The Most Lit Parade of ’17

Introducing your 2017 NBA champions… the Golden State Warriors!

There aren’t many things in this world that will get me up at 4 in the morning, but this is one of them.

The 2017 Golden State Warriors Championship Parade! Man… I’ve been waiting for this redemption since that horrific game 7 blew 3-1 lead finals choke loss.

I went with a few friends and family and took Bart and got there at 5:30. Then, we walked toward 22nd St. and Broadway to look for a spot. Initially, we chose the turn, but I wanted to have Paramount Theatre (an Oakland landmark) in the background so we set up right before 21st St. In the morning when the sun rises, lighting is obviously at a different angle and generally more even with less shadows, but it changes throughout the day and I totally did not consider that… because why? Because 5:30 AM.

So when the parade finally started at 10 AM, lighting was pretty bad on my side. We had to deal with lighting through trees, highlights off of Paramount, and shadows on the subjects of the parade. I had to continuously adjust quickly back and forth between shadows and highlights through the whole parade so it was a challenge to say the least.

But here it is, the championship parade through my eyes from the beginning to the end, and enjoy the Golden Era. Go Dubs!


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22 Jump *Broadway Street
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Highly Anticpated

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Championship Mood

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The Goat Jim Barnett
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Splash Bro
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Mama Durant

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Shaun
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The Greatest GM

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From the 2nd to the 5th
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Since ’07
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Zaza’s shot is looking better here than in games.

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For Oakland
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Joy
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We Are Championship
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SF in Oakland

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Dub Nation Pride
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Andre Iguodala and Little Iguodala

A couple things I learned for the 2018 championship parade (mark my words 😛 )… Next time I’ll probably use a zoom lens, preferably 24-70 or 70-200, because it’s so much easier when you are only able to stand in one spot, and everything moves so quickly so you don’t have much time to switch lenses. With prime lenses (single focal lengths like the 50mm), you’re required to move towards your perspective and you can’t do that in the parade because you are blocked by people crowded up behind you and the barrier in front of you. The other thing is light. Plan accordingly because light and its angles change throughout the day, DUH. Stupid me.


Shot with: 50mm 1.8 & 80-200 2.8

The Most Lit Parade of ’17

Before and After: Memorial Day

Happy Post Memorial Day! Hope everyone enjoyed their day off with families and friends and some BBQ. Thank you to all the veterans and to those who gave their lives for our freedom.

Here is one of my favorite mobile shots that I wanted to share a before and after of. I shared this on Instagram yesterday, but I wanted to post a little about it here. I think the statement, “The best camera you have is the one you have on you,” is SUCH a valid statement. Some of my most favorite shots are captured on my phone, and in a way, the phone has its advantages over my $1000 camera or lens, you just have to know its limits (mainly lighting).

The phone allows you to blend in with everyone around you because everyone already has their phone out so it is superb for street photography, and handling it is easy and quick. I use my phone so often I can frame in its focal length without taking it out, and you probably can too! This allows for crazy timing and effortless convenience. Not only that, but the quality of mobile photography is crazy good these days. #Iphoneonly or #Iphoneography, but I’m android… but I mean, it’s like representative of the mobile photography movement.

This is a picture I took in the Boston bus terminal as I was going up the escalator. I saw a veteran wearing a nicely detailed leather jacket with a large Air Force emblem on the back walking in front of me. That was the detail that caught my eye initially, and as we were going up the escalator I saw the US flag on the left and then I saw the somewhat symmetrical/circular ceiling above us, and the light was at a good angle towards the jacket so I immediately took out my phone, double clicked the home button on my S7 for the camera and framed it as best as I could on the phone and got two shots.


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The above shot is straight out of the camera, hopefully you could already tell lol.

