Blog - Blake Williams

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  • 2016-01-17T22:58:50.031-08:00

    End of Winter Break
    I've had a super eventful winter break! I've gone to the beaches, mountains, forests, and deserts and have documented it all. Below is a list of links (oldest to most recent) that contain some of the photos from the past month.


    Oceans & Beaches
    Sunrise at Fairview Park
    Top of the World
    Little Corona del Mar
    Cleveland National Forest 2016
    Quick Trip to the Snow (Mt. Baldy)
    Forest Home Wintercamp 2016: Week 1
    Day Trip to Joshua Tree
    Huntington Beach Surf
    Forest Home Wintercamp 2016: Week 2

    Recently, I've gotten a lot of encouragement and a lot of criticism on my photography. There are people that tell me to stop taking photography so seriously because there are so many other photographers out there (while showing me photos of over-saturated, excessively-photoshopped sunsets). There are also people that tell me to begin a profession in photography and figure out how to make money from what I'm doing. I've had people tell me that my style isn't colorful enough, and that I need to photoshop each photo to perfection if I want to make any money from photography. I've had people react to my photos without words, but only positive facial expressions. People who say that their life is slightly more adventurous after I show them photos from a recent hike.

    My reaction is to simply keep moving forward. I'm saving up for a full-frame camera and am trying to wake up for more sunrises. I'm slowly figuring out a few consistent editing styles, and am learning how to convey specific emotions through color tones and shapes. But ultimately, my goal is to glorify God through each photo that I take, and help people realize the splendor of His creation.


  • 2016-01-04T11:42:46.320-08:00

    End of 2015/Beginning of 2016
    I've taken so many photos recently, but haven't uploaded any of them. So here they are, from most recent to oldest.






























































  • 2015-12-23T12:25:08.030-08:00

    Mariposa County

    Here's a view of a reservoir near Hunters Valley Point Recreational Area. A couple friends and I drove past Williams Peak and ended up here. 

  • 2015-12-15T18:34:17.759-08:00

    Sleep in Mariposa. Wake up in Yosemite.
    After a wonderful array of shooting stars on Sunday, I thought it would be awesome to drive out near Mariposa to stargaze the next night. I brought Cait, and we ended up driving out around midnight and finally stopped in Mariposa around 2AM. We slept in the car, and planned to explore the small town of Midpines in the morning. We woke up at 5:30, and I drove past Midpines into Yosemite. Cait was asleep during the drive, so she got to wake up to a beautiful landscape of snowy trees and epic rocks.


     Because we had no intentions of going to Yosemite (initially), Cait and I didn't wear snow-related clothing. We used some super soft blankets as cloaks while we explored the snow-laden territory of Yosemite. After a couple minutes, we'd run into the car to heat our hands up again, then take more photos.









    I really wanted to get some cool portraits in Yosemite, so I focused on taking pictures of Cait in addition to the landscape.


    Because it's finals week, we left early. Cait and I got back to Merced at around 9AM. I'd definitely do this again, but I might have to wait until next semester to visit Yosemite again.
  • 2015-12-12T14:51:42.590-08:00

    Williams Peak (Almost)
    The semester is about to end, so I'll be heading back to Southern California soon. I thought it would be a great time to visit Williams Peak, which is known to provide complete views of California's Central Valley. I texted Karla and Karla, we got in the car, and drove into Mariposa County while listening to Hammock to make the whole experience surreal.

    We ended up finding a spot with plenty of rocks to explore and watch the sunset. We didn't make it to the end of the trail leading to Williams Peak, but got to see the complete central valley from a pretty awesome place. I'll definitely visit this place again to watch the sun set from the very end of the trail.

  • 2015-12-03T23:19:45.134-08:00

    Voicemail (Video)
    I made a video today. I took a bunch of my voicemail messages from last year and put them to a videos that I've taken over the past couple years. I made some ambient drone music last night, and edited the video today. Here's a link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpZcFwBdHVo



  • 2015-11-16T14:43:15.043-08:00

    Yosemite

    Over the weekend, some friends from summer camp (Basil and Sprout) came to Merced to shoot a film for a 48-hour film festival. We decided to go to Yosemite and caught the early golden-hour at 6 in the morning. Here are the photos from Yosemite:



  • 2015-11-06T15:34:44.964-08:00

    Santa Cruz
    Yesterday, I went to Santa Cruz with Oscar and Emeka. Here are some photos from our exploration:
  • 2015-10-24T16:59:14.807-07:00

    Re edits: Kelso Dunes
    Here are 2 photos from the Kelso Dunes. I took them in January, but recently decided to re edit a couple of them to see the difference in my editing style now.

    I have others that still represesent the original editing style; you can find them on my flickr
  • 2015-10-19T20:41:34.876-07:00

    Film 001: Kodak Ektar 100
     I finally developed my first roll of film. The choice was Kodak Ektar 100 on the first Canon Rebel camera. Most of the time I shot with the kit lens, but some of them used a 50mm or other random lens.
     This is where I lived for a couple weeks.
    These two are from Lake Silverwood.
    Forest Home.
    Joshua Tree
    Forest Home

    Unfortunately, these were scanned at 72 dpi. I have a couple more rolls of film, so I'll ask them to be processed at 3000 dpi or something crazy like that.

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