Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My Photo of the Week: "Inanimate Animals"

Last week on a fishing trip in the Eastern Sierra, I was hiking over this hill to Crowley Lake and came across this elegant, crusted creature. It seems to be standing guard, waiting, watching... An animal captured in time and turned to stone? "Creature Rock," has a beautiful yet discordant mixture of textures and color. We often see animals in inanimate objects; clouds, rocks, and shadows for example. Maybe it's Nature's sense of humor. See more inspired scenes of the Eastern Sierra and the Owens Valley at outdoorscenics.com.

Monday, May 17, 2010

My Photo of the Week: "Rainbow Waters"

"Rainbow Waters." The Pacific Ocean contains endless wonders from the coasts, to the waters, to the islands, the waves, rocky points, high surf, calm sunsets, and more. On this day, looking out my window on an airline approach to Honolulu, I was intrigued by the clouds and their shadows on the water. Looking through the double paned window with my camera, the polarizing filter I had on my lens turned the light into a rainbow effect. It wasn't Photoshop, it wasn't colored filters, it was just a lucky transformation of light waves through several layers of glass. Beautiful results by Nature, herself. All I did was to be there to see it and snap the picture. Capturing the beauty and color of Nature. See more at outdoorscenics.com.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My Photo of the Week: Point to Point

Mori Point to Pedro Point. In this photo "Pacifica Sunset III," you see two of Pacifica's several outcroppings of rocky points. Each one is as distinctive as the sunsets that give them light, color, and definition. Pink and blue skies and softly fading clouds. Rolling, breaking waves remind you that the day is closing. It's time to relax, time to enjoy what Nature made. See more of the beauty and color of nature at outdoorscenics.com

Thursday, April 15, 2010

My Photo Of The Week: In a mobile society

In a constantly changing and mobile society, you can still find things that never change, or even move for that matter. I call this photo, "I'm still here." It's "living" proof that you don't have to move around to know your place in the world. This guy is making the best of life, and maintains his perpetual smile. You can find him watching passers by and greeting residents of the boathouse community at Mission Creek in Mission Bay, San Francisco. You can see more interesting photos on my website: outdoorscenics.com.

Monday, April 5, 2010

My Photo Of The Week: I guess trees love rain

There haven't been many weekend days of sun in the last few months. There was one about three weeks ago when I photographed an oak tree in Twelve Bridges within a half hour of the sunrise. The grass was green and tall from all the recent rain, and the tree had reached the budding stage, but no leaves had sprouted yet. That photo is featured on the Welcome page of my website. This past Saturday, after more than another week of rain, the sun broke in late afternoon, so I went up to the same hill in Twelve Bridges to catch a sunset shot of the same tree from a different angle. I three weeks of rain, the tree has fully bloomed. I guess trees love rain. You can see more sunrise and sunset photos on my website: outdoorscenics.com.

Monday, March 22, 2010

My Photo of the Week: Sign 817

Signs are a very interesting subject. There are big signs, modern signs, lighted signs, painted signs, hanging signs, new signs, all kinds of signs. In the Mission Rock district near China Basin, the Mission Rock restaurant has a couple of signs. This one is just fun! The building is covered with this corrugated steel, it has no character whatsoever, and you would no doubt drive right by if this colorful, wonderfully whimsical address sign wasn't there to catch your eye. I haven't eaten there, so I can't recommend the food, but I definitely recommend the sign! Kelly's Mission Rock, 817 Terry Francois Blvd., San Francisco.  See more inspiring photos at outdoorscenics.com.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My Photo of the Week: Zuma Beach

"Zuma Beach Sunset" is a study in Simple lines and angles against the background of a beautiful sunset. This photo represents the many great beaches and awesome sunsets of the Pacific coast.  See more inspiring photos at outdoorscenics.com.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Photo of the Week: West Winds

West Winds: in this photo,  I'm reminded of Bob Dylan's song, "Blowin' in the Wind." Located in San Francisco, in the South of Market district, this historic building has most likely housed many businesses, but one former business, West Winds Auto Repair, left a distinctive, but weathering sign on the building face. Maybe the former owners noticed birds taking advantage of prevailing West winds when they named their business. Notice how a monotonous bright blue sky is lightly interrupted with a hint of cloud, how the pigeons are interacting, and how the bright red bricks, heavy in texture, combine with a crudely made sign and peeling paint on the window frame add character to the subject. See more inspiring photos at outdoorscenics.com.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Photo of the Week: Cactus in the Sky

What is it that attracts one to a particular scene? I call this attraction "contrasts." It's the contrast of sharp cactus needles and crisp edges of of the cactus folds against the soft sky. It's the smooth walls of each fold that are highly defined by those edges. It's the very small flower buds growing outwardly, almost horizontally against the vertical walls of the plant. And it's the wispy clouds adding a hint of interest to an expansive blue sky of that warm morning's sunrise in Cabo San Lucas. This photo and others are available for viewing at my website outdoorscenics.com.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Best of Show

On Sunday, February 21, I was honored with the Best of Show award at the seventh annual Lincoln Hills Arts Association Fine Arts Show for the second year in a row. Amongst a field of many other extremely talented and accomplished artists, it is truly an honor. Thank you to everyone who voted for me as your favorite artist of the show, which as always, was elegantly produced and very well attended. I was exhibiting four photos; "Montgomery Woods" (pictured here) sized 40X55, "Bishop Creek at Sunrise" sized 30X40, "Pacifica Sunset I" and "Pacifica Sunset II" both sized 22X28. These photos and others are available for viewing at my website outdoorscenics.com.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

My Photo of the Week: Good Morning Sunshine

Last weekend, we finally got a couple of sunny days. After weeks of rain in winter, the hills and fields turn richly green. After driving several back roads around Lincoln/Newcastle, on and off of Highway 193, I was headed back home around 8:30 in the morning, and I saw this alpaca watching the road. I stopped, parked on the side of the road, set up my camera by the fence and spent about 10-15 minutes taking pictures. Oddly, I felt like I was an animal in a zoo, and the alpaca was curiously watching me do tricks. It was the look on his face as well as warm, high contrast sunlight, and complimentary colors of green, orange, and blue that caught my attention. See more inspired photos at my website: outdoorscenics.com.