In August the Buddhist Temple of San Diego and the Japanese Friendship Garden hosted the Bon Odori once again. A much appreciated opportunity to enjoy a festival involving Japanese tradition and atmosphere.
This year's Comic Con was kind of disappointing, since the organizers had closed the grand staircase at the Convention Center, where cosplayers and photographers usually meet for photo shootings. So it was kind of hard to find good locations and good cosplayers at the same time.
But when I stumbled upon something called "Blade Runner 2049 Experience", all grief was forgotten. Basically they had set up a piece of the dystopian world of the new Blade Runner movie, which takes place in Los Angeles in 2049.
I consider the SDCC one of the highlights of the year, there are so many exiting costumes to see, so many interesting people to meet. And as a professional photographer I appreciate the many opportunities to take beautiful pictures of colorful cosplayers.
Feel free to link to my blog or share on social sites! Especially if you are one of these amazing cosplayers.
It's that time of the year. Comic Con is going on and fans are buzzing all over the finest city of America. Luckily it wasn't as hot as last year, so cosplayers didn't have to suffer that much.
If you are a cosplayer, and you are interested in a photo shooting, let me know and contact me here. I also collaborate with cosplayers and I do insane edits for select cosplayers. See examples in my art section here and here.
On Memorial Day I went to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, to attend the military funeral of lieutenant commander Frederick Crosby, who went MIA in 1965.
For those of you, who have never attended one before just like me, it's a lot like in the movies.
Only it's real. The honor guard firing rifles, giving a "Three-volley salute", the sailors carrying the casket, the lone trumpet player, everything.
It was a pretty intense ceremony, and I was very impressed how they honor the fallen with this tradition.
This winter it rained a lot in California, so all of the water reservoirs got refilled and the drought is more or less over. At the same time the flowers in the desert started blooming like crazy, so I decided to go to the Anza-Borrego Desert to capture some of that beauty. That desert is located east of San Diego, on the way to it you get to drive on a scenic route with some pretty windy roads.
Last weekend I went on a road trip to Borrego Springs, which is located east of the mountains roughly 2hrs from San Diego.
Luckily I was able to ride shotgun in my friend Mike's Ferrari.
The Borrego Springs Winter Cruise was hosted by the AutoFeels Driving Club and the San Diego RX Club, so there was a bunch of nice people and an interesting choice of Italian, American and Japanese automobiles.
Last month I had the chance to work with a Japanese model, Michiru-San. We started the photo shooting at my retro-seventies-residence, found this beautiful mural in Pacific Beach and went to Torrey Pines State Park eventually.
The Buddhist Temple of San Diego and the Japanese Friendship Garden hosted the Bon Odori, a traditional Japanese celebration involving the Bon dance. At Obon festivals people remember and appreciate the spirits of their ancestors. Altough that sounds pretty serious at first, it is a pretty colorful affair after all.
Comic-Con is awesome, but after carrying tons of heavy equipment from Thursday through Saturday I almost did not go on Sunday. I'm glad I did go eventually though, otherwise I would have totally missed out on the talented Shenay (among others), who presented a Steampunk version of Black Cat. It helped a lot that I packed a bit lighter on that day, I just grabbed my 5D MK III and two lenses.
I had so much fun shooting at the Comic-Con! I got two nice villains on this page, and some pretty cool costumes in general. Watch out for another set of edited versions of some of these pictures in the next months in the art-section though.
Oh joy! Four days of excitement at the Comic-Con! I met lots of cosplayers with fantastic costumes, having fun despite suffering from the massive heat on the first two days. I will show general pictures of cosplayers I have taken on my blog first, later I will showcase some selected shots on my blog and in the art section. Feel free to link to my site or share on social sites.
Having grown up in Cologne, Germany, I pretty much hate rain. Only at night, when the lights of the city are reflecting in the wet surface of the streets and everything that's covered by wetness, then you get to discover the beautiful side of the rain.
Last week my friend and artist Autumn Love asked me to take pictures of a bunch of models she gathered to support her at an upcoming art show in Downtown San Diego. The result: A very colorful affair!
Early December I decided to go to Los Angeles for a couple of days, I had to run some errands and also planned to visit the Ghetty Center to see the exhibition of the Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako. I took my bike, hopped on the Coaster, transferred to the Metrolink, and cycled LA from Union Station Downtown.
If I had to choose between Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon I'd definitely go for the latter. Grand Canyon is very impressive because of its sheer size, but Bryce Canyon is like a master piece of art, sculpted by mother nature herself.
So I went to Old Town San Diego to take pictures of Dia de los Muertos, the day of the dead, for the first time, and I have to say that I really liked it.
I am not much of a car guy, coming from a densely populated city in Germany, where most distances within the city are well under 10 miles, so that I would usually rather ride my bike then a car. But it's different in the U.S. ...