Summer 2017

Wedding video I filmed with Twelve Stones Productions in Kentucky this summer.

Another summer has come and gone, and with it the vacations, the memories, and the endless warm days turning into long, inviting nights.

This was an odd summer for me in that it was the first time that I have taken a summer class. I took an intensive intro to Web Design class for my grad school program, where I learned HTML and CSS. This, combined with my regular work, gave me little free time.

I still made time for my hobbies of taking walks, playing video games like Titanfall 2 and Pokemon Go, and taking pictures when I could, though.

Rather than sharing local pictures like I did for my Spring 2017 blog post, here are some pictures I took on four different trips this summer, to Kentucky/Tennessee, Phoenix, Yosemite and San Diego.

1. Kentucky and Tennessee, June 2017

This was a great trip and my first visit to the South (other than D.C.). I joined my friend David over at Twelve Stones Productions to film a wedding in central Kentucky, and we decided to make a vacation out of it, spending some time in the country and in downtown Nashville. Of course, the BBQ was fantastic and country music was blaring from the rental car the whole trip.

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Sign in Downtown Nashville
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Road in Kentucky. Everything was so green here.
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Downtown Nashville at twilight
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Downtown Nashville at twilight

Of course, we couldn’t resist staying in such a cool city without getting some aerial drone shots :)

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Aerial view of Downtown Nashville. Copyright Twelve Stones Productions.

2. Phoenix, June 2017

This was a short one-night trip just a few days after our Nashville trip, so I felt like an airplane traveler expert after spending so much time at the airport in a week. It was a cool video project for Hyundai that I assisted David and the crew working on.

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Photo from a Hyundai video shoot

3. Yosemite, August 2017

I joined my family for a trip to Yosemite in August and, just like every time I am up in the mountains, it was a relaxing and refreshing experience filled with memories.

From morning walks to bike riding in the valley to lazy afternoons wandering around the countless meadows and the Merced River, I was able to experience one of God’s purest examples of beauty and recharge from a busy year of work and school.

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Sunrise in Yosemite

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Sunrise in Yosemite National Park, August 2017
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Deer at sunrise in Yosemite
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Yosemite Chapel at sunrise in August 2017 in Yosemite National Park

4. San Diego, August 2017

To celebrate my birthday, my family and I went to San Diego to watch a San Diego Padres baseball game and visit the San Diego Zoo. My birthday was on August 21, AKA eclipse day, so I decided to have an impromptu eclipse b-day photoshoot. Check out that and some other SD pics below.

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Petco Park in Downtown San Diego in August 2017
Twilight in downtown San Diego

Photos by Tim Worden. Additional aerial photos by Twelve Stones Productions. Copyright 2017, all rights reserved.

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Spring 2017

Due to working full time at a library and beginning my master’s program, I had little free for my hobby of photography this spring. I am taking an online master’s Library and Information Science program at San Jose State University, which meant tons of reading, research and late nights this semester.

I still tried to take some pictures, however. Here are a few pictures from January – May 2017.

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Disneyland, April 2017
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Disneyland, April 2017
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Santiago Oaks Regional Park, March 2017
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Santiago Oaks Regional Park, March 2017
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Santiago Oaks Regional Park, March 2017
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Panorama of Santiago Oaks Reginal Park, March 2017
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Testing the new Panasonic GH5 camera, April 2017
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Rowland Heights, April 2017. Taken with a Fujifilm disposable camera
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Bikers on the Santa Ana River Trail, March 2017
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Santa Ana, March 2017
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Mihaylo Hall at Cal State Fullerton, February 2017. Taken with a Fujifilm disposable camera.
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Anaheim, March 2017
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Anaheim Regional Intermodal Transportation Center, January 2017
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The 91 Freeway in Anaheim, January 2017
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Old Towne Orange, April 2017

Year in Review: 10 Photos of 2016

This year marks the third full year I have been into photography. While a filmed a few weddings and took event photos at work, this year I focused for the most part on my favorite genres of photography: architecture and nature.

In selecting these images, I attempted to go for a slow, reflective mood, as several only suggest there are people around and others feature people, cars and a plane in the background. Three were taken with disposable cameras, part of a two-year photo project. Of course, the wedding video has an upbeat, celebratory tone.

