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Year in Review: 10 Photos of 2018

Well, that’s a wrap. 2018 was a fun-filled year, but I also took fewer pictures this year than in other years I have been into photography, since work and graduate school kept me pretty busy.

This year, I tried something new by doing a weekly black-and-white photo project on Instagram to test my creativity. It was a useful experiment that taught me about composition and lighting but was challenging to come up with weekly subjects to photograph in grayscale.

The first four pictures are a few of my favorite black-and-whites I took this year, followed by a few more that I tried to use color to show a mood.

Daniel and Katie engagement, January 2018
Daniel and Katie engagement, January 2018
Chicago skyline at night, February 2018
Winter day in Chicago, February 2018
San Francisco Public Library, May 2018
Placentia Library Easter Eggcitement carnival, March 2018
Fall sunset, October 2018
Dusk in Chicago, February 2018
Hot Wheels car at the Chicago Auto Show, 2018

I try to include a video in my year in review posts, and this wedding video, of Victoria & Michael, was a highlight to be able to film and work on this year as they had such a fun wedding.

Looking forward to new photo projects and being able to film more weddings in 2019.

Here are links to my other year-in-review photo blogs: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.

Also, here is a picture I took in 2017 but edited in 2018.

Happy New Year!

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Year in Review: 10 Photos of 2017

I have been into photography for four years now. While due to having a full-time job and being in graduate school, I was limited in time to devote to photography this year but still managed to get some gigs and go on some vacations, like to Tennessee and Kentucky, Yosemite and San Diego.

Here are my 10 favorite images taken this year, taken in chronological order. Also see 2016, 2015 and 2014.

Mihaylo Hall at Cal State Fullerton, February 2017. Taken with a Fujifilm disposable camera.

Santiago Oaks Regional Park, March 2017.

Disneyland Park at twilight, April 2017.

Barn in Kentucky, June 2017.

Country road in central Kentucky, June 2017.

With my friend David in Downtown Nashville, June 2017. We traveled to Tennessee and Kentucky to film a wedding:

Dogwood trees in morning light at Yosemite, August 2017.

Watching the total solar eclipse in Downtown San Diego, August 2017.

Smoke rises from the Canyon Fire at sunrise near Anaheim, September 2017.

Eastlake Village Christmas display, December 2017.

Here is a bonus video for a wedding I helped film in September 2017:

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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.

Anaheim Regional Intermodal Transportation Center on opening day for Angels baseball, April 2016

Sunset, December 2015

Fullerton Arboretum, March 2015

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Montana de Oro State Beach, July 2016

Santa Ana, December 2015

“Love Trumps Hate,” UCLA, November 2016

Leap Day’s end in Placentia, February 2016

Anaheim Regional Intermodal Transportation Center, October 2016

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.

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Disposable Scenes, 2014-2016


EDIT – SEPTEMBER 19, 2018:

This photo essay was originally published October 5, 2016. It has been edited to update some pictures from 2016-2018 on September 19, 2018.

Two years after this original post and four years since I began this project, I made a few updates to swap in new pictures taken in 2016-2018. Reflecting on this project, these photos and many more photos not posted here — recalling trips to Yosemite, Morro Bay, Mexico, Chicago and more — still bring fond memories.


I spent 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 cellphone cameras offer.

I attempted to select a range of emotions in these photos — 27 photos, corresponding to a 27-exposure roll of film — to depict feelings I had while taking the picture. “Twilight on Leap Day,” for example, was nearly the shortest day of the year in a long winter, but now that February has past, spring is surely on its way.

Save an exception or two, people are mostly in the background or out of frame. This is because I attempted to depict people as well as objects — buildings, walkways and parking meters – in light of their surroundings.

More info and technical specs after the photos.

