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A few weeks back in an post about my favorite photo of the weekI wrote about what it feels like to sell off a lens. The sharp nervous pain you feel when the buyer agrees to all the terms and it is time for you to say goodbye. You go through a lot of emotions, or at least I do, but it pales in comparison to what it feels like when a new lens gets delivered. A knock on the door, a package delivered and a shiny new lens to add to the camera bag. It's the equivalent of being a kid on Christmas, multiplied by infinity. Glad I had a good friend willing to put his skills on display while I practiced using my new Fujifilm XF 50-140mm lens [If interested, get it now while its on sale].

To be painfully honest, this was the first time I actually went to Crawford Park in Woodland. Not only did I live in Woodland for a majority of my life, but a used to live a block away from this park. Ecstatic to have an excuse to hang out with a buddy of mine and get to learn my new lens at the same time. On top of that, it was a beautiful day. 

There I go again, falling in love with a photo that isn't even the main subject of what I was capturing. As with the Car Show I attended, I found myself liking photos that were out of the norm. The photo above doesn't even show my friend Jose landing a difficult trick, you just see him setting up for one. What drives me to this image is, you really get to see him. His scuffed up Vans, the ring on his finger, the bandaid on the other, everything all the way up to his dope dreads, this is my boy Jose. Yes he can skate, and I'll share those images later, but dammit I love portraiture I had to explain why this was my favorite photo of the day. I'm also just stoked the new lens was keeping up with him just fine. 

The camaraderie amongst skaters is one of the best aspects of the whole skate scene. You could meet a total stranger at the skate park and just talk and be best friends right then and there. In the middle of shooting, Jose's friend showed to skate along with him, good thing for me, he was totally cool with me shooting him as well. 

They ended up getting into a classic game of S-K-A-T-E. In case you don't know, it's sort of like a game of HORSE in basketball. One guy does one trick, the other has to mimmic it. It was a very nice throwback for me. Before the thought of photography even entered my mind, a long long time ago I used to film videos of my friends Skating. I don't think I'll ever find them, but I used to have a ton of DV Tapes of my friends hurting themselves on their skateboards and a few games of S-K-A-T-E on tape as well. Me and skateboards? No way lol. I gave it a few attempts, but just standing on a skateboard is an accident waiting to happen. 

This is what I'm talking about, that would be me except I wouldn't look as cool doing it. I can't do anything as gracefully as Jose does falling. Somehow skaters know how to fall. He ended up hitting the ground, rolled, and somehow managed to not even get dirty. I don't get it. He went back and nailed the trick the very next attempt. See below. 

What a fun day. I'm happy to report back that I am not going to be selling this lens any time soon, if ever. I feel right at home with a Telezoom lens that can cover portraits, sports and a little bit of action sports. It's insanely sharp and handled everything I could throw at it over the past few days. These Fuji lenses amaze me more and more. 

These were just a few highlights from Crawford Park, if you'd like to see the rest of the images, you can do so by Clicking Here. A special thank you to my buddy Jose Fierro for letting me snap photos of him. Thanks a lot bro, I hope you enjoy these.


-Andrew




Feb. 21, 2016

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