I have a colleague who is an inspiration, when he travels for work he makes it a point to explore (Jim, I’m talking about you). I decided on a recent work trip to Chicago, I would try to channel his adventurous spirit and make the most of “transit times” between work functions. It seems like when you are in Chicago, you MUST see The Bean. So there I was, early evening, freezing temperatures (at least for this LA girl), and enough wind to take your breath away (I think Chicagoans call it a “breeze”). Continue reading →
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.
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 →
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.
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 →
*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 →
Pioneertown started as a live-in old west motion-picture set that was built in the 1940s. The set was designed to provide a place for the actors to live while using their homes as the main street in an old western movie. Here is what you might see. 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 →