Top 10 Photos of 2014 #7 - Highlight Winter by Oliver Asis

The No. 7 photo of 2014 was one that started as; “I want to try something, can I try it?”  And with that statement and some very awesome friends on a cold night, I got some very cool night portraits.  All I did for this shot was simply put my camera on a tripod and put the time on.  And then brought one flash, and manually trigger it.  It was a case study on using with what you have and being creative with it.  And the result is what No. 7 is.  It was on of the first times that I felt really comfortable in playing around with my flash.  It was a fun evening that lasted longer than I imagined it would but the photographs from that night are ones that I still freshly remember.  :)

Top 10 Photos of 2014 #9 - Beautiful Engineering by Oliver Asis

There is beauty in simplicity of forms and lines.  I have learned that tend to lean to photographs that show off highways and infrastructure in ways that most people don’t see it.  As a civil engineer by day, I’m always in search of how to show off the beauty in our roads.  Just because we are engineers doesn’t mean we can’t be artistic. It just means we have to think about a little more and consider the “real world” situations.  But when all things line up beauty is created and can be appreciated when you look for it.

Partial Solar Eclipse Makes an Appearance in San Diego by Oliver Asis

A couple of weeks ago there was a partial eclipse that took place and was visually in the United States.  In San Diego it was just a partial one however it took place during the day.  For me I had to rush home from work to get the gear out and ready.  I missed about the first 30 minutes for the event but I was still able to capture the remaining part of the event.

To capture the eclipse on a camera does require a few items so that you don't damage your camera and more importantly your eyes.  To captured this eclipse I used a ND filter made by Cokin.  The filter number is a P156 which is especially designed for capturing eclipses.  The number of stops that this filter has is equivalent to about 15 stops of light.  It is so dark that it only allows for the bright of sunlight to pass through.

I photographed the rest of the eclipse for about 1.5 hour before the event was over.  It was interesting being out in front of my house photographing the eclipse and most people didn't know it was occurring.  But they were pleasantly surprise to see part of the sun was missing when they looked through my camera.

Photographed with:

Canon 5D Mark II

70-300mm at 300mm

Additional Equipment:

Cokin Filter P156


ISO 400



Each photo was taken every 8 minutes.

Edited with:

Lightroom 5.6

Photoshop CC