San Pasqual Valley (re visit)

This week for homework I re visited San Pasqual valley because of the last time I went I had a blast shooting. I ended up over on the same side of the valley as last time and stumbled on a lot of corroded areas which peaked my interest. There I focused on the spray paint art which was very unique, I highly suggest going here to shoot I was amazing.


Lake Hodges

This week our class went on a field trip to lake Hodges in Escondido, the hike started at the lake and went all the way to the dam but we were soon kicked out due to being to close. On the way there were many different ecosystems to photograph as well as many different wild animals. The most exciting part about this trip as stumbling across a old abandoned house and shed on the hike, there I realized I enjoyed shooting old worn out and tagged up areas. Overall the hike was longer then expected which allowed me to get a plethora of quality photos.

Palomar Mountain

This week for homework I chose to go up to Palomar mountain, it was a great experience. I had plenty of time to walk some trails and go off the path a bit, my struggle through this shoot was to find a subject. There everything is so breathtaking I just wanted to shoot it all which led to a lot of photos just being a landscape with no subject.

La Jolla

This week for homework I chose to go to La Jolla, originally I wanted to go to the Ho Chi Minh trail but could not find it. The Inspiration for the shoot is the work by Alex Boyd specifically sonnets. I went around 3pm so not Ideal lighting but I liked the California vibe I got during the editing faze of this assignment.

San Elijo Lagoon

The San Elijo Lagoon was our destination for this weeks field trip, there we got to experience the plants we wrote about in our last post. The research helped me with my photography due to the fact that I was able to recognize every plant I had researched, this gave me some creative thought in how I shot the plant and what characteristics I wanted to include in the photo. The research also motivated me to learn more about the plants I took photos of because I felt I had a connection between the photo and the plant. Some examples of this is when I was looking for mule fat and blue eyed grass, I knew that they would be a hard find in the lagoon but after some searching I found the mule fat in some shrubbery, it was out of bloom. I also was able to use my knowledge about the plants I researched to help others looking for the same plants I had, I was able to describe what to look for, on a side note I was able to recognize the Torrey Pine from a ways out.

Six Plants: San Elijo Lagoon Plant Index

Blue eyedFor my first plant, I thought the Blue-Eyed grass sounded most interesting out of the highlighted plants, once I clicked on it I realized that I have seen this plant on hikes and other photo shoots. I found out that at night the Blue-Eyed grass closes unlike most flower species. The roots were also used as a fever reducer by the Spanish and this has been a native California plant for many generations. I chose this plant because I have seen it at so many locations around SD. Also I really enjoy the look of this plant and think it is very interesting to photograph, the base of the blue petal is a bright yellow circle that mend together all around the pistil or stamen which created the yellow spot in the center of the flower.

black sage
The second plant is Black sage, I think that the color of this plants flowers being white contradicts its name which is Interesting. I also read that it comes from the mint family which gives off a strong scent. The human uses can follow the Kumeyaay people used this plant for the flu and arthritis treatment. I chose this plant because I know that sage plants have a hard time living in dry conditions. I would think California would be a bad fit but I read that this plant adapted for the harsh conditions to where the leaves shrivel during the summer so the plant can survive.


The third plant is Coyote Brush, I know about this plant because it is local to where I live. When I read that this plant is part of the sunflower family, this plant also got its name because of its leaves look like coyote paws. I also really enjoy how this plant looks during its “bloom” where the plant looks like one giant cotton ball. The human uses for this plant was that the small spines were used for a toothbrush.


The fourth plant I chose is the lemonade berry, I had interest in this plant because I witnessed it on the botanical garden field trip. This plants seeds were used as an additive to water to drink. I find the berries very interesting because of the tase and when they bloom into flowers they lose that flavor. This plant is under the same classification as poison ivy, cashews and mangos which I found was very unique.  The plant also has very thick leaves which allows them to stay green through the summer.


The fifth plant I chose was the Mule fat, I really thought this name was funny. This plant was used as a quick fire starter in the past. This plant is part of the Asteraceae, which is part of the largest family of vascular plants in the Northern Hemisphere. I also found out that the male and female flowers are on separate plants. These plants thrive in in run off channels as well.


The last plant/tree I chose was the Torrey Pine, this is a very special tree in north America. The most prestigious golf course in San Diego has this tree as its logo and name. The human uses for this tree was the nuts which were used as snacks. This tree is also the rarest tree and only lives on the Santa Rosa island. This tree is one of 18 pine classifications in California. I chose this tree because I was able to visit one in the past and I was amazed by the beauty. There is still mystery behind who and when this tree was introduced to California.

PC: San Elijo Conservancy 

Spring Break: Daley Ranch

It was spring break this week so I decided to go hike up Daley Ranch in Escondido to focus on the wild shrubbery. I had a late start to the hike but was able to capture many photos in the golden hour. I really wanted to try new editing techniques I had been observing from others such as our classmates and online resources, I really enjoyed this hike and the plant life that was located there. Overall, I would like to shoot at Daley Ranch again for more landscape portraits because of the quick environment change sort of like elfin forest, you can get immersed into the landscape very fast.

Chased by Light 3 Influences

3E8A6163-07BB-4FD6-8E59-5D10F3837AEAChased by light is a very inspiring documentary, Mr. Brandenburg took a creative step for his own photography but ended up creating something that would be so magnificent it would lead others to the medium. Three things I will remember about the film and how they will influence me are the concept of taking one photo a day, this stood out to me because I feel I take a plethora of photos every time I shoot, but not all have the subject or meaning I’m looking for in that day. The second ideal I will implement into my photography is the process he took creating images. Lastly, the knowledge that Mr. Brandenburg had about where he was shooting amazed me, he had to do research and the real life field work to understand the animals and surrounding nature. I feel after watching his dedication to the project really drives me to do research about where I shoot.

Throughout the film Mr. Brandenburg shows the struggles of a photographer as well, this part of the documentary had a major impact on be because I too have times where I think that I should just stop shooting at that moment because I cannot find anything worthy of shooting. I learned that patience is key and to never give up on the shoot, that will make the shoot worth while even if you don’t get your desired photo. Overall I enjoyed this documentary very much and will take aspects of Mr. Brandenburg’s work into my own.

Elfin Forest Field Trip

This week for class we went to Elfin forest, I enjoyed this field trip very much due to the fact that I was able to incorporate a lot of the knowledge Ive gained after watching the films in class. The long exposure shots of the water were very fun to take as well, I focused on the small rapids that were formed in the stream which was very visually appealing to me as well.