BE READY FOR ANYTHING..

•April 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

One thing about photography…always be prepared for any and every type of photography shoot that may come your way.  Sure, there will be some that you may decline.  But for the most part, I love the challenge of a first-time shoot.

Last Thursday, you would have found me shooting an international event on the campus of one of our beautiful southern California universities.  I was contracted to shoot both inside and outside.  They wanted crowd shots.  They wanted shots of each speaker (which was complicated by the lack of lighting in the darkened arena).  They even wanted images of the setting before the crowds arrived.  And that is where these shots originated.  It’s the bell tower, which stands tall in the early morning light.

APU BELL TOWER II ORIGINAL

And this one with the sun peeking from behind the tower pillar.

BELL TOWER EARLY MORNING

MORE DESCANSO GARDENS

•April 14, 2015 • 2 Comments

It really is a very pastoral environment, and the gardens are truly photogenic.  Following along one of the many serene pathways, sights like this one are plenteous.  My camera was constantly to my eye!

DESCANSO GARDENS II 2015

And, a repost of the previous garden scene.

DESCANSO GARDENS - IN THE GARDEN WATERMARK

Southern California…so many opportunities for a photographer.

IN THE GARDEN

•April 5, 2015 • 2 Comments

Hidden away in the beautiful hills of La Canada Flintridge, you too can discover the peaceful flora of The Descanso Gardens.  A short drive for us, but amazing beauty for all.  This shot is only one of many captured while leisurely strolling through the hundreds of acres of beautiful gardens.

DESCANSO GARDENS - IN THE GARDEN WATERMARK

IN THE GOOD ‘OL SUMMERTIME

•February 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Now here is a blast from the past.  What was summer without a visit to the county fair and a ride on one of these?  This one happens to operate year round in Balboa, CA.

Memories…

BALBOA FERRIS WHEEL

A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WINTER SUNSET…

•February 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

It’s a great place to hang out…

A PV LIGHTHOUSE A FRAMED

This shot happens to be from the Point Vicente Lighthouse in beautiful Palos Verdes.

LIGHTING IS EVERYTHING…

•February 16, 2015 • 4 Comments

When lighting your subject, you can create unbelievable art, but only if you’re willing to experiment.  Don’t be like everyone else and take a shot with available light from a natural source.  No.  Instead, create a masterpiece by capturing your subject with a light source no one would ever expect.

Here a small, directed light was placed behind the flower for this night shot.  Another small, very dim light was placed at the side to produce the catch light in the droplets.  The exposure is for the lighted area, which renders the surrounding areas black.  The result – well, certainly anything but usual.

FLOWER AT NIGHT

Now go create art!

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A SIDEWALK BISTRO…

•February 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment

One of the best things about southern California is the plethora of sidewalk cafes.  Each one different from the last…each one with its own personality.  Besides great food, they provide the perfect photography setting.  This one is from the small beach community of Balboa, located in Newport Beach, California.

ITALY I

 
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