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Yosemite
Yosemite

Hello All,

I have been shooting photos for quite some time now and I am going to give everyone the opportunity to get something for Christmas. Right now up until December 31, 2018, I will be giving locals (Anyone In the Fresno, California Area), copies of my work. Here is the catch…you pick the photo from all of my work(Landscapes Only Unless the Portraits Are Of You Or Someone You are Related To), you pick the type of print. I will be using Costco Photo Center to print these on anything that Costco wants. All you pay is the cost for the merchandise.

Costco can print my work on just about anything.  From Canvas Prints to Metal Prints and even Christmas Ornaments.

Select from any of my work.  Not only on this page, but if you see any of my work on Instagram, Twitter or Anywhere else.

I see this as a way to get my work out there before I die. I would love to give to my friends and families, so please choose your work and get it printed. Contact Me to make your choice and be sure to give me your contact information so we can get a hold of you.

Merry Christmas!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

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Joshua Tree HDR

Joshua Tree HDR
Joshua Tree HDR

One Of My Favorites

I was traveling for work and just coming back home from a long drive. I was traveling with a close friend. We had been driving all day and stopping off at certain locations along the way taking photos. We would stop and get a few shots in as we weren’t in a hurry to get home. The above photo was one of the last places we stopped at as we came up towards Tehachapi, California. I had set my camera up for the bracketed exposures and put three photos together to get the above shot. I love how the details are in the Joshua Tree and the ground and in the background mountains.

Thank you for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Long Exposure – Orlando

Long Exposure - Orlando
Long Exposure – Orlando

Experimenting

A few years ago, I was dabbling in Astrophotography and wanted to try out long exposures of certain areas. While working for my previous company, I was given an opportunity of a lifetime. I was asked to book my flight and hotel to Orlando, Florida to attend an exhibit show at the Orlando park. I knew I had an opportunity to get some time to catch some fireworks and some other HDR shots. When I first arrived, I spent some time exploring outside and seeing the atmosphere. I knew that because of the extreme lights nearby that I wouldn’t get any Astrophotography shots. So, I thought about some HDR and Long Exposures. I got the above shot using my Tripod and set my camera for a 30 second exposure. I thought it was great since I was just dabbling. I love the way the lights came out from across the lake.

HDR - Dolphin Resort
HDR – Dolphin Resort

High Definition

The above shot, I set my camera up for a bracketed exposure to get three different exposures. I then took the three photos and stitched them together in Adobe Lightroom. I have a Plugin called Photomatix that allows me to take the three photos and create an HDR photo with some effects.

Thank you for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

New Mexico

Lots of Hot Air Balloons
Lots of Colors

Travel

When I was traveling for work I was traveling a lot to New Mexico. Its one of the places where I made my first large sale. While visiting a couple of times, I heard about a Hot Air Balloon event that happens in Albuquerque, NM. I knew I had to go. I bought a ticket and got there super early so that I can be there for the setup.

Hot Air Balloons Filling Up
Fire It Up

Setup

I must admit it that I was freezing because it was so cold and I only had a light jacket. I wasn’t used to the altitude and the colder weather. When I arrived they got the go ahead to setup but that they couldn’t fly the balloons because of wind. The photo above shows a couple of balloons getting filled with heat. These things had some burners in them. From the distance where I was standing, I could feel a warmth that helped with me being cold.

Darth Vader Balloon
Darth Vader Balloon

May The Force Be With You

As I was wandering trying to get so many photos of the different balloons, I found one that was designed like Darth Vader’s Head. It was cool that they had so many styles and designs. If I am in New Mexico around the time of this event, I plan on attending. I want to be there when the Balloons go up.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Flowers Outside The Doorway

 

Flowers Outside The Doorway
Flowers Outside The Doorway

At Peace

I have only been to Mexico a few times in my life and I must say, I always seem to enjoy the beauty that it has to offer.  This old abandoned house inside a small village reminds me of my travels as a young boy to Durango.  This photo was taken in a village outside of Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Elementary School Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez
Elementary School Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez

This is near the place where my mother-in-law grew up.  The name of the town is San Bernardo.  This town seemed to put you at peace.  Even the old abandoned school – Elementary School Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez was almost scary but peaceful.  By using Google Maps, you can now see that the town has been growing and even the village area seems to have Street Views.  Give it a gander.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

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

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

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

New Idria

New Idria
New Idria

This is a photo of an old abandoned factory that is just outside of New Idria.  If you have not seen this place it is something to see at least once in your lifetime.  I had been there once when I was a kid and I had mentioned it to my wife and we drove up to see it.  I guess the place has been abandoned for some time now.  It used to be used for some old mining purposes.