Josh's Photo Blog

July 29, 2010

July in Photos

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Some favorites from the past month:

4th of July @ Northridge

Border Field State Park – that’s Tijuana in the background

The lake that snakes down the highway from me

The best view I got of Mt. Rainier in Seattle

and the Seattle Public Library, probably one of my most favorite buildings ever


June 2, 2010

Jade and Mike

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Here’s another shoot from May.

We had a hell of a time running around LA finding shots, and got EXTREMELY lucky to find a bright yellow locomotive sitting out in the open on public property

Of course, we had to take advantage.

Thanks for a great shoot, guys.

May 30, 2010

Amber and Dhalib

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Phew, this was a while ago, when the poppies were still in bloom. I’m still catching up on posting old shoots up before I get on my plane to China

May 7, 2010

Not long for this town…

Filed under: travel, Uncategorized, updates — Tags: , , , , — joshuaps @ 4:40 am

As some of you may already know, I’m going to be moving to San Diego for work in July. It’s been an amazing four (well, 3,5) years in LA and I’m a little sad to be leaving such an interesting place.

I’m going to be quite mobile over the next 2 months, with stops in 3 national parks, Beijing, Shanghai and Manila, among other places. Rest assured that I’ll continue to post as best I can while on the road

April 10, 2010

Around Town

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Haven’t shot around as much as I’d like due to the job search, but I’ve managed to squeeze some stuff in and do some exploring.

Below, production stills from a friend’s short film shoot.

March 7, 2010

Shirock at the Roxy

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I always love a good rock show – they’re intense and a lot of fun to shoot. Shirock, a new band from the Midwest, did not disappoint at their recent performance at the Roxy on Sunset.

February 24, 2010

Upcoming Travel Photography Workshops

Filed under: news, Uncategorized, updates — Tags: , , , , — joshuaps @ 5:24 am

For those of you who are interested in learning more about photography in general, and the stories and concepts behind some of my photographs, I will be holding two upcoming travel photography workshops in March: a FREE 2-hour workshop in Los Angeles and an extended 6-hour workshop in Manila. Information below:

The Big Trip:

Fundamentals of a Successful Photo Excursion

Los Angeles:

Sunday, March 7, 12:00-2:00 PM

Location: USC Campus, TBA

Free Workshop


Saturday, March 20, 2010 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Manila Polo Club Saddle Room

Workshop Fee: PHP 3,000

Join travel photographer Joshua Sy as he shares his insights on travel photography, acquired from 4 years of photography experience across 5 continents. This workshop will teach intermediate-level photographers the key elements to making your next “Big Trip” – the long excursions into distant lands that yield amazing photographic opportunities – a success. We will discuss everything from pre-planning to on-the-ground shooting to post processing.

About the Instructor

Joshua Sy is a Los Angeles-based freelance photographer. Since getting his start in photography at age 18, he has photographed scenes of life in over a dozen countries in Southeast Asia, the United States, Europe and northern Africa. His coverage of natural disasters and rallies in the Philippines placed him in the finals for the SportsShooter Student Photographer of the Year for 2008; his portrait work placed in the Top 20 at the 2008 Hearst Photojournalism Awards.

For more information, contact Joshua at

For reservations (Manila workshop), contact Ms. Jo De Leon at 0917-537-4359

The Manila workshop includes free lunch and “merienda” (snacks)

February 22, 2010

A Week’s Worth

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Above: Favorites from a portable studio at The Bicycle Bread Company giving table

Below: Chinese New Year in Chinatown, Los Angeles

Not pictured: 7 rolls of 120 slide film from this and last week that I still need to get developed

February 15, 2010

Streets of LA: Car Rig Test

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I’ve always wanted to try rigging a camera to a car, so when my cousin (above) said he had a buddy with all the necessary gear, I jumped on the chance.

It helps that his dad (my uncle) has a sweet Honda S2000 in tip-top condition.

The rigged car (above) was quite a sight on the streets of LA yesterday; we got more than a few puzzled stares and “wow!”s as we drove by. The camera itself wasn’t really that hard to mount – just suction-cup it to the hood. The trick was getting good lighting on the driver while keeping all the gear out of frame. As hard as it was to rig an octabank to the door and dodge LA traffic while having it on, it would have been much harder (and less fun) to photoshop the light out of a busy background of skyscrapers and neon lights. Better to get it right in the camera.

We used a Nikon D300 and Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens for the shots, mainly because the combo was more expendable than my main D700 and wide-angle. “Expendable” is relative, of course – there’s about $2,000 of gear on the hood in the pic above, and $400 more on the boom sticking out of the car – but I’d rather risk the backup set of equipment than the main kit on the first go. We triggered the camera with my friend Eric’s Pocket Wizards, from a lead car my other cousin was driving.

For lights, there’s a Nikon SB28 running through a Photoflex Octodome (amazing light source) and a SB800 through a mini-softbox hidden in the passenger seat for fill.

Below, some other shots we did on the car rig

I think I’ll be playing around a little more with this in the future. With a stronger concept and more planning I could see some amazing shots coming out of this setup.

Thanks to my cousins Nathan and Nathalie for being gung-ho about all this, Nathan’s friend for the rigging and Eric Wolfe for his pocket wizards!

July 22, 2009

Night shooting @ LA

Filed under: travel — Tags: — joshuaps @ 5:33 am

While hanging out with a friend some time ago, I found a bridge with a great overlook over the 101 freeway and took a couple of shots with my iPhone.I figured I might not get around to coming back… good thing I figured wrong!

Last weekend, I went back to the same place with another friend, but at sunset and armed with my big camera, a wideangle and a tripod. Panorama and twilight fun ensued. The above image is something like 20-30 megapixels, or 4 full-resolution photographs stitched together into one.

I don’t normally shoot landscapes, but I felt like it was worth going out to try something different. Who knows, this might be the start of a cool series or something.

I’d love to go out and find more locations like these around LA – anyone got any ideas?

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