June 18, 2014

Keena Turner Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Golf Tournament

If you know me at all you know I don’t follow sports the way others do. I would much rather watch an interesting Nova special or Cosmos episode than a sporting event. I enjoy watching a game at the stadium with family or friends, but I don’t know anything about the players, stats, or interesting things about the teams. So spending a day photographing celebrities doesn’t fascinate me the way it would a fan or star-struck person.

That said, I was honored to be asked to photograph the Boys and Girls club celebrity golf tournament put on by Keena Turner. Watching celebrities take time out their lives to donate to such a worthy cause was very inspiring to watch and participate in. The day started with a fun putting tournament and a large group picture.

The weather for the golf game was extremely windy—difficult conditions for golf (as I understand). The game was oversold and they ended up playing 20 holes on a very packed course. The game started at 11:00 in the morning and didn’t stop until 6:00 that night—almost double what a normal round of golf would take. I didn’t hear any complaints, however. Everyone was happy to be helping out such a great cause. Keena was very appreciative to everyone for contributing.

After the game many of the people stayed for drinks, dinner, and an auction. We were able to listen to some of the children from the club and the impact the club had made in their lives. The stories of support and caring were very moving.

It was a pretty fantastic day! I am so glad I was able to participate and donate to such a worthy cause (and maybe I am a little more star-struck than I care to admit)!

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.