Photography and Ukulele at the Beach

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Jestoni Dagdag playing ukulele in Newport Beach

When I was in my late teens, my friend Jestoni and I would drive to the beach late at night and have donuts and coffee. Those were the days when you had no responsibilities and everything was up for grabs. We would take our guitars and on the lifeguard posts and attempt writing songs. Yet, no songs were written but maybe because we never really intended to write songs. Despite having acute bronchitis and acute laryngitis, Jessica, Jestoni, and I drove to Newport Beach anyway.

Jestoni brought his Ukelele with him and played a few songs that he wrote. For someone who was sick, he seemed well enough to sing beautifully. A dancer, choreographer, singer, and seasoned performer–he is now dabbling in photography and I just wanted to show him a few photography tips and tricks I’ve learned over this past year.

Sometimes, it’s nice to look back at the “good old days” even though you know they’re nothing but distant. Maybe we should drive to the beach more often for “coffee and chat.”

Here’s a few photos of Jestoni as I practiced my “street style” and “semi-portrait” photography. These photos were shot with the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 lens.

But due to the freezing cold, we couldn’t stay that long but it was a lot of fun regardless.

Photography and Ukulele at the Beach

Jestoni Dagdag

Photo by Ron Mariano. Anaheim, 2016

Jestoni Dagdag playing the ukulele at the beach

Photo by Ron Mariano. Newport Beach, 2016

Jestoni Dagdag playing the ukulele at the beach

Photo by Ron Mariano. Newport Beach, 2016

And now–we’re “adults” pre-occupied with “adult things” but it was still nice visiting a place we used to frequent. So, what did you like to do when you were younger? Did you have a hangout spot? Leave a comment below!

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  • Jet

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    This was a fun night! Loving your photography skills, Ron. Great job!

    • Ron

      Thanks, Jet! You’re a pretty good subject to photograph!

  • Julia Bluhm

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    I love this post! I have a bad habit of being extremely nostalgic even though I’m only 18, ahah. I have memories of being in high school and practicing ballet late into the night with my friends. (We were dancers). Anyways, lovely post and photos– I love the nostalgic vibe they give off!
    Julia | juliainbluhm.com

    • Ron

      Thanks, Julia! Nothing wrong with being nostalgic! Those “late night” days were great, weren’t they?

  • Alicia

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    The title alone lured me in. Who doesn’t love some ukelele, especially paired with special friends!?! Happy blogging!

  • Sheri

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    I like to thing back to the “good old days” even though I am not “old” in the sense of the word but life brings on change and new responsibilities. I had a hangout spot with friends and it is sometimes nice to visit or think back to it.

  • Amy | Toothbrush Travels

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    I adore candid photography and memories with friends, no matter how brief due to the weather, are always the fondest.

    To answer your question – I was pretty into climbing trees when I was younger. It’s weird considering I was scared of heights but you just really can’t beat the view from above x

    • Ron

      That sounds like a lot of fun, Amy! Climbing trees!

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