Photo of the Month – November 2014

Fall Aspens - Green Creek, Mono Co., CA

Fall Aspens - Green Creek, Mono Co., CA

 Fall Aspens – Green Creek, Mono Co., CA

I think the Aspen is one of my favorite trees. I love to look at them in every season, and, although there are many types of deciduous trees in California, in my mind, Aspens seem to best represent the changes of the seasons . I love to see the stark white of the bare trunks and limbs in winter, the first green buds of spring, and, above all, the magical fluttering of the golden leaves on a windy day in the fall.

This photo was taken near the Green Creek Dynamo Pond, one of the places that I visit frequently on my trips to the Eastern Sierra. This is an attempt to capture at least the quality of light of an experience that engages all the senses, involving motion, sound and, in my world view, spirit.

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Technical Info:

Title: Fall Aspens – Green Creek, Mono Co., CA

Image Date: October 18, 2014

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D MarkIII-EF300mm f/4L IS USM Lens– f29 – 1/15sec

Media: Printed October 2014 – Canon iPF5100 Archival Pigment Inkjet
Moab Entrada Rag Bright 100% Cotton Acid Free Paper – Archivally Matted
Framed in 20 X 26″ Pewter colored Aluminum Frame with UV  filtering Acrylic glass

$250.00

This photo is available for viewing and purchase at AvantGarden – The Art Gallery,
which participates in the First Saturday Artwalk in the Santa Ana Artists Village…
The Gallery is also open most weekend nights…check the website or call for more info…

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Photo of the Month – June 2014

Crashing Surf - Laupahoehoe Point, HI

Crashing Surf - Laupahoehoe Point, HI

 Crashing Surf – Laupahoehoe Point, HI

My muse, Lisa, and I were able to make another trip to the Big Island of Hawai’i this April. She had been staying on the eastern U.S. mainland during an exceptionally bad winter, so the trip was a treat for both of us, and an opportunity for me to explore with her more of her favorite places on the island, and to spend more time photographing on this trip.

In addition to acting as a great tour guide, showing me places that I might not have found on my own, Lisa was a big help to me in really appreciating and capturing the intense colors of the island. Because of my early background in black and white view camera film photography, I had trained my eyes to focus more on form, shape and textures, than color. This made a lot of the photos in my body of work have a monochromatic feel to them.

Lisa helped me to notice the intense turquoise color of the water in the foreground. The variations in the colors of the ocean add to the power of the waves and the shapes of the lava rocks to make this a more interesting image.

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Technical Info:

Title: Crashing Surf – Laupahoehoe Point, HI

Image Date: April 7, 2014

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D Mark III,EF24-105mmf/4L USM Lens– f22 – 1/25sec

Media: Printed April 2014 – Canon iPF5100 Archival Pigment Inkjet
Moab Entrada Rag Bright 100% Cotton Acid Free Paper – Archivally Matted
Framed in 20 X 26″ Pewter colored Aluminum Frame with UV  filtering Acrylic glass

$250.00

This photo is available for viewing and purchase at AvantGarden – The Art Gallery through the First Saturday Artwalk June 7th in the Santa Ana Artists Village 7-10pm…It will then move to Showcase Gallery, where it will be entered in this year’s Artist Eye show.

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Photo of the Month – January 2014

Fire at 13,800 Feet - Mauna Kea, HI

Kona Coast Romance - Waikoloa, HI

Kona Coast Romance – Waikoloa, HI

This is another image from the wonderful trip that I mentioned in last month’s blog, this taken from our dinner table at the Kamuela Provision Company, during our stay at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Technical Info:

Title: Kona Coast Romance – Waikoloa, HI

Image Date: October 13, 2013

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D Mark III,EF24-105mmf/4L USM Lens – f20 – 1/250sec

Media: Printed November 2013 – Canon iPF5100 Archival Pigment Inkjet
Moab Entrada Rag Bright 100% Cotton Acid Free Paper – Archivally Matted
Framed in 20 X 26″ Pewter colored Aluminum Frame with UV  filtering Acrylic glass

