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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!


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.

Santa Monica, November 2015.

Yorba Linda in November 2015.
Yorba Linda, November 2015.

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.


Fishing – Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

Lake fishing
Two teens fish at Eastlake in Yorba Linda, one of Orange County’s most luxurious communities, at sunset on Aug. 15, 2013.

I haven’t fished in a while (I keep meaning to), but fishing to me is always a relaxing experience, as is just hanging out at the lake to watch the sunset.

Cal State Fullerton

Orange County exports rising to $30 billion

CSUF Mihaylo College. (Photo by CSUF Mihaylo Hall on Twitter

Orange County will take in $30 billion in trade exports annually by 2014, according to a new report by two Cal State Fullerton economic professors.

Orange County exports have grown in recent years, boasting 20 percent growths in 2010 and 2011 after falling 15 percent during the 2009 recession, says the report, by Cal State Fullerton economic professors Mira Farka and Adrian Fleissig.

The report is published by the Mihaylo College Business and Economics’ Institute for Economic and Environmental Studies, which issues local economic forecasts.

In 2011, Orange County’s annual exports brought in nearly $25 billion, compared to $72,000 billion for the Los Angeles/Long Beach region. By 2014, Orange County is expected to rise to nearly $30 billion, a 9.7 percent increase, the report says.

The top countries Orange County exports to are Mexico ($5.8 billion) and Canada ($2.8 billion), totaling a third of the county’s exports, the report says.

Orange County’s top exporting sectors are computer and electronic products ($7 billion in 2011) and transportation equipment ($4 billion in 2011), according to the report.

-Tim Worden

Click here for more information on CSUF’s Institute for Economic and Environmental Studies.

Read the full report here.



Anthropology Culture

Finding gold in these hills

While hiking in Chino Hills State Park this weekend, I spotted a piece of buried treasure. Well, sure, it was not exactly buried treasure, but when I saw this rusting a rotting ammo box splattered with crusty white paint nestled deep in the hills, an ancient World War II ammo cache came to mind.

What I really found was a Geocache, a time capsule type thing. Geocaching, a relatively new adventure game, features hidden caches where people can broadcast hints or GPS coordinates to help other people find their booty. When you find the Geocache, you add your own flair into the cache and log a note.

My group was on a hike to San Juan Hill in Chino Hills, a nearly 6-mile round-trip hike. We took a break on the top of a steep crest halfway in. I spotted a trampled makeshift path to the left of the trail, veering toward a hill overlooking the valley and told my three friends to wait as I explored. I just thought I would be getting a good view into the valley down below.

Near the edge, there was a lone wooden pole, its remnants of barbed wire still jutting in several directions. I walked to this pole, at least a hundred yards off the trailhead, and at its base sat an upturned metal box.

I could not open the latch at first. It had a complex two-part clasp on the side like a tackle box or a bear locker at Yosemite. Finally I opened it and glanced some papers. But I quickly closed it and ran to show my friends the treasure.

We went through the papers and toys before one of my friends realized this was a Geocache. Sure enough, etched onto the side of the box was “GEOCACH” (the “e” was faded). There was a golf computer game CD, dinosaur erasers, a penny and some type of coin. My brother added his guitar pick.

The notepad had messages from at least 2009. In one, a guy claimed he put his iPhone 4 into the box. “Let’s see how long this will last lol,” he said. The most recent message was only three days before us, on Oct. 9. The writer sketched a tree, wrote about God’s glory in nature, added a Bible verse from John and said, “God bless.”

Knowing that a man found this spot just three days before us got me thinking: We are a group of people who are connected by finding a hidden spot 45 minutes into an intermediate hike in the hills in the northern most part of Orange County’s sprawl.

Finding this Geocache has rekindled my sense of adventure. As a child, I always have longed for adventure. I would dig, play in the dirt and search for coins. I still collect letters and notes I find nudged into books or left on tables at my library job. But I am bogged down with responsibilities and do not have a chance to go out exploring much.

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation,” Henry David Thoreau said in Walden. I prefer earnestness. I want to find gold in these hills.

Writing our legacy into the geocache.

Cal State Fullerton Fullerton News

Fullerton’s Soco West Parking Structure opens in downtown

The new Soco West Parking Structure next to downtown Fullerton’s Transportation Center opened this week. According to the city’s website, the grand opening was Wednesday, June 20 but it was open to the public Tuesday, June 19.

The architecture is modern and impressive (it reminds me of Cal State Fullerton’s new Eastside Parking Structure) and the  814 new parking spots are a welcome addition to make downtown one of Orange County’s happenin’ spots.

It is great that Fullerton now has even more free public parking- now spending an afternoon or late night in downtown is a viable option. The structure is at Harbor Blvd and Santa Fe Ave. (The city is also trying to cater to commuters, as the Fullerton train station is a quick link to Los Angeles).

The north-east stairs and elevator

The new parking structure also holds one of the best inventions ever: A book vending machine.

It is the Fullerton Public Library’s first book vending machine, called the FPL Station. A patron inputs his or her library card and picks a book among the best-sellers stocked in the machine. It’s like buying chips but better. At first I was disappointed that the books are random (just whatever is next in the queue), but it is growing on me because now readers are forced to take whatever they see, potentially expanding their reading habits.

It is believed to be the first book vending machine of its kind in Orange County, the OC Register reports.

Readers of the world unite!

And now, my Downtown Fullerton adventures!

My friend Josh and I strolled around downtown last night, looking for a new restaurant to try. We decided on Les Amis, a Lebanese restaurant with a Mediterranean feel- and we picked a winner! I got lamb schwerma ($8.95 for large)- yes, I got the idea from Tony Stark in The Avengers– which is similar to a gyro sandwich. The pita wrap had lamb, tomatoes, lettuce and a great sauce (bitter but in a good way- it probably has a name but I have no idea). Josh got the special, a stew with beef, peas, rice and a salad.

Les Amis Lebanese food