• Week 41: Landscape High


    October 12, 2016 – I confess. The first words of this post are a lie. It’s not October 12. It’s November 21, but I made the post page on the photo’s due day–which shows how overdue I am, not because I haven’t been making pictures, but because I wasn’t in love with one yet. Before I get too far behind, though, I vowed this week to catch up, so forgive the multiple posts, starting with Landscape High. (more…)

  • Week 40: Portrait Chair


    October 5, 2017 – Every year we take a week’s vacation in October to hang out with our 100-year-old building in Winslow Arizona. Why October? The annual Just Cruisin’ car show, of course! Friday the cars roll in, then there’s a Cacklefest–basically a noise contest between the loudest of the loud–and then Friday night they do a burn out contest on 1st street, something you’d never see in California. (more…)

  • Week 39: Artistic Handmade


    September 28, 2016 – The Motor Palace and I instantly connected five years ago. The more Brian and I bring this building back to life, the more our bond grows. Strange I find such peace in a place that spent most of its life as a pool hall, but I do. Too bad we don’t have more time together. During the year, Brian and I make several trips, but October is the big one, when we push aside the construction debris, and set things up all pretty-like for the annual Winslow car show.

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  • Week 38: Landscape Low


    September 21, 2016 –  Totally not in the mood to write a blog post this week, so I’ll just give you the Landscape Low shot and some others taken over the weekend at Joshua Tree National Park. The trees look like invading aliens shot from a low perspective, don’t you think? (more…)

  • Week 36: Artistic Food


    September 7, 2016 – Food. Oh glorious food! Food is a big part of my life. Huge. Okay, yeah yeah, food is big part of everyone’s life. But Brian and I really like making food from scratch, nothing processed, minimal restaurants, taking things back to the basics, so this week’s challenge was a fun one. Artistic Food. (more…)

  • Week 35: Landscape Close Up


    September 2, 2016 – August is not the most spectacular Landscape Close Up time in the desert. Everything is a vague shade of brown, hibernating from the heat and intense sun. Prettiest time is certainly spring, when the cacti sprout insanely gorgeous flowers, so incongruous to the splines. Even without the flowers, though, there is still beauty in the thorny patterns, especially when backlit by the sun. (more…)

  • Week 34: Portrait Child


    August 24, 2016 – Oh boy. I seriously worried about this one. I have no children in my life. Zero. And photographing random kids on the street just seems… weird. Lucky for me, I was at the Santa Ana Public Library covering a news story, and it so happened they were hosting an event celebrating the readers in the community, complete with pizza party and a magician, and lots of cameras. I could have gone with sweet and laughing and charming, but man! This girl’s stink eye is too funny, so she became my Portrait Child. (more…)

  • Week 33: Artistic Collaboration


    July 19, 2016 – Hey! Did you know today is the 177th birthday of the invention of photography? Yep. Sure is. In honor of this milestone, we went silly with this week’s challenge of Artistic Collaboration.  Mom and I paired up and came up with this bit of ridiculousness. (more…)

  • Week 32: Landscape Colorful


    August 10, 2016 – I thought I had my photo for this week’s Landscape Colorful, but then two nights ago, I rounded the corner for home, and the sight on the hill before me made my jaw drop. The setting sun had turned the vegetation fiery, and the full moon had started to rise. Weirdly, I almost didn’t stop because it had been a long hot day covering a barricaded suspect, and then I thought, Are you kidding me?? Get that photo!!! So I did. (more…)

  • Week 31: Portrait Street Candid


    August 3, 2016 – As a television news photographer, it’s my job to point a video lens at strangers on the street, but for some reason, with my personal camera in hand–and shooting for a hobby not a news story–I had a tough time. It felt invasive.  Would I want someone photographing me and posting a picture to their personal social media? Hmmm. I suppose it depends on the photo. Even so, I committed to this challenge, so pushed myself to get a  Street Candid Portrait. (more…)

  • Week 30: Artistic Patterns


    July 27, 2016 – Dang! Am I happy the weekend is here. The last couple of work days were… trying. Why? Well, Thursday began with stepping in a giant wet pile of dog poo, getting locked out of my camera locker and asking Santa Ana PD’s CSI unit on site to use their bolt cutters, and the day went on in that vein and continued into Friday. Combined with the off-the-charts humidity, I’m exhausted. Throughout the week, I worked on the Artistic Patterns shot, but wasn’t satisfied with any of the images. Finally, Saturday morning, brain relaxed, I made a few I liked, this guitar pic being mine and Brian’s favorite.

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  • Week 29: Landscape/Waterscape


    July 20, 2016 – In case you didn’t notice, I skipped Week 28, Portrait/Family. I fully intend to make the photo, but a lousy week-long migraine made the idea of putting my puffy mug in front of a camera horrifying. So… we’re skipping ahead to Waterscape. I wanted something unusual for the waterscape, so made this photo while out at the Salton Sea a few weeks ago, specifically for this prompt. (more…)