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Yosemite Drive-By #1

Yosemite Drive-By #1
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This was taken from the car as Chip was driving up to Glacier Point in Yosemite. I was going through an obsessive photographer thing about missing shots as we zipped past. So I took out my camera, I started shooting images. I threw away 100+ duds but there is a handful of interesting images that resulted. Also, I made myself car-sick taking these images.

On a technical note, this image was not manipulated in Photoshop except for a levels adjustment. This image was taken through a car windshield and the camera was hand-heldw with aperture of f/22 and with a shutter speed of 1.3 seconds.  I did auto-focus probably on the yellow bush on the left before pressing the shutter.  My camera's auto-focus mode does detect movement of the focus point and try to track with that movement.  I believe that predictive auto-focus gives the stuttering/streaky quality to this image.

Yosemite in Fall #1

Yosemite in Fall #1
2006-10-29 Yosemite_MG_6330

Just returned from a long weekend in Yosemite, Chip and I were extremely lucky that the weather was great and warm. The fall colors were peak when we arrived. Given my limited time, I wanted to relax and was simultaneously pulled because I felt I was missing out on light.

Fall Colors #2

Fall Colors #2
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This one will be my last post for a few days. I am heading out for along weekend up in Yosemite with Chip. I am looking forward to a getaway, and I have heard that we will be arriving near the peak of fall color.

Fall Reflections

Fall Reflections
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Another from my recent visit to Sunol. I balanced on a rock in the middle of the creek to get this angle. I really needed a stepladder.

Alameda Creek #3

Alameda Creek #3
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Took a quick trip out to Sunol and took these shots before the light completely faded.

Flowering

Flowering
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Another from the out-of-focus series. I am undecided but decided to post anyway.

Alameda Creek #2

Alameda Creek #2
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Another so-so picture from Sunol. This little section of Alameda Creek is still very lush.

Toss #2

Toss #2
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This is another panning shot that was inverted. I think it was a display with hard boiled eggs.

Floating Peacock

Floating Peacock
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This is another in my fuzzy watercolor phase.

This work is loosely inspired by child art prodigy, Marla Olmstead, age 4.  Yes, she is 4 years old and yes,  I love her paintings.  See http://www.marlaolmstead.com/mainwork.html.

Fall Colors

Fall Colors
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While visiting Sunol, I became fascinated with the leaves. I kept getting closer and closer. Finally, I pulled out the macro lens. These were very small leaves and that is a single blade of grass wrapped around them.

Gone skateboarding

Gone skateboarding
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Another on my black and white kick. This was a grab shot taken in the Music Concourse of Golden Gate park. The bike owners were skateboarding out of frame.

Golden Gate Park Ivy

Golden Gate Park Ivy
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This is was a quick grab shot on my walk through Golden Gate Park to the deYoung Museum. I have gotten the yen for doing B&W photography again.

Sunol Trailhead

Sunol Trailhead
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I have taken this picture before but could not resist. This is just after the trailhead out in Sunol. This road is for trucks and horses to ford the creek. Usually, the creek is low enough that I can cross without getting my feet wet. However, it was still a little too deep right now.

Toss #1

Toss #1
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These are a few fun images made by tossing my camera around. This one was some dark wicker placemats and a blue globe. Somehow, that turned into this image.

Elevator to...

Elevator to...
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Today, I expected to go out shooting but instead just visited a lot of locations and had a nice outing instead. This image is another for "Urban Woods" even though I thought I was done with the series.

Alameda Creek #2

Alameda Creek #2
2006-10-09 Sunol_MG_5552

For this pinhole, I added a vignette blur and oddly I like the effect better.  I guess the extra blur makes the center sharper.

