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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Provincetown, Cape Cod

I have found recently that finding the time or the passion to sort through my recent photography has been challenging.  Sometimes I find that when I want to post a photograph I don't have the energy to write even the most simple of descriptions of it, so I don't do either.  Therefore, other than this written post, I plan to post a series of some of my more recent photographs with little or no written explanation.  I hope that made sense.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nobska Point Lighthouse

While in Cape Cod we saw several lighthouses.  This one is Nobska Point in Woods Hole. 

Friday, November 2, 2012


We were in the community of Sandwich, Mass. on the first day of our Cape Cod trip and found this walkway over the marsh.  As the photo suggests, it went on for a ways and led to the beach on Cape Cod Bay.  It must have been paid for by contributors who each got a plank in the walkway with there names inscribed on it.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Cape Cod Fences

 On our recent trip to Cape Cod there were plenty of opportunities to photograph these fences that are designed to keep the sand from blowing all over.  In addition to the sand, there was plenty of the classic beach grasses that are so prevalent on the east coast.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

One more from Utah

This was taken up near the top of Boulder Mountain where we definately saw some fall color in the aspens.  I liked the lines caused by the different layers of tree lines and the canyon floor in the background.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Long Canyon

This is an example of what we saw in Long Canyon, which was just a few miles away from Boulder, Utah.  As the name implies it was a long canyon with a paved road going down it's length.  The canyon walls were probably 50 yards across and the canyon walls about 800 to 1000 feet tall.  Numerous interesting patterns in the walls along with trees growing out the sides.

Here's an example of one of the interesting patterns.  Looked like a dog's profile to me.

There was a small side canyon that was carved into Long Canyon.  This next photo was taken from the back of it looking out the entrance and across to the other wall of Long Canyon.  The tree was back lit and created a nice composition.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sunrise on Boulder Mountain

On the first morning of the photo tour I took with John Barclay and Dan Sniffin, we drove up to the view point on Boulder Mountain and had this view of the Grand Staircase.  It reminds me of the kind of view you can see in the Smokey Mountains, sans the trees and fog.  It was a great start to our time with John and Dan.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Red Rock Country

Just got back from a week long trip to southern Utah.  Spent some time in Zion, Bryce, Grand Staircase and Capitol Reef N.P.  I have many photographs to sort through and hope to put a few up in the coming weeks.  The photo included here is from Bryce Canyon.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Beautiful Granddaughter

I had to post this photo of my Granddaughter Finley on her first birthday.  She had just finished her first cupcake ever and as her expression clearly shows, she really enjoyed it.  She even left some on her face and hands to enjoy later!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fort Point

On our trip to San Francisco, we arrived at Fort Point 5 minutes before it was to close (great planning on our part).  Fort Point is the old fort located right underneath the south end of the Golden Gate bridge that guarded the entrance to the bay way back when.  So needless to say there wasn't much time to properly compose shots.  This is about the only one that I took that I thought had some interest.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

I was looking through some of my photos from my Oregon coast trip a couple of years ago and found this one.  This is Tillamook Rock Light just off the coast at Cannon Beach.  Was fortunate to have some nice sunset light.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Following the Path

I was walking along a path looking for different views of San Francisco when I realized that the path itself could be the subject.

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Golden Gate

Spent a fun evening photographing in the Marin highlands overlooking the Golden Gate.  Unfortunately, no dramatic weather to help the scene out, but still a beautiful view of the city.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Bird's Eye View of Frisco

This is a shot of San Francisco taken in the morning hours. The contrast between the water and the thin layer of fog, as well as, between the city skyline and the sky made it a good choice for B&W. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hooray.....Photos Recovered!

