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Ducks In The Pond

I went back to the archives this week and surfaced the attached shots I took of “ducks in a pond”. As I was looking at these shots, I was thinking what does this represent to me? Why did I originally capture these ducks? What surfaced was the contentment these birds exuded as they fed, cleaned themselves and swam together in community. There is something so peaceful about the way they swim around the serene setting of a quiet pond.

May you find that in your own life.

Ducks In A Pond 1

Ducks In A Pond 2

Ducks In A Pond 3

Ducks In A Pond 4

On a side note: I will be having knee replacement surgery this week and will be off WordPress for about a month. This is the other leg after my knee replacement surgery last August. It was originally scheduled for mid March, but we all know how that time frame changed things. Be well…be safe!

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Who Said It Would Be Easy and Perseverance

I have attached two captures I took that seem pertinent to what we are all collectively facing right now. They both have a common visual aspect that caught my eye and truly says it all.

The location is Red Rock National Conservation Area just west of Las Vegas. The two prints captured rock climbers at different stages. If you look at the pictures, you’re probably saying “What rock climbers, Kirt?” or maybe something less polite. That’s the beauty of these captures I didn’t even see until later. The rocks are stunning unto themselves and you truly get the size of these cliffs when you see the rock climbers. In this first one look closely in the middle of the frame just right of center. You will see three climbers by looking at the one in a bright red jacket. Now the size of the task rears its ugly head.

This shows three climbers starting a climb where the title now seems appropriate. When the pandemic first reared its ugly head and we were all sequestered in our homes to fight this battle: “Who Said It Would Be Easy?”

The second one shows three rock climbers further along on the climb and epitomize where we all are now and what it has taken to get to this point: “Perseverance”.

Hope all is well with you and yours!!

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Rest, Contemplate and be Thankful

With Thanksgiving this Thursday in the United States it marks a time for me to reflect back on the year and really take in all those things that have blessed my life. We all have our stories, issues, setbacks and concerns, but for me I like to take the time to rest (mentally), contemplate and be thankful. That may be a brief second, a few minutes or a quiet place with a leisurely glass of wine. Whatever that place and time is, when I see this print, this is the type of place I think of. What could be more inviting then sitting in one of these Adirondack chairs, gazing out over a valley under a big old oak tree.

May your Holiday Season be filled with Peace and Joy, may you enjoy family and friends. For these things, I am most thankful.

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Coastal Bluff – Featured Art Print

Coastal Bluff is a wall art print I created using an impasto oil looking technique to create this scene. This technique uses bold brush strokes and bright colors creating a traditional oil painting look. This particular wall art print depicts the view looking up the coastline of bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The setting is the rugged Oregon coastline, which is known for dramatic scenery of tall tree covered bluffs and the beautiful Pacific Ocean for as far as the eye can see. If you look real close, you can just make out the Pacific Coast Highway as a thin white strip along the bluffs. Thoughts?


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Colorado River Arizona/Nevada – Excerpt from A Photo Shoot

Colorado River Arizona

Colorado River Arizona

The attached photograph was captured while traveling in the desert along the Arizona/Nevada border. The border is formed by the Colorado River and in this location the river is down stream from the Hoover Dam on its way to becoming Lake Havasu where it forms the border between Arizona and California. This capture is from a viewpoint along the highway. As you drive through the rugged terrain formed over the millennium by the Colorado River, suddenly you catch a glimpse of a blue jewel far below as it winds its way southward. I just had to stop and grab a shot. Thoughts?

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The Grand Canyon – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

A couple of weeks ago, we took a long weekend and spent it in Flagstaff, Arizona (just a few hours up the road from us) and Grand Canyon National Park (the Grand Canyon). Today’s photos come from the series I took at the Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most photographed natural wonders of the world, so what could I possibly do differently to create some interesting captures. What I decided to attempt, was to stick with the natural elements of this natural wonder and present them in a slightly different perspective (not that this hasn’t been done, but my approach hasn’t been presented as frequently). For anyone that hasn’t visited the park, the view is breathtaking and over-whelming at the same time. The colors and shapes are incredible, but the size, depth and scope of what you are looking at boggles the mind. I decided to break it down into captures that focused on highlighting depth. I love creating that sense of depth in a picture, so what more natural thing to do when it’s all but handed to you. Kind of obvious, but the presentation I wanted for each shot was a strong foreground that was decidedly distant from the background.

Grand Canyon 1

Grand Canyon 1

The first shot gives you the idea of what I am talking about. The foreground is on the left side of the frame. I love the building nestled at the top of the lookout point and the people viewing the canyon. Even the clouds have shape, texture and depth.

