Name Fame

Merced Reflection

“Merced Reflection” Canon 60D, EF-S18-135mm, 1/100 sec. at f/6.3, ISO 125

This photo was taken during a recent Plein Air adventure with Yosemite Western Artists. This is the Bryceburg area where the Merced River meanders down from Yosemite National Park. It was taken in January in 70 degree temperatures. The River is very low because we have had very little rain or snow this winter.

Here’s hoping that the spring weather we’ve had for far too long in the middle of winter gives way to some rain and snow.

Fame

Some time ago, I was contacted by an independent film maker named Dave Wagner. He was doing a documentary on “The Blues Wizard” and had been ‘googling’ the internet to see if he could find any photographs of the man. Lo and Behold… years ago, I took a photo of the Wizard at a Oceanside Farmers Market and posted it on my website. Through the magic of the internet, he found that photo and asked permission to use it.

It took me a while to dredge the image out of old backup drives, but amazingly, I had the original photo. Dave used it for the cover of his DVD.

Alas, I didn’t get any fortune for my photo, but I did get credit…

Blues Wizard Cover

(And Dave did go out of his way to correct the spelling of my name afterwards.)

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New Year News

Happy Dragon

“Happy Dragon” Canon 60D, 50mm, 1/60 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 1250

It’s the start of 2014, the year of the Horse by the Chinese Calendar. It’s time to take assessment of last year’s accomplishments and make plans to do things better.

I didn’t take nearly enough photos last year. I was pickier about the photos I took, which is a good thing. However, I didn’t get out and about to take photos. That just tells me that I need to make a commitment to getting out at least once day a week for the sole purpose of photography. Otherwise, there’s too many distractions.

Last year I was in three art shows with the Yosemite Western Artists – the Landscape Show, the Tri-County Show, and the Portrait show. I won best photo at the Tri-County show, which was an honor.

This year, I will be entering those three shows again. In addition, I will enter a show or shows that aren’t associated with YWA. Time to push myself out of the comfort zone.

Art has always been part of my life. It’s a vital part of ‘who I am.’ I just have to remind myself to devote the time to it on a regular basis.

Ornamentation

“Ornamentation” Canon 60D, 50mm, 1/60 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 1000

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Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year

“Yosemite Snow” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/125 sec. at f/10, ISO 100

There’s a reason we celebrate the new year – it makes us think about what we have done with our life over the past year. We can now assess our successes and our failings. It lets us realize how many life lessons we learned over time and gives us a chance to make amends and changes.

I took many photos last year, but not as many as I would have liked to take. I posted far too infrequently. For me, Photography isn’t just about getting some much needed exercise and improving my creative vision. It’s also about sharing some of the beauty I see with you.

It’s far too easy for me to get wrapped up in my own world. But life is meaningful only when we interact with other people. We need to reach out and teach others the beauty we see is all around them, too. Yes, I get to show pictures of magnificent Yosemite. I also get to share photos of flowers and leaves. We all need to look around ourselves and see the world with the eyes of wonder and excitement.

This makes life so much better.

A Beautiful Life

“A Beautiful Life” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/400 sec. at f/6.3, ISO 100

So my New Year reminder to you is whenever you feel unhappy with your life or situations, go take a walk. Admire the light shining through a leaf. See the colors of a flower against the green of the leaves. Teach yourself to see the beauty around you and in other people.

This is what makes life worth living.

So my artistic commitments for this year is to get outside more. Take more photos. Share more beauty. I want to make 2014 the brightest, most beautiful year ever.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Harmony

“Harmony” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/125 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 250

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Chilicoot Moment

Chilicoot Dragonfly

“Chilicoot Dragonfly” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/200 sec. at f/11, ISO 100

Last Thursday, I went with the Yosemite Western Artists Plein Air group to Chilicoot Lake, a charming little reservoir above the 7000 elevation level. Ten artists and nature lovers came to this lake to capture the beauty in their hearts and minds.For a late June day in central California, it was surprisingly cool even in the bright sunshine. Most people couldn’t ask for a lovelier day… I could, though. I would have been nice to see some lovely cumulus clouds billowing over the mountains. Ah well, some people are never satisfied.

I spent a while trying to find a compelling shot of the lake in the clear blue skies of mid-morning. The lake was studded with boulders and Little Shuteye Mountain loomed up behind it. However, I didn’t see anything that really grabbed my imagination until I walked away from the lake.

There were many delightful brilliant blue dragonflies the length of my thumb that were flittering around the lake. This patch of ferns made a perfect landing spot for them to bask.

The rock outcroppings on the way to the parking area were equally colorful surrounded by the yellow-greens of manzanita bushes and lichen contrasting with the deep greens of the pines framed against the blue skies.

Chilicoot Geology

“Chilicoot Geology” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/160 sec. at f/10, ISO 100

Chilicoot Rocks

“Chilicoot Rock Outcropping” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/100 sec. at f/10, ISO 100

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Spring Thing

Cascade Falls Color

“Cascade Falls Color” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/125 sec. at f/11, ISO 100

It’s officially Spring again, and so I took a trip this week up to Yosemite to enjoy the waterfalls and the beautiful Spring weather here. Of course, it had just snowed a bit on the mountaintops in Yosemite, so winter was not totally driven off by the equinox. But the day was warm and the sun was bright, so it was a great way to celebrate the changing of the seasons.

First is a photo of Cascade Falls from right off road 120 as the water pours under the road and down the steep cliffs on the other side. I loved the look of the red willow branches and the bright red rocks contrasting with the white and green shades of water.

On the drive up to Yosemite, I stopped in Mariposa to see the art galleries there. My eye was caught by this horseshoe contrasting with the nicely painted wall. I figured that it was a sign of good luck and that the day would be filled with fun. After all, photography and fun are closely related. We take our best photos when we enjoy what we are doing and seeing.

Lucky Horseshoe

“Lucky Horseshoe” Canon 60D, EFS 18-135mm, 1/200 sec. at f/8, ISO 200

And last in this list of photos that I share today is one of some tasty bunnies from See’s Candies just waiting to be put into an Easter basket. I wish you all a hoppy happy Easter soon to come. Oh, and chocolate bunnies to go with it, too.

Chocolate Bunnies

“Chocolate Bunnies” Canon 60D, EFS 50mm, 1/100 sec. at f/2.8, ISO 320

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