Where have I been?!

April 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Oh yes, it has been forever since I posted here. I have had a slight hiccup with kristinajacob.com. So, I am returning to the blogosphere (do the kids even say that anymore?) on this blogging vehicle.

While 2012 has been interesting and monumental, something really cool and unexpected happened last week while I was in San Francisco for a work conference. David Hobby of Strobist, the wildly popular lighting blog happened to be in San Francisco just down the street from where I was staying. He Tweeted to his followers to see if anyone would be interested in meeting up the evening that I got in town, so I had to stop by and say hi (it was just eight blocks away). There was a small, fun group of us, all very diverse but brought together by this really nice guy. It was fun to make new photographer friends and talk to David in a smaller setting…totally different from when I, along with 500 other fans, met him at The Flash Bus tour here in Los Angeles last year. David is very smart and very nice, as well as a very talented photographer.

Our conversation inspired me to do more blogging, since I have been lacking in that area for a few months. Thank you David for unintentionally making me think about my blog!

And, of course, since I got this photo with Joe at TFB:

TFB-McNally

I had to get a photo with Mr. Hobby, since I didn’t get a chance to last year:

Strobist

Thank you Dave for wanting to spend time with some of your readers/fans!

And thank you to my readers for stopping by!

New page!

November 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Lilly Family Portrait Session

October 26, 2011 § 2 Comments

The Lilly family is quite near and dear to me, as they are my beloved’s family. One year ago, little bro Shane and his girlfriend Kaleigh brought my nephew Connor into this world. He is a happy baby who is always laughing, and it is amazing to see how much he has grown this year.

Of course, it was not exactly all smiles for little Connor on the morning of our photos. The poor little guy had some major teeth breaking through, but we were able to coax a few smiles from him using our combined efforts. And Auntie Kristina with a toy on her head while worrying about Speedlites and diffusers.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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This shoot was so much fun because I got to hang out with my little nephew and try some things I learned and bought at Photoshop World. I am excited to try out more photo techniques on Connor as he grows up. I’m sure he is even more excited to hear “Look at Auntie” about five million more times.

Thank you to Shane and Kaleigh for letting me document Connor’s precious first year!

Thank you for stopping by!

Photoshop World Las Vegas Wrap Up

September 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Back to the old grind, as they say, and I have had a few weeks to reflect on this year’s Photoshop World. I didn’t get to blog as much as I wanted to on the PSW blog during PSW because of unresolved technical difficulties.  I must say that while I was happy that I was picked to be a PSW blogger, I was very disappointed that my contact Kelby Media Group staff member didn’t acknowledge or return my pleas of help after my first post was updated, making it the only post that showed up on the PSW blog.  However, I didn’t let that fact ruin my PSW experience, and the staff worked hard to put on a great show.

I loved every moment of PSW and didn’t want to miss a thing. That’s hard when there are 5 amazing classes going on during one time slot. Thank goodness for the hundreds of pages in the PSW Workbook, even though it’s not the same as sitting down with a legendary instructor to teach you those things.

Between the classes and the Expo floor, there was always something to see, learn and buy.
My favorite event at both the last PSW I attended two years ago and this one was The Art of Digital Photography panel, comprised of nine PSW instructors: Jim Divitale, Joe Glyda, Joe McNally, Jeremy Cowart, Jay Maisel, Gregory Hesiler, Julieanne Kost, Dave Black and Moose Peterson. Each photographer exhibited a different perspective that they brought to the table and left the attendees in awe. I am humbled that I had the opportunity to even be in the same room with these talents, and even more so by the fact they were presenting their own work before me and a few hundred of my PSW friends. But nothing was more memorable than when Joe received a standing ovation for his project “Faces of Ground Zero”, a portrait series of the heroes and survivors of September 11th in 2001, and in 2011.

Something I noticed in each class and walking the Expo floor was the range of attendees’ ages. I saw young kids (a 14 year old boy was one of McNally’s subjects) and retirees. I loved seeing that variety. How great is that to be a young kid in the 10-14 age range and to be going to Photoshop World? I applaud the adults in these kids’ lives for nurturing their passion at such a young age, as well as retirees for continuing to feed their passion. One of those retirees whom I attend every PSW with is my dad, making it a wonderful experience for us to share.

Which leads me to the PSW closing ceremony. This year was definitely an emotional closing ceremony. The afternoon began with a movie clip from Joe McNally’s “Faces of Ground Zero” project in his absence. Then Moose Peterson took us on his photographic journey, which chokes me up every time. One of the newer instructors Dave Black told the tear-jerking story of how one college professor saw his talent and encouraged him to pursue photography even though it wasn’t his major. New Photoshop Guy Pete Collins wrapped up the presentations with the equally emotional story of how he started out as a missionary in Thailand and ended up on that stage in Vegas.

