Images in the Backcountry

Changes to KO Photography

This month I thought I'd let everyone know of some recent changes to my website.  Come check out my new web design HERE. Also I have made the choice of putting all my efforts to photographing just Portrait and my Fine Art Photography.  Which means I will no longer be photographing weddings.  This was a difficult but needed change to my business because as many of you know I am now a father and taking on weddings limits the amount of time allowed with my family.  I do want to thank all the people that have trusted me in the past with their special day and every wedding I photographed holds a special places in my heart.  Thank you all as always for your continued support.

7 Day Challenge

In March I took part in a 7 day/7 photos #NatureChallenge.  It was a great way to get me taking pictures and thinking about what I wanted to do with just one photo. I also made it a little harder on myself since I apparently had to do it when Northern California was in a middle of a storm.  So I had to come up with more abstract ways of taking photo's of nature.  Below are just a few of these photo's all taken with my iPhone 4.


Point Reyes Lighthouse

Recently my family and I took a trip to Point Reyes to check out the lighthouse.  It was a prefect day out there, we couldn't have asked for better weather.  We had a great time checking out the light house and also got to see some elephants seals as well.  Below are some of the shots I got check them out and also always feel free to leave a comment below. 

Another year down

It's hard to believe I have been doing this blog for three years now. The blog has bounced around from posting helpful tips to just random posts.  Though one thing it continues to do is provide my viewers a look at person behind the lens. My hope is that no matter what I post everyone is enjoying it regardless. I look forward to 2016 and what type of blogs I have in store for the viewers.   Here's to another year of blogging.

As I like to do after every year here are some of the top blog post for this year: 

My top 3 favorite blogs  
1) "Artist Who Inspire"  Click here to see it  
2) "Keeping Tradition Alive"  Click here to see it 
3) "Changing Perspective"  Click here to see it 

Most viewed blog 
"Tourist For a Day" Click here to see it 

Leave me a comment below and tell me what your favorite blog for 2015 has been.  Thank you for you continuing support!

Changing perspective

When taking photographs,sometimes a change of perspective can turn a decent photo into a great one. It can be as simple as kneeling down to shoot a tree to get a low prespective of it. Or it can be as creative as making an object slightly out of focus to make a photo more abstract. For me though, the biggest change of perspective in my photographic approach happened on November21, 2013 when my son was born. He is turning two this month and I can't help but be amazed how much of his life I have been able to document. My photography used to consist of hundreds of photos of landscape around the Bay Area. My focus now however is on my son. I love that I get to capture him just being a kid and get some great images doing so. I can only hope that when he grows up heappreciates the photos I have of him both now and in the future. I love him very much and he's been the best change of perspective in my life as well as in my photography career.

The Lost Images

Sometimes I find that I get to wrapped up in what I want to write for my blog post and I forget that this is to show my photography adventures.  So for this month I thought I would do just that and show of some images for a trip of mine that I took with my family about two months ago to Tahoe.  These photo's tend to get lost in the shuffle because they get buried with the thousand of images I take of my son.  I hope you enjoy them and as always feel free to leave me a comment below.

Artist who inspire

Artist Inspiration
This month I was contacted by a company Patience Brewster asking if I would be willing to write about an artist that has inspired me. I had to give this a little thought because over time there have been many photographers and artists whose work I admire. After some reflection I narrowed it down to my most inspiring, Ansel Adams and Chris Orwing. Without a doubt these two photographers have the most impact on my work.
I still remember in high school when I saw Ansel Adams's work for the first time. I was particularly amazed by his photo of Half Dome in Yosemite. I remember seeing the beauty of that photo and feeling right then and there that this is what I would like to strive for. I try to imagine him and what he would do whenever I am shooting and editing landscape pictures.
The second photographer is Chris Orwing. I came across his work during a troublesome time in my life. I was recovering from back surgery and was given a book by him entitled “
Visual Poetry: A Creative Guide for Making Engaging Digital Photographs“. H e captures his subjects in such a natural and beautiful way. Since reading that book I have tried to use his inspiration in all of my portrait shots. He also has an outlook on photography and art that is very unique and was uplifting during my recovery.
These two photographers have had a huge impact on my photography but any list of people who have inspired and motivated me has to include my wife and parents. They are not artist per se but without their constant support and encouragement I wouldn't be who I am today as a photographer and person.
Who has inspired you in your life? Feel free to leave me a comment below and let me know. 
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