Grand Canyon 2

Grand Canyon 2

This second capture, zooms in on the same spot for a slightly different perspective. The foreground becomes the prominent feature with the people walking around the lookout point, yet we still have an obvious background that is large and distant in scale.

Grand Canyon 3

Grand Canyon 3

The third photo takes another lookout point that juts out from the rim. In this one, I have a hint of trees from where I am standing as the immediate foreground (I am shooting across a very deep ravine), yet the lookout point stays as the main foreground, with the canyon as the background creating the sense of immense depth to this shot.

Grand Canyon 4

Grand Canyon 4

The fourth shot is of two lookout points. The one in the foreground has the most people walking around, but then you realize the rock strata to the right of that is actually another lookout point further back, which the fifth shot zooms in on.

 

Grand Canyon 5

Grand Canyon 5

In this capture, you see the people on the point and this angle is looking down the canyon, not across it as is evident by the coloring (air is hazier and bluer because of the distance).

Grand Canyon 6

Grand Canyon 6

Lookout points are an easy way to capture the obvious levels of depth, but for my last two, I used a slightly different approach. In the 6th capture, I have two light color rock structures in the foreground and a red colored rock strata in what could be called the background, but behind that is the canyon creating another focal point of depth (three distinct elements of depth).

Grand Canyon 6

Grand Canyon 6

The last photo looks down into the canyon. I framed just one area of erosion that is laced with a trail taking you all the way down to the Colorado River, which can just barely be seen below and right of center. This angle pulls your eye down through the various layers and levels towards the river.

In your opinion, was I able to create a series of pictures that portrayed visual depth, giving you a feel for the shear size of the subject matter in an interesting way? What are your thoughts?

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Sidewalk and Palms – Featured Art Print

To start 2015 off, I wanted to feature an Art Print that said “warm”. Most of this part of the planet is in a deep freeze currently and even with the look of sunshine and warmth during the Rose Bowl Parade yesterday, let’s not kid ourselves…Southern California is cold (in respect to their normal temps). We got pictures from friends of snow in parts of Southern California that in our 24 years living there, we had never seen. Here in Phoenix some of the higher elevation suburbs got snow. I’m not complaining about our chill, a good portion of Canada and US are really cold….so to everyone living in winter’s cold, I am featuring a print I call “Sidewalk and Palms” from my Color Photography One Gallery. I feel the air warming up already! Feel that gentle warm breeze blowing off the lake as you walk in that warm sunshine enjoying nature!

Ok bubble bursting time…perfection doesn’t exist anywhere…I shot that picture in 110 degree heat last summer. I was sweating to death as I did that particular photo shoot, but let’s be honest…it looks inviting.  🙂

Happy New Year and here’s to a great 2015!!

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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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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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West Point Lighthouse – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

As I promised last week, I would be sharing some more lighthouses from the photo shoot I did around Puget Sound in September. This week, I wanted to share the West Point Lighthouse, which is also known as the Discovery Park Lighthouse.

This lighthouse was opened in 1881 and sits on a point of land that juts into the Puget Sound and marks the northern extent of Elliot Bay. Elliot Bay is the immediate waterfront that Seattle was founded on. It actually was the first manned lighthouse on Puget Sound. Access is via Discovery Park, which has restricted parking, and it is a little bit of a hike to get up to the lighthouse. Once there, you are able to walk around the grounds and get shots from a number of angles. My goal on a shoot like this is to capture the structure from as many different aspects as I can physically get. I got a number of shots and have posted what I think are the best five, each from a slightly different perspective.

West Point Lighthouse 1

West Point Lighthouse 1

The first shot is from the trail as you come up to the property. I like the composition of this shot as it portrays the isolation of the lighthouse with the added element of a large cargo ship on Puget Sound in the background.

 

West Point Lighthouse 2

West Point Lighthouse 2

This next shot is a little closer to the lighthouse and is framed to focus on just the structure while still keeping enough of the surrounding landscape to complete the scene.

 

West Point Lighthouse 3

West Point Lighthouse 3

The third shot is focused solely on the architecture of the lighthouse with just a hint of the landscape surrounding the building.

West Point Lighthouse 4

West Point Lighthouse 4

The fourth shot is from a slightly different angle and closer to the structure. This perspective created a different element of depth and architectural shape. Having seen the building in the other shots, you know that it is a long structure with the light in the middle. This shot gives you a different perspective, defining more shape and geometry of the building.

West Point Lighthouse 5

The fifth and last shot taken just a few feet from number four, gives you a completely different view of the building. You now see an entry door at the end of the building. From this perspective, the building looks very small, as you really don’t see the length. With this side in the shade, it gives a different look to the many architectural elements of the building.

So, my question to you is: “Which is your favorite shot?” I will be using only two, three at the most to add to my Color Photography Gallery. Thoughts?

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