Each week we select and profile a photographer from our #SFGuide community on Instagram. We believe these photographers capture the everlasting beauty of San Francisco and the Bay Area. For a chance to be featured on our Instagram feed, or here, on 49Miles.com, tag your photos with #SFGuide.
This week’s featured #SFGuide photographer is Avi Arora (@ephermxl), a high school student from San Jose, California. Scroll down to view Avi’s amazing work, and learn more about what inspires him as a creative in the Bay Area.
#SFGuide Featured Photographer
Name: Avi Arora
Age: 16 years old
Profession: Student in High School
Place of Birth: Bay Area, San Jose
Where I currently reside: San Jose, California
Something I’d like viewers to know: Multi-sport athlete (football and basketball) but photography is my true passion.
What is your favorite spot to shoot in San Francisco, and why?
I have two favorite spots. First, of course, has to be the Golden Gate Bridge, especially on the SF side of it. This is because it looks amazing from every angle, there are no bad angles on this masterpiece. The second is in the Financial District. This is because of all the different types of people which make for amazing muses. Also, of course, the beautifully built buildings that make any shot look amazing.
I started a little over 2 years ago with simple phone photography just to capture moments but also to unleash my creative side. Now it is still for the same purpose. I just love creating something and showing my perspective on something many see every day.
What do you love about photography?
I love the part about sharing my vision with others. Something that they may not have seen, a different take on everyday things, as well as just capturing moments.
Which location did you have the most difficulty getting to, and how did you do it?
What is your dream shot? (Where, what time of day, what’s in it / the subject?)
My dream shot would be the milky way over any cityscape with the silhouette of a person looking up in wonder. Unfortunately, due to all the light pollution, this is not completely possible but one day hopefully that shot can be captured.
How does Instagram and the #SFGuide community inspire you?
Instagram provides a lot of inspiration on how people frame their image and what the new trends are for photography it also sparks some creativity especially for things such as compositing. The #SFGuide community offers inspiration on spots in the city I have never seen or explored which helps me create more.
My favorite ones include of course; @49MilesSF, @dillonsaw, @kxyvon, and @briannguyen.
I use a Nikon D3300 but my dream camera is a Nikon D810.
Aperture: I usually don’t worry too much about aperture
Shutter Speed: 1/500
White Balance: Auto
Image Format: RAW