Projects, Interests, Randomness
Waiting on November
Sep 4, 2013
Ugh. Can't believe it's still over two months before heading out to Death Valley for Turkey Day!
Aug 23, 2013
I had a reception for my photography show in tandem with the Open House of Medical Staffing Networks, Santa Rosa, CA. Displayed were sixteen large 26" x 20" framed prints, four 40" x 20" panoramas and two posters (below) that I produced for the show. Really like them. Something about adding a graphic design element to photography that takes it to another place. They were 40" wide and printed on musuem-quality, 100% cotton fine art paper. Don't look for that kind of quality at Kinkos any time soon.
Burn Baby Burn
Aug 15, 2013
It's time again for Burning Man. The seminal large-art installation, free for all, anything goes extravaganza held at Black Rock in the Nevada desert. Once again I'll marvel at this world-class art event from the safe distance of a chair and monitor. I'm always jealous of those who attend...so what am I afraid of? I'm no stranger to the desolate desert. I've had my face sand blasted from high winds whipping across 500 ft. dunes while (trying) to shoot. Maybe, just maybe it's all those scary free spirits. 50,000 of them! Following it closely every year online, the 'people portion' of it reminds me of a clown convention. A scary clown convention.
Nope, no can do but I'm bubbling with excitement to see some great photographers intepret art and sights that they probably can't believe there standing in front of. Bring it on. This years dates are August 26 - Sept. 2. and check out the informative and always entertaining blow-by-blow blog here.
Beach Bonus Bingo
Aug 1, 2013
Having lived in Orange County, CA for over 20 years, I'm pretty familiar with many of the beautiful Southern California beaches. Great sand, great waves and great people watching. My favorites these days though are found off the coast of Southern Oregon. They're dramtic, uncrowded, flat and unspoiled! But photographically what really mesmorizes me are the large, monolithic rocks that dot the landscape of most of them. And I mean dot with an exclamation point! At low tides these behemoths are totally exposed on the beach for close inspection. A full blown 360 walk-around tour opp.
I've visited several of these locations before (Bullard Beach, Bandon, Cape Sebastion and Seal Rock Beach to name a few) and now I'm taking them seriously. The large rocks can be tough subjects, especially in wind-blown and flying sand conditions that are common to the coast there, but I'm making some progress in taking them down a notch.
Burning down the house
Jul 18, 2013
Below are a few snaps of the David Byrne / St. Vincent concert (she's of like mind with David and whoa, super talented) that were taken with my new, mighty-mite 'point and shoot' (Sony RX-100). We were fortunate enough to be prompted for the event and hosted by long time (and I mean long) friends Bob and Jan in Eugene. 2nd row seats in a 3-4K beautiful amphitheater in downtown Eugene. I'll never see another concert unless it's there.
..and for some special reading, check out David Byrne's blog/journal. Some very entertaining essays on his comings and goings around the cities his tour plays at.
Get your kicks on Route 66
Jul 8, 2013
Forgot to mention that on our way back from the Southwest, we drove quite a bit on the old Route 66. You know, a lot of folk with their retail 'Route 66 establishments' are really into Mannequins. And in most cases, they're very well done. Here's a few examples below.
Bumming 'round in the Southwest
Jul 3, 2013
We're back from two and a half weeks in the Southwest - concentrating on Southern Utah and Arizona. The camping and shooting was fantastic. Stops included Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, Kodachrome State Park, Capital Reef National Park, The Bridges National Monument, the North and South Rim of the Grand Canyon and Canyonlands National Park. We had several side excusions in between and as I work through the images, my favorites may have been Antelope Canyon and the iconic Monument Valley (images below). This could change by tomorrow though!
With new adventures and destinations every day, we could have easily stayed another two weeks! We've been to some of the above and other destinations in the Southwest before but feel like we really saw it this time.
You can see the trip overview at the VSonoma Online Gallery.