Peter and I went to the Eastern Sierras to photograph fall color. Peter created the punch list, and I went along for the ride. I should have known better. Peter’s preferences are grand landscapes – sometimes the same location over multiple days at different times. I get bored. Oddly, boredom helps with my creativity. As I’m standing in the bitter cold before the sun comes up, camera on tripod, pushing the shutter over and over to capture the same scene in different light, all the while knowing that Peter is making a better image……I start to look around and play. Continue reading →
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.
I thought I would take a departure this week from my typical post. I’ve spent some time cleaning up my image library and have reflected on my own photographic journey. I remember starting 8 years ago with my first Jack Graham workshop. We witnessed the must beautiful sunrise I have ever seen, it was at Rooster Rock. But my image… well…it sucked. The image you see below is Peter’s. Mine were not salvageable. I was very much at the bottom of this curve, struggling with my own technical proficiency – learning to use my camera, filters, cards, remote, Photoshop…… It was all so new.
I have been helping some of my friends on their journeys and it occurred to me that they were moving through similar stages. I think many people start at the bottom of this chart and work their way up. There are a fortunate group of people that have a vision and can communicate it in a compelling art form right from the start. I’m still working my way up. Continue reading →
A few weeks ago I published a blog about photographing San Francisco through a homemade prism. I’ve become pretty attached to this thing and am now scheming on how I can photograph ever major city I visit through this prism (if it was only easier to transport). Continue reading →
Prism photography San Francisco Financial District
I was recently inspired by a Lindsey Adler image, It was a geometrical abstract portrait she shot on a rooftop in New York City. Never someone to pass up the opportunity for a project that requires my favorite handy man’s help, I set out to explore this technique with my own interpretation. Continue reading →
One of the strangest and most interesting “museums” we have ever seen is just a few miles off of CA Highway 62 in Yucca Valley. It is easy to visit on the way to or from Joshua Tree. Here is what you will see. Continue reading →
What a great exercise to look back at a year’s worth of images, re-live the moments when I pushed the shutter, and reflect on the variety of experiences I had. Every year when Peter asks me (or rather forces me) to do this, I always think “I didn’t really shoot much this year that would make my top 10”. When I had gathered 25 images and was still adding I realized that I rarely left home with out a camera (or two) in hand. I think maybe I will post a top 10 iPhone photos of the year too! Continue reading →
Even though nature photography is our thing, Peter and I are continuing to practice our wildlife photography. I’m a believer in transference, what you learn in one discipline helps you be better in others. We were at the zoo recently, and as usual in moments of dearth, I went to the extreme of my zoom lens to try to see the world differently. Continue reading →
I’ve written here before that I am trying to find a new zen with my endless focusing struggles. I’ve been exploring creating abstracts by moving the camera for some time now. Its not as easy as many think, I will often create 50+ images in the same place trying to get the framing and the speed of the movement just right to capture what I am after. Continue reading →
Peter and I have been fortunate to visit many different types of sand dunes. Some of our favorites are the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley, the Great Sand Dunes in Southern Colorado near Alamosa, and White Sands in New Mexico near Las Cruces. We visited White Sands over the holiday weekend on a beautiful (and photographically challenging) sunny day. I decided to use a very long telephoto lens and see if I could capture light and shadow from the different shapes of the dunes. It was difficult. Continue reading →