$250.00

This photo is available for viewing and purchase at AvantGarden – The Art Gallery,
which participates in the First Saturday Artwalk in the Santa Ana Artists Village…
The Gallery is also open most weekend nights…check the website or call for more info…

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Photo of the Month – December 2013

Fire at 13,800 Feet - Mauna Kea, HI

Fire at 13,800 Feet - Mauna Kea, HI

Fire at 13,800 Feet – Mauna Kea, HI

Mauna Kea (“White Mountain” in the Hawaiian language), on the (Big) Island of Hawai’i, rises to approximately 13,800 feet,  and its summit is home to observatories with some of the largest telescopes in the world.

I was visiting my muse, Lisa, at her home on the Big Island, and she told me that the one thing I HAD to see (and photograph!) was the sunset from the summit of Mauna Kea. So, we rented an SUV and made the trek up to the top of 13,800 foot Mauna Kea, much of the way over a graded gravel road, arriving a couple of minutes past sunset. Even though our timing was not perfect, the view did not disappoint. The clouds below us appeared to be on fire, causing us to imagine the lava that last flowed from the mountain 4,600 years ago.

Technical Info:

Title: Fire at 13,800 Feet – Mauna Kea, HI

Image Date: October 11, 2013

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D MarkIII-EF300mm f/4L IS USM Lens – f25 – 1/8sec

Media: Printed November 2013 – Canon iPF5100 Archival Pigment Inkjet
Moab Entrada Rag Bright 100% Cotton Acid Free Paper – Archivally Matted
Framed in 20 X 26″ Pewter colored Aluminum Frame with UV  filtering Acrylic glass

$250.00

This photo will be available for viewing and purchase at Showcase Gallery during the Orange County Fine Arts 2013 Membership Show, from now to January 5, 2014. Everyone is welcome to attend the Artist Reception on Saturday, December 14th, from 5-7pm.

Update- January 2014:

This photo was awarded “Honorable Mention – Photography” in the Membership Show. It will now be available for viewing and purchase at AvantGarden – The Art Gallery,  which participates in the First Saturday Artwalk in the Santa Ana Artists Village… The Gallery is also open most weekend nights…check the website or call for more info…

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Photo of the Month – August 2013

Pond Reflections - Dana Meadows - Yosemite National Park, CA

Pond Reflections - Dana Meadows - Yosemite National Park, CA

Pond Reflections – Dana Meadows – Yosemite National Park, CA

The pond at Dana Meadows is (another) one of my favorite  places to stop along the Tioga Road passing through the high country of Yosemite. Though it is right along the road, it is a very peaceful, happy place that feels like it is a million miles from everything. Mt. Dana rises above the pond, and there is a sense of stillness that can’t be described in words.

I took this image last year in May. I had driven most of the way to Yosemite Valley, and I was returning to my base in the Eastern Sierra, when I had to stop here again. The reflections of the trees in the pond in the late afternoon light really seemed to speak of the peace that I so often feel in this place.

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Technical Info:

Title: Pond Reflections – Dana Meadows – Yosemite National Park, CA

Image Date: May 23, 2012

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D MarkII-EF300mm f/4L IS USM Lens– f29 – 1/30sec

Media: Printed July 2013 – Canon iPF5100 Archival Pigment Inkjet
Moab Entrada Rag Bright 100% Cotton Acid Free Paper – Archivally Matted
Framed in 20 X 26″ Pewter colored Aluminum Frame with UV  filtering Acrylic glass

$250.00

This photo will be available for viewing and purchase at AvantGarden – The Art Gallery,
which participates in the First Saturday Artwalk in the Santa Ana Artists Village…
The Gallery is also open most weekend nights…check the website or call for more info…

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Photo of the Month – July 2013

Spring Cascades - Dana Fork - Yosemite National Park, CA

Spring Cascades - Dana Fork - Yosemite National Park, CA

 Spring Cascades – Dana Fork – Yosemite National Park, CA

This May, after a relatively light winter in the Sierras, the Tioga Road had opened early, and my Greyhound Cal & I (see our picture on my Bio page) went for a drive in the beautiful Yosemite high country. We stopped at one of my favorite places, Dana Fork, a stream that runs along the side of the road, and got out to explore a little. (Dana Fork is the subject of two of my previous blogs, April 2011 and October 2011.) With Cal’s help a new little cascade that I hadn’t photographed before caught my eye, so the camera came out and here is the result!

