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/ A photo blog by Justin Gonzaga.

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Although it’s just my hand, this photo is a self-portrait. I purposely stretched my fingers apart to an awkward alignment. In the end, it makes my hand resemble that of a frog’s foot, stretched out and wide. It looks weird, and it’s kinda like me. I can be pretty weird and quirky, but I definitely embrace it. And regardless of how you might see me, I want to leave an impression, represented by the shadow.
/// Photo 31/31 from 2007
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT  |    f/2  |   1/30th

Although it’s just my hand, this photo is a self-portrait. I purposely stretched my fingers apart to an awkward alignment. In the end, it makes my hand resemble that of a frog’s foot, stretched out and wide. It looks weird, and it’s kinda like me. I can be pretty weird and quirky, but I definitely embrace it. And regardless of how you might see me, I want to leave an impression, represented by the shadow.

/// Photo 31/31 from 2007

My grandma, or “Nanay” as we all call her in my family, is one of the strongest women I have ever had the honor of knowing. She is the matriarch of our family and the only grandparent I have known. Her generosity and kindness is unparalleled. And she’s an incredible cook. I love her with all my heart.
/// Photo 30/31 from 2007 
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT  |    f/4  |   1/80th

My grandma, or “Nanay” as we all call her in my family, is one of the strongest women I have ever had the honor of knowing. She is the matriarch of our family and the only grandparent I have known. Her generosity and kindness is unparalleled. And she’s an incredible cook. I love her with all my heart.

/// Photo 30/31 from 2007 

This was the view I had from the rooftop of my apartment. I would sometimes head up there to take a call (because reception was horrible in my apartment), or to just calm myself down and watch the sun set on the Bay. There is nothing quite like seeing a sunset on the California coast.
/// Photo 29/31 from 2007
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT  |    f/10  |   8"

This was the view I had from the rooftop of my apartment. I would sometimes head up there to take a call (because reception was horrible in my apartment), or to just calm myself down and watch the sun set on the Bay. There is nothing quite like seeing a sunset on the California coast.

/// Photo 29/31 from 2007

In the Spring Semester of 2008, I took an Education class. Our main class project was to do address an issue in education. Along with a few of my classmates, we started the group CrAFTS (Creating Art For The Soul). Our objective was to bring art back to younger students who have had their art programs cut due to funding. We worked with Rosa Parks Elementary school and held several workshops with the students there to help invigorate a passion of creativity. This particular day was leaf art, where students would find various leaves near the school, then use them as stencils to create various shapes and give them an outlet to express themselves.
/// Photo 28/31 from 2007
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT  |    f/5.6  |   1/200th

In the Spring Semester of 2008, I took an Education class. Our main class project was to do address an issue in education. Along with a few of my classmates, we started the group CrAFTS (Creating Art For The Soul). Our objective was to bring art back to younger students who have had their art programs cut due to funding. We worked with Rosa Parks Elementary school and held several workshops with the students there to help invigorate a passion of creativity. This particular day was leaf art, where students would find various leaves near the school, then use them as stencils to create various shapes and give them an outlet to express themselves.

/// Photo 28/31 from 2007

I booked my flight back home to DC today. Usually, flying is an experience that is more than bearable. But once in a while, it gets incredibly aggravating. This particular terminal was full of a number of disgruntled passengers while they wait to board a plane that has already been delayed several hours, me included. To pass the time, I wanted to document the fatigue and frustration that many of us have experienced at least once in an airport when they see the word “DELAYED” flashing next to their flight. 
/// Photo 27/31 from 2007
Canon EOS 40D  |    f/3.5  |   1/30th

I booked my flight back home to DC today. Usually, flying is an experience that is more than bearable. But once in a while, it gets incredibly aggravating. This particular terminal was full of a number of disgruntled passengers while they wait to board a plane that has already been delayed several hours, me included. To pass the time, I wanted to document the fatigue and frustration that many of us have experienced at least once in an airport when they see the word “DELAYED” flashing next to their flight. 

