Sunsets at the beach can be a great location for photography and last weekend was no exception. We chose San Clemente beach for James’ and Lindsay’s engagement photo shoot.
In addition to being great models they were a lot of fun to be with. Following are a few shots from just before to after sunset.
Photos by Tom Irwin, Castle Beach Photography
The 2015 SUMMER CONCERT link below is your ticket to the best free music schedule anywhere.
- PRINT IT
- SAVE TO YOUR DESKTOP
- SHARE & REPOST for your music loving friends
LINK: SUMMER CONCERTS 2015 ORANGE COUNTY CA Tom Irwin
In a week I’ll post a video recapping last summer’s entertainment.
Picked up a NUTRiBULLET at Costco in an (other) attempt at better nutrition and made my first batch of pulverized fruits & veggies.
My son Mark, the training & fitness expert, told me he starts each day with a nutritional blast of spinach, kale, banana, pineapple, strawberries, coconut milk and a scoop of whey protein. Taking his advice I began my day with a mixture that tastes better than it looks.
THE BULLET vs. THE JUICER
A while back I tried using a Jack Lalanne Juicer but found that a large pile of fruits & vegetables produced a relatively small amount of juice. Most of what went in was separated into a container of inedible fiber and many foods, such as bananas, leafy greens and avocados produced no juice at all. In contrast to this the Nutribullet pulverizes everything, including almonds, into a drinkable liquid offering what I suspect delivers more nutrients.
The Nutribullet comes with several containers should you want to make a few batches at once, a book on nutrition and another on recipes. May concoct a recipe of my own- Tropical Fruit, Whey Protein and a shot of Tequila.
Composite photography is using software to extracting parts of an image from one or more photos to be combined with a background from another photo. The results can be as interesting as your creativity allows. The image above is a photo of me taken in Laguna Beach combined with an abandoned factory. Following are a few more examples from my initial attempts at this craft.
The first example below shows the upper body of David shot against a blank wall and placed in what appears to be a rundown abandoned building. Click on any of the images for a closer look.
The second example is a shot of a tunnel at Oak Mountain Winery in Temecula combined with an image of myself taken in the back yard.
The final example shows the same studio self portrait placed against two different backgrounds. The first background is an out of focus shot of Huntington Beach and the second is a tunnel under the train tracks at the Avery Train Station in Laguna Niguel.
Tom Irwin – composite image
I have been collecting unique backgrounds for some time and with the new studio lighting setup I’m hoping to develop this technique further.
An alternative to thumbing through endless no-name movies on NETFLIX or AMAZON PRIME is finding a great multiyear series to keep your viewing appetite fulfilled. While different shows appeal to personal interests here are my favorites you might enjoy.
NFL Football is the best game in town but between now and September here are three others to consider:
My absolute all time favorite is THE SOPRANOS. Perhaps growing up in Northern New Jersey added to the show’s attraction to me because everything about the people, places and dialog was a bigger than life, over the top rendition of what I recall having experienced growing up in the Garden State. David Chase’s orchestration of script, characters and direction took TV entertainment to the highest level ever.
The show is about the life of a neurotic mob boss and his struggles with family, business, friends and enemies. But it’s the amazing caricatures that amplify both the drama and the levity the show delivers. The Sopranos exudes both dark, dramatic, intensity and laugh your ass off black humor hilarity.
With six seasons and 86 shows the Sopranos are sure to keep you TV schedule filled for about a year and a half. Available free with Amazon Prime.
HOUSE OF CARDS is my most recent find and by episode three I was hooked. This is an extremely intense political drama with a cast of Machiavellian characters with ruthless ambitions not unlike some of our real life politicians. The characters, dialog and script are first rate. The only caveat is that they introduce a lot of characters quickly that initially required I have a list at hand to understand who was doing what to whom. Three seasons and 39 episodes available free with Netflix.
For a pure adrenalin rush nothing equals being launched into every new episode of 24. Each show hurls the viewer into the action with the intensity similar to being catapult launched by California Screamin’ at Disney’s California Adventure. Jack Bauer, All American Boy with a dark side takes on evil both abroad and within our own government. Nine seasons and 205 shows are available free with Amazon Prime.
If you have your own must-watch shows please share.
My son Mark & I just finished waxing the 2012 Ford Focus he purchased this week from Tuttle-Click Capistrano Ford. He is a very happy guy as this is a BIG step up from his aging Hyundai Elantra. His new ride, with low miles, a Ford Certified 70,000 Mile Warranty and tons of features is sure to put the FUN back in driving.
The professional sales team at Capistrano Ford did a terrific job with the car, price and financing that put Mark in the driver’s seat. Thank you Justin Carlton and Thomas Dunlap at Ford. You GUYS made for an amazingly seamless and satisfying purchase experience!
FOR A NEW RIDE TRY JUSTIN CARLTON & THOMAS DUNLAP AT CAPISTRANO FORD
Mark’s Focus has navigation visible on a big eight inch screen and music syncs to his iPhone and plays through a top-of-the-line 10 speaker, 360 watt audiophile system that rocks with a ten inch subwoofer.
YOUR 2015 FITNESS PROGRAM– Mark is a Kinesiology Major and a Boxing Instructor at UFC Gym in Aliso Viejo. Boxing is a popular path to great cardio, reflexes and confidence and Mark is a terrific coach. If you are six to sixty, male or female, boxing may be the sport to get your 2015 fitness goals moving.
FOR GREAT CARDIO, REFLEXES AND CONFIDENCE TRY BOXING WITH MARK IRWIN AT UFC GYM
For a complimentary pass to find out if boxing is for you text Mark Irwin, (949) 505-2930, or ask him at UFC Gym (949) 362-5269.
THE JOEL GRIMES LOOK
Composite grunge photography, especially images related to sports, music or action lend themselves to what is known as the “Joel Grimes” look. Joel is a well known SoCal photographer who photographs athletes, musicians and ordinary people in his Pasadena studio or on location and pastes their image into an artistic, desaturated, often gritty but creative urban or sports related background.
YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A YOUNG ATHLETE OR MODEL TO LOOK GREAT
If you’re into swimming, play an instrument, sing, have a motor cycle, boxing gloves, pump iron, have great tats, like to pose sassy or with swagger or do anything physical and would like to try your hand as the subject in a grunge composite photo shoot let’s get together. These are not on location shoots. The subject (you) is photographed in front of a blank wall or my portable white background that can be set up anyplace we agree on. The subject is lit by left and right grid soft boxes from just behind and one center light above the camera. Software is used to place your image in an imaginative setting that could be anything from a dilapidated factory to a football field. The final look is created by Photoshop edits.
IF YOU’D LIKE YOUR IMAGE IN A CREATIVE COMPOSITE IMAGE GET IN TOUCH!
My goal is to practice and gain a level of perfection with this style of imagery. This is for fun and no charge to you. Worst case you get a few bad photos and best case you get an amazing poster size rendition of you in your best wild side environment.
firstname.lastname@example.org 949 310-4246
Following are samples of Joel Grimes’ images that I’d like to try to replicate in some fashion.