Four years ago, I made the switch to full frame, upgrading from my trusty Nikon D300 to the Nikon D700. By the time I made the switch, the D700 was already available for  2 1/2 years, so its reputation and capabilities were already well-established. Full frame was like night and day after coming from a cropped sensor camera, and while […]

Since I started using my Nikon D700 last November, I hadn’t really changed my line-up of lenses.  My Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D and Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D felt right at home with the new full frame sensor, and the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G satisfied my everyday walk around lens requirement, but none of these lenses really offered anything new to me.  On top […]

The hearts of many male (and probably a few female) Subaru owners broke over night on December 4, 2010 when the (in)famous Stephanie French said “I do” to the love of her life, Travis Wiegand. I had the honor of capturing these moments and more at their wedding in Bellingham, Washington. It also marked the debut of my new Nikon […]

Erica’s been great to work with and hang out with since our first initial shoot, and now we’ve got another small one under our belts.  We didn’t have much time to prepare, so this entire shoot took less than about 30 minutes total.  Despite the short time frame, I think they all came out pretty good, and Erica’s happy with […]

For my third year in a row, I spent a Saturday out of the year among my Subaru brethren at the West Coast Subaru Show.  This year, the show took place in Cashmere, Washington, just 10-15 minutes from both Leavanworth and Wenatchee.  Again I participated as one of the judges and also gave away a free photoshoot as part of […]

Following the NWMotiv International Automotive Showcase, I was fortunate enough to take some time to photograph Jeff’s STI, which turned out to be the Best of Show winner.  Jeff actually won a free giveaway photo session from me at last year’s West Coast Subaru Show, but thanks to the wonderous wait times of JDM parts, we were only able to […]

I was fortunate enough to spend the majority of last Saturday in the company of Erica and Angi.  This was simply just a fun photoshoot which also happened the serve the purposes of getting some formal headshots for Erica to start building her portfolio and to drive all the Subaru guys out there nuts: both Erica and Angi drive STIs.  […]

Just like last year, I spent Independence Day atop Eugene’s apartment building in the U-District of Seattle to watch the fireworks over Lake Union. The weather wasn’t quite as nice as last year’s, but the cloud cover helped reflect some of the light down, making the whole show seem a bit brighter. Here’s a link to all my photos: https://verdugo.smugmug.com/Events/Independence-Day-2010/ […]

Make no mistake: I love the E46 M3.  What I didn’t love however, was the maintenance costs associated with owning a used M3 outside of warranty.  These costs eventually started to catch up with me, so I decided to start looking into new cars as a replacement. As I’ve grown older, having absolute power and street superiority were no longer […]

My good friends for the past 8 years, Erik and Tana, finally tied the knot and asked me to help photograph their wedding.  It was probably the most gorgeous day in Seattle this year and things really couldn’t be more perfect.  Please follow this link on my ArminWeddings.com website for more photos: https://www.arminweddings.com/2010/06/allas-main-wedding/

Two of my old friends from high school, Bryce and Jenya, had me shoot their short and informal wedding.  It was a total blast!  Please follow this link on my ArminWeddings.com website for more photos: https://www.arminweddings.com/2010/04/barrick-melnik-wedding/

The nice guys at Fine Line Imports flew me down to Santa Rosa, CA last Saturday to take some snaps of their own and customer cars.   I can only post a few here since we’re trying for publication, but here’s a few to share. Ryan, Miles, and Steve really do some top-notch work. They really know their stuff and […]

One of the things that’s been bugging me as of late has been my main camera bag. I’ve been using a Lowepro CompuTrekker Plus for a few years now and for the most part, it’s treated me well. I could carry all my gear with room to spare, including my laptop. However, as useful as the space was, a lot […]

My good and long time friends, Russell and Suzy finally tied the knot on the 24th in Redmond, WA. It was a relatively small wedding, with both the ceremony itself and the reception taking place at the Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park.  I teamed up with my good friend and fellow photographer Tanya Jose, since we’re both friends of Russell […]

Wence and I made the trek out to Yakima to shoot Ryan and Rachel’s wedding.  We made the wise decision to drive over on Friday night rather than Saturday morning and thanks to Wence’s driving, we made it from Seattle to our hotel in Yakima in almost exactly 2 hours, which included a break to get fast food in Ellensburg.  […]

It’s officially one day before my birthday, although now it’s RJ’s birthday, so happy birthday RJ! Anyway, in relation to my last blog, here’s a birthday wishlist for my 30th birthday. You’ll notice that obviously some of these are pretty much impossible to happen overnight unless I’ve been bestowed omnipotent powers, but hey that’s why it’s called a wishlist, right? […]

What an epic wedding!  This was my first wedding in awhile and I was anxious to see how well the D300/D200 combo would work out.  The D300 really shined, but I have to say that the D200 was really starting to show its age, especially with the high ISO noise.  Nevertheless, I think the photos still turned out quite well.  […]

I love my Mariners, and I love Field Seats too! Lighting was a bit tricky since half the time the roof was open and the rest was closed, but the D300 still shined like usual. We sat in Section 117, Row 20 thanks to some discount coupons we were able to get. I was able to capture a great sequence […]

My MB-D10 vertical grip came in today.  The camera already feels much more complete than without it.  Nikon definitely did well on the ergonomics of this new grip.  I’ll of course have a more detailed review later on, but until then, here’s a quick photo from my phone:

The first test for my new D300 and Velbon tripod legs was the Independence Day fireworks over Lake Union. Eugene’s roof ended up being pretty much a perfect location, with a nice view of the Space Needle in the background.  Both the camera and tripod work flawlessly 🙂  Here’s a few selected photos: [smugmug url=”https://verdugo.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=8800354_vsnxA&format=rss200″ imagecount=”100″ start=”6″ num=”4″]

Just a quick teaser pic for now, taken with my Samsung T929:

Well, I finally bit the bullet…I placed my order for D300 body and this badass carbon fiber tripod on Friday: Velbon EL Carmagne 640A Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs Can’t really argue with a tripod that weighs about 3 lbs but can hold up to 25 lbs. w00t! I’ll definitely post up a review after I’ve put each through its paces.