California surfer heads for shore after a long board competition in Oceanside, California.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Morro Rock, at the mouth of the bay, is a very popular subject and finds its way into most art from the area. Fishing boats, birds, seals, kayakers and the redwood forest all add to the beauty of the area.
Morro Bay can be shrouded in fog for days on end but the gods smiled on me this day. I made this image of the "Morning Light" fishing vessel with the assistance of a tripod, polarizer, and shutter release.
You can drive out to the rock and watch the birds diving for breakfast, an impressive thing to say the least. The back bay area is also worth a look. It's located across the street from the state park entrance, southeast of the marina. If you're the camping type, a stay at the state park, with all its redwood trees towering above you, may be just the ticket. I found it quiet, and somewhat spiritual.
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Each group, or district, displays a banner representing their part in the history of the small town.
This image is of the cross, covered in flowers, finally reaching its destination. Thousands of people turn out to view this yearly spectical.
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I was also very interested in the detail of the stone that makes up the arches of the bridge. Spotted with rust and foliage, these arches had character and history.
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Monday, August 23, 2010
This image was made in the Little Italy section of San Diego during a yearly event where the roads are closed to allow artists to create works of art using chalk. Like sand sculpture artists, these folks know that their work will be temporary and yet they spend hours creating visually stunning street art.
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I like how the reflections in the water draw the viewer's eye toward the city center in a Wizard of Oz kind of way.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010
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There are more boat owners in Venice (per-capita) than anywhere else on earth. Everything from construction to trash pickup, restaurant deliveries to police services are conducted on the water.
Some of the greatest cities have been located near water. Venice is a great example of that. The location of Venice has made it a natural trading destination for hundreds of years. With that trading has come culture and sophistication. Venice has something for everyone.
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This image was shot "on the fly" as I walked the narrow pedestrian streets and bridges of the romantic city. I spent little effort capturing this image and yet it adds a great deal to my memories of my time there.
Venice is another place that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. Once will not be enough for me, however.
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I shot this image in the late afternoon as evidenced by the long shadows and deep orange tones of the fertile soil. It was a bit hazy so I employed my Singh-Ray Warming Polarizer. I also used a 2 Stop Hard Neutral Density filter in front of the lens to balance the very bright sky with the darker landscape. By moving this filter up and down during the shot, I avoided having a hard edge at the transition point.
This will not be my last trip to this wonderful area and I look forward to exploring this region further.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010
I must say, I don't like getting up early, but every time I do, I'm rewarded.
Get up early and get the shot!
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I have to admit that not a lot of thought went into this shot. I knew that I wanted to fill the frame but include the man-made mountain they sat on. My only other thought was to use a wide open aperture to blur the background in order to create a 3D-like quality.
I waited for something to attract their attention and as they all showed me their profile, I gently squeezed the shutter button.
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These racers were only warming up for events to take place later in the day, but it's still amazing to watch.
My goal here was to capture all the detail in focus while maintaining the feeling of speed. I tried a few panning shots at slower shutter speeds and liked a couple, but the shot that caught my attention the most was this one.
Del Mar, Ca.
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This image is all about light. It was mid morning on a very bright, "blown out" day. So I looked for areas along the lake that were protected from the harsh light by the forest behind me. Contrast was a problem as the lake and sky were very bright and required a little post-production work in Adobe Lightroom.
This image was made in the Rocky Mountains National Park.
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I made this image after walking the better part of the morning. I have to admit to being lost at the time I took this shot, but I thought this spot was indicative of life in Lucca. A great place to unwind and feel like a local.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I'm sure that my jaw had dropped as I fumbled with my camera to record this moment in time. What a way to start the trip. Only good things could happen after that...and they did.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
There is so much to see and photograph here and many of us go back time after time and still find new things to shoot and new ways to shoot them. If you're in the San Diego area, don't miss Balboa Park. There are museums, fountains, traditional architecture and gardens to spend your time in.
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The weather couldn't have been better and the marine layer stayed off the coast offering me a rare view of the point.
Lighthouses always make good subjects for traveling photographers and this lighthouse was no exception. I was hoping for a ship to pass by, but no luck. Oh well, it means I'll have to stop by again. Maybe, I'll try to be there at sunset next time. It will be fun to see the lighthouse in its fully renovated condition. This was my first lighthouse image and it certainly won't be my last. I think I'll start a collection.
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Sunday, August 15, 2010
Before going to Italy in September of 2009, I had read and heard stories about the quality of light this part of the world receives and how artists have tried to capture that light in their paintings. I didn't fully appreciate the power of light to transform an otherwise simple image into a feast for the eyes. Sure, morning and afternoon is the best time to shoot anywhere you may happen to be, but the hills and valleys of Italy take this concept to a whole other level. The colors at sunrise were incredible. The blues were more vibrant, the yellows and greens brighter and the blush of pink gave life to the countryside.
This image was made in Florence, Italy not far from the city center. Florence is a city you fall in love with. I suggest everyone visit at least once in their lifetime and don't forget your camera.
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Friday, August 13, 2010
I watch for moments like these now. I know that capturing something like this is mostly luck, but I try to be ready for special things to happen. Remember, chance favors the prepared mind. Happy shooting.
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I was walking back to my car when a young boy who had obviously been watching my exploits caught up with me and started asking questions. I answered all his questions then asked if I could take his picture. He said yes and after firing off a few rounds I turned the camera screen toward him to let him see the results. His eyes lit up as he viewed his image on the 3" screen. This seemed to energize him and he asked to pose for more. I obliged and after a couple of minutes I handed him my camera, showed him what to do, and let him shoot a few shots. It was obvious to me that while he may not be the next Ansel Adams, a spark was lit that afternoon.
Sometimes, it's the story behind the image that makes it special, if only for me.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
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