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

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

When in Tucson, Mary and I strongly suggest you check out this museum.  It is not so much a museum, but a zoo, aquarium, and museum rolled into one.  Here is what you might see: Continue reading

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

Look. See. Imagine. Create. – Wildflower Special Post

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

It’s Wildflower Season – Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

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