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February 18th, 2017

Haven’t been the best at posting things to my blog. Instagram is just too easy to shoot off images to. Here are some images from recently. 

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Arezoo, left, helps Arman place a candle to spell out “Voice of UCI” during a protest and vigil at UC Irvine in Irvine on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

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Congressman Lou Correa, center, embraces Aureliano Serrato, left, and Yesenia Rojas following a townhall meeting at Santa Ana College in Santa Ana on Friday, January 27, 2017. The event will featured presentations by legal experts on DACA, dual citizenship and naturalization. 

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Fans scream along to lyrics as TWENTY ØNE PILØTS performs at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

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David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet leads OCSA students through a piece of music, and requests they take off their shoes to get a proper posture feel, at Chapman University in Orange on Monday, January 23, 2017.

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Navy Captain Noel J. Dahlke, Commanding Officer, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, addresses the crowd during a commemoration for the 104th birthday of America’s 37th President, Richard M. Nixon at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda on Monday, January 9, 2017. 

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Sunset at Huntington Beach on Nov. 15, 2016.

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Orange Lutheran’s Chris Williams puts up a runner during a Trinity League boys basketball game at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita on Friday, January 6, 2017.

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Kirk Hammett of Metallica plays one of the smallest stages the band has in decades, taking over the 1,200-capacity Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

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Chef Bruno Serato moves a large pan of pasta through the kitchen at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. After Serato’s Anaheim restaurant burned down earlier this month, the cathedral stepped in, offering up their kitchen so the chef can continue to feed Orange County’s thousands of underprivileged kids daily.

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Artist of the Week Casey Tran, a senior at Katella High School, will play the euphonium this weekend in the All State Honor Symphonic Band at the annual California Band Directors Association conference.

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San Clemente’s Brandon Reaves, center, is surrounded by teammates Branden Wilson and Chase Berman during the CIF State Division 1-A championship game, the first in school history, in Sacramento on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

Thanks for lookin’,

-M. 

2016

January 5th, 2017


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Thanks for lookin’, 

-M.

January/February

March 11th, 2016

Missed posting frames from January. Here’s a mix of things I saw in the past two months. 


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Thanks for lookin’, 

-M.

2015

January 24th, 2016
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This past year was the most different year of living i’ve ever had. I moved 1,515 miles away from home, to a place where I don’t really know anyone, and for an indefinite amount of time. I’ve had my share of people tell me how “brave” or “crazy” it is to do something like this. How so many other people have told me they’d never be able to do this. Moving from little Lincoln to bigger greater Los Angeles and Orange County.  23.201502.201503.2015


I guess it wasn’t really much of an option in my mind though. The opportunity opened and I wasn’t about to let it pass and wonder “what if?”. That question would hurt me a lot more than FOMO or missing my friends and family would.  06_MASIN_BLOG205.2015



After one year of this, I can say i’m happy with my choice. Sometimes I have some free time while i’m stuck in traffic to think how absolutely insane it is that someone pays me to take photos every day. 06.201507.2015



Of course there’s been sad times, where I don’t leave my bed all day, watch bad movies and miss Nebraska. If I learned anything from curing the homesickness of kids at the summer camp I worked at, it’s that feeling homesick is a privileged and lucky feeling. I’m thankful to have a place to miss. I’m thankful to have a new place to miss someday too.  08.201509.2015



At a certain point in 2015 I realized how daily work can bog you down, and made me lose the drive I had at the beginning. So I made a few goals.  MASIN_MAY1411.2015


I wanted to get better at portraits. For close to two or three years, when people asked me what I liked to photograph the most, I usually answered something like - “anything but portraits, i’m awful at portraits, i’m confused by lights, etc. etc.”.  12.201513.201522.2015



I felt safe to fail in 2015, or at least cover my ass and then fail a lot. There were dozens of times this year where I’d be shooting a portrait, trying to learn how to light on the fly. I’d look at the back of the camera, and it wouldn’t even be close to what I wanted. Smiling through the frustration, i’d tell whoever I was photographing it “looks awesome!” while my brain sweated and became more confused.  14.201515.2015


I brought lights to every assignment I could justify using them at. Every portrait I shot, I tried lighting something differently. I read books on portraits and lighting, I talked to photographers, I looked at thousands of pages of portraits.  16.201517.2015


I’m not where I was hoping to be with portraits. That’s ok. I’ll keep on trying to get better. But i feel confident that i’m much more light literate than I was this time last year.  18.201519.2015


On to 2016, with new goals in mind. Here’s to failing a lot and smiling through it, even if i’m screaming inside.  20.201521.201524.2015



Thanks for lookin’,


-M. 

December

January 3rd, 2016

I’ll have a blog looking back at 2015 as a whole sometime this week. Meanwhile, let us not forget, December is a month too. Thus, here’s some frames from the month that was. 

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November

December 6th, 2015

November was not my best. I felt pretty slumped and stagnant with my work. It’s tough to get over that feeling. Though December is off to a much better start.Here’s six quick frames. 


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Thanks for lookin’,

-M. 

October

November 8th, 2015

It was an up and down month. Here’s a few frames I liked more than others. 

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Thanks for lookin’,

-M.

September

October 4th, 2015

I tried a lot in September. 

I got a lot of “almosts” in September. 

This is the one thing i’ll never feel my best at, but am still willing to try to get there. 

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Thanks for lookin,

-M. 

August

September 1st, 2015

Oh my the heat wave is finally coming to and end, for now.August just blew right past me. Football season is here, as all the beer billboards tell me. Weird to not be shooting in memorial stadium. More weird that the first game I photographed for the Register featured a Husker committed quarterback. Home is all around you. 

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See you next month,

-M.