these people, this was a chance of a lifetime. 

I doubt they got to actually to meet Lucas in person, but simply getting to live out the dream was enough to get these fans to practice four days straight for the parade.

The only day out of the four they practice that I attended was an informal dress rehersal, so I never got any shots with them in full gear, but I think these do justice.

Here they are spacing themsleves in formation.


It was funny watching them learn how to march around corners.  These are people who own thousands of dollars worth of action figures and still hang out in comic book stores, not military personnel.


And on the left is the lucky schmuck who was chosen to be Darth Vader. 

I wonder what the interviews were like for that.

“So what qualities do you have that best exemplify an¬†ruthless imperial¬†Sith Jedi leader?”

Riiiiiight. . .


I had found¬†this roll of 35mm¬†film that had to be at least 10 years old last summer, and I was really curious to see if it would still be good.¬† I dunno, it looked kinda beat up on the outside, and hadn’t been kept in the best conditions so I tried it out.

This is what I got.




I was pretty darn pleased.

This next one is from a while back, May 1st, “MAY DAY” to be exact.¬† I guess it was on a roll of film that I didn’t get developed until recently.¬† I really dig this one.


On a different note, I know this guy named Lupe.

Lupe is hardcore.

Lupe doesn’t have health insurance.

Lupe had an accident.

Thank God Lupe is hardcore, or he’d be up a creek or drowning in debt.

He was on the job, and injured himself.  He cut an inch and 1/2 slice into his leg with a box knife. 

However, he couldn’t afford to go to the hospital so he had to fix it on his own.¬† He gathered cleaning supplies and Krazy Glue.

Krazy Glue?

Yep, Krazy glue.




That’s how Lupe rolls.


He played basketball the next day too.

Speaking of basketball, I have a couple of frames from a game I shot for the Orion newspaper.




Well. . .

that’s all for now,

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Old But New

Just a few more photos to show that I like but haven’t ever showed anyone.¬†

¬†This one is way back from Caitlin’s Birthday,¬†it¬†¬†just makes me laugh.¬†¬†There is a much different story than the one portrayed here.















 This one was from almost a year ago, at the Disney Hall in LA.


And this was the homie from photo class. 


A view from Mr. Cerdon’s¬†amazing pad in Manhattan Beach.


¬†And that’s it really, just wanted to share those few.¬† I’ve been sitting on those for a minute.

Vangst u op flipside!

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Snoop-A-Loop, a Birthday, and Polish Horseshoes

Train rides are long. 

The one I had was longer than I have ever traveled before.  Plane rides to Europe from LA are not this long.

15 and 1/2 hours to get to Santa Barbara from Chico.¬† I’m not making that up.

The train was scheduled to leave Chico at 3:50 am Thursday morning, which I had no problem with because I could just crash on the train.  That was not to be.

Due to the heavy rains in Seattle that week, and part of the tracks coming apart in Oregon, the train was delayed 4 hours.  Finally getting on at 8, I was beat tired and crashed hard, and woke up in Oakland 5 or 6 hours later. 

I met a man on the train named Robert Wright in the dining car.  We got to talking and I found out that he is a photographer.  Cool right?  The catch is that he is mostly (legally) blind.

Serious?  check out the link.  he created a site for anything an everything, but most importantly he created a table for every photographic condition possible to get the perfect capture.  I was amazed.  He said it took him years to do it.  He has been published all over the world, been on national news programs, and even does NBA games from time to time.

Quite an amazing individual.

I eventually arrived in downtown SB, met Mike Acuna, and then went straight¬†to the bars.¬† Mike’s parents were there, and partied pretty hard.¬† We had Irish¬†car bombs, tequila shots.¬† We hopped around a little bit, the Ellen and I ended up going shot for shot until the bar closed.¬†¬† It was great to see everyone, it had been months.

We went back to the guys house after the bars to see Toby.¬† I had told him I wasn’t coming, and he bought it.¬† So to surprise him, I laid him out in a perfect tackle during his beer pong game.¬† It was rad, I know¬†Coach Bonds would have been proud, then ate something.

I had one of the best weekends of my life. 

I’ve really been lucky this year.¬† I don’t go out much in Chico (maybe once every two weeks), but the times I traveled to Vegas and SB this Fall¬†are going to stay with me forever.¬†¬†

Friday night was the big party.  So we all spent the day cold chillin.  Frisbee golf, Polish horseshoes, and Smash.   

Then at night the big party went down.  These are just some of the pictures I took and liked the most, the rest will go up on Facebook.


the always lovely Ellen.




The birthday boy.


The Jory.


Love the face Nicole.   right through the screen window.


Took this moment he turned 21.


I love this one.

A grip of friends, a Jagerator, two kegs, and a wet t-shirt contest.


Gotta give it to the girls, it was pretty damn cold that night, and water from the hose isn’t heated.¬†¬† They all went in the hot tub after to warm up.¬† Turned into a little hot tub party as others joined them. Right on.

It was fun times had by all.  One of the best parties I have ever been to.

Saturday we did the IV Loop.¬† For Toby’s birthday, we went to every place in Isla Vista that sold alcohol (barring liquor stores).¬† It was so much fun, we rolled 20 deep, and took over everyplace (except Gio’s).

The IV Loop: 

1.Super Cucas—–Mexican Beer

2.Javan’s———-Bud Light Pitchers+Beer Hockey

3.Woodstocks—–Lunch+32 of Bud Light

4.Cali Roll———Saki Bombs

5.Freebirds——-Corona “don’t fruit the beer”

6.Study Hall——Mixed drinks and a prairie fire for Toby

7.Saigon Express–Pitchers

8.Sam’s To Go—-Pitchers

9.Gio’s————Pitchers and Flip Cup “We are the Champions”

10.Deja Vu——–Beer


12.Dublin’s———Shots of Jack+a three wise-men shot for Toby (John, Jack and Jose)

By the end Toby was gone.¬† We started at 1pm and finished around 8.¬†¬†Toby passed out, I took a nap with a forty in my hand and the night went on.¬† woke up, played beer pong for the rest of the night and invented a word with Jory.¬†¬† “Crunklebunk”, also “Crunklebunked”, can also be spelled Krunklebunked.¬†


Ask Jory what it means. 

The next day I headed back up to Chico.¬† Mike’s parents gave me a ride to Martinez, and I was great to talk to them about sports on the way up.¬† Mike’s mom¬†know more about football than most guys I know.¬† Go Mrs. Acuna!¬†¬† It was really cool of them to do that.¬†

Lastly, I’m all about Peace in the Middle East, the Shins, Carmel, the 1881, and moleskine.

¡Le cogeré en el flipside!

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