I want to thank all of NAPP for putting together yet another amazing PSW. Thank you to all of the instructors who shared their knowledge for three days out of their undoubtedly busy lives.

And thank you for stopping by.

Photoshop World Blogging

September 5, 2011 § 1 Comment

Two years ago, I attended my first Photoshop World (PSW) in Las Vegas, NV. The amount of information and fun while learning about Photoshop, photography and everything else in between was just amazing. It was an absolutely inspiring event that left me wanting more…check out my PSW  wrap up from 2009.

I decided that it was high time to get back to another one, and this time I am an attendee as well as one of the six bloggers for the event.

Check out this blog post about my other blogging buddies, and don’t forget to check the PSW blog for many updates along the way!

http://photoshopworld.com/2011/08/29/introducing-your-psw-las-vegas-onsite-bloggers/

I look forward to sharing my experience here on my blog as well as the PSW blog!

Thanks for stopping by!

All of the Pretty Fishes

July 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Over the past few months, I have fallen in love with aquarium photography. It’s a win-win for me…I don’t have to actually go into the ocean (I’m just a bit scared of sharks), and I can stay in front of my subject for hours, not having to worry about breathing in the water. As long as the exhibit isn’t crowded, I’m in luck.
My aquarium photography started with a visit early last year to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long beach, CA. They dedicated an evening in the aquarium to me and about 100 other photographers. This was a wonderful thing for the aquarium to do for us.
My favorite photo from that evening is this detail of a Ragged Lion fish:

Project 365 #31: Lace

After a hiatus from aquariums, I was able to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium just last month. I rediscovered my love of photographing aquariums, and fell in love with jellyfish as subjects:

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Last week I had the opportunity to visit La Jolla, and visited the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Birch Aquarium. This is a wonderful research and education aquarium, and exhibited my new favorite subjects:

Jellyfish detail

If you get a chance, please check out my Flickr collection of aquarium photography. I’m having so much fun with this and love seeing how I am progressing.

Thank you as always for stopping by!

DLWS Wine Country

June 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

A few weeks ago, I took part in one of the last Digital Landscape Workshop Series in Wine Country led by Moose Peterson, Joe McNally, Kevin Dobler and an amazing DLWS staff: Sharon Peterson, Jake Peterson, Jeff Leimbach, Drew Gurian, Richard Small and a special appearance by Russell Brown.

It has taken me quite a while to post about this workshop because, aside from regaining energy, it has taken a while for me to comprehend the gravity of it all. I still cannot quite comprehend the amount of talent that I was in the same room with.

The workshop started off with staff presentations, which was incredible in and of itself. To hear Joe McNally speak about his Faces of Ground Zero images as he showed them to me and my 23 other newest friends still gives me chills. Drew’s presentation showed us his passion for concert and portrait work, and I think he may be picking up some lighting influence from Joe. Jake showed us his photos, and it was amazing to see that while he shoots right next to his legendary dad, he has a style completely his own. A legend in the making, that kid is! Kevin does quite possibly the coolest thing, he gets up in planes and takes beautiful aerial photos. Right up my alley. Jeff gave us an emotional presentation…his brother was killed in Afghanistan, affecting everything in his daily life which reflects in his photography. Moose ended the evening with amazing images form his body of work. He showed us how an image really can make a huge difference in the world.

They set up some fantastic shoots for us, even though unfortunately the weather did not cooperate with us for our shoots. Between shoots were amazing learning sessions packed with information, tips, techniques and images.
Here are some of my photos from Bodega Bay:

Bodega Bay Clouds

Bodega Bay Marina

Our second day had two vintage cars shoots at car restoration garages: Fred Stoke’s and Vern Tardel’s. Wonderful guys that welcomed us into their shops and let us roam free, allowing for some photos like these:
Fred Stoke's Reflection

Ford- Fred Stokes
The above photo was critiqued by Moose and seen by the rest of the DLWS staff (Where else could I ever say that happened?!). He gave some valuable feedback that I have been applying as I shoot—in short I hear Moose’s voice in my head.
Vern Tardel's
On our last day of our workshop, the rain stopped for a bit and gave us a gorgeous day of blue skies and white puffy clouds—perfect for a tour of the family-owned Sausal Winery in Healdsburg. I had some fun with the fisheye (thanks to Jake’s suggestion):
Sausal Fisheye 1

The greens were so vibrant after the rains, it turned out to be the perfect shoot to end the workshop with
Sasual vineyard

For an idea of where in Northern California we went, here is a map i created of the workshop:

I met some truly wonderful people and learned from them as well as the instructors.

I want to thank the hardworking DLWS staff for putting a great event together, and thank you to my newest friends for lots of laughs and a great week together.

And thank you for stopping by!

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