I had a pleasant surprise earlier this past week.  As I posted back in April, I lost a bunch of photos I had taken on my trip to the San Francisco Bay area when a memory card died on me.  Well, I got a call from LC Technologies, who I had sent my memory card to and they said they were finally able to recover the photos.  Apparently, they had been waiting to receive some new equipment that allowed them to finally be successful.  So big cudos out to LC Technologies.  They were very helpful and persistent.  Of course they had the incentive that they only got paid if they were successful.  But none the less, if anybody ever has a memory card go bad on them I would highly recommend this company.  They can be found at

The above photo is one of my recovered photos from that trip.  Obviously the Golden Gate taken from the Sausolito side of the bridge.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mt. Robson

This is shot of Mt. Robson in Jasper National Park in Canada.  This was taken by my wife while she was visiting the park with our daughter.  Even though it was not taken in the best of lighting conditions I thought she did a great job with the composition and I wanted to share it with you.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Pink Flower

I recently purchased some extension tubes for my camera so that I could get in a little closer for some macro shots.  This past weekend I went out to the backyard and started experimenting with them.  This is one that I thought was interesting.  This one isn't as magnified as I can get, but I liked the composition.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Old Cabins

These old cabins are located just south of Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra's.  I'm sure they were pretty comfortable back in the day, but today they look a little too well ventilated for comfort. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Huntington Library Staircase

We visited the Huntington Library yesterday.  It was a fun day with great weather.  There are endless photo opportunities here.  In addition to all of the gardens they have, there is some great old architecture.  The above photos were taken in one of the art buildings.  These staircases really caught my attention.  The old style architecture really called for a black & white treatment. 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Golden Gate View

I took this shot on the last day of our trip while I was trying to re-create some of the shots I lost when my memory card went kaput.  Had an okay sky but the wind was howling, so it was hard to keep the flowers nice and sharp. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

San Fran Trip

My wife and I just got back from a long weekend trip to San Francisco and Marin County.  We met up with cousins,  John and Jeri and had a great time visiting, seeing the sights and of course taking a few photos.

I also had an opportunity to learn a big lesson regarding the safe keeping my photographs.  Our first night up there, we had a fun evening capturing some sunset and night time shots of the Golden Gate bridge with the lights of SF in the background.  The next morning we had an equally rewarding session in Sausolito.  We had wonderful warm light and got some nice compositions of the wharf area, some wildflowers and of course the skyline of San Francisco.  I took over 300 pictures.  I continued using my camera the rest of that day as we drove into SF and got to experience the unique citizenry of that city.  I finally got around to backing up my photos the next morning.  But when I went to import my photos into Lightroom my memory card failed.  It just went dead!  First time that ever happened to me.  I lost all of the photographs.  By then the weather had changed from sunny to foggy.  There was no way I was going to recapture the shots I had taken the previous two days.   I can't begin to tell you the disappointment I was feeling.

Now there may be some good news on the horizon.  I did some research and found a place that may be able to recover the photos from my broken memory card.  So I have sent the card to them and I am now waiting to find out if I have good news or bad.  So the lesson I learned was to back up my photos at every opportunity, but at least once a day.

The photo above was taken in Golden Gate Park on our last day of the trip, using a new memory card.  I hope to have more photos of this trip to post if I receive good news later this week.  Wish me luck.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Wave Motion

Photographing waves and making them look unique or interesting can be challenging, at least for me.  This was a swipe, where I was moving the camera along the movement of the wave. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Looking South

Went to the beach last weekend.  A storm had just hit the previous day and the waves were churning and the wind was blowing.  It made for a pretty scene.  There's nothing like the salt air and the sound of the crashing waves to relax you.  This was taken from the pier looking south.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Juxtopositioned Rectangles

Here's another take on the Disney Concert Hall in LA.  The reflective colors, patterns and textures of this building make it a wonderful subject for photography.  There is no end to the possibilities when you walk around this building.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Peacock Fan

This is a fan made from peacock feathers sitting on a couch in the Perkins house in Colfax, Washington.  This 1884 Victorian style house makes you feel as though you are in the1800's.  It is full of antique furnishings of the period.  A photographer could spend all day in this house and still feel the need to stay longer. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Muscles on the beach

You've heard of "Muscle Beach", here are muscles on the beach.  Low tide at San Clemente pier at sunset.  

It's been awhile since I posted mostly because I haven't been out photographing.  I'm hoping to change that in the coming weeks.  With it being the dead of winter here in SoCal (80 degrees today) I'm hoping for some rain and storms to get some dramatic skies. Unfortunately, nothing in the forecast about rain.