SWTphoto 9+lr Joshua Tree National Monument

Yesterday I went to Joshua Tree National Monument with a dozen of the best wedding photographers in southern California.  We had a great time hiking around and photographing one of the most beautiful parks in California.  I had the chance to socialize and send the day goofing off and doing what I enjoy with several photographers whom I truly admire and look up to.  The weather was absolutely wonderful, however it did get a little cold in the evening and wouldn’t you know it, I wore shorts and forgot a jacket.  We all ended up having a great time exploring, and we didn’t even have to call search and rescue.   I ended up with a few photos which I think turned out pretty good.  Take a look at these ones and let me know what you think of them.  Feel free to leave a comment below.  Thank you Joe for putting this together

SWTphoto 1+lr Joshua Tree National Monument

This Photo is of some old mining equipment we came across.  

SWTphoto 2+lr Joshua Tree National Monument
SWTphoto 3+lr Joshua Tree National Monument

A couple closeups of Joshua trees.  Believe it or not, these were both shot in mid-day sun!

SWTphoto 4+lr Joshua Tree National Monument

We found this old farm truck out on the desert.  I guess he didn’t have AAA Auto Club.

SWTphoto 5+lr Joshua Tree National Monument

This is a shot looking up a wind mill with the water pump it drove in the foreground.  It took a VERY small aperture of f22 to get this much depth of field.  

SWTphoto 6+lr Joshua Tree National Monument

A closeup of the spines at the end of the joshua trees leaves.  Last time my friend Becker was here, he put one of these spines into his head drawing lots of blood.  He survived yesterday injury free!

SWTphoto 7+lr Joshua Tree National Monument

Most of the cacti were just beginning to bloom, but I did manage to find one full bloom.  I am sure that by first of next week, the cacti should be in full bloom.

SWTphoto 8+lr Joshua Tree National Monument
A portrait of world famous wedding photographer Joe Photo.

SWTphoto 11+lr Joshua Tree National Monument

Sunset on the desert.  A beautiful ending to a wonderful day.
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New Website!!!

March 26, 2010

I have been working on a new website.  It is through a company called Showit which offers adobe flash based websites which are much easier to build than standard html sites.  I will eventually have it linked to my regular domain, but for now you can find it here.

http://thompsonphotography.showitsite.com/

Please take a look at the new site and let me know what you think.

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New Cards

March 24, 2010
I have just finished a new 3.5″ X 5″ card to pass along to petential clients.  I like this size card because it gives a lot more room to show some of your work, and it dosn’t get lost as quickly as a business card.  It is not as informative as a brochure, but much cheaper to print and gets clients to your website. I just have them printed at the local lab as a 3.5 X 5 glossy print, and on tuesdays and wednesdays, they are only 6 cents a print.  Not bad.  Let me know what you think of it.
Passalong+Card New Cards
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SWT+Photo 502LR Pamela and Vans Wedding at the Wayfarer Chapel

This weekend I was able to check a big feat off of my to do list.  I was able to shoot at the world famout Wayfarer Chapel in beautiful Palos Verdes California.  I have known of this chapel for years, and it is a wonderful location to have a wedding.  The couple were great fun to shoot, and we were able to get some wonderful shots for them.  It is located on a hillside overlooking the pacific ocean, which makes for some beautiful shots.  However once we arrived, an fog bank was moving in, and by the time the couple was ready for pictures, it had obscured our view of the ocean.  Fortunately for us, right after the ceremony there was an opening in the fog, and we were able to get some great shots for them overlooking the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean.   I hope to be able to go back there and shoot another wedding at this beautiful location.   If you would like more infromation on having a wedding at the Wayfarer Chapel, you can link to them here http://www.wayfarerschapel.org/ .

SWT+Photo 501+LR Pamela and Vans Wedding at the Wayfarer Chapel
SWT+Photo 500lr Pamela and Vans Wedding at the Wayfarer Chapel
SWT+Photo 503lr Pamela and Vans Wedding at the Wayfarer Chapel
SWT+Photo 504lr Pamela and Vans Wedding at the Wayfarer Chapel
SWT+Photo 505lr Pamela and Vans Wedding at the Wayfarer Chapel
SWT+Photo 506lr Pamela and Vans Wedding at the Wayfarer Chapel
SWT+Photo 217LR Pamela and Vans Wedding at the Wayfarer Chapel
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Zoo 2 A day at the Los Angeles Zoo

I had the opportunity to go to the Los Angeles zoo last monday to shoot some stock pictures. It was a great day at the zoo, and nice to get away for the day. Here are some of my favorite shots from the day.

Zoo 5 A day at the Los Angeles Zoo
Zoo 9 A day at the Los Angeles Zoo
Zoo 10 A day at the Los Angeles Zoo
Zoo 11 A day at the Los Angeles Zoo
Zoo 17 A day at the Los Angeles Zoo
Zoo 20 A day at the Los Angeles Zoo
Zoo 23 A day at the Los Angeles Zoo
Zoo 26 A day at the Los Angeles Zoo
Zoo 27 A day at the Los Angeles Zoo
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