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Denver Days!

Wow. That’s what I have to say about this trip. I literally packed everything I possibly could into this trip & made it one of the most fun, adventurous, and exciting trips to Colorado I’ve ever taken.

Imagine that you have a large glass fishbowl. You grab some golf balls and pour them into the fish bowl until it can’t hold any more.

Is the fishbowl full?

Some would say it is. Now, imagine taking sand and pouring it into the cracks between the golfballs to the top of the fishbowl.

Is the fishbowl full?

More would say it is. Now, finally, imagine taking some water and pouring it into the bowl, letting it soak in the sand and filling it to the top.

THAT is how I like to think about filling up my time while on vacation. FULL.

This trip to Colorado went from one thing to the next to the next – there really was no dead time in between. And I had a BLAST.

While I couldn’t possibly fit all the activities I did while in town into a single blog post, I figured I would share them in a little photo storyline here.

Fun things to do in Boulder

Lindsay Yale - Pine cones! Soooo colorado! <3October 1, 2010 – 6:17 pm

Rebecca Mendoza - Looks like you had quite the trip! Colorado sounds like a lot of fun, I need to make it out there one of these days!September 18, 2010 – 5:32 pm

Jason L - Nice contrast on the bike shots. I want to do some out here when you have some time. Let me knowSeptember 17, 2010 – 3:26 pm

Stacey Brooke - these pictures are gorgeous Tim! :)September 16, 2010 – 6:40 am

Pat - Wellshire is an awesome place. Never been to a better driving range than theirs, and the great thing is that there’s always a spot open to hit.

You gotta check out Rendleton’s range out here next time you visit. Hit me up next time you’re out here.September 15, 2010 – 11:35 am

Tony Padilla - I like the shots of the farmer’s market stuff – our city really has some good stuff, doesn’t it?

The pot farm post in the newspaper is classic.September 12, 2010 – 10:51 am

Rubin - I like how you used the jar analogy – way to make the most of your trip!September 10, 2010 – 1:02 pm

Jon Yale - Those pictures of the kayaker came out sweet! Did you have an underwater rig? Or how did you get those…it looks like you’re right next to himSeptember 3, 2010 – 11:36 pm

Greg Hutchens - Way to capture our town, Timmah. These photos are pretty cool!September 3, 2010 – 3:49 pm

Photowalk: Denver #2

I just got in to Colorado yesterday, and I decided to do one of my favorite things: a photowalk. I haven’t done one of these in awhile, and I really should – it’s a great way to find new ideas, allow creativity to flow, and to just relax.

I met up with my buddy Andrew and we hit up a relatively new neighborhood on the westside of town. I decided to give my lensbaby (it’s a fun little novelty lens) a chance to prove itself before I get tired of it and sell it, so that’s why all of the shots look as if there’s some type of motion going on – it’s the effect the lens is designed to produce. (There’s your fun photo fact of the day, enjoy.) Here are some of my favorite shots from the walk:

Occasionally whenever I’m out, people will like to pretend to act like they’re someone important and say, “hey, we’re famous – take our picture” or “you can get some great money for that shot.” Usually they’ve had a few too many shots themselves for me to really believe they’re famous. Maybe famous at the local pub! This group asked for me to take their picture & didn’t believe I could get the shot being so dark & me not having a flash. They were AMAZED when I showed them this photo, but I doubt it will make headlines or USWeekly ;)

Jay M - Lensbabies are a lot of fun. You have some cool shots there of the traffic lights & crowd sitting in front of the coffee shop or whatever. Don’t sell the lens!October 1, 2010 – 10:26 am

Phil Thornton - fun shots! especially love the chrome handrail shot. :)September 17, 2010 – 5:35 pm

Ryan Tellis - cool shots man, these would look great in printSeptember 17, 2010 – 2:29 pm

Henry Fadden - That spider looking thing is pretty cool. What is it?September 8, 2010 – 12:01 pm

Fred W - I like the shot of the speed limit sign. Who’s the family?August 29, 2010 – 8:11 pm

Jason Sutherlan - How do you do those blur shots where one part is in focus and the rest of the photo looks like it’s moving?

Diggin the style.August 29, 2010 – 11:49 am

Brett Stamm - Are all of these spots in Denver? LOL I’ve lived here for like 6 years now and I think I haven’t seen half of these spots. Nice work, now tell me where I can find these places hahaAugust 27, 2010 – 8:14 am

The First Day of the Rest of My Life

This post doesn’t really have anything to do with photography, but rather as just a personal entry for me to look back on in the future. I want to remember this day and what it felt like exactly so I thought I would write it down on here, because – hey, that’s what I use this for!

I just got my final grade back for the last (and most difficult) class of my college career. (I passed, of course.) I’ve just finished a semester-long international finance course condensed into a 6-week summer session. I’m not a math guy, but I know that with that kind of schedule, it wouldn’t equate to anything very fun. And it wasn’t. This was the class from hell. The teacher spoke broken english and made about 90 powerpoint slides for each chapter. There were 8 chapters for the 6 week class, so I guess I’ve gone through and studied about 560 powerpoint slides to make it through the tests.

