IOWA ROOTS

•February 7, 2017 • 2 Comments

Born and raised in a very blue-collar Iowa town, my photography emotion has always drawn me back to my roots.  On one such trip while photographing the bridges of Madison County, I came upon this church in Winterset, Iowa.  Reminds me of a simpler time…

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THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT IN GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY IS…

•January 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

If photography is aimed at an exceptional finished product, what in the world is the most important ingredient?  While some experts would propose different aspects such as composition, others will tell you lighting.  The truth is, there are several factors that must be included to obtain the desired finished product – all of which are important.  But for me, the most important of all of these is…

Wait for it…

Wait for it…

That’s right…

Now you may have guessed it from the clues…

The most important ingredient is…PATIENCE.

Many images that I have captured would never have been possible without patience…and coupled with that might be determination.

In this image, I actually had to visit the site a number of times before this image was captured.  On my first visit, a marine layer suddenly came in robbing the image of any vibrance that may have been present earlier.  On another attempt, the perspective was wrong – even though it would have captured the sunset in a more dramatic fashion, the composition was just not good.  Even when I found this perspective, I had to wait.  And wait…

Finally just as the sun was setting, the lighting was at its best and this image was captured.

Be patient, my photog friends…

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I DIDN’T KNOW…

•January 24, 2017 • 2 Comments

I didn’t know that popcorn grew on trees!

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That’s what this image reminds me of…popcorn trees!  It’s only a myth.

This image is actually from Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California.  Quickly becoming a favorite place of ours!

KEEP LOOKING UP…

•November 16, 2016 • 2 Comments

As a photographer, I constantly look around to see if there is anything of interest that would make a picturesque setting to share with my readers.  Obviously, that is how most of the images on this site came to be.  But, sometimes I have to also remember to look up!

You will find this image at the South Coast Plaza in southern California. 

But, only if you look up…

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THANK YOU…

•November 11, 2016 • 2 Comments

To all our veterans today, I say THANK YOU for your service!!

 

VETERAN'S DAY 11-11-15 COVINA CA

NO LIMITS TO…

•November 8, 2016 • 2 Comments

BEAUTY

Oftentimes, society would like us to believe there are limitations to beauty.

  • Under a certain age
  • Within certain weight parameters
  • A particular skin color

Maybe one day we will realize that beauty…meaningful beauty, radiates from the inside!

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THE BEAUTY AT THE END OF THE PATH

•November 2, 2016 • Leave a Comment

While there may be beauty along the path – if you make it to the end of the path, oftentimes the most beauty will be found there…waiting for you.  From a little noticed garden just north of where we live – such a scene of serenity.  I certainly was not expecting anything this beautiful when I first visited the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California.

DESCANSO GARDENS - IN THE GARDEN WATERMARK