It’s time for Comic-Con International

It’s that time of the year…Comic-Con International season is here! Every year the beautiful city of San Diego hosts the largest Comic convention worldwide. Thousands of people, local and international, reside in SD for a week while they enjoy the festivities taking place inside and outside the convention center.

My family has attended Comic-Con without fail for the past 18 years and we can’t wait to see what’s planned for this years convention. Although Comic-Con has now expanded to include more of the Hollywood scene it still preserves its original comic-lover audience. Attendees can cosplay throughout the week, enjoy animated films and panels, and many times are able to meet the creators of their favorite comics.

For those who enjoy super hero movies and manga series but do not consider themselves complete fanatics can also enjoy from several Hollywood movies/TV series booths and panels as well. If you didn’t have the chance to purchase a ticket this year still come on down to the Convention Center and Gaslpamp Quarter because there’s always something for everyone to enjoy.

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Lomography New Petzval 85 Art Lens

From the page of Microsites.Lomography.com

The totally distinctive look of Petzval photos is all about the fantastic lens design that gives you the satisfaction of the instant optic experience that goes far beyond using photo editing software and filters. The New Petzval 85 Lens is the perfect portrait lens for when you want your photographic subject to be the centre of attention. Photos shot with the New Petzval 85 Lens are immediately recognizable for their super-sharp focus areas and wonderful swirly bokeh effect. Shoot with an open aperture for soft photos with strong bokeh, or close your aperture for super-sharp, clear images.

The Lomography New Petzval 85 Art Lens can create photos with truly beautiful Bokeh. Get it right and your shots will be bursting with wonderful out-of-focus areas. But to reach the level of swirly skill you aspire to, you must first learn Zen-like control over the lens and how best to get this amazing effect. Read these tips and you will be well on the way to Bokeh and other enlightenments!

After reading and hearing so many great things about the Petzval lens I went ahead and ordered mine. Finally my lens arrived and of course I went out a shot a couple of tests. Given, I need more practice but so far I love the results.

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Wild Love

Back in early spring I had the opportunity to work alongside local Designer Jacqueline Guerra from Love War & Fashion.

Wild Love was inspired by the spring bloom, the green, and flowy dresses! Our beautiful Miss Teen Universe contestant-model, Amor Guerra,  communicates to young teens to embrace their wild side. To be free-spirits and to pursue their dreams.

I couldn’t have asked for more. On the day of our shoot we had the perfect trifecta: weather, location, and model. The rest is history!

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