Mushroom Stump – Featured Art Print

My featured Art Print this week is a simple color photograph of an old tree stump filled with mushrooms, called “Mushroom Stump” (for obvious reasons). I will be adding this to my Color Photography Gallery.

Mushroom Stump

Mushroom Stump

When I was in Seattle in late September, my daughter, her boyfriend and I did a hike up Cougar Mountain in Issaquah, Washington. We were hiking up to a location that was a decommissioned anti-aircraft installation. It’s a great hike through some very dense woods and is an elevation climb of just over 1000 feet. Along the way, we spotted this interesting marriage of mushrooms and a rotting tree stump just off the path. I took a series of shots from a variety of angles and settled on this one to publish on my gallery website. I love the lighting and detail of the mushrooms as they seemingly climb up the old tree stump. Thoughts?

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Winery – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

As we go into another weekend of holiday madness, whether it be shopping or decorating or social engagements, this time of year takes on a frenzy all its own. My goal with this post is to take you on a side trip to slow the pace down and relax. I did this photo shoot last year and frankly haven’t figured out what to do with these shots until now. This is just a fun set of shots with a holiday focus.

We are going to a winery – Chateau Ste Michelle to be exact. They are located in Woodinville, Washington just to the east of Seattle.

 

Winery 1

Winery 1

I had discovered their wine a couple of years ago when I was hosting my employees for a Holiday Party. I didn’t realize at the time that they were located in the Seattle area, nor did I know at that time I would also be located in the Seattle area…funny how it works!

We had all of our girls and their better halves together during the Holiday Season last year when we were living up in the Seattle area (we lived in San Diego for 24 years so it is “up” for me). One of them remembered I loved this wine and that the winery was located up there…I had totally forgotten about it. As a group, we decided to go wine tasting.

 

Winery 2

Winery 2

The winery definitely has the “Chateau” look.

Winery 3

Winery 3

The tasting room is adjoined to the gift shop…funny how that works….and I was really impressed with the talent of whoever arranged the holiday fare….

Winery 4

Winery 4

Winery 5

Winery 5

Winery 6

Winery 6

Winery 7

Winery 7

Winery 8

Winery 8

 

See…simple post, nothing mind blowing…just fun! I think it’s time for a glass of wine….Thoughts?

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A Letter To My Children

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I have been following Constance blog for awhile…she is an incredible photographer and I admire her art! This particular blog grabbed my attention as I also have three girls (mid 20’s up to early 30’s) and I couldn’t have said what she said to her girls any better to my own. They grow up fast, but every age is a joy and fascination to watch! Unconditional love says it all!!

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Jaida & Autumn

Jaida & Autumn

Halea

Halea

I love you, all thee of you girls. When I felt I had no place in this world , one by one you girls came along and filled my world with happiness and worth. You make me see, realize, and understand what true,unconditional love is. You girls make waking up everyone morning and facing this cruel world worth while. You brighten my world and make it incredible and I feel sorry for the people who will not allow themselves to feel happiness and let it in their life ,especially those who have kids. you bring something new, amazing, and exciting into my life everyday. When I feel I am at my worse, and it is time for me to give up, I look at your faces , the artwork you bring me from school ,and how- it is to me- a masterpiece that not even Van…

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Peach Rose – Featured Art Print

My featured Art Print this week is a simple color photograph of a rose. I call it “Peach Rose’ as it reminds me of the coloring of a large fresh peach. I will be adding this to my Color Photography Gallery.

Maybe it seems a little weird that I’m showcasing a rose bloom early in December, but it is a recent photograph I thought turned out beautifully. I took this shot during the Thanksgiving weekend while we were staying in Los Angeles. The home we were staying in has numerous flower gardens around the property and I couldn’t resist some macro shots.

What drew me into this bloom was the lighting and coloring. The sun was shining on the rose bloom from an angle and the lighting behind the bloom was subdued with subtle shadows. The color reminded me of the large peaches we use to grow when we lived in Denver. We had an incredible peach tree just off the back deck and the coloring on those peaches as they ripened was similar to this bloom.

“Peach Rose” is a celebration of simplicity, color and nature’s beauty. Thoughts?

 

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Malibu Cafe – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

This photo shoot was totally unplanned and I wanted to share excerpts from it to see if I accomplished what I set out to do when I did the shoot. Confused? That’s ok, let me back up a bit and set the stage. We spent Thanksgiving last week in Los Angeles with family and friends. On Friday a group of us ended up in the Malibu area around lunchtime. Looking for a restaurant that was dog friendly led us to the Malibu Café. It’s located up in the hills above Malibu and is on a ranch. Four generations of family have been running this restaurant at Calamigos Ranch in a cowboy lifestyle. The dining experience is wrapped in Rustic California Heritage. So what does this mean, you ask? Now we are back to what I set out to accomplish. What I wanted to do was to be able to parlay this dining experience visually, so I could share the same amazement and awe we felt being there. I have attached 8 shots of the Malibu Café.

You enter from one of the canyon roads and wind around hills full of trees and grassy fields…it is very rustic. Pulling up to the restaurant, (no building just yet) you are greeted with valet parking and then sent down a path to register your party for lunch. From here you walk further down the path where it opens into a large grassy area with tons of people mingling around playing yard games or seated and dining.

Malibu Cafe 1

Malibu Cafe 1

This first shot shows the center of the grassy area with seating and fireplaces.

Malibu Cafe 2

Malibu Cafe 2

The second shot shows part of the grassy/dirt (there is drought conditions in California) area where you can see a yard chess set in the distance.

Malibu Cafe 3

Malibu Cafe 3

Shot number three gives you a feel for the trees lining the grassy area. Those are tables along the wooden rail fence. Are you getting the western theme?

