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December Challenge: Day 22 – Matt

Matt

I was trying to think of an interesting place to get a portrait for the day, and I ended up at the grocery store in the produce section. I figured the colorful fruits and vegetables would make for a nice background. Well, when I got there the place was pretty much dead — not many shoppers, especially in the produce area. There was, however, an employee stocking the bananas.

Matt is an X-Ray Technician student at San Diego Mesa College, and he works over at the local grocery store when he’s not in class. He also spends his free time surfing the local beaches. Interestingly enough, Matt is a native San Diegan — born and raised down here. And after being here for nearly half a year myself, I’m not surprised he’s decided to stick around.

To see the rest of my December Challenge photos, check the “Challenge” category here on the blog or visit my Flickr Set.

December Challenge: Day 21 – Drew Verkade

Drew Verkade

Drew is another member of the Quartus team (in case you couldn’t tell by photo), but more specifically he’s my direct manager — the boss-man. Drew is a cool guy and he’s really easy to get along with at work and outside of work. He has a great ability to be friendly as a peer, yet provide guidance as a knowledgeable superior. And, as with all of the Quartus management team, Drew is a skilled engineer who not only manages projects but works on them side-by-side with his engineers.

In his free-time, Drew likes doing things such as hiking, camping, fishing, shooting guns, etc — you know, the outdoorsy type of stuff. I recently learned that he was a bit of a photography enthusiast back in the day. Apparently he’s got a small collection of Nikon 35mm film equipment along with some medium format stuff. He’s been ignoring his cameras for a few years, so I now have the personal goal of getting him back into it.

This photo was taken from inside of our main conference room. The background is a frosted glass wall with the Quartus logo as clear glass. The logo actually faces outward, so in this photo it was backwards. I flipped the image so it would read normally. The mouse on the table also gives it away (it’s now a left-handed mouse).

Oh yeah, Drew also wanted me to note that he doesn’t usually look this grizzly — it was the Friday before the winter holidays so you’ll have to give him a break.

To see the rest of my December Challenge photos, check the “Challenge” category here on the blog or visit my Flickr Set.

December Challenge: Day 20 – Carlos

Carlos

Carlos works over at one of the gas stations near my house. I didn’t know him before tonight, but I’ve encountered him on occasion. I waited until it was pretty late so I could get a little bit of time in there without interrupting the flow of customers at the counter. He was a seemed a little confused by me walking in with my camera and asking “Can I take your picture?”, but he was cool with it.

Carlos seems real down to earth, and he’s very soft spoken — seems like a nice guy all around. When he’s not working at the gas station, he’s working a second job. And when he’s not working (or sleeping between the jobs), he likes to play the guitar. Well Carlos, if you find the time to check out my website, thanks for being a good sport about having your photo taken while you were at work!

To see the rest of my December Challenge photos, check the “Challenge” category here on the blog or visit my Flickr Set.

December Challenge: Day 19 – Robert Lawson

Robert Lawson

Robert is one of the Engineering Managers at Quartus Engineering, where I work as a mechanical engineer. He’s not my manager though — he works on the analysis side of the business (the dark side), whereas I work on the design side. That’s OK, I still like him. He was also involved with the Formula SAE program in college (as was I), and he still has a bit of an infatuation with fast cars and auto racing. Here are some FSAE event photos from 2004 (which is the last one I actually participated in).

I took this photo pretty much from the vantage point of my desk just outside of Robert’s office. I noticed that his window acted as a decent mirror after it got dark outside, so I asked him if I could take his photo. He said “Sure, what do I do?” I says “Just keep doing what you’re doing and don’t mind me.” So this is what Robert does for about 50% of is day, and the other 50% is spent talking on the phone with customers and whatnot.

To see the rest of my December Challenge photos, check the “Challenge” category here on the blog or visit my Flickr Set.

December Challenge: Day 18 – Rex Auer

Rex Auer

I already shot one of Rex, but I didn’t get much of his face in the photo the last time. That one was more about the masked figure and his shadow than anything else. This one is a little more about my son Rex.

I shot this at ISO 3200 with the intent of converting to black and white. All that “grain” in this shot was grown right in the camera. The nice thing about using a high ISO (in addition to looking decent in b/w) is that you can shoot little hams like Rex in low light without waiting for the flash to catch up. I took about 80 shots of him within a 10 minute window.

To see the rest of my December Challenge photos, check the “Challenge” category here on the blog or visit my Flickr Set.

December Challenge: Day 17 – Aaron Costello

Aaron Costello

Aaron is a Senior Project Mechanical Engineer at Ortho Organizers, and yes those are teeth in his hands. Normally you can see his face, but it’s not uncommon to see him tinkering with stuff looking like this. We work with really small stuff at Ortho Organizers (orthodontic appliances), so Aaron occasionally sports his zoom goggles to keep the strain off his eyes.

When he doesn’t look like a mad scientist, he actually looks like a bouncer or a hitman or some other “tough-guy” role. He’s pretty big and he could probably intimidate most people without even trying, but he’s actually super nice. He also rides street bikes, so he is kind of a biker (but not the Harley type).

Aaron actually turned me on to the idea of going up to Palomar Mountain to shoot the riders as they take on South Grade Road — a place Aaron used to ride until he took a spill. It’s a pretty famous road for sport bikes and cars, so I might head up there one weekend and shoot some action.

To see the rest of my December Challenge photos, check the “Challenge” category here on the blog or visit my Flickr Set.