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Here is a video that I took with my phone before I shot this photo:

Technical Info:

Title: Spring Cascades – Dana Fork – Yosemite National Park, CA

Image Date: May 17, 2013

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D MarkII-EF180mm f/3.5L Macro Lens – f29 – 1/10sec

Media: Printed February 2013 – Canon iPF5100 Archival Pigment Inkjet
Moab Entrada Rag Bright 100% Cotton Acid Free Paper – Archivally Matted
Framed in 20 X 26″ Pewter colored Aluminum Frame with UV  filtering Acrylic glass

$250.00

This photo will be available for viewing and purchase at AvantGarden – The Art Gallery,
which participates in the First Saturday Artwalk in the Santa Ana Artists Village…
The Gallery is also open most weekend nights…check the website or call for more info…

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Photo of the Month – June 2013

December Ice - Green Creek, Mono Co., CA

December Ice - Green Creek, Mono Co., CA

December Ice – Green Creek, Mono County, CA

There wasn’t much snow on the ground in the Eastern Sierra during my trip there last December, so I was able to drive up the graded dirt Green Creek Road, where my dog Cal and I (see our picture on my Bio page) went exploring  around the Green Creek Dynamo Pond. The Dynamo Pond, built in the late 1800′s, was the site of one of the first remote hydroelectric plants on the west coast, serving the mining town of Bodie, now a State Historic Park.

After we had checked out the Pond and Cal had dipped his toes in the icy water, we wandered upstream a bit, where this icy spot in the creek caught my eye. I loved the arrangement of and the play of light on the ice crystals, and the rocks and moving water underneath.

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Image Date: December 8, 2012

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D MarkII-EF300mm f/4L IS USM Lens – f29 – 1/5sec

Media: Printed February 2013 – Canon iPF5100 Archival Pigment Inkjet
Moab Entrada Rag Bright 100% Cotton Acid Free Paper – Archivally Matted
Framed in 20 X 26″ Pewter colored Aluminum Frame with UV  filtering Acrylic glass

$250.00

This photo will be available for viewing and purchase at the 17th Annual OCFA Artist’s Eye All Media Juried Art Show at Showcase Gallery in South Coast Plaza Village through July 21. The Reception and Awards Ceremony is Saturday June 8 – 5:00 to 7:00 PM…everyone is welcome!

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Photo of the Month – May 2013

Old Cima Store - Mojave National Preserve, CA
Old Cima Store – Mojave National Preserve, CA

Old Cima Store – Mojave National Preserve, CA

This is a new, larger print (17 X24″ paper) of an older image of the former location of the General Store/Post Office that I mentioned in my April Photo of the Month blog. As I mentioned in that post, this building is now just a pile of debris. Seeing it in this condition made me want to revisit this image and make a new print in the larger format that I had been producing lately.

If you click on the map link below and then click on the 360 degree street view and rotate it around, you can see the building in its current condition, beside the road left of the house where I photographed the box spring mattress.