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Anaheim Regional Intermodal Transportation Center on opening day for Angels baseball, April 2016
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Sunset, December 2015
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Fullerton Arboretum, March 2015
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Montana de Oro State Beach, July 2016
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Santa Ana, December 2015
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“Love Trumps Hate,” UCLA, November 2016
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Leap Day’s end in Placentia, February 2016
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Anaheim Regional Intermodal Transportation Center, October 2016
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Santa Monica Pier, November 2016

Thanks for viewing. Here are my 2015 Year in Review and 2014 Year in Review favorite 10 images. Photos by Tim Worden, all rights reserved.

Disposable Scenes

I spent the past two years, from September 2014 to September 2016, carrying Fujifilm disposable cameras around, experimenting with the fun, lo-fi cameras to capture my surroundings in a different view than modern DSLRs and camera phones offer.

The images in this photo essay – 27, corresponding to a 27-exposure roll of film – have a special meaning for me because they represent a feeling or a memory I had while pressing the shutter.

In many cases, I attempted to use composition to reflect the mood I wanted that particular image to convey – see “Twilight On Leap Day” and “Eminent Domain,” for example.

More info and technical specs after the photos.

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Santa Ana | April 2015
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Spring at the Fullerton Arboretum | March 2016
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Morro Bay | July 2016
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Getty Villa | November 2015
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Summer in Yosemite | July 2015
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Twilight on Leap Day | Placentia, February 2016
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Eminent Domain | Yorba Linda, January 2016
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Los Angeles City Hall | July 2016
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Santa Ana | April 2015
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Summer in Yosemite | July 2015
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Summer in Yosemite | July 2015
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Bros | Fullerton, August 2015
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Brea | September 2014
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Santa Ana | October 2014
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Santa Ana | April 2015
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Brea | October 2014
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Yorba Linda | March 2016
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Matthew and Reggie | September 2016
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iPhone 6 launch | Brea, September 2014
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Morro Bay | July 2016
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Montana de Oro | July 2016
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Cayucos | July 2016
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Near Morro Bay | July 2016
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Yorba Linda | March 2015
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On The Road | July 2016
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Twilight | Yorba Linda, October 2014
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Fujifilm QuickSnap ISO 400 disposable camera. Photo taken with my iPhone.

This has been a meaningful project to me for many reasons, one being that simply using the retro cameras has refreshed my views on patience and photography.

The fixed focal length, the limiting quality of the camera, and the month- or two-long gap between taking the picture and receiving the print all contribute to the joy I feel when I get a fresh roll back. I have marveled at the classic film look and mood some of the pictures came back with.

I took about 10 rolls of film, or 270 pictures, during the course of this project. (While I have not counted, this is in comparison to the probably more than 20,000 pictures I took with my digital cameras in that time.)

The film was taken to CVS Photo, who sends them to a processing center. Most times they were printed on Kodak XtraLife II paper, with an accompanying CD with scans given. While I have not tried other film labs, I am impressed with the quality and look these prints have had.

Here is a comparison of images taken with my Panasonic GH4 camera and Panasonic 14mm lens (left image) and a disposable camera.

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Photos by Tim Worden, copyright 2014-2016, with the exception of “On the Road,” by Daniel Worden, 2016.

Opening Day at Angel Stadium

I ventured over to Angel Stadium for opening day 2016, taking the bus to the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, ARTIC, and walking to the stadium.

I did not have tickets for the game, just wanted to capture some of the festivities. Glad baseball is back in season!

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Happened to see a proposal, captured this image right after she said yes.
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The ARTIC is lit up red for opening day
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The ARTIC is lit up red for opening day
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The ARTIC is lit up red for opening day

Photos by Tim Worden, copyright 2016.

Year in Review: 10 Photos and Videos of 2015

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The Anaheim Regional Intermodal Transportation Center, July 2015.
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Snoop Dogg’s recording studio in the Los Angeles area, September 2015.
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Brea sunset, September 2015.
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Santa Monica Pier at sunset, November 2015.

Photo Essay: Southern California Fall Colors

After a heat wave stretching well into October, Southern California managed to cool down for a bit in November, even as the sun has increasingly awarded warm golden hues at sunset and twilight.

Following experiments in warm and cold color variance last year, I ventured out to places around Orange County this fall to photograph not just the sunset, but the sun’s reflections on monuments and landscapes to capture fall’s range of warm, and cool, hues.

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Santa Monica, November 2015.
Yorba Linda in November 2015.
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Cal State Fullerton, November 2015
Cal State Fullerton, November 2015

Photographs taken by Tim Worden in November 2015, except Brea sunset, taken in September 2015. Equipment used: Panasonic GH4 camera with Panasonic, Olympus and Nikon lenses.

Copyright 2015, all rights reserved.