December 14, 2016 – Symmetry. It’s harder to find than you might think. I mean, symmetry exists by design in buildings and cars and… things, but finding symmetry in separate entities proved to be a challenge. I kept making shots and then later realizing they represented pattern more than symmetry. But as I loaded the newsvan after shooting interviews with USC football payers about making it into the Rose Bowl, I looked ahead and saw this. Landscape Symmetrical. (more…)
December 1, 2016 – Raise your hand if you don’t know what bokeh is? Don’t feel bad. I didn’t until several years ago when I asked my pal (and professional photographer) Shane about a lens I wanted to buy. His response was, “Buy it. Very nice bokeh.” Huh? So I googled the term, and learned bokeh referred to the shallow depth of field. As a self-taught photographer, fancy terms never entered my vocabulary, I simply knew what I liked and went with that, and I’ve always liked a shallow depth of field. Who doesn’t? (more…)
November 27, 2016 – In the Mojave desert, you’ll find abandoned things at every turn: homestead houses and mining equipment, cars and tractors, gas stations and cafes, especially along the defunct Route 66. The buildings deteriorate more and more every year until they eventually crumble into nothing. On our recent trip back from Winslow, I asked Brian to pull over in Essex so I could photograph this cafe and its stellar shadows for this week’s Landscape Abandoned.
November 25, 2016 – I like shooting backlit. In my work as a television photojournalist, I often put my subject’s back to the sun. Not only does it provide an even palate to light the face, it makes for a nice halo effect around the hair. Weirdly, I didn’t make a backlit photo during the work week since I didn’t take my personal camera along. The one I made of hubby last weekend, he thought he looked weird–so, before I fall too far behind, the last resort, using myself for this week’s Portrait Backlit.
November 9, 2016 – The toughest part of this week’s challenge? Choosing what nostalgic thing to shoot! Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE old stuff. Nostalgic stuff. Stuff with history. I had an endless supply of what to shoot for Artistic Nostalgic, but when I found myself parked beneath a dinosaur on a recent road trip in my ’48 Ford, well, I knew I most definitely had my shot. (more…)
November 2, 2016 – Over a year ago, while on a news assignment, I drove by Founder’s Park in Anaheim, and hit the brakes. The most extraordinary tree I’d ever seen canopied over the road, with giant roots crawling across the ground. When this week’s challenge Landscape A Tree, came up, I knew exactly what tree I would photograph. (more…)
October 27, 2016 – First of all, calling someone–of any age–elderly, rubs me seriously wrong. This week’s prompt Portrait Elderly, aggravated me. Who would I call elderly? No one!! The older I get, the more I’m offended by the word. I can’t imagine I’ll ever feel elderly, let alone want to be called elderly. (more…)
October 18, 2016 – Yeah, yeah. I know. I skipped week 41, Landscape Get High, but I have a shot I want to make for that prompt, and can’t until this weekend at Babes Ride Out 4!!! So, instead I give you Week 42, Artistic Minimalist, from the visually stunning The Race of Gentlemen, better known as TROG. (more…)
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…)