Martini

Martini
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After our recent workshop together, Aphra and I went out for drinks at the local restaurant, Skates. I had my pinhole lens cap and so we started playing around with images. The camera was propped carefully onto the table and ISO cranked up to 3200. This is the best of the bunch. I was not going to post but Aphra was intrigued by the image. Maybe because it was her glass. ;-)

Emergency Exit Only

Emergency Exit Only
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This is the same base image as yesterday’s image. Of course, the resulting image has a totally different feel. At this point, I am no longer in active development for "Urban Woods".You may see an image or two being posted. Per my portfolio class, I have decided to start a portfolio called "Meditation Spots". This work is much more like my work before Urban Woods or Grungy Flowers took over.

Limitations

Limitations
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I made this image when I was depressed about losing Cho-Cho. I made a second image (to be posted tomorrow) with the same background that has a totally different feel.

Alameda Creek

Alameda Creek
2006-10-09 Sunol_MG_5578

Tonite, Chip and I took Bocifus out to Sunol for a walk. Bocifus was acting mopey and missing Cho-Cho. I recently bought a pinhole body cap for my Canon camera. I will say that pinhole is very tough. You cannot see through the viewfinder and so I had to compose iteratively.

Streaks of Fall

Streaks of Fall
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This weekend, I decided to take a workshop from Digital Stop with Olivia Parker. We had a very small class. This image was made during the workshop. I like the watercolor effect which mimics Olivia’s technique for starting a composite. She starts with out-of-focus shots and merges them together. My resulting composite is very different though.

Guadalupe River #2

Guadalupe River #2
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This week has been very difficult. I will not be posting for a few days while I recharge my creative batteries.

A few days ago, we had to put down our little dog, Cho-Cho. Cho-Cho was elderly and started to become extremely sick last Sunday. Chip and I adopted Cho-Cho two years ago from a dog rescue. She was a little black mop and mostly Cairn terrier. We knew she was an older dog but I could not leave her in the cage. After filling out the paperwork, Cho-Cho was literally charging out of the pet store ahead of us to the car. That turned out to be very indicative of her personality, in one word, determined. Cho-Cho has brought a lot of delight into our house. I hope that she is now enjoying a comfy dog bed, many ear rubs, has a shallow stream nearby to explore, and of course, liver snaps. Bye sweetie, we miss you.

Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park

Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park
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Just a quick grab shot from Golden Gate park. This is the Music Concourse across the street from the deYoung Museum.

Yosemite #25

Yosemite #25
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This is another "Lost Yosemite" image. After reviewing those images, I decided this one is worthy of posting.

On a different topic, I am taking a portfolio class. Our first assignment is to go out and find two or more books that inspire us. Not necessarily photo or art books. I was wandering around Borders and the book "Magical Secrets about Thinking Creatively" caught my eye. The cover has this wonderful image of a rooster that I had seen at the de Young Museum. That roosterlooked like it could step off the wall. The other image that caught my eye was a self-portrait by Chuck Close. This a lovely book with extremely interested stories about 13 artists and their creative process.

The first secret: "Cultivate Sensuality - Discovering details of the physicality of materials."

Quilts of Gee's Bend

Quilts of Gee’s Bend
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Today, I went and visited the de Young Museum to see the quilts of Gee Bend. These woman are descended from slaves living on the former Pettway plantation. During the day, they worked the crops and at nite they gathered to make quilts. While quilting, they sang, prayed and quilted. The results are breathtaking. Their quilts are vibrant and amazing. Their circumstances were so dire that every scrap of clothe from old work clothes, fertilizer bags, and scraps of cloth found on the side of the road were scavenged and used. Each quilt is like an abstract painting. There is no picture of the quilts because photography was not allowed.

P.S.  To see images of the quilts.  See To see images of the quilts.  See http://www.quiltsofgeesbend.com/quilts/.   Make sure to click on the quiltmakers link on that page to see the woman.

Guadalupe River

Guadalupe River
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Today was a quiet day. I ran out of steam and spent most of the day in bed. I crawled out to visit the Guadalupe River. This river is in the process of restoration. At the top of the rise is a bike and pedestrian path.

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