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 Wild Flower Season – The Carrizo Plain

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

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

Photography Project: Portraits with a dominant color

Dreamy portrait in blue

After much frustration photographing our kids and family, Peter and I have started to venture into portrait photography.  We’ve found that it helps us see the light differently when making our landscape images.  This week, I asked a couple of friends if they would help me with my project.  Creating two portraits showcasing one color, blue, but with two different feelings. Continue reading

Photography Project: Photographing Las Vegas Through a Prism

The Venitian through a prism

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

It’s Wild Flower Season: Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, CA

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