February 25, 2017 – Howdy! If you’ve been following along, you know in 2016 I participated in the Dogwood 52 Week Photo Challenge, one photo a week on an assigned topic, and since I’m a writer, I added the additional challenge of writing a weekly blog post about the image made. Whew. This year, I’m giving myself a break. Although I’m participating in the Dogwood 2017 Advanced 52 Week Photo challenge, I’m going to focus my writing on what matters… my novels.
December 26, 2016 – Yep. Here we are. The final image of the Dogwood 52 Week photo challenge. We started with a Self Portrait. We’re ending with a Self Portrait. Narcissistic or not, Self Portraits serve a purpose: One, we can experiment photographically without annoying another person–and two, sometimes when you’re in an interesting situation, including yourself gives the photo context and meaning in the future–and frankly, I prefer seeing a person in a scene rather than just the scene. (more…)
December 20, 2016 – Weekend before last my pal Cindy and I went to a wet-plate collodion photography workshop. What is wet-plate you ask? Instead of shooting on a negative and processing the film, you make the image directly on a collodion-and-silver-nitrate-coated piece of tin or glass. Yep. Good old tin types. Afterward, I kicked myself for not shooting the process with my DSLR for this week’s Artistic Art, but then realized the image itself a piece of art. (more…)
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…)