Photo: As I faced the storm, I couldn't help but wish you were by my side.

A few weeks ago my town was treated to some incredible clouds in the sky. Usually, especially during the summer, the skies remain clear and blue, but on this day the sky was so full and lively that I simply had to get some shots of it. So I made my way to the Verdugo Mountains, but instead of hiking up my regular path, I decided to try another way which, according to the maps, would lead me closer to the highest peaks in the area. After almost 2 miles of steep dirt path, seemingly endless switchbacks, and an unusual humidity that reminded me of Southeast Asia, I finally reached a fork in the path. Each way would lead me up to one of the two higher peaks in the area so while deciding which way to take I decided to take a breather and look out over the edge. And I'm glad I did because the view was absolutely incredible.

And in case you're wondering, I never did make it to either peak on this day. Shortly after shooting this scene it started to rain. Not hard, but enough to have me thinking about having to hike down a long, dark and wet path with all of my equipment. So I decided to head back down while there was still plenty of daylight. ;-)

#SkySunday  
Photo: It may be a long road to the top, but it'll be well worth the effort.

A few weeks ago I decided to head back up to Mt. Thom here in Glendale, CA to try and get some scenic shots with the amazing cloud cover that had graced the city. But by the time I made it to the mountain, the clouds weren’t nearly as dramatic but because I enjoy hiking the trail I decided to make my way up anyways. About a quarter of the way up I decided to turn onto a lone service road which diverts to a section of the mountain that goes towards town. It doesn’t go all the way to the neighborhood down below, but it certainly makes for some unique city shots. After being attacked by every flying insect out there, I headed back towards the main dirt path and that’s when this scene caught my attention. Everything just looked so clean and crisp to me that I simply had to get a shot of it. I came away with a few bug bites on my legs, but I also got this view.

Totally worth it in my opinion. ;-)

#MountainMonday   #NatureMonday  
Photo: Some dreams are simply worth waiting for.

A few weeks ago the city of Glendale was treated to some incredibly epic cloud formations. I had made several attempts to shoot them from someplace, but by the time I got high enough they always seemed to be carried off by the wind and clearing the sky. But on this day I was finally able to shoot them from a distance. It was super hot outside but I didn’t want to miss another chance to shoot these great clouds somehow, so I packed a bottle of water and headed out finding myself on the top level of the Glendale College parking lot. I would have much rather been up in the mountains right in the heart of this dream, but they were being swept away again so I went for a spot I knew I could get to quick and easy. I hope Mother Nature treats me to clouds like this again soon, but if they'll look like this, I really don't mind waiting.

#MountainMonday  
Photo: These are the kind of memories I love to focus on.

For those of you not familiar with this emblem, it’s the emblem of a classic Ford Thunderbird. I can’t pinpoint the exact year, but this car is from the early to mid 1960′s. I love all styles of this iconic emblem because it reminds me of my Dad! For most of my childhood and teen years, we had ourselves a 1984 T-Bird in our family, and I’ve always loved it. And when it was passed down to me when I made it to college it was like a dream come true. Not because it was my first car, not because I finally had something to drive, but because it was the car that my father put so much love and effort into maintaining and keeping it as pristine as possible. Using that T-Bird, he taught me much of what I’ve come to know about cars, from driving them to maintaining them. And though the year and style of logo may not be the same as what we had in our family, seeing this emblem in all of it’s versions always sparks fond memories of being around my Dad, hanging on his every word.

And speaking of learning, I'd also like to dedicate this shot to my dear friend +Yumi Shoji. It's her photography and style that motivated how I shot and processed this. Each photo she shares is like a new learning experience for me and it's really helping me look at things other than in epic landscape mode. So here's to you, Yumi! Keep up the great work! ;-)
Photo: Who knew that going down could bring so much pleasure?

I mean down an escalator! What else did you think I was talking about? He he. Earlier today I met up with a buddy of mine for some lunch so I decided I would take a camera with me and just shoot if anything caught my attention while I was out. To keep it simple and light, I attached my trusty 50mm prime and off we went. We ate, hung out, talked a little about how we voted and the importance of ice cream to basic human life and my camera didn't once turn on. But then we headed to the mall. I'm not much a fan of the mall and only ever go there if I'm going to buy some Panda Express or screen protector for my phone, but it was nearby, so why not?

Almost instantly we headed down this escalator and with the reflections bouncing off of either railing wall, I got down low and fired off a shot just before I reached the bottom. It's also not often that I process shots right away, but this looked quite interesting on the LCD of my camera so I wanted to see what this looked like on a bigger screen. So I uploaded it to LR, processed it, and here it is. ;-)

#MyTownTuesday   #TodayTuesday  
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Mark Esguerra
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Some dreams are simply worth waiting for.

A few weeks ago the city of Glendale was treated to some incredibly epic cloud formations. I had made several attempts to shoot them from someplace, but by the time I got high enough they always seemed to be carried off by the wind and clearing the sky. But on this day I was finally able to shoot them from a distance. It was super hot outside but I didn’t want to miss another chance to shoot these great clouds somehow, so I packed a bottle of water and headed out finding myself on the top level of the Glendale College parking lot. I would have much rather been up in the mountains right in the heart of this dream, but they were being swept away again so I went for a spot I knew I could get to quick and easy. I hope Mother Nature treats me to clouds like this again soon, but if they'll look like this, I really don't mind waiting.

#MountainMonday  

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