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With the editing, I used VSCO on my phone, which is my go-to. All I wanted to do was bring out the contrast of the jacket and shadows, and bring down the highlights minimally on the flag because I didn’t want to stretch the editing too much with mobile shots. There is no RAW on the phone, unless you download apps to use for your phone. I cropped it to 4:5, which is the ideal size for Instagram. I added a few VSCO filters on it and this was the one I ended up choosing.

BASICALY, I really really liked the vet’s jacket and the flag in the background.


Shot with: Galaxy S7

Before and After: Memorial Day

@KDTrey5 in Downtown Chinatown

Earlier this week, I was SUPER fortunate to be able to attend a community event featuring the Warriors organization and Kevin Durant for Oakland Chinatown thanks to an invitation from my friend Theresa (shout out to Theresa)!

Kevin Durant and his charity, KD Charity Foundation, have been building and refurbishing indoor and outdoor courts around the country, and Oakland Chinatown was their latest community to give back to. My friend signed me up as 16 and surprisingly I passed (good thing I shaved that morning) LOL. I got a free shirt. I got to sit with the kids in a special section. I got to shoot and do some drills on the court that the chaperones could not do. It pays to look young I guess. 😀


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All In for the Kids

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Perhaps one of the biggest class acts off the court, Kevin Durant gives back to all the communities he has been in. In Oklahoma, and now Oakland, he has always worked closely with the underserved schools and continues his close relationships with them by lending a helping hand during the busy NBA season.

I got to see Wanda earlier this year, and now I got to see her son as well. This year has been pretty cool. 🙂

I’ll be the first to admit, the quality of my shots went down and I was more biased with the shot selection simply because of the subject (a superstar NBA player) that is in it. I’m like, “Oh cool shot, Kevin Durant!” when in reality it was a boring shot because I am distracted and I forget about all the technique and composition. I think that happens with all of us depending on what we’re shooting. I was so starstruck, and at the same time, I was so preoccupied with trying to take in the experience and trying to get the best shot I could possibly get of one of my favorite players all simultaneously, and that is a recipe for spraying and praying. You shoot many more shots than you need to, while the quality of your shots goes down because you don’t really take your time. I only used a 50mm because of convenience and portability, but I wish I had a zoom lens for this occasion.


Shot with: 50mm 1.8

@KDTrey5 in Downtown Chinatown

My Favorite of the Year So Far…

Every photographer knows there are certain shots in photography that make you even more ecstatic than the other shots. It’s THE shot out of all the shots you got that day or month. It’s the shot that required a little bit of luck and ridiculous placement and timing. It’s the shot that captures your personal vision together almost perfectly. While there is “no such thing as a perfect picture in photography” (as quoted by a famous photographer named Phil Stern), these are the shots that come extremely close to it for my eye and taste. This is that shot for me that I recently took last week in San Francisco. I’ll explain why I love this so much below.

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What makes me admire this image so much is the symmetry. The subject (cyclist) is dead center, well almost… to the eye she is centered, but if you wanted to calculate length from side to side she is closer to the left than the right. However, the shadows, the trees and their dark, contrasting trunks give off the impression that she is centered in between, and the subject is not covered by any of its leaves making her perfectly clear. There is also some light that graces her back that brings her out slightly rather than just a dark silhouette. Thankfully, she wasn’t wearing green either…

In my perfect world of perfect pictures, I would’ve removed all the trees in the background and the leaves on the left border.

You never know what you’re gonna get each time you go out, and that’s one of the joys of photography. It will surprise you with its unpredictability. I love control, but you don’t get much of that in photography unless you stage everything; and that is what irritates me, but it’s also the most exciting factor.


Shot with: 50mm 1.8

My Favorite of the Year So Far…

When You Accidentally Cross the Golden Gate…

Last week, I got to catch up with my good friend Albert from high school. Our plan was to go to Marin Headlands, but I missed the last exit before the toll and ended up crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. So, we ended up going to Golden Gate Park and Sutro and this is what I got that day…


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Shot with: 50mm 1.8

When You Accidentally Cross the Golden Gate…