Photography Project: Photographing Abstracts Through a Child’s Prism

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Last week I shared my airport saga, and after seeing my post, Peter reminded me, in that way only a true partner can, that the images I shared were not my strongest.  He preferred my abstracts.  So here it goes, round 2 on the child’s prism play experiment.  Continue reading

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Photography Project: Natural Abstract. Another exercise in boredom at Convict Lake

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Continuing on from Eastern Sierra posts.  So there I was at Convict Lake in the early morning hours, with freezing thumbs and freezing toes, bored out of my mind after taking 500+ images of the iconic shot.  Trying to figure out how to keep myself entertained, and distracted from the ache in my fingers and toes, and then I thought about one of the assignments in Henry Carrol’s photo journal.  Make something beautiful ugly. Continue reading

Photography Project: Natural Abstracts with a Twist

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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

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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Stages of my photographic journey

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

Photography Project: Photographing Las Vegas Through a Prism

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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

Photography Project: Photographing through a Prisim

 

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

Photographing the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Art Museum in Yucca Valley, CA

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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

Mary’s Top Photos of 2016

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Winter sunset in Tucson

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

Photography Project: Patterns at the Zoo

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Zebra patterns

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