Archive for March, 2013


Sunrise and Sunset

Sunset in Elk Grove, CA

Sunset in Elk Grove, CA

The two words that photographers love to hear, and there favorite times of the day to shoot.  What is it about them that draws us to them, the warm glow of the sun, the variance of colors in the sky, or is it more than that?  Watching the sun set and rise, I’m sure, goes well beyond the time of photography.  Like snowflakes, no two sunsets or sunrises will ever be the same, and they only last but a few moments.  Watching the sun rise or set evokes its own individual feeling and can put you at ease. Continue reading

Auto-Mania

Maserati Granturismo

Maserati Granturismo

Let’s face it most of us love cars.  Notice I said love not like.  Cars have something that other machines don’t usually have, character.  This is no more apparent than when you get someone talking about their first car, love them or hate them they still had some what of an emotional bond to it.  I would consider my self lucky with my first car, a 64 1/2 Mustang.  I loved that car.  It was my dad’s car and I was fortunate enough to inherit it.  My dad and I worked on that car all of the time, from oil changes to transmission rebuilds and I enjoyed it all because I knew that it would pay off out on the open road.   Continue reading

Through the lens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I see you

Slow down.

When I spend a day or any amount of time shooting photographs, the world just looks different, maybe that’s why I enjoy it so much.  Going through life we are usually in a rush to get where we are going.  If you are driving your eyes are on the road, or at least they should be, and if you are a passenger your eyes are on your phone.  All the while the world is right there in all its beauty, just waiting to be observed and appreciated.  Beauty is everywhere you just need to open your eyes.  Next time you go for a walk take a look around and I’m sure you will see something of beauty, even if that walk is from your car to work or right out your front door.  When I am out with my camera something catches my eye, I walk towards it find my angle and create my photograph.  Something as simple as crouching down, and looking from that vantage just changes the world.  So get out there and look at the world, put your phone in your pocket and enjoy the world that’s right there in front of you.  Here’s a collection of some of my views of the world, at least my small corner of it.

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It's the simple things in life that matter.

It’s the simple things in life that matter.

Are you like me old enough to be aware of the dreaded family photo album?  Moments captured on film developed, looked at, laughed at and put in to the family photo album for all to see.  Well at least all who stopped by and visited, way back in ye’ olde times when having a social life meant actually knowing the people, Words With Friends was called Scrabble and Drawsome was called Pictionary.  Well before the real world ended and became virtual the dreaded family album was really high on the list of things that most parents would grab if the house was on fire and they could only grab a few things.  And why not?  As much as we all dreaded the album we loved it at the same time, we just did not realize it when we were younger.  Now we are glad that they exist, we can look back and see the joys of our childhood, remember the grandparents and other family members who might no longer be with us. Continue reading

Do you ever play tourist?

Train Museum Sacramento, CA

Railroad Museum Sacramento, CA

I live in Elk Grove, a small city just south of Sacramento,  Ca.  I was born and raised in Sacramento and love it. I have literally been around the world and I am glad to call Sacramento home.  When a lot of people think of Sacramento they say “yeah that’s between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe right?”  This is true but there is more to it than just a pit stop from A to B.  Sadly enough I have met fellow Californians that didn’t know that Sacramento is the Capitol of California.  For a good amount of time in the 90’s we were known as the home of the NBA franchise Sacramento Kings, but the glory days have since slipped away. Heck we almost lost our team, but they are still here.  Well now that I am way of topic, let me get back to the question asked above.  Do you ever play tourist?  I’m not talking about going on vacation and visiting some far off city, I’m asking if Continue reading

What are you looking for?

I'll have the regular.

I’ll have the regular.

When I go out shooting I normally don’t have a specific vision or image in my mind that I want to photograph, I wait for them to come to me.  It is not that often that I am without my camera, and I don’t mean the camera on my phone, my actual camera.  I guess that’s a positive for having a smaller bodied DSLR, carrying it around on a daily basis isn’t that much of a hassle.  As I shoot more and more I can see a change in the moments that I capture.  When I started I was still in a point and shoot state of mind, using one of the pre-programmed modes and shooting JPEG.  But gone are those days, now I shoot in RAW format exclusively and manual mode 95% of the time and aperture priority the other 5%.  I am constantly learning new techniques and tips and constantly shooting to improve my self as a photographer.   Continue reading

SpringWell it’s here, at least in my corner of the world it is.  Gone are the cold nights and equally cold mornings.  Time to put away the heavy jackets and boots.  It’s time to pull out the sandals and shorts.  Spring lends a hand to photographers with a bounty of color both in the sky and in the plants that surround us. Continue reading

20121117-_DSC5230Photography has always been a part of my life. Growing up in the age when my parents would go to the Photo Fox in the local grocery store parking lot to pick up there newly developed roll of 110 film, I learned to appreciate what a photo could do, evoke emotion. In the digital age that we live in now it’s just not the same any more. Gone is that anticipation of picking up a roll of film and going through the photos to relive those moments.

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