Evening at the Irvine Great Park


I thoroughly enjoy spending time at the Irvine Great Park in South Orange County. Yeah, it isn’t turning out to be what the original intention was, but it is a very nice park still. This orange balloon below takes patrons up high into the sky for a great view of the surrounding area. I still have yet to make it up since on this trip it was not flying due to visibility issues. Even when it is stationary, it is still a pretty site. If you are ever in the area, give this place a look if you have not already!

My other photos from this evening were full of my 2 dogs, so I will spare you those..or you can check out my Instagram linked on the right –> 😉

See ya!

Irvine Great Balloon

Mushroom View

 

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Change has most certainly arrived


Well here we are 2 months into 2014 and I have been dealt my first large dose of change. I can’t say that I am entirely surprised, there was a part of me that knew this could happen any moment for the last 3 years. However, surprised or not, it is hard to be fully prepared for change…that’s why it’s called change! The best I can do is be as ready as I can with how to process a life blip.

Different can be scary, and right now it is scary. 

But, there is this other part of me, deeper inside me and not in my moment to moment thoughts, that knows this is good.Why? Because I value personal growth, rebirth, newness. Not in theory, but in reality and practical terms. I know that from this tearing down of my once manicured routine, I have the opportunity to reshape and rebuild – to grow. Sure I could have done this on my own before, but I didn’t. Now, I have been lovingly ‘kicked out the door’ to make this happen, ready or not.

Well, I’m ready.

This is not a crossroads. Full steam ahead into my great unknown.

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Azra in the studio


I recently spent some time in the studio and had a blast. I got some great shots that I will be showing you over the next few days.

Here’s one that is so simple but beautiful at the same time. It reminds me of a Calvin Klein piece!

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Those darn camera phones!


In the spirit of technology topics, being that this week is the annual CES gathering (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, I wanted to touch on cameras on phones. As most of you are aware, this is fast becoming one of the most competitive areas in the mobile arena, let alone the photography arena!

Top tier phones today have cameras that rival DSLRs from just a few years ago. Just do a Google search for ‘Smartphone vs. DSLR’, you will find a ton of review and opinions. You will undoubtedly read about the Nokia 1020 which is the current Smartphone king with a 41MP (no, that is not a typo – Fourty One.) camera and the ability to shoot RAW! Wow! Don’t get me wrong, this is not a DSLR/camera phone comparison or debate, rather I am just pointing out how good cameras are on phones now-a-days. Smartphones are still a ways off from realistically replacing the need for a full-time, purpose-built camera – which may never actually happen for the serious shooter. I for one, am happy all of this technology is moving forward because it will drive the DSLR market to innovate in hopes to keep their market share….and it helps make Instagram feeds a bit more interesting ;).

I took this photo below with a now 2-3 generation old phone in early 2011, the Motorola Atrix 4G. I got to be honest, I really like this photo! If I had taken this with my Nikon D7000, I would have been happy! At the time this was taken, I did not own a DSLR and this phone was my window into photography. It peaked my interest so much that I ended up doing my research and buying the DSLR I own today. I am happy this camera drove me to take better pictures and rewarded me when I was able to achieve that goal! It moved me along on my Photography journey.

With this week’s CES phone processor announcements and the Mobile World Congress around the corner, things are only going to get WAY more interesting! Don’t forget, which I do often, that cameras don’t make engaging images, people do.

Christmas Puppy Wallpaper Anyone?


Hey everyone, Merry Christmas! Below  I have put a high-resolution version of the photo so you can download it as a wallpaper. I now have it set as my computer wallpaper, phone wallpaper, and my TV wallpaper! I might be a little biased since this is my little guy 🙂  Can’t go wrong with a cuddly doggy in a Santa outfit during Christmas season…enjoy!

Be sure to click a few times to get to the full size photo. Right-click and Save as.

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Home for the Holidays: Dog Rescue


Last weekend I covered an adoption event being held at the local animal shelter. It was a pretty cool event with a lot of vendors, food trucks, and of course, a lot of animals that wanted a new home. I chose to edit this set in black and white because I wanted all the focus on the dog with no distraction, so you can get a glimpse into his/her personality and see the real emotion residing in these loving animals. I have not yet rescued a dog from a shelter, but you can be assured that I will when I am able.

Being at this event and seeing so many dogs (and other animals, but canines were dominant) that were in such ‘good condition’ with such sweet personalities blew me away. I suppose I have blocked out the reality of animal shelters, but this brought it home to me. These little furballs of joy only want to love and connect, how can they be locked up in a cage with no family to bring smiles to? As you look at these pictures, see yearning in their eyes, you won’t have to look hard. I don’t mean for this post to be a sad one, just to give a glimpse of the beautiful dogs that can use a helping hand. At the end you see a shot of a doggy and her brand new owners, happy day!

The Capes Family!


If you are following me on Instagram, you would have recently seen an image of me prepping my photo gear for a shoot… well, this is the family I was heading out to hang with! Meet the Capes Family. I fun-loving group who pulled together for mom’s birthday present – these photos! We had a good time and the park that we went to had plenty of beautiful fall colors in action.

Check out the pics below and let me know what you think! Clicking on an image starts the gallery viewer. Happy Fall! 🙂

My first Poll! Make your voice heard!


Hey everyone! My Portfolio site has just been updated, please check it out! It is a nice consolidation of the images I like most. I especially like the new full screen homepage. Let me know what you think!

Portfolio (www.andybucknerphotography.com)

Feel free to give me other topics you may want to see a poll for! It is a fun feature 🙂

This Picture has nothing to do with this post…just love this little guy!
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Newport Beach


The California coast is so pretty, you can be walking down the street and catch a 4 ft wide view of a harbor and it will still be gorgeous! I thought this little peek-a-boo view between these homes was a magical moment during this sunset…not quite as magical as these homes’ views, but hey, still pretty nice!

Newport Harbor Alley