Year in Review: 10 Photos of 2019

2019 was an eventful year. I finished grad school just a week ago, getting my Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in December 2019.

At work, I am a tech specialist, graphic designer and marketer for my library, so I had a chance to help with my library’s big grand re-opening celebration this fall. The library was renovated and has a new play area, makerspace, cafe and computers.

I traveled to New York City, Detroit, San Diego and Pasadena this year. Now that I am finished with school, my goal for 2020 is to travel more and focus on more photography projects.

More info after the pics.

Christmas decorations at Eastlake in Yorba Linda, December 2019
Christmas at Eastlake | December 2019
Family portrait for my bro and sister-in-law | December 2019

Wedding video | August 2019

Miss California at Placentia Library gala at Richard Nixon Library | August 2019
Placentia Library storytime | June 2019
The Vessel, New York City | April 2019
New York City | April 2019
California poppy superbloom in Anaheim Hills | February 2019
Detroit Auto Show | January 2019
The Henry Ford museum, Detroit | January 2019

This is my fifth full year being into photography, and my fifth annual “10 Photos Of” portfolio. This year, I decided to organize the pictures reverse-chronological, from December to January, without a specific theme or mood for the portfolio as a whole, from travel pictures to portraits.

10 Photos of 2018

10 Photos of 2017

10 Photos of 2016

10 Photos of 2015

10 Photos of 2014

Bonus picture: I have an Instagram devoted to Pokemon Go AR photos and Funko Pop pictures. Click below to follow.

Pokemon Go AR photos


Dart Dart

I was practicing using my trigger remote today by trying to get the blur of a dart in mid-air.


Weekly Photo Challenge: The World through Your Eyes


My brother, center, and two friends practice playing music during a long summer evening in southern California a few nights ago. This was taken with a several-second exposure with the light coming from my friend Sergio’s (on the left) cell phone camera.

Their band is called the ruff draft and you can check out their music here:


Los Angeles

Went on a Los Angeles day trip to the Getty Center and Santa Monica yesterday.


Photo Challenge: Mine (the Newsroom)

This is my newsroom, where I work as a copy editor for The Daily Titan, my college newspaper. I took these tonight during production to show a few of the editors as well as my computer and workspace. The guy in the white with a pen in his mouth in the first and last picture is David, a news editor. The guy with glasses in the third picture is Peter, a fellow copy editor.

Cal State Fullerton News

Maui Madness at CSUF

Associated Students Inc. Productions (ASIP) put on a Maui Madness party in the Quad at Cal State Fullerton Monday. The event had free Juice it Up smoothies, limbo, coconut bowling, and a photo booth and Hawaiian luau clothing to wear for pictures.

Here is me (left), my brother Daniel (center), and my friend Muhammed (left) at the photo booth:


Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

At sunset on Friday, my brothers and I took a stroll over to Shapell Stadium, home of the Yorba Linda High Mustangs, to watch the homecoming game against the Esperanza Aztecs. I then hiked up a dirt hill across the street from the stadium to get these photos.

Cal State Fullerton Photography

CSUF kicks off Constitution Day

Read the full article here in the Daily Titan.

Constitution Day festivities were kicked off at Cal State Fullerton with a panel that examined hot-button issues including health care, immigration and the 2012 elections at the Becker Amphitheater Thursday.

About 80 students braved the heat to attend the noontime panel, “Contemporary Challenges to the U.S. Constitution.” It was sponsored by CSUF’s Division of Politics, Administration and Justice; Associated Students Inc. and the Office of Government Relations.

“We’re going to celebrate the 221st birthday of the signing of our venerable Constitution and its longevity suggests that it continues to be relevant,” said Scott Spitzer, assistant political science professor and moderator of the panel.

Political science professor Matthew Jarvis, Ph.D., talks about the elections in the panel.

CSUF’s keynote Constitution Day event, a panel on the death penalty and the costs of capital punishment, is Wednesday  at 6:30-8 p.m. in the TSU Pavilions.

Constitution Day, celebrated annually Sept. 17, commemorates the adoption of the Constitution and recognizes new U.S. citizens.

The panel, at the Becker Amphitheater

Updated Sept. 17.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

I’m playing with the near and far theme here, juxtaposing a near sun and a far sun in the photo. One sun is two or three centimeters away from my lens, the other about 93 million miles. I’ll let you guess which is which. Anyway, I took this photo right before sunset in my backyard, as I wanted to get the unfocused shadows of the grass for a soft background.


News Photography Politics

A day working at the California Primary Election (Photo essay)

I worked 15 hours as a poll worker clerk in the California primary election Tuesday, helping voters cast their votes.

This is our polling location, a newly-remodeled house nestled in the hills of east Yorba Linda. It is a small precinct, only having 825 voters in a dozen streets.

We had a great view:

Beautiful Yorba Linda in mid-morning as the clouds started to clear up for the day.

As it was the primary election, there was an expected poor turnout. Many voters in Yorba Linda seem to vote by mail (335 out of 825 people, or 40 percent). That leaves 490 potential voters that could have voted from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

We had 108 voters. That means 22 percent of voters showed up at the polls. (See METHODOLOGY for more info).

So we had 100+ voters in 13 hours. That is a lot of free time. Luckily, I brought Insurgent by Veronica Roth, The Avengers (Ultimate Comics Avengers vs. New Ultimates) and Captain America (Marvel Masterworks: Captain America, Volume 6) to read!

This is the JBC (Judges Booth Controller), a computer that gives voters a code to vote and stores their votes. The clerk puts in the voter’s party and the voter is given his preferred ballot at any of the eSlate voting machines.

JBC computer.

These are the eSlate voting machines (they look like touch screens, but they use a track-ball iPod-like thing instead).

The eSlates.

The family who hosted us took care of us with sandwiches for lunch, a fully-stocked fridge of sodas and lasagna and bread sticks for dinner.

My brother Daniel, who also served as a clerk, eating his dinner.

This is my fourth time working at an election, and being a poll worker is always an exhausting but rewarding experience. I get to experience Democracy first-hand. It is great that in America, anyone can contribute to our government. I love seeing voters proudly flaunt their “I Voted” stickers.

One guy, probably in his late 40s, who zoomed to the polls in his yellow motorized bike, said he has voted in every election since he was 18 and eligible to vote.

“I wouldn’t miss it, it’s one of the perks of being an American.”

Poll workers received a primary pin (right).


-Photos and text by Tim Worden

METHODOLOGY: This is not scientific, it is my best estimate. There are some technicalities (a few voters who were Vote by Mail came and voted, so that would have some affect). I went through the list and counted the 335 Vote By Mail voters so naturally I made an error or two. So I will arbitrarily say, with the power vested in me (aka all the power in the universe), that my conclusions are true to within plus or minus 3 percentage points.