April 2, 2013

Jaime and Jack at Ramon Rios Winery, Tracy, CA

I had the pleasure of assisting John Martin with the wedding of Jaime and Jack this weekend. I had never met the couple before, but could see they were very much in love. Congratulations Jaime and Jack!

Be sure to check out the gallery at the John Martin Photography site. All posing by John Martin.

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Photography: John Martin Photography
DJ: Jose J. Alfaro at DJ Equis
Flowers: Debra Rose at the Flower Pavillion
Venue: Ramon Rios Winery

March 14, 2013

2013-03-13 Comet PANSTARRS

I took this time-lapse video of comet PANSTARRS as it set on the 13th. Enjoy!

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October 17, 2012

Seattle Skyline at Night

I took a business trip to Seattle and did some exploring to find this great location to shoot night photos of the Seattle skyline.

All photos are copyright © 2012 Geoff Faulkner. The entire gallery photos is available at http://www.geofffaulkner.com/Landscapes/2012-10-16-Seattle-Skyline-at/25986234_WT3nrb

October 13, 2012
April 23, 2012
I had the opportunity to photograph the motocross races at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds last weekend. I had never been to the races so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

What I found was a great group of people who seem to love off-road motocross racing! Everyone I met was friendly, even giving suggestions for positioning so I can get some great photos. I was worried I might have to setup behind a fence somewhere far from the action. I ended up on the track itself, and was able to move around to capture the action in a few different turns.
The races started soon after I arrived and didn’t stop all day. Riders get a break between races, but there is little time for a break during the event. The only real break came when someone was injured on the track. :( Luckily, I had brought everything I needed with me and was able to shoot most of the day without stopping.
I tried two different ways to shoot this event. The first was with a wide-open aperture. In full sun, this gave me a high shutter speed to freeze the action. I love the way the dirt and rocks are frozen as they are shooting out from under a tire.

Shooting like this can give the photograph a rather “static” look—like the bikes are frozen in time and not moving. These bikes are moving pretty quick, so I would occassionally switch to a high aperture to slow down the shutter speed. With this motion I had to pan with the riders to keep them sharp while showing the effect of the motion.

I had a great time out in the field, even if my camera and I were filthy by the end of the day! I hope to get out and shoot motocross again!
All photos are online at http://www.geofffaulkner.com/event/Motocross-Racing
Geoff

I had the opportunity to photograph the motocross races at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds last weekend. I had never been to the races so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Motocross racing

What I found was a great group of people who seem to love off-road motocross racing! Everyone I met was friendly, even giving suggestions for positioning so I can get some great photos. I was worried I might have to setup behind a fence somewhere far from the action. I ended up on the track itself, and was able to move around to capture the action in a few different turns.

The races started soon after I arrived and didn’t stop all day. Riders get a break between races, but there is little time for a break during the event. The only real break came when someone was injured on the track. :( Luckily, I had brought everything I needed with me and was able to shoot most of the day without stopping.

I tried two different ways to shoot this event. The first was with a wide-open aperture. In full sun, this gave me a high shutter speed to freeze the action. I love the way the dirt and rocks are frozen as they are shooting out from under a tire.

Two bikes frozen in time

Shooting like this can give the photograph a rather “static” look—like the bikes are frozen in time and not moving. These bikes are moving pretty quick, so I would occassionally switch to a high aperture to slow down the shutter speed. With this motion I had to pan with the riders to keep them sharp while showing the effect of the motion.

Motocycle motocross racing paning showing motion

I had a great time out in the field, even if my camera and I were filthy by the end of the day! I hope to get out and shoot motocross again!

All photos are online at http://www.geofffaulkner.com/event/Motocross-Racing

Geoff

March 18, 2012
November 28, 2011

Pate Wedding Reception

Heather and Brian flew off to Maui to get married on 11/11/11. They had me photograph their reception back on the mainland, and they brought much of the island spirit with them!

Heather and Brian Pate

Congratulations Heather and Brian!

November 7, 2011

Fall Colors in Yosemite

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Yosemite in the fall is quite spectacular. Not only are the crowds down from summer, but the light is filtered through the valley providing some fantastic views of the valley floor. I recently made a trip to relax and photograph the fall colors.

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The day moved too quickly! I wich I could have spent several days there photographing the beauty. The entire set is online here.

May 1, 2011

Trip to Yosemite

I recently took a family trip to Yosemite to see the sights, expose the kids to a little nature, and have a great time. We spent the morning riding the train at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. The train ride was fun! We sat on the uncovered car and got to see all the sights, smells, and sounds of a working steam locomotive. I especially enjoyed seeing the engine pistons pushing the train through the scenic country. There was still some snow on the ground, but it seemed to be melting quickly.

After leaving the railroad we drove into Yosemite through the South gate. There is a long tunnel that you have to drive through to get into the valley. The tunnel makes you feel like you’ve entered a magical land—as soon as you exit you are presented with a gorgeous view of the Yosemite valley, with Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls, and many other sights below. 

We hiked up to two of the falls during our visit. The first was Bridal Veil. The base of the falls is saturated with water—water in the air, water pouring over the walking path and stairs, and water raging in the river leaving the falls. I rarely took out my camera as I’d rather not soak it down, even with the water seal that the body and lenses provide. The base of the waterfall is surrounded by heavy tree cover. Sunlight was peeking through the trees which made capturing pictures difficult—the difference between full sun and deep shadow in the same scene was impossible to capture.

The second waterfall we visited was the lower Yosemite Falls. Again there was a mist of water pouring off the waterfall, soaking everything in its path. By the time we had made it to this waterfall it was in shadow. This made the waterfall a little easier to photograph, but people kept jumping in front of my camera and climbing all over the hills leading up to the waterfall. I had to be patient and wait, while trying to protect my camera from the water.

Visiting a tourist-type place with my camera and tripod seems to be an open invitation. I scream “I take pictures” apparently, because people kept asking me to take theirs. I don’t mind too much, as long as I am able to get my picture. One couple was very courteous and waited a few minutes for me to get my pictures before asking. I obliged happily, because they were waiting to step in front of my scene. Other people were less aware and would just walk in front. I’ve been that “less aware” person before, and walked in plenty of scenes that other photographers arranged, so I just have to be patient and wait. :)

Yosemite is a great place! I would love to go back to visit during the early morning  and sunset hours. I may just have to spend the somewhere close by, with sunrise very early and Yosemite about 3 1/2 hours from my home. We left the park a little before sunset but didn’t get back home until almost 11:00 at night.