Photo of the Month – January 2016

Depot Windows - Keeler, CA

Depot Windows – Keeler, CA

 Depot Windows – Keeler, CA

I really love old trains…

There used to be a narrow gauge railroad, the Carson & Colorado Railway, that ran along the east side of the Owens Valley, starting in northern Nevada, and running south to Keeler, a mining town on the eastern shore of Owens (Dry) Lake (between Lone Pine and Death Valley). The tracks were pulled up and scrapped around the early 1960′s, due to improvements in the highway system, and changes in the materials that are mined in the area. This Train Depot is one of the last of this railroad that is still standing. Laws, just outside of Bishop, CA, is another. The Carson & Colorado Railway is currently restoring the “Slim Princess” Engine from that era.

Keeler is not technically a “Ghost Town”, but it has definitely seen better days. There is still some mining being done in the hills east of town, evidenced by the big rig trucks hauling chemicals/ore to their destinations, but the town seemed very deserted on the cloudy Monday afternoon when I was there.

These are the second story office windows of the Depot, so the grass you see is really tall…the former location of the tracks is completely overgrown with trees and tall grass like this. A desk lamp can be seen through the window, so it is possible that the building may have had other uses since the removal of the tracks, but the current condition of the building (which can be seen in my other images of the Depot) makes it unlikely that it is in use now.

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Technical Info:

Title: Depot Windows – Keeler, CA

Image Date: April 20, 2015

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

Media: Printed November 2015 – 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…please check the Facebook page or call 714-558-8843 for more info…

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Photo of the Month – November 2015

Window, Conway Ranch - Mono Co., CA

Window, Conway Ranch - Mono