Camellia Blooms In Pastel

Last winter, I shared a number of photographic captures of camellia blooms from our trees and bushes.  Each bush or tree is a different variety giving us a mix of colors and types. Doing some yard work this week, I saw that buds were forming on the camellias in preparation for this winters bloom. Today I wanted to share a couple of art prints I created using that photo shoot as an inspiration and template for some digital art.

I have attached two prints I created using a pastel chalk technique. To create a little more definition of the petals on the bloom, I used a very thin brush stroke. The first one is a pink bloom and the second one a red bloom and bud.

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Seattle Great Wheel – B&W Simplicity

Anyone that has been following me knows I love black and white photography for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons being that you can focus on the subject when there isn’t a variety of colors grabbing your attention.

Today I am featuring two photographs from a shoot of the Seattle Great Wheel I did a few years back. It’s located at the end of one of the many piers lining the waterfront and has become an icon in the Seattle skyline. It is the largest observation wheel on the west coast standing 175 feet tall. The wheel has 42 fully enclosed gondolas with a special VIP gondola sporting leather bucket seats and a glass bottom floor.

I took a number of shots including a series of close ups to focus on the simplicity and beauty of the gondolas taking passengers up and around the giant ferris wheel. I presented these captures in black and white to allow the focus to be on the shape and arrangement of the gondolas on the wheel. The composition of both captures was to create a more artistic photograph versus just a snap shot of the entire ferris wheel.

“Three Gondolas “

Gondolas 8-11

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Lighting Changes – Sailboats on San Diego Bay

I wanted to share some captures I took of sailboats on San Diego Bay last October. What the pictures show is a change in look of the same subject matter in the same location by the lighting in the sky.

These pictures were all taken from an area near downtown looking across the bay at Coronado Island. There is always some type of craft movement in the bay be it small sailboats, larger yachts, military air carriers or cruise ships. This particular day I was focused on sailboats and the sky. I noticed the cloud structures were changing as the day went from morning to afternoon. There was a remnant of a tropical storm coming from the Baja of Mexico just south of San Diego.

San Diego Bay Sailboat

In this first capture, the sun is out and the fluffy clouds from that system make a great backdrop.

San Diego Bay Sailboats 2

This shot was taken within about an hour of the first one. The sun is still out, but notice the change in the clouds. There is a high level of gray coming in on top of the fluffy clouds.

San Diego Bay Sailboats 3

I added this shot for a couple of reasons. The first reason was I love the look of this restaurant sitting on peers jutting out into the bay and the second reason is because at this point it was lunch time. I want to point out that this shot was taken very shortly after the last shot and notice the change in color of the bay. The sun was beginning to go under the approaching high level clouds…see the difference .

In the time I took for lunch and came back to capturing some sailboats, the last capture is what I took.

San Diego Bay Sailboats 4

Same area as the first shots, but see the difference in the color of the bay? It goes from a deep blue to more of a gray color. Even in the sails, the brilliant white of the sails is subdued. I thought this would be a great example of how important lighting is to the final outcome of a picture when shooting outdoors. There are subject matters that look better in indirect lighting and some landscapes look better with horizontal lighting (sunrise or sunset timeframes).

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Central California Coast – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

I wanted to share a couple of shots I captured last weekend on a drive my wife and I took along the Central California Coastline. There are a number of “pull-offs” scattered along the coastline and these captures were from one of those.

California Central Coast 1

 

California Central Coast 2

 

California Central Coast 4

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Official First Day of Fall

Fall has always been my favorite season and with today marking the official first day, I thought I would honor it with a very “Fall” picture.

I took this shot a few years ago in Issaquah, Washington. I was doing a photoshoot of the fall colors as the trees were at their peak in and around this area. The fall foliage irony here is that the foothills and mountains in this area are covered in evergreen trees, so they are very green all year regardless of the season. The only fall colors are all of the deciduous trees that have been planted throughout the years in the towns and cities. That’s not to say that there isn’t spectacular fall foliage, it’s just not in the surrounding mountains, only in the established cities. Be that as it may, the amount of trees turning vidid yellows and red are everywhere throughout the metropolitan area of Seattle.

I was done with my photoshoot, when I drove by this scene. Believe it or not, this wasn’t in a large park or along a hiking trail. This setting was literally along a major boulevard in Issaquah that had a nice pedestrian walkway winding along the boulevard with trees, grass and occasional areas to sit.  I caught it out of the corner of my eye and thought about it as I continued to drive on down the road. A little voice had me turn around, find parking at a nearby shopping center and walk back to this bench to capture this shot.

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Lift Someone Up

This kind of says it all, but it’s something I try and keep in the forefront of my daily thoughts. Sharing your love could be acts of kindness to strangers, support for a friend or telling a love one how much you think of them. There’s enough negativity in the world and none of us are perfect, but sharing your love not only creates positive thoughts and feelings to the receiver, but in my mind comes back to you 10 fold in many ways. Thoughts?

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More Hot Air Balloons in an Abstract Watercolor Look

I have featured hot air balloons from my gallery here a number of times using actual photography and various digital painting styles. Today I wanted to feature three I created using a soft abstract watercolor technique and then going back in and drawing lines to create the shapes of the balloons.

Not shy with color, I love the end result! Thoughts?

Side Notes:

  1. Those of you that follow my blog, I had mentioned that I would be off all of August after having total knee replacement surgery August 8th. Recovery and Physical Therapy has been going well. It’s a long and steady process over a number of months, but I am up and around…walking without assistance (no walker or cane). End of last week I was cleared to start driving (bummer…I was liking being chauffeured around by my wife). So, bottom line getting back in the swing of things!!

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