But it’s over now. And I can’t tell you HOW MUCH OF A RELIEF it is to finally be done with everything.

At the same time, it’s kind of a vulnerable feeling. I don’t have any class schedule interfering with my work, and I have no excuses now to move on with my professional life. While it’s exciting to finally be able to concentrate on work, it’s also pretty scary thinking about the REST OF MY LIFE. While a lot of my peers are getting settled into 8-5 corporate jobs and planning out their futures, I just don’t think that lifestyle fits for me.

While it’s scary thinking about job security, health insurance, taxes, and everything else included with owning my own business, I don’t think I’d have it any other way. Business has never been better for me, and I’m booking more of the type of work I like. I know that with everything, life is going to be more like a roller-coaster with several ups & downs but in the end, I’m along for the ride.

As a little “graduation gift” to myself, I bought a JetBlue “All-you-can-jet” pass to travel over the next month. I tried getting some buddies on board, but before they were able to get to it, the promotion sold out. So that’s it – I’m gonna be flying solo to a lot of places all over the US, Costa Rica, and a little splash in the Caribbean. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this trip, and I have a feeling it’s going to be awesome.

Since posts are always better with a picture, here’s a photo from Newport beach while I was visiting my dad when he was in town last week.

How to save a FEELING | Tim King Blog | Tim King Photographer - [...] it was the first day after receiving the news that I had finished my last class in college.  In addition to writing about it, this photo truly helps me remember how I felt at the time.  And really – THAT’S what [...]December 30, 2011 – 3:09 am

Sally P - I’m so happy for you!! Congratulations! We’ll have to celebrate soon!September 17, 2010 – 6:12 pm

Roger Wyndam - Congrats on the next step in life man, we’re all excited to see what you’ll do. Best of luck in all your endeavorsSeptember 15, 2010 – 11:47 am

Eric Benson - That class sounded brutal. Glad you made it through. Welcome to the ‘real world’ ha!September 10, 2010 – 5:33 pm

Bill Hutchens - Kinda got the huck-finn look goin on there in that pic – nice work man, hope you’re doin goodSeptember 5, 2010 – 2:54 pm

Kevin Su - Ah you got the AYCJ pass! You’re gonna enjoy that man! Keep us updated on all the stuff you do!September 3, 2010 – 7:22 pm

Sherry - I am so proud of you!!! Love you so much!! :)September 1, 2010 – 1:27 pm

Lisa Rattner - So stoked for you! Finally!August 29, 2010 – 10:07 am

Aubrey Tuttle - I remember that feeling. Soooooo good! Glad you’re all done with everything now. Now how bout we go take some cool photos?!

MuahAugust 26, 2010 – 12:13 pm

One of the reasons why I love my work

Variety.

While I may shoot some of the same venues time-to-time, I can’t express how much I really value the variety in my work.

Just yesterday I did this shoot for Loew’s Coronado. They’re a pet-friendly hotel that allows dogs to stay at the resort, so they were in need of a photo to help broadcast this feature of the hotel for PR purposes. They actually have a dog-surfing contest each year, which puts to shame my 3 efforts of trying to stand up on a surf board while I’ve been out in San Diego.

While it was a bit out of the ordinary for me, I loved the idea of doing something like this.

Here’s Nigel posing for his photo opp.

Loews Coronado Pet Friendly Hotel Resort

Brook Kelley - Awww he’s so cute! I want him <3October 1, 2010 – 3:27 pm

Jerrod K - That’s awesome man. I’d love to switch it up sometimes and do something different like this. Sometimes it feels like it’s just the same stuff over and over again each week. Looks like you’ve found a way to keep things different, with something new going on all the time. Hope you’re enjoying all that you do – and if you ever need an extra hand or anything sometime, let me know!September 3, 2010 – 9:41 am

Tiffany Rubin - Dog surf contests?? Only in San Diego…lolAugust 27, 2010 – 1:04 pm

Mark Stoffel - Nice! Looks like a tough job you got there bud!August 25, 2010 – 10:54 am

Rock and Roll Charity Benefit at the New Childrens Museum

The New Children’s museum put on a charity benefit to help raise money for kids to have more access to artistic resources, and I’m all about it. It was a blast to shoot this event – and it was even cooler to hear about all the new things they have in the works to help kids foster their creativity.

If anyone knows me, they know how much I value my room for creativity. I was happy to be behind such a cause and not to mention that the event had awesome entertainment (Third Eye Blind) and killer aesthetics.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the event. You can also check these shots (or others) in the latest issue of 944 magazine San Diego.

New Childrens museum charity benefit rock and roll gala

J Weber - Those outfits are ridiculous! Haha, looks like a fun time!August 27, 2010 – 1:13 pm

Mel Sweetnam - Third Eye Blind??? Where was my invite dude???August 25, 2010 – 12:08 pm

Marie Cunningham - I love your style Tim! I love the way you did the collage-style layout, cool to see it all come together to capture the feeling of the event. Hope to see you at the next one.August 24, 2010 – 6:55 pm

Alice Bentham - These came out really great, Tim. Thanks so much for attending, I will look for your photos in the magazine.

Take care.August 23, 2010 – 9:02 am