Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Out on the beach

One of the best ways to enjoy the Summer.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sunset Photographer

It's hard to believe that a beach would be empty like this during the Summer. Not that I mind all that much as it really works in my favor, and makes it so much easier for me to compose a simple shot like this.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

With Kite in Hand

Enjoying that late afternoon Summer breeze.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Up Close

When you fill the frame you get an image that tells a different story. It's really all about the sum of the parts.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thank you Michael

The world is a better place because Michael Jackson shared his heart, soul, and talent with us. His gift to us was his music, and we are better for it. Too bad we didn't return the kindness.

-- Post From My iPhone

Big Clouds

It's amazing how a few clouds can give such drama to an ordinary scene you've seen dozens of times.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Longest Day

I've been wanting to know where the sun is going to be at a given time for a particular location for the longest time. There are various ways to do this each with its own merits.

The one that I've been using the most is just memorizing where things are going to be based on several years of observation. This works great if you keep shooting the same places year after year. Not so well for a place you've never been before.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Getting the shot

Some people will go to great lengths to make a photograph. It's the first time I've seen someone go this far.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Don't try this at home

Though the conditions aren't ideal, there are still plenty of unique images to be had at a parade.

Monday, June 22, 2009

From the beach

So, I wanted to do some early evening photography. What I was after was graduated skies mixed with lights on buildings. So much for the skies I wanted. Hmmm, it seems it just may be the wrong time of year for what I was after, as the setting sun wasn't in the right spot.

Solution: Try again at a different time of year, and at low tide so that I can shoot from a broader range of positions.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Give Us More

One of the things that I miss with downloading music, is that you don't get all the little extras, such as lyrics, liner notes, and artwork. Case in point: Tattoo You by the rolling stones. "Youts" as they were called in the movie My Cousin Vinny would never know that the backside of the Album contained this great image of Keith Richards all done up in tats... Lets hope the digital world expands to add back these little things we used to take for granted.

Armed and Dangerous

Nothing like a parade to provide lots to shoot. In this case from both sides of the lens.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Give me some sun

Separating a lone subject from the crowds during a parade is quite a challenge and is something that will keep you on your toes.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Heavy Load

Somethings, no matter how hard you try, it's hard to isolate your subject from its background.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

At the Station

The early morning hour and partially cloudy skies provided just the right combination needed to capture this train station favorably.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Under the Umbrella

Wasn't too hard for me to find material for images that say Summer's here... all I had to do was head to the beach.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Give us some wind

Waiting for the soft Summer breeze to bring us to life.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Blue Umbrella

So I went out looking for signs of Summer, and think I was on the right track. There were these umbrellas blooming everywhere.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Let the parade begin

Summer will be upon us in just one short week. Time to fill our cards with images of the season.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


I've been taking advantage of what has been mostly overcast skies. In general this type of light is"flat" and doesn't do much to complement your subject matter.

At the same time, if the cloud cover isn't too dense, the sun will break through form time to time. The clouds are in a sense acting as a huge softbox and restricting the contrast ratio.

This makes for good lighting, depending on your subject matter, such as cars, or water, or most anything with a reflective surfaces. Gone are the specular highlights that are often a challenge to photograph around, or control.

Thank you Nature.

What's required is time, patience and watching the cloud cover for breaks that work in your favor.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Dreaming is Free

There's nothing wrong with wishful thinking, just be careful about what you wish for.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

On the rails

Got a long lens? Use it. Fill your frame. Less is often more, and telling a story with fewer elements rather than every element in the scene will help drive an image and get your point across much better.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A funny thing happened

Leo and Jimmy had a lot of catching up to do. They hadn't seen each other for years....

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Day at the Beach

I've been playing around with an HD Camcorder. I like it, but now it looks like I'm going to have to get some better software than came with it. I'd like to be able to overlay sound, and even do some frame by frame editing if need be...

Working by hindsight

It's no wonder we hit a wall, we've been making decisions while focused on our rear ends.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Crossing

I was trying something new (sort of) and decided to just drive around with the camera clicking as I went along. Kind of a version off see if something sticks. Not the greatest photo, but still fits in with my mapping project.

Long Way Out

Telling a visual story differently can be as simple as changing your lens. Your perspective will change accordingly.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Looking into the future

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to look into the future? Think how simple things would be, but then again where would the challenge be....

Saturday, June 6, 2009

When the tide's out

Low tides and clouds will give you some of the best conditions when photographing along the coast.

Watch the tides and make sure you can get out of the spots you've gotten into before you're cut off by high coastal waters.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Walk on by

The beach can be a special place. Somewhere where we can surrender our thoughts to the breaking waves, and just enjoy the moment.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Orange Sails

It's amazing how a little color can spice up an image.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Finding Tranquility

When seeking tranquility, the best place to look is within.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Wild Ride

Such is life. You can stand on the sidelines, or try and enjoy the ride.

Monday, June 1, 2009

On the streets

The need to communicate is a strong one. Sometimes words aren't the best way to say something.

On Holiday

Color, shapes, texture, and pattern. Always amazing how the right combination of these elements can tell a compelling story.