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St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary's Church
St. Mary’s Church

Architecture

When I was a kid I always dreamed of being an Architect. I always thought it was amazing to put a passion inside your work that everyone would be able to see it in a building or structure. I took this photo at my sister’s wedding while in Alton, Illinois. It is from inside of St. Mary’s Church. I looked up at the ceiling and saw this amazing piece of work and thought, I had to share.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed the photo and the small story. If you are interested in more of my Architecture work, be sure to click on the Architecture Tag below.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Flower In The Light

Flower In The Light
Flower In The Light

Vallejo

I thought I would just share an old photo from Vallejo. I took this photo while at Six Flags Vallejo. They have a very amazing Butterfly Exhibit that has so many butterflies, but also flowers. I was walking through the exhibit and almost missed this one. I shot it with my Sigma 300mm lens.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Old Photos

The Spider
The Spider

Older Photos

I was looking for some photos to post and thought I would go back to the days when I used my Canon Digital Rebel XT. The camera was truly a game changer for me as before I was using the Minolta Dimage 5 which was only 3 Megapixels at the time. I had taken so many photos with both my Rebel and the Dimage that I wondered what they would look like if I was able to enlarge them.

The Spider

Was an old photo that I shot with the Rebel XT and using just the standard 18-55mm lens. I know this lens is garbage, but it does some good work for the entry level photographer just trying to get familiar with their gear/camera. I recall trying to capture this shot and having trouble focusing because of it being night and the flash firing.

Conclusion

Don’t be afraid to get out there and work with your gear. I know a friend of mine by the name of Justin Keys has been out there taking some amazing shots. I know another friend of mine that she mentioned she goes over to a local camera store and rents out larger lenses for her camera for only $20/day. This is amazing that they would do something like that. This allows amateur photographers to work with equipment that they might want to purchase ahead of time and get familiar with it.
Thank you for reading.

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Google Sheets Not Working

Any Google Sheets Experts Out There

I got a call from someone trying to get a chart to show up correctly. I am no expert in Google Sheets but I am sure to find my way around. I looked at what she was trying to do and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working.

Google Sheets Data
Google Sheets Data

We have the data that you see above. (All Data is just a bunch of sample numbers I put in.) I highlight the entire section and then clicked on the Chart Icon.

Google Sheets Chart Editor
Google Sheets Chart Editor

I go through the Google Sheets Chart Editor and customize the Chart to what I like and after I click Insert, I get the one below.

Google Sheets Chart
Google Sheets Chart

I have done everything and still can’t get the percentages to show up.
I even recreated the same thing in Microsoft Excel and had no issues. It showed up correctly and works fine.

Does anyone know what is wrong? Is there something wrong with Google? Just another reason to move away from Google.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

The Elegance of Black and White

Long Exposure Water
Long Exposure Water

The Depth of Vision

As most of you know that have followed me over the years, know that I have a passion for photographs when they are in Black and White. There is just something about them that keep my eye on the photo and look for all the details. Sure, color can do wonders for so many photos, but for me it is the Black and White that has an Elegance that can’t be explained. It almost gives the photo a sense of pride and belonging.

Mirror Lake

I traveled with my daughter a few months ago to Yosemite, California and I came across this shot of a stream that flowed down from Mirror Lake. I have been experimenting with my ND Filter and came to the scene of this stream flowing. I thought it would be great to capture this moment in Black and White. The photo almost looks like mountains of sand in the Sahara Desert.

Conclusion

It was one of my favorites that I caught over that weekend. I wanted to share it with you all. I hope you all enjoyed it.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Long Exposure

Long Water Exposure
Long Water Exposure

The Long Exposure

I took this photo of a creek that flows into Bass Lake, CA, while I was traveling with the Yearbook class. We drove up to this side area and hiked down to the river. We found this really amazing location to photograph some waterfalls. With so much snow melting up there it makes so much more water flowing into all of these rivers.
I found this opportunity to mess with my ND filter. I hadn’t had time to mess with it too much and I really wanted to experiment with it. I should have brought my tripod because the shot is a little blurry. I think I left the aperture open for about 2 seconds.

Conclusion

Just like everything else, I plan to play with the ND filter some more so that I can get a better grip on it and share more shots with you. If you have any feedback or advice about how to use the ND filter please do so. I would love to hear about some other people’s experience with ND.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Yosemite – El Capitan

El Capitan
El Capitan

Yosemite’s El Capitan

If you have ever been to Yosemite, then you are familiar with El Capitan. It is a very large mountain that sits in the middle of the park and is a remarkable site to see. It attracts thousands and thousands a year so that people can climb it and see its amazing view.

Rain Makes For Amazing Waterfalls

The recent rains has revived some amazing waterfalls that haven’t been seen in a very long time. Not to mention the amount of water in the rivers. If you get a chance to go up and visit the park, please be sure to be careful around the water, as we have already had a few incidents where people have drowned.

Conclusion

It has been a while since I have been up to Yosemite, but I was offered an opportunity to go with my daughter and her class. It was a great time to see all the kids working to get great shots. I can’t wait to see some of their work. I will continue to post some of my photos online, either on the site or somewhere on social media. Be sure to stay up to date by subscribing to all of my posts.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven
Stairway To Heaven

Yosemite

If you have ever been to Yosemite, you know that the park has a lot to offer. Especially, if you are a photographer. From the waterfalls and the green trees and the beautiful blue sky.

Glacier Point

I took this shot a few years ago when some family and I went up to camp at Yosemite. I had heard of the view from the top of Glacier Point but had never experienced it until the day I shot this. From the top you can see Half Dome over on the left and just below you can see Vernal Falls and the Merced Falls above that.

Conclusion

If you have time to stay in Yosemite and see all of the park’s beauty, I insist you camp or stay at a hotel nearby so that you can experience so much more of the park.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

The Jelly Man Lives

The Jellyman
The Jellyman

San Francisco

My family and I visited San Francisco’s Golden Gate park one day and I believe it must have been a holiday because we were trying to go into the Science Museum and the line was rediculous. We ended up wandering around the rest of the park, but a few months later we timed it right and went back to see the Science Museum.

The Science Museum

We were amazed of all the stuff that was in the museum. I had no idea the place had existed until we stumbled upon it. We came across the Jelly Fish exhibit and I have always been a fan of them. I snapped this photo while watching this guy swim around. I even came across what I recall as the Banana Spider from when I was in Okinawa, Japan back in 1999-2000. I will try to share the photo with you and the story of the encounter we had while we were in the Jungle.

Conclusion

I guess the moral of this story is that, make sure you plan your trips accordingly and don’t be afraid to go back again if it can be done.

Thanks for reading.

Sincerely,

Manuel Perez

Enlarge Older Photos

Tree In Rock
Tree In Rock

OnOne Photo Resize

I had a photo that I shot a while back and the post is the one here. I had taken the photo with my older Minolta Dimage 5 which was a great camera at the time but it was only 3 Megapixels and that might have been great but its not even close to what we need if I wanted to print out a really large print of the photo.
I stumbled across one of OnOne’s programs called Resize which is part of the OnOne Suite. I think the program does a great job but I am curious as what the limits truly are. I took this image from 960×1280 to 2250×3000. I didn’t notice too much change in the photo as it grew.

Conclusion

I will try some more tests and post the results on the website so you can witness the results for yourself. I think if anyone wants to take those old scans and print them out to a larger scale, this might be the best way. I do see some limitations of the program that wouldn’t work. I will share those in a future post as well.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez