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I’ve been meaning to write a blog post but in between getting back to reality at work, working on photos, and working on an article for OMGDrift, I haven’t had much time. I’ve been writing this little by little over the past week. I still feel like I need to catch up on sleep and it wasn’t even really that bad, I’m just being a baby about it. Needless to say, I’ve had a lot of caffeine in various forms of coffee drinks this week. I don’t think they’ve really helped but I keep drinking them anyway.

As usual, Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach was awesome. This time I had my boyfriend and our two friends with us. I’ll try not to ramble and give you brief highlights of the trip. If you’d like to read a quick overview of the entire event, you can do so here.

In-N-Out. We ate it. Be jealous. Well, unless you don’t like it, then don’t be. I, personally, happen to enjoy it. I’m sad that Colorado doesn’t have one so anytime we’re out of state and they’re lucky enough, it’s pretty exciting. Venice Beach. Unfortunately our trip out there wasn’t the greatest. It was pretty windy and chilly so it was a little disappointing. I’m still glad we made it out there though because it’s a great place to people watch. Umami Burger. I thought I would love it but I more so just liked it. It’s not exactly somewhere I’d beg to go to for food but wouldn’t mind eating there. Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles. I always hear about this place and had never eaten there. Finally, this time around we did and it was delicious. We almost went to the sketchy one near Compton and in Watts but didn’t. I was so hungry that night I told everyone we should just go there but they looked at me like I was crazy and passed it up. We ended up at the one in Long Beach, where everyone else from FD eats. The wait wasn’t so fun since that place is crazy busy but the food was so good.

When we were out shooting at the track at the Long Beach Convention Center, I was off my game Friday. I’m not sure what it was but I wasn’t doing very well at panning and I didn’t have much motivation because I felt like my photos were sucking and they were. I was a little nervous that the next day was going to be the same and then after all was said and done, I’d come up with barely anything worth posting. Seeing as how I had finally crashed at 3AM in the morning on Saturday, I thought I’d probably end up being useless because I’d be so tired. Surprisingly, I wasn’t and when I was back out taking photos again, I felt more confident and was on point with panning. What a relief!

My goal this year is to really improve in photography. Not just with motorsports but I’d really like to gain more experience in other areas such as portraiture. I love motorsports but I also love being able to capture the people behind the cars and the emotion. It’s something that I need to keep in mind throughout the year and at each event. Everybody captures those photos of the cars ripping the track or in the pits but I want to start focusing more on the drivers behind the wheel, the crew members for the teams, the fans; really just all the people that make this come together. If it wasn’t for the people, what would drifting be? Also just in general though, I want to expand into areas like senior photos, engagement/wedding photos, family photos, etc.

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I’ve been given the opportunity to photograph events at Beta Nightclub located in Denver, CO. This is a completely new type of photography for me, seeing as how I’m used to plenty of light that happens to stay one color and isn’t flashing or moving around. The club atmosphere has minimal lighting, there are lights all around beaming different colors in different places, and people are moving.

Needless to say, I was nervous taking photos. It was definitely a learning experience for me and I really need more practice with my SB600. I enjoyed it though! I think I got a couple good shots in but it could definitely use some work as well. I think one of my goals this year will be to improve my night photography skills since I rarely take photos at night and it’s something I need to start doing more often.

I must say though that it’s a bit scary to push your way through a crowd of hot, sweaty, dancing people with flailing arms as you try and protect your camera and equipment. I mean, I’m a small, Asian girl so it was quite a feat to go through the crowd at the front in order to get to the other side and then make my way up to the very front later. I just kept thinking, “Please don’t knock my camera to the floor, please, please, please…”

Anyhoo, I hope to learn more and produce better photos in the future! You can see the rest of the photos here.

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I ❤ Polaroids.

http://www.the-impossible-project.com/

Production of the Polaroid film ended in the summer of 2009 and the demand for it is high. I searched around one day and not only is it difficult to come across, it’s expensive. This is exciting news! I was hoping this would make a comeback :]

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“I was alone. In ways people aren’t supposed to be alone.”

Photo by Sh4dyj0lk4 – Jolanta (DeviantArt)

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“And will you tell all your friends, you’ve got your gun to my head.”

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I realize now that I have six different cameras. Three are film and three are digital. I think it would be pretty awesome to be a photographer…not just as a hobby but more as an everyday kind of thing. I really enjoy it.

Nikon D200

Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H50

Canon PowerShot SD400

Diana+

Fisheye

Polaroid One600 Classic

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