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Friday 09/21/2012
The new kid on the block – Nikon D800

For most people who aren't pro photographers or tech nerds, the more megapixels a camera has the better the camera is. That's one of the major reasons the new Nikon D800 is so popular.

Posted in Ambient focus on Friday, September 21, 2012 8:52 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 09/19/2012
‘An update? This is a joke, right?’

There may be an inch of dust on the shelves at Ambient Focus and cobwebs hanging from the ceiling that would put the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland to shame, but I assure you, this is no joke. I am actually updating. I have months of work I haven't shared. Photos and videos. 

Posted in Ambient focus on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 1:57 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 01/17/2012
A new project for the new year.

I always say that I am going to do my best to update AF more often but I always fail miserably at doing so. This has forced me to take drastic measures.

Posted in Ambient focus on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 10:34 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 12/27/2011
Top 12(13) of 2011

Posted in Ambient focus on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 2:34 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 11/23/2011
Life isn't always a piece of cake...

But sometimes it is easy as pie.

Posted in Ambient focus on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 9:07 am. Comments (0)

Saturday 10/15/2011
Big Sur Wedding

A couple posts ago I said I only shoot a wedding or two each year. I have now met my quota.

Posted in Ambient focus on Saturday, October 15, 2011 1:22 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 10/03/2011
Kabaddi-It's like a childrens game but way more violent

Working at the News-Sentinel for as long as I have means there isn't much that happens in this area that I haven't shot before. But every once in a while something new comes along.

Posted in Ambient focus on Monday, October 3, 2011 9:34 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 09/29/2011
Welcome, Lodi News-Sentinel readers!

Today is a good day for Ambient Focus. AF has been added to the Lodinews.com list of featured blogs. Hopefully that will bring more traffic here and give LNS readers a little bit of insight to the world of photojournalism.

Posted in Ambient focus on Thursday, September 29, 2011 1:25 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 09/20/2011
Lodi Grape Fesival

Another year and another Grape Festival has passed. The Grape Festival is one of those events every year that I both look forward to and dread. I look forward to it because there are always good photos to be had. I dread it because it means a lot of work and late nights.

Posted in Ambient focus on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:19 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 08/12/2011
Photographing Photographers featuring Staci Takach

Working for a newspaper I have shot a lot of feature profile photos. Many of those profiles have been artists for the paper's weekly Lodi Living section. Some those artists have been photographers.

Posted in Ambient focus on Friday, August 12, 2011 11:36 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 07/20/2011
My one wedding of the year.

It takes a special breed of shooter to be a wedding photog. I'm not one of them. Put me in the middle of a dangerous or miserable situation a I flourish. Put me in the middle of a wedding and I hate life. Much like landscape photography, wedding photography is just not in my blood. When I shoot a wedding I'm working and I hate when photography becomes work. Even my career as a full-time photojournalist rarely feels like work. That's why I only do one or two a year and always for friends.

Posted in Ambient focus on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:50 pm. Comments (0)

Sunday 07/17/2011
Jeff Kooyman: A Life Renewed

So, it's been a long time since I've updated the blog. Sorry about that. I've been busy these last couple months. But I'm coming back strong with this one and I will try to give you guys more frequent updates. Soon I'll put a couple photos from the 2011 Lodi Cycle Fest and a wedding reception I recently shot.

Posted in Ambient focus on Sunday, July 17, 2011 5:11 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 04/11/2011
One Last Mission

Today in Sacramento the Liberty Belle, a restored WW II-era B-17 bomber was at Mather Air Force Base giving rides. So last week we found a local WW II vet who served on a B-17 during the war and we brought him a long for the ride.

Posted in Ambient focus on Monday, April 11, 2011 9:02 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 02/14/2011
I missed the flames but got the real story of the fire

Right off the bat today fire tones rang out over the newsroom from the police scanner. An attic fire. I grabbed my gear and headed out the door.

Posted in Ambient focus on Monday, February 14, 2011 9:30 pm. Comments (0)

Dancers in the Dark

Being a photojournalist in a sprawling metropolitan city such as Lodi I have covered just about everything the typical daily newspaper has to offer. Fires, city council meetings, professional sports, high-speed chases, dance-offs between Lady Liberty and a giant pickle and everything in-between. Having covered such a large variety of things I've learned what I'm terrible at shooting, what I hate shooting, what I enjoy shooting, and what I shoot best.

Posted in Ambient focus on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 9:32 pm. Comments (0)

Saturday 10/02/2010
He yelled "GHEET TO DA CHOPPA!!!" before he vetoed everyone in the room with his chain gun.

Totally happened just like that.

Posted in Ambient focus on Saturday, October 2, 2010 10:23 pm. Comments (0)

Saturday 09/11/2010
Eid ul-Fitr-I'm still learning this whole video thing.

Yesterday morning I shot the Eid ul-Fitr service at the Lodi Mosque. Basically, it's a holiday celebrated the day after Ramadan ends. Several hundred people were there, crammed into the masque and overflowing outside. It's all about building relations and creating a stronger brotherhood between people and they truly demonstrate that. 

Posted in Ambient focus on Saturday, September 11, 2010 8:55 am. Comments (0)

Monday 09/06/2010
Making the Old New Again

Whenever I go out shooting i always save every photo, even the bad ones(unless it is absolutely, without question, 100% unusable).

Posted in Ambient focus on Monday, September 6, 2010 10:12 am. Comments (0)

Sunday 09/05/2010
Friday Night Lights, Sept. 3, 2010

Another Friday, another game of pigskin. Not a terribly exciting or action-packed game, but at least I don't dread football season like I use to.

Posted in Ambient focus on Sunday, September 5, 2010 8:14 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 08/31/2010
Volleyball-The Real Test of a Camera's Might

It turns out Tokay High's gym is considerably darker than a football field. Those football shots below were shot at ISO 4000, f/3.2-f/4 at 1/1000th of a second shutter speed.

Posted in Ambient focus on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 9:39 pm. Comments (0)

Saturday 08/28/2010
Friday Night Lights

Posted in Ambient focus on Saturday, August 28, 2010 9:58 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 08/26/2010
Video test

Since getting my Nikon D3s last week I've been attempting to learn the art of taking video. Mostly I've just been walking around the office in my free time taking clips of coworkers and splicing them together haphazardly.

Posted in Ambient focus on Thursday, August 26, 2010 8:31 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 08/23/2010

Posted in Ambient focus on Monday, August 23, 2010 10:31 am. Comments (0)

Friday 08/13/2010
Justin and Lisa Hotz

Back in July I had the pleasure of photographing Lisa and Justin's wedding down in southern California. Having known Lisa my entire life I couldn't say no to shooting her wedding. It was a lot of work(made easier by my buddy Brian who helped out) but I had a blast.

Posted in Ambient focus on Friday, August 13, 2010 2:42 pm. Comments (0)

Sunday 08/01/2010
Lodi Gem and Mineral Society

Since taking over as chief photographer at the Lodi News-Sentinel I haven't had much time to shoot anything just for the fun of it and not for work. So when an opportunity came for break from the salt mine I jumped on it.

Posted in Ambient focus on Sunday, August 1, 2010 8:12 pm. Comments (0)

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