"For the artist communication with nature remains the most essential condition. The artist is human, himself nature, part of nature within natural space." Paul Klee

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


I thought I was done with my selects from yesterday's butterfly trek but giving the contact sheet one last look I picked out this one. You can see one buggy eye and enough of both sides of the wings to compare colors. Granted these aren't macro shots but I managed to get pretty close using the long end of the 18-135mm and keeping it there. I turned off the auto focus because the slight movement in the flowers from the breeze made focus pump in and out. Pre-focused I would just wait for one to land.

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Monday, April 27, 2015


Went for a walk in the park around 1 oclock today, butterflies were everywhere.

It was harder to capture the top because they didn't hold that  position very long. It seemed like just milliseconds. For once they latched onto some nectar they closed their wings and drank. 
Actually the underwings are more interesting than the top sides which are also very beautiful.

If you look closely at this shot it looks like the butterfly is actually rubbing his head right into the nectar. 

When I first went up to the field they flew away so I stood there very quietly even tucked my arms into my sides and just mellowed out . After about twenty minutes...yup about twenty minutes they took me as part of the landscape.

I was standing mostly in the same spot for about an hour to get these images.
I used a polarizer to accent the color so I pushed the ISO to 400. Most of these are 1/125th ss at f5.6.

Managed to get one good one top side but even then the edges are flapping so fast there's a little blur.
I could have opted for a higher ISO but at other costs.

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Friday, April 24, 2015


I'm sitting here sipping my coffee in the early morning listening to the rain and thunder outside.
Trying to put together at least in my head the next tabletop project. I finally came up with
concept words this morning..."electronic organic sci-fi"

Not too sure what that means at this moment or where it came from...but the ideas are swirling around in my head and at some point will settle, marinate, and percolate to the top like methane gas.

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And as usual I"ll wake up one morning and in a flurry of activity - will build a set, light it, photograph it, and then put everything back in the box by three in the afternoon. That's just what my pattern has been up to now.

We'll just have to wait and see.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Revisiting one of my favorite ladies to photograph...Lisa...and one of my favorite images.  Lisa never needed much direction from me. I would give her some hints as to visuals I was going for and she would just get in the zone and work the space.

Shot with my old Nikon D80 and a 35mm lens. ISO 800 to get the f stop and shutter speed up there.
f14 at 1/320th ss, handheld. Post vintage look from a dose of Alien Skin and some tweaks in P/S.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015


These images of multi colored flowers in a field are like symphonic scores to me.
They're the equivalent, albeit a different sensation, of an auditory experience,
multi-layered and polyphonic. Polyvisual?

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I think the cells in your brain literally change after spending a little time among the variety of light waves from different points in the color spectrum.

Walking (respectfully I may add) among these flowers with a camera is my Tai Chi, it's my morning yoga. Bees buzzing past my head, a gnat up my nose is part of the experience.

ISO 200, camera in program mode, 18-135mm lens.

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Monday, April 20, 2015


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Two images from recent hikes through the local parks. Sorry, not much to say. Please just enjoy the images.

Like Elliot Erwitt says on one of my side images - the whole point of taking pictures is so you don't have to explain things with words. A wordsmith I'm not. An image maker?  I hope so.

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I am posting one final image of Haley from last week. I loved the colors of her shirt against the green background but I also wanted to play around with the Lumiere Autochrome look.

The Autochrome look was invented by the Lumiere Brothers and popular in the first part of the 20th century.

Image made with the 18-135mm lens set around 58/60 which gave me the 90mm look I wanted. ISO 200, f5.6 with +3 exp comp, handheld at 1/60th of a second. Light from a strobe through an umbrella.

My thanks to the Lumiere Brothers for their many techniques and inventions...still an inspiration after all these years.

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Friday, April 17, 2015


Yesterday there were several more flower species I didn't have time to capture so I went back this morning. I didn't have much time but managed to catch some hungry bees.

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I snapped some images of other flowers but like the bees I'm busy with a number of other things including getting ready for a Saturday shoot.  Hopefully I'll get to those come Monday.

It was cloudy this morning so I dispensed with the polarizer. The lens was clean on these images no filter at all. Camera was in aperture priority f5.6 at ISO 400 handheld.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015


                                  Image taken with ISO200, Auto WB, 1/125th ss, f5.6.

Image taken with ISO400, Auto WB, 1/100th ss, f5.6.

Both these images were taken yesterday at Cypress Creek Park around 9:30 am. Using the 18-135mm extended out to max with a polarizer. Love how the 5.6 strokes the background at that focal length.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Blue, green, and yellow. Those were the predominant colors I experienced this morning walking through Cypress Creek Park.

Water paths

Strokes of water

The water shots were taken with a tripod that collapses small enough
to fit in my back pocket 

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All images taken with the 18-135mm zoom with a Hoya polarizer.

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Monday, April 13, 2015


OK, time for a reality check and see what I've accomplished so far this 2015.   Posting some of my favorite images from the first three months of the year.

Funny, four of them were shot in my office/studio. I say office first because that's all it is, a small 10x10 room. When it's crammed with a shooting table, a couple of c-stands, several light stands, reflectors, umbrellas, and other photographic paraphernalia, there's not much room. I usually end up with a couple bruises from bumping into things.

Shout Outs - Thanks to Lisa Orr for allowing me time in her pottery studio and to Maria for helping me with the phone booth shot that took all of seven minutes. We were working together at a school and the old phone booth was staged for a play. We just snapped a few images before clients showed up. Very impromptu.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015


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This past week I had the privilege of photographing Haley's senior pictures. It was a fun shoot with lovely sunlight coming and going from behind clouds. Moving clouds makes for a more intense shoot because the photographer has to play with everything from a strong back light to a soft shadowless light.

I tried to get several different looks with one lens, my 18-135mm. I brought a couple of other
lenses, a 50 f1.8 and a 50 f1.4. I wanted to mix the lenses up a bit but the wind was breezy and I was afraid of switching lenses outdoors with that breeze and getting swirling pollen in the camera.

Most of the shoot I used a Nikon SB600 fired through a 42' Westcott white umbrella. And towards the end when it got really breezy I opted for the on camera flash like this one.  The on camera flash does a really good job when conditions prevent an off camera approach.

Taken about forty minutes before sunset. This is just the on camera flash dialed in manual to half power. The ISO was 200.

I produced a number of different looks just using focal lengths, f-stops. and the off camera lighting sometimes in close and other times back about eight feet.  

A huge appreciative shout goes out to Haley for choosing me and thanks to Haley's mom who helped with clothes, accessories, and location support.  Thanks again to all.

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Friday, April 10, 2015


A week has gone by without posting anything. I always try to post as often as I can but this just shows me that the past week has been busy with senior portraits, Easter weekend feast lag, a son visiting, and just flat out too many other things ...oh yeah, and a busted window in the backyard to boot.

These images are from this week last year.

I'm processing portraits I took this week and will have those up either this evening - certainly by tomorrow.

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Friday, April 3, 2015


What do you see when you go to Disneyland? Mickey? Minnie? Cpt Hook? The River Boat?
Those images are very cool. Hey, it's the Happiest Place on Earth, no?

Here are some images I took last year ...  parts of Disneyland that contribute to the whole effect.
It's that juxtaposition of the natural against the fabricated.

Steampunk before anyone knew what is was.

OK I have to throw one in that's not a part but a whole person and performer. Love those
Disney performers - they always put their hearts into it.

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