/// Photo 27/31 from 2007

At sports games, Cal fans often put one finger up in the air and move it in a circle while chanting, “Roll…on…you…bears…” A chant that exudes both pride and confidence, this group of Cal fans lent their spirits to help bolster their basketball team enroute to a win.
/// Photo 26/31 from 2007
Canon EOS 40D  |    f/2.8  |   1/500th

At sports games, Cal fans often put one finger up in the air and move it in a circle while chanting, “Roll…on…you…bears…” A chant that exudes both pride and confidence, this group of Cal fans lent their spirits to help bolster their basketball team enroute to a win.

/// Photo 26/31 from 2007

I could never anticipate how difficult it was to photograph gymnastics for the first time. Their speed, grace and power was a challenge to keep up with, but it was incredibly impressive to witness first hand. I didn’t get many great shots that night, but this particular photo was one of my favorite examples of team dynamic, which is a big reason why I love shooting sports so much.
/// Photo 25/31 from 2007
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT  |    f/2.8  |   1/500th

I could never anticipate how difficult it was to photograph gymnastics for the first time. Their speed, grace and power was a challenge to keep up with, but it was incredibly impressive to witness first hand. I didn’t get many great shots that night, but this particular photo was one of my favorite examples of team dynamic, which is a big reason why I love shooting sports so much.

/// Photo 25/31 from 2007

If you ask me, sunsets over Memorial Glade work really well with the camera. On this evening, the sun was setting on a clear sky, as it cast its golden rays on the bronze seal that borders Doe Library, shining rays of light from our closest star onto the star of Berkeley’s logo.
/// Photo 24/31 from 2007
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT  |    f/7.1  |   1/800th

If you ask me, sunsets over Memorial Glade work really well with the camera. On this evening, the sun was setting on a clear sky, as it cast its golden rays on the bronze seal that borders Doe Library, shining rays of light from our closest star onto the star of Berkeley’s logo.

/// Photo 24/31 from 2007

Working in advertising, I’ve been on the set of a few film/commercial shoots. Back in 2007, I was on set of the making of “Save Your Luck,” a short film made by some of the folks at {M}aganda Magazine for Campus MovieFest. The main actors were Adrien and Christine, with Krizia and Patrici behind the camera. The set even garnered some attention from a few pedestrians walking past in North Berkeley. An awesome effort by all who were involved, the film made it the Berkeley Finals out of the vast amount of films submitted. Check it out HERE.
/// Photo 23/31 from 2007
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT  |    f/4.5  |   1/160th

Working in advertising, I’ve been on the set of a few film/commercial shoots. Back in 2007, I was on set of the making of “Save Your Luck,” a short film made by some of the folks at {M}aganda Magazine for Campus MovieFest. The main actors were Adrien and Christine, with Krizia and Patrici behind the camera. The set even garnered some attention from a few pedestrians walking past in North Berkeley. An awesome effort by all who were involved, the film made it the Berkeley Finals out of the vast amount of films submitted. Check it out HERE.

/// Photo 23/31 from 2007

In 2007, I learned the photo technique of light writing. Although very simple, it can serve for many hours of fun. When I learned how to do it, I set my camera up on a tripod, took my red metal flashlight in my hand, and as I learned in middle school, I did a figure-8. As you can see by this photo, I tried a bunch of different things too, but ended up with something cool looking at the end.
/// Photo 22/31 from 2007
Canon EOS 40D  |    f/11  |   30"

In 2007, I learned the photo technique of light writing. Although very simple, it can serve for many hours of fun. When I learned how to do it, I set my camera up on a tripod, took my red metal flashlight in my hand, and as I learned in middle school, I did a figure-8. As you can see by this photo, I tried a bunch of different things too, but ended up with something cool looking at the end.

/// Photo 22/31 from 2007