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 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 →
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 →
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 →
Making a wide angle photo of a full field of flowers is not that hard, if the subject is a good one with decent light. Set up your tripod, set aperture to f/16, and shoot away. However, if the subject is not obvious, you will have to work for it and be more creative. Here is a way to do that: Continue reading →
Mary I have spent four straight weekends chasing wildflowers this year (I think we are done). Our last trip was 36 hours at the Carrizo Plain. It was an awesome experience. Here is what you might see (still). Continue reading →
The California Poppy (Golden poppy, California sunlight, or cup of gold) is the state flower of California. One of the best places to see poppies in the world is the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, CA. Here is what you might see: Continue reading →
The Poppies and other wild flowers at Diamond Valley lake are terrific right now. The problem is the people are not. The wild flower trail is closed this weekend because people are “trampling” the flowers trying to get selfies and family photos, even after the being told “to stay out of the flowers.” It was appalling to see, Anyway, if they open up the trail again, this is what you might see. Continue reading →
With the record rain fall in Southern CA, we are having a “every ten year” super bloom. Because we were in Big Sur last week, we missed the peak at Anza Borrego. We are planning on Antelope Valley next weekend. Yesterday, we did a quick hike at Chino Hills State Park. Here is what you might see. Continue reading →