Malibu Cafe 4

Malibu Cafe 4

The fourth picture is a little more sophisticated seating area on the other side of the central area from the last shot. I love the upside down umbrellas and the color. A departure from western, but part of the eclectic look.

Malibu Cafe 5

Malibu Cafe 5

Number 5 takes you across a bridge from the main area over to a small island in a large pond.

Malibu Cafe 6

Malibu Cafe 6

Number 6 is a dock to sit and relax on….

Malibu Cafe 7

Malibu Cafe 7

Number 7 is two chairs where you can ponder the pond or enjoy number 8.

Malibu Cafe 8

Malibu Cafe 8

So here’s my question…did this series of photos tell the story enough for you to get a feel for this unique dining experience? Thoughts?

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Sepia Photography – Featured Art Prints

My featured Art Print this week is actually four of them from my Sepia Photography Gallery. They are: “ Logging Tools” – “Mine Cart” – “Wagon Wheel Hub” and “Cedar Rapids Barn”. I’m featuring four prints to illustrate some examples of the type of shots I think make good sepia tone photographs.

Dating back to the 1880’s, sepia toning was a chemical change used on black and white photographs to give them a warmer look and to enhance the archival qualities. Today, we associate the look with old historic photographs. With the advent of digital photo manipulation, it is very easy to recreate that look on any photograph. I use it to support a look that I associate with the tone as being old, historic and rustic. The type of subject matter that I convert to a sepia tone fits into that category and is what comprises my Sepia Photography Gallery.

My first example is from the Issaquah, Washington Railroad Depot Museum, which was built in 1889. This particular train station was an important stop between the mountain towns in the Cascades and Seattle. Issaquah became a point of export for timber, thus the example of tools used to handle the transportation of timber. By it’s very nature, this shot depicts elements dating back to the time of sepia, so it seems pretty natural to show it with those tones.

The next photograph is from the same museum, but depicts a different industry that the area was well-known for; mining. This is another obvious use of the sepia tone to create that old rustic look.

The third shot is an old west wagon wheel I found as part of the ambience for shops set up like an old west town in Cave Creek, Arizona. Again, this seems obvious due to the historic factor of the subject matter.

The last shot is an old barn I found by accident in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In an area on the outskirts where large homes with multiple acres of land have taken over, I saw this barn out of the corner of my eye off the main road behind some trees. Doing my usual, I processed what I think I saw in a short flash, found a place to turn around and drove back to where I had spotted it. It was a short hike through the trees, but I got some great shots. The barn isn’t as old as the use of sepia tones, but due to the condition of the building, I liked the look that this tone gave it.

Maybe these shots seemed like obvious subject matter, but not everything that is “obvious” really looks good in a sepia tone. I think the tone enhanced the look of these subjects and made the final print more interesting. Sepia, just like black and white photography has to have elements of contrast and lines to make a photograph “pop”. The other interesting aspect of this type of art print is how it has been used in interior decor. I have been surprised to see a number of these “old rustic” shots used in more contemporary interior design where warm earth tones are important elements to the overall look. So much of the final look depends on the matting and framing. Thoughts?

 

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Phoenix International Raceway – Excerpts from a Photo-Shoot

This photo shoot is one of those “let’s play with our camera and see what we get” shoots. The location is the Phoenix International Raceway the first week of November. NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) rotates through this raceway about twice a year. My wife and I and my oldest daughter and her husband thought it would be fun to go as none of us have been to any NASCAR races. This particular day was National Military Service Appreciation Day. I tell you this only because this always means some great military aircraft flyovers before the race starts.

The only reason I brought my camera was that my oldest is getting back into photography (it left her somewhere during those college years a decade ago) and has been picking my brain on different aspects of taking interesting shots. That particular week, we had been talking about shutter speed and how that can open up the door to dramatic shots of things you normally don’t get to capture. With the flyover scheduled before the race and the cars during the race going past us at 110 mph, I thought this would be a great opportunity for her to experiment.

The flyover came and I was laughing so hard at her I almost didn’t get any shots myself. Watching her head twist and bob as the jets and planes flew over as she was still trying to find them in her viewfinder was worth the day. So lesson one – fast activity does not wait for you to line it up in your viewfinder. Anticipate the direction of the subject and shoot numerous shots to capture one great one.

(I should note that I used 1/1600 shutter speed on all the attached shots)

PIR 4

PIR 4

PIR 5

PIR 5

PIR 6

PIR 6

Notice on these shots of the flyover that the propellers are caught frozen because of the shutter speed. If you were doing a technical photo shoot for the purpose of capturing propeller driven airplanes flying, you would slow the shutter speed done to catch the blur of the propellers spinning to create more realism in the final shot.

Since we weren’t into this except for examples of shutter speed, we didn’t get too creative with our angles and just shot what was going on around us. Our seats were at the end of the straightaway, so the cars were flying past us at about 110 mph on the other side of a massive chain link fence. You literally held your camera steady, aimed it and shot a series of captures when the group of cars came down the straightaway. In person you had to eye the car as it came into your field of vision and follow it with your head very fast as it went by (ignoring everything else) just to see any detail of the car. Notice in the next two shots the people walking in front of the fence. See the guy in the red shirt and the girl coming up the steps with the black cap straight across from him and facing his direction in both shots. The time frame between the shots is negligible, but note none of the cars are the same in either shot…that’s how fast they were going.

PIR 2

PIR 2

PIR 3

PIR 3

The final shot gives you a perspective of the cars that just pasted us and are going around the curve. Except for the fence issue, the clarity and detail is great.

PIR 1

PIR 1

This wasn’t a glitzy sexy photo-shoot, but I shared it because there are elements you can capture of fast moving subjects and make them creative. Thoughts?

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