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Image Date: March 24, 2006, 9:25am

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D – EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens – f22 – 1/125sec

Media: Printed March 2013 – Canon iPF5100 Archival Pigment Inkjet
Moab Entrada Rag Bright 100% Cotton Acid Free Paper – Archivally Matted
Framed in 20 X 26″ Pewter colored Aluminum Frame with UV  filtering Acrylic glass

$250.00

This photo will be available for viewing and purchase at AvantGarden – The Art Gallery,
which participates in the First Saturday Artwalk in the Santa Ana Artists Village…
The Gallery is also open most weekend nights…check the website or call for more info…

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Photo of the Month – April 2013

Box Springs - Cima, Mojave National Preserve, CA

Box Springs - Cima, Mojave National Preserve, CA

Box Springs – Cima, Mojave National Preserve, CA

 Cima, CA is a mostly deserted town in the Mojave National Preserve. It still has a somewhat active U.S. Post Office and General Store (which I’ve never actually seen open). The town was founded sometime in the 1920′s, in the days of steam locomotives, as a location for a railroad siding. In those days, an extra steam “helper engine” was needed for eastbound Union Pacific trains in order to make it up the 2% grade from the Depot in nearby Kelso. (The Kelso Depot has been restored to become the Mojave Preserve Visitor Center, which I consider very worth visiting.)  Cima probably had its greatest growth during World War II, when shipments of iron ore from Kaiser’s Vulcan Mine were needed to produce steel for the war effort. With the advent of diesel engines, the “helper engines” became no longer necessary, and the town faded into history.

This is the remains of a box spring mattress that I found in an abandoned shack in Cima. The shack may have been the home of a railroad worker and his family, I’m not sure. It is very near a former location of the Post Office/General Store, which is now just a pile of wood and scrap metal. The mattress may have sat, exposed to the elements, for 50 years or more. I was attracted by the shape and texture of the rusted springs, and intrigued by curiosity of who the people were that slept on this bed so long ago, and what their story was.

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Image Date: March 17, 2013 , 2:36pm

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D MarkII – EF300mm f/4L IS USM Lens – f29 – 1/6sec

Media: Printed March 2013 – Canon iPF5100 Archival Pigment Inkjet
Moab Entrada Rag Bright 100% Cotton Acid Free Paper – Archivally Matted
Framed in 20 X 26″ Pewter colored Aluminum Frame with UV  filtering Acrylic glass

$250.00

This photo will be available for viewing and purchase at Showcase Gallery during the “Travel in Time” show, from April 3 to May 11, 2013. Everyone is welcome to attend the Artist Reception on Saturday, April 13th, from 5-7pm…Hope to see you there!

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Photo of the Month – March 2013

A Break in the Poconip Fog - Old Marina, Mono Lake, CA

A Break in the Poconip Fog - Old Marina, Mono Lake, CA

 A Break in the Poconip Fog – Old Marina, Mono Lake, CA

I have been aware of/involved with the Mono Lake Committee for decades now, and, for almost that long, I have heard about a phenomena in the Mono Basin called the Poconip Fog (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, spells it Pogonip), which I had never had the opportunity to experience before. I was heading up to the Eastern Sierra with my adopted Greyhound, Cal, when I received an email from a friend that included a link to the MLC article that reminded me about the Poconip, and gave me an idea of trying to experience it for myself on this trip to the area.

When Cal & I were finally making our way to the Mono Basin from the Mammoth Lakes area, it was already mid-afternoon, so I didn’t have a lot of hope of experiencing the fog on this trip, since I had always heard it described as more of a morning phenomena. As we came in sight of the lake, though, I could see a large bank of clouds covering the lake and the town of Lee Vining.

This photo is from the entrance to Mono Lake called the “Old Marina”, and was taken just as the fog was breaking up and letting the sun strike the line of Tufa. (For more info about Mono Lake and the Tufa formations, please see my November, 2011 Blog).

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Image Date: January 26, 2013 , 3:41pm

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D MarkII – EF300mm f/4L IS USM Lens – f29 – 1/50sec

Media: Printed February 2013 – Canon iPF5100 Archival Pigment Inkjet
Moab Entrada Rag Bright 100% Cotton Acid Free Paper – Archivally Matted
Framed in 20 X 26″ Pewter colored Aluminum Frame with UV  filtering Acrylic glass

$250.00

This photo will be available for viewing and purchase at AvantGarden – The Art Gallery,
which participates in the First Saturday Artwalk in the Santa Ana Artists Village…
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