OneQuestion: Jesse Pafundi

We’ve arrived at Thursday and Jesse Pafundi for my OneQuestion guest blog series. Jesse is a kindred spirit to me and we’ve had tons of conversations about how we change as photographers. Both he and I have been on a similar journey since the beginning of the year (or around there). Realizing what we love, who we are and being comfortable with our own styles and passions. Jesse’s photography has changed so much this year and it’s been inspiring and beautiful to watch. Visit his newly updated website (and name), check out his Rome pictures (or anything really) and follow his work.

What do you have a passion to photograph? What would make you forego much-needed sleep

because you just can’t help but get out and take more pictures?

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We’re lucky. Every single day on this Earth we get to experience the brilliance of a rising and setting sun. It’s an amazing thing to witness and can stop us in our tracks. It’s the one universal thing that cause people to slow down and appreciate the beauty around them.

When Mike asked me his “One Question,” I didn’t hesitate for a second in my mind. I’ve sacrificed hours of sleep dedicated to sunrise chasing. Missed out on dinner’s because the sun was setting at exactly 7:09 pm. I’m extremely fortunate to live only 10 minutes from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. When I’m sitting in my backyard and gorgeous clouds roll in, I know it’s on. I toss my bag in the car and head south on Ocean Parkway. Can you smell the salt water?

A few weeks ago, during one of my softball games at Jones Beach, the sun began to set. The light was just outrageous and the photographer inside me became restless. I knew whipping out my iPhone would be a risky venture because at softball games, there is a certain manliness you have to uphold. I decided the risk was well worth the reward and stepped up to the top bleacher. I composed, adjusted settings, and snapped a frame. Within minutes the heckles began to pour in but I could not care less. I froze that light for an eternity and it’s at the top of this post to prove it. Joke’s on them.

Here’s to the golden hour.

  • Jesse

    It was a true honor to write a guest post on one of my favorite photography blogs out there. It’s been a fun year changing, adapting, and growing alongside of you. Thanks again, Mike.

  • jina

    The colors on this photo are amazing, Jesse. Well done.

  • Brian Matiash

    Agreed with Jina, the color gradient is gorgeous and the overall scene has that instantly recognizable feeling of serenity.Great post.

  • Jim Denham

    Great post and wonderful warm pic!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Great post and beautiful shot!

  • Brian Furbush

    Great shot Jesse – such an inviting scene – and thanks for showcasing another great photographer in the series.

  • A.Barlow

    Nice shot Jesse! Looks like you were playing in a field of dreams 🙂

    Nice write up to both of you.

  • Dave DiCello

    A fine write up here and a stunning shot!

  • Rick

    That’s an amazing sunset. It never ceases to amaze me how something most everyone takes for granted like a sunrise or a sunset, I can’t get enough of now that I’ve taken up photography. Every day there is something new and wonderful for my camera(s) to capture. Well done, Jesse.

  • Bob Lussier

    Its so much fun to follow both of you on the Web. Jesse and Mike’s sites are two of my favorite stops. Great series, Mike.