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Long Beach, California, United States
Welcome to my blog. Looking through my posts you will find that I love and have a passion for photography and although my expertise so to speak is in Sports Action, I have been getting into wildlife and senior portraits. No matter what I'm shooting I want to bring my client the best possible shot I can and give them / you a photograph that you will cherish for a lifetime. If your looking for someone to capture your child in action, to show the intensity and emotion in which your child plays, look no further. Just drop me a line (e-mail) at homerkenpo@aol.com. I cover most areas in Southern Califoria.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bolsa Chica Wet Lands

 Ok, so I only gave you a taste of things to come, but until they do come I once again bring you back to Bolsa Chica Wet Lands. Can you tell this is one of my favorite spots to go to.

I started this outing around the middle of the wet lands to get some tern and pelican action, which was very minimal.  After taking a few shots I decided to walk along the back tree line to see if there was anything out and about.  While walking along the lower portion I saw a Cormorant sunning on a perch that an Ospray usually uses.  I took a few shots and decided to see what I could get from the upper portion of the trail, so as I was walking to that portion of the trail I lost sight of the Cormorant.  As I attempted to find him I saw an Ospray coming in with a rather large fish.  It appeared the Ospray wanted to land on the perch the cormorant was at, but he refused to move, so the ospray just flew on passing in front of me.  Although I would have loved for the ospray to have been much closer, I was happy with the shots I got.  Some times I get lucky and find myself in the right place at the right time.

Enjoy the pictures.

Moore League "Passing League"

 I've been posting a lot of non-sports stuff lately, mostly been getting out and doing t.hings just for me, which I reccomend all photographers to do every now and then.  Helps me keep my passion for what I love.

Was recently asked to cover the Moore League "Passing League" football tournament held at Poly High this past Thursday.  It was nice to get out and shoot some football and see some of this next season's talent.

This tournament consisted of Lakewood, Wilson, Cabrillo, and Poly.  Although I stayed on the field where Lakewood was playing, I was able to get shots from all four teams.

So enjoy and "Are you ready for some Football"

Friday, June 22, 2012

Bolsa Chica Wet Lands

On Saturday the 16th I had a get together with some fellow photographers at the Bolsa Chica Wet Lands.  I was hoping for some decent activity with the Terns and Black Skimmers.  Although the Terns were out in good numbers, there were only a few Skimmers, but none the less they were out and gave me a few opportunities for some shots.  There were also a few Pelicans who stayed close by and entertained us with their constant dives in search of food.

Well that brings us to this post.  Since the bird activity was pretty good I decided to head back out the following Monday.  Now although there were a lot of Terns out, their activity was very minimal.  They did make multiple attempts to catch fish, but on the most part came up empty beak (so to speak).  There were a few Pelicans, but the decided to come and go during my evening stay and the Skimmer activity was almost nil.

So lets take this post to the next level and talk about how I got the shots I have posted here today.  All captions will be talking about the shot above the caption, which is the norm, but I tend to post about the picture below when providing captions.

Although Pelicans are large birds and rather slow flying, when they decide to dive they do so rather quickly and if not paying attention all you will end up with when taking a picture is a big splash.  Pelicans tend to dive from various heights and they higher they are the better your chances of following them and getting that diving shot.  I have yet to get one, but my goal with them is to get a shot of them in their dive just before making contact with the water - the closer the better.  When looking for these shots you need to track the pelican and watch for signs (a slight turn / shoulder drop) as they turn their body and angle downward.  The hardest part is tracking them in the dive, but I'm working on that.
Another nice shot is of them taking flight from the water.

With Terns the action is so much faster.  You really have to be on top of things to capture them, but as with anything there are some tricks I use.  First - the shot am I attempting to capture or looking for - will dictate how I do things.

On the most part I will do my best to be aware of the background and shoot aerial shots when their low enough to give me some color (brush / water) in the background, even if its only through part of the picture.  Now I do break this rule (at least I try) when I have nice blue sky's, in this case I will shoot various flybys or hovering shots while they search for fish.  For this type of shot being high, such as standing or being further above the water works best as it puts you closer to the birds level and hopefully raises the level of the horizon so when the bird flows low you got a sweet background full of color.

Another shot I look for is their dive, or when they begin their flight out of the water after a dive.  For this shot I want to be as low as possible to show more separation between the tern and the water, although this can't always be done depending on where you do your birding, but if you can get low then get low.  Once a tern makes a dive it will begin its quick upward jump out of the water.  This is where I'm looking for a fish in its beak to add to the shot.  The other thing I'm looking for is the head shake.  Once they come up out of the water they will shake their head like a dog coming out of a pool.  Makes a great shot with water droplets flying outward.

I hope you obtained some information that will help you get that shot you want.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  I will try to help as best I can.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bolsa Chica Wet Lands Meet-up

 Got together with some photography friends this past Saturday at the Bolsa Chica Wet Lands, Shelly Rosen (Shelly Rosen Photography), Shannon Edmonds (Shannon Edmonds Photography), Peter Tellone (Peter Tellone - Photographer), and Matthew (future photographer extraordinaire).

Thanks so much to you all for coming down this way to share something I'm very passionate about.  I know I'm known for my sports action photography, but when I'm out shooting wildlife I find that I'm in a different and relaxed state of mind and thanks again for sharing that with me.  I had a great time hanging out shooting, talking, and of course enjoying a great dinner with friends.

Here are several of my favorite shots from the day including some of you all.  I look forward to the next get together.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Southern California Special Olympic Summer Games

Every June the Special Olympics virtually take over Cal State University Long Beach to hold the Southern California Summer Games and this year was no exception.
I look forward to this each and every year, well at least for the last 4 years, as I volunteer my passion as a sports action photography to cover their games.  I find that at the end of the day my jaw is sore from smiling all day long.  I mean how can you not smile and get caught up in the excitement and action as these athletes compete.  As you look through this post look at the faces of the athletes and you'll see one thing in common, they show excitement in each and every smile.

I signed up to cover the games all day Saturday and Sunday from the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony, so on Saturday morning at about 8:45am I reported to the media tent to check in and receive my credentials.  Needless to say I was very surprised that on the my pass were three pictures that I took during last year's summer games.  I wasn't sure if they personalized each person's media pass until later in the day as I started to see that all the media passes had my pictures on them.  Simply put, I was honored they used my shots for all passes.

I'll start with some shots of the opening ceremony, parade of athletes, and the torch run.

For Saturday I was assigned to cover basketball and track.  Since the morning was still overcast I decided to head in doors to cover basketball first in hopes that the sun will soon show its bright face when I head back out to cover track, which it did : )

For Sunday I was given the assignment to cover Bocce ball and Gymnastics.

And in closing here are a couple of shots of two athletes injoying closing celebrations.