Santa Ana | April 2015
Spring at the Fullerton Arboretum | March 2016
Disposable Camera
Morro Bay | July 2016
Getty Villa | November 2015
Summer in Yosemite | July 2015
Morning in Yosemite | August 2017
Twilight on Leap Day | Placentia, February 2016
Eminent Domain | Yorba Linda, January 2016
Los Angeles City Hall | July 2016
Santa Ana | April 2015
Disneyland | April 2017
ARTIC | July 2015
Summer in Yosemite | July 2015
Brea | September 2014
Santa Ana | October 2014
Santa Ana | April 2015
Brea | October 2014
Yorba Linda | March 2016
iPhone 6 launch | Brea, September 2014
Morro Bay | July 2016
Disposable Camera
Montana de Oro | July 2016
Cal State Fullerton | February 2017
Near Morro Bay | July 2016
Spring | March 2017
On The Road | Near Santa Barbara, July 2016
On the Road | Near Tecate, September 2016
Twilight | Yorba Linda, October 2014

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 the original 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.

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


Here is another picture of a disposable camera, photographed in Portland, Oregon in March 2018.


Photos by Tim Worden, copyright 2014-2018, with the exception of “On the Road | Near Santa Barbara,” by my brother Daniel, 2016.

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Dusk at Cal State Fullerton

With spring – and more daylight hours – coming, I decided to go out and take some pictures after work last week to get back in the photography groove.

Photos in this photo set taken with a Panasonic GH4 camera with a Panasonic 14mm 2.5 lens and a Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens.


By Tim Worden. Copyright 2016, all rights reserved.


Panorama: Rain clouds roll into Orange County

Clouds Panorama

I wanted to test out taking a panorama this morning (Thursday, May 14) to document the mix of sunshine and rain clouds rolling into Orange County. This is at Chino Hills State Park looking northeast.

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Fullerton Fox Theatre to celebrate 90th birthday with Roaring Twenties flair

The theater's sign has been repainted and re-installed. Photographed on May 4, 2015.
The theater’s sign has been repainted and re-installed. Photographed on May 4, 2015.

FULLERTON – After years of vacancy and neglect, the 1920s-era Fullerton Fox Theatre finally revealed visions of its former grandeur this month, as its iconic rooftop sign was re-installed, the capstone of a decade-long renovation project.

The sign, which had been grounded for the past few years, has been repainted a regal red, hearkening to the theater’s roots as a vaudeville house in the Roaring Twenties.

The work is in preparation for the theater’s 90th birthday celebration to be held later this month, a Memorial Day weekend ’20s-themed Speakeasy Days celebration.

The celebration will begin on Friday, May 22, with a sign unveiling and relighting ceremony. A community fair featuring tours of the theater and musical entertainment will follow on Saturday, May 23.

The theater’s resurrection is a thing some Fullerton residents have been waiting a quarter-century for, ever since the theater was shuttered in 1987.

The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation has been fundraising restoration efforts for much of the past decade, spearheading construction work on the theater’s interior, arch, walls and balconies for the past several years, according to the Orange County Register.

“We are trying to be as truthful to the original as possible,” Jeff Greene, president of EverGreene, the architectural firm that has been working with the foundation to renovate the theater, told the Register in February 2015. “The theater will look like it did the day it opened.”

But not all of the theater’s aesthetic will that of 1920s Hollywood glitz: Chandelier lights, as well as the rooftop sign, have been outfitted with Bivar LED lights, according to the theater.

By Tim Worden. Published on May 8, 2015.


Exploring ARTIC

In December 2014, the Anaheim Regional Intermodal Transportation Center, known as ARTIC, opened as a 21st century vision for new transportation options for the car-reliant Southern California region.

The $180 million center features a modern, open design and energy-efficient panels and has terminals for buses, taxis and trains. As part of an ongoing personal project to document the building, one of Orange County’s most ambitious architectural projects, I ventured to the station over four days between September 2014 and February 2015 to film the above video, “Exploring ARTIC.”

A calm Presidents Day afternoon on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.
A calm Presidents Day afternoon on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

An open space on the first floor of the building features ticket services, a small gift shop and tables and chairs.

