Photography: Looking vs. Seeing

Dried leaves in tar

Sometimes things just hit me funny.  I’ve learned during those times to stop – stop walking, stop talking, stop thinking, stop looking.  Just stand there and keep asking what is striking me as so strange or odd. Continue reading

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He saw/She saw – Los Angeles Graffiti Art Walk

Mary and I went on a guided tour of graffiti/street art with Athen and Arden last month.  We both walked around with our Fuji XT-2s and zoom lenses.  As is the usual outcome, we came back with different points of view on what we saw.  Not sure one is better than the other, but show the range of perspectives between us.  Here is what we saw.

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Another Weekend in San Francisco

The last time we were in San Francisco, we had a great sunset, and the next day we did one of our favorite walks – through Chinatown, along the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Warf, up to Lombard Street and back through Little Italy.  Here are some of our favorite photos. Continue reading

Photography Project: Taking the High-key Look to the Next Level

High-key blown out image of a woman in white

I recently took an online KelbyOne course by Joel Grimes.  One set-up he did involved two 7-foot umbrellas (yes, 7-feet no typo there) and a 48″+ Octabox.  I didn’t have all of that equipment, but Peter and I improvised, and fortunately the girls were in town so I had models. Continue reading

Richard Serra’s “Sequence” at the San Francisco MOMA

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When Mary and I were in San Francisco in February, we went to see the Diane Arbus exhibit at the SF Museum of Modern Art south of Market.  We enjoyed seeing the early works of Arbus, AND, I fell in love with Serra’s giant metal sculpture.  I had my Sony RX 100 and it was plenty of camera for these photos.  Here is what you might see.

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Photographing the Calla Lilies in Big Sur, CA

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Big Sur has had a tough year with fires, rock and mud slides, and a condemned bridge.  We were able to make it into Big Sur a few months ago just after it opened up after some of the mud slides were cleared.  Several of our favorite shooting locations were closed, but we really came for the Calla Lilies.  Here is what we saw.  Continue reading

Photographing the Point Sur Light Station

Point Sur from the turnout near mile marker 55.

Big Sur has had a tough year with fires, rock and mud slides, and a condemned bridge.  We were able to make it into Big Sur a few months ago just after it opened up after some mud slides were cleared.  Several of our favorite shooting locations were closed, but we discovered how much we like the Light Station.  Here is what you might see.  Continue reading

Photography Project: Cheap Creative Portraits

Portraits in plastic

I always plan a portrait session when the girls visit.  They are usually game to give things a try, and sometimes they walk away with an Insta pic to post.  This time I was inspired by a YouTube video by Gavin Hooey.  He used a plastic dust cover bought at the dollar store.  As with most videos, it was a lot harder to execute than it seemed. Continue reading

Infrared photos of the Bay Area from an airplane

Downtown San Francisco and the Bay Bridge

A while back, a photographer friend, Ron Black, showed us his infrared photos from an airplane.  They were really cool.  We were hooked.  Now, when we get a chance, we try to get a window seat and pull our cameras.  Here are a few from a flight from Oakland to Ontario. Continue reading

Photography Project: Creating a split toned fine art image in Lightroom

Dallas International Terminal

*Sigh*  I have hit the dreaded dry creative well.  I haven’t pulled my camera out in weeks, and have been coming up dry on inspiration.  I’ve had some different blog ideas using ideas from books I’ve been reading.  They just haven’t come together….yet.  So this week, I turned to my huge binder full of magazine clippings and thumbed through it until I could find a processing technique to apply to an image in my “unprocessed” folder.  Yes, I have one of those.  Full of images, I couldn’t quite delete, but did not have the energy to process.  This week, I learned some things about Lightroom, I didn’t know even after using it for 8 years.  Below is a step-by-step of the process to create your own split-toned arty image, and a way to do it if you don’t have Lightroom. Continue reading