Friday, September 30, 2011

Deep Purple

This image was made in Balboa Park in San Diego, CA during a groupshoot organized by the San Diego DSLR group.  Having shot there many times before, I went looking for unique photo opportunities and found this lilly near the edge of a very iconic pond in front of the arboritum.  What makes this shot unique is that is was shot after official sunset and I used my Maglight mini flashlight to "paint" the flower with light during the long exposure.  This light painting gives the lilly a ghostly, surreal feeling.  I then played with the white balance temperature and tint to render the overall image in purple.

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Friend for the Road

As I prepare to leave the San Diego area for the deserts of California and Arizona, I decided to find a travel mate with the same passion for travel as I have.  It hasn't been easy.

After an extensive search and countless introductions, I have chosen Maci, a 1-1/2 year old reddish-gold spaniel mix to fill the seat next to mine.  She has a keen interest in everything, tempered with a wide streak of caution.  I found Maci residing at the San Diego County Animal Control facility after she was picked up as a stray.  She is smaller than what I was looking for, only weighing in at 20 lbs, but what she lacks in physical size she more than makes up for in heart.  She loves truck rides, cuddling, and treats, not necessarily in that order.

If you have room in your house and your heart, consider giving one of Maci's friends at the shelters a home.  You will get back far more than you put into your new relationship.

Please have your pet spayed or neutered and micro tagged.