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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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Green Wagon – Featured Art Print From My Sepia Photography Collection

The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Sepia Photography Collection titled “Green Wagon”.  The print is a sepia photograph of an old wagon used to haul goods and produce between town and the farm or ranch, circa 1800’s.

I liked the look of the wagon in this shot, and wanted to focus on the wagon bed and wooden wheels. The wagon has a long bed to haul a week or more of supplies between town and a farm or ranch. Conversely, it is built to haul produce in large quantities from the farm or ranch into town. Since time didn’t permit daily trips, you needed to be able to load large quantities when you did go into town. Notice the detail of the wagon from the steel side supports to the large wooden wheels. The wagon was built for endurance in its day, but today sits protected along the streets of an old west town fenced off from people trying to climb on board.

Because of the subject matter of this photograph, my inclination was to convert it into a sepia tone print. Sepia photography is the brown color tones we associate with very old photographs. The look is a result of the technique used in developing photographic film during the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Today we can create that same look digitally.  My first step was to convert this photograph into sepia, which I did. I also liked the color of the wagon and the wheels in the original shot, so I played with allowing some of the green and red to bleed through. I liked the effect with just a light touch of color. To finish off that old west look and feel, I added some subtle texture for added warmth. Thoughts?

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Cave Creek, Arizona – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Cave Creek 1

Cave Creek 1

The excerpts from a photo shoot I want to share today are from Cave Creek, Arizona. Cave Creek is located in the extreme northern end of the Phoenix metropolitan area and has become an extremely popular destination for tourist. Keeping the spirit of the “Old West” alive, the town has the look and feel of those days gone by.

I have attached four shots out of 90 that I took and they all come from a re-created old west town that today serves as shops for tourists. There are numerous carriages and wagons lining the main street next to the wooden walkways typical for an old western town. For a photographer, it’s a dream come true for creating old west art prints and photographs.

The first photograph is of a courtyard located towards the back of the town right off of main street. I like the look of the fountain and took a couple of shots to see what I would get.

The composition of the next shot gives you an idea of just how much “Old West” items are around this town. There are wooden wagon wheels everywhere and I loved the old outhouse at the end of the street.

Cave Creek 2

Cave Creek 2

The third photograph shows some of the shops and the wooden walkway with a carriage in front.

 

Cave Creek 3

Cave Creek 3

The fourth and final capture shows a replica of a Native American Indian teepee. The keynote here is replica, as an actual teepee (or tipi) was constructed of animal skins and was without wooden floors for ease of mobility.

Cave Creek 4

Cave Creek 4

 

I haven’t decided what I will do with these particular photographs, but wanted to share them. What I usually do after a photo shoot is take a quick inventory of the results to see what I am interested in doing something with. In this particular case, I was getting ready to update my Sepia Photography Collection, so that was foremost on my mind with this subject matter. I pulled a few of the shots and added them to that collection. The rest of them, I will sit on and go back to them at a later date to see what I visualize at that time. Most of my painting prints come from that process of waiting and then revisiting. Thoughts?

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Wagon Wheels – Featured Art Print From my Sepia Photography Collection

The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Sepia Photography Collection titled “Wagon Wheels”.  This art print is a sepia photograph of two wagon wheels on an old west wagon. The wagon dates back to the 1800’s in the heyday of the “Wild West”.

I liked the wagon in this shot, and wanted to focus on the wooden wheels rimmed with steel. Notice the wood grain even in the spokes and throughout the back of the wagon. The original leaf spring can still be seen supporting the back structure of the wagon on the axle (not that they ever really made a ride smooth between the ruts in the dirt and the unforgiving wheels). The position of the wagon on a dirt street completed the look I was after for an old west art print.

Because of the subject matter of this photograph, my inclination was to convert it into a sepia tone print. Sepia photography is the brown color tones we associate with very old photographs. The look is a result of the technique used in developing photographic film during the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Today we can create that same look digitally.  My first step was to convert this photograph into sepia, which I did. I also liked the color of the wheel in the original shot, so I played with allowing some of the green to bleed through. I liked the effect with just a light touch of color. To finish off that old west look and feel, I added some subtle texture for added warmth. Thoughts?

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