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, as an unusually-strong storm swept through Orange County, I ventured to the station in the early evening hours. Despite the downpour, welding sparks twinkled in the night as workers bustled around, patching up any last-minute needs before the station would open a few days later. Then, on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7, I stopped by as the ARTIC officially opened. The smell of fresh paint was in the air. Angel, the Anaheim Police Department’s tactical helicopter, circled low around the building, perhaps for a giddy officer or passenger to snap an aerial photo of the station’s first day. Bus and railway passengers lounged at space age silver benches, meant to complement the building’s sci-fi polymer exterior. Blue-shirt- and orange safety vest-clad security guards, some on bikes, scoured the campus. And meanwhile, the station’s energy-efficient LED lights flashed blue, then purple, then red, then orange, then yellow, then green. And in the evening, the station adorned itself with a rainbow pastel-hued display of aquas, magentas and blues.

The third-floor bathrooms and escalator as seen from a lookout normally restricted to the public, but security allowed me to film from the area for a bit on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.
The third-floor bathrooms and escalator as seen from a lookout normally restricted to the public, but security allowed me to film from the area for a bit on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

The ARTIC on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

But the ARTIC’s “glitter” may not be translating into “ridership gold,” the Voice of Orange County reported, as the station’s ridership numbers in its first month lagged far below estimates. Joining the Voice of OC is the Orange County Register, which criticized the costly station as not living up to its hype. However, several officials are said to have a positive outlook for the station as it establishes itself in the long-run, as it has allured itself as a stop for the proposed California High-Speed Rail system. “We still anticipate significant growth of services and ridership in the future,” Anaheim spokeswoman Ruth Ruiz told the Voice of OC.


Video, photographs and reporting by Tim Worden. Thanks to Lazy Salon for the music track in the video. Special thanks to Related Grey and Vertical Prime for lending me the video equipment.

The Anaheim ARTIC at sunset on May 28, 2014.
The Anaheim ARTIC at sunset on May 28, 2014.


Cause of four-alarm fire at Fullerton bar under investigation

Fullerton Fire

Fire damage on the Dillon's Bar and Grill sign.
Fire damage on the Dillon’s Bar and Grill sign.

Update: A portion of Nutwood Avenue, as well as the 57 South on-ramp, next to Cal State Fullerton were scheduled to be closed on Monday as the investigation into the fire continues, according to the university.

Photos and reporting by Tim Worden
Published at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015.

FULLERTON – Fire officials are investigating a four-alarm fire that struck Dillon’s Bar and Grill in Fullerton early Sunday morning.

The blaze, on Nutwood Avenue just across the street from Cal State Fullerton, was reported shortly before 6 a.m., according to deputy fire chief Julie Kunze.

About 80 firefighters from the Fullerton, Brea, Anaheim and Garden Grove and Orange County Fire Authority fire departments assisted in taming the blaze, Kunze said.

The damage was believed to be confined only to Dillon’s, although smoke and ash may have made their way to a pack of surrounding restaraunts.

Kunze said it may take a few days to determine the cause of the fire.

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Firefighters investigate Yorba Linda house fire

Firefighters investigate the burned house on Thursday morning, Sept. 18.
Firefighters investigate the burned house on Thursday morning, Sept. 18.

YORBA LINDA – Firefighters Thursday morning continued to investigate a house fire that overnight heavily damaged a house.

The fire, which began around 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, caused the house’s roof to collapse, according to the Orange County Register.

The house’s garage and living room area also appeared to have sustained damage.

The house is on Le Mans Circle, a block north of Bernardo Yorba Middle School.

Officials are investigate the cause of the fire, according to the Register.

Photos by Tim Worden

Published at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Firefighters investigate a house fire in Yorba Linda on Thursday, Sept. 18.
Firefighters investigate a house fire in Yorba Linda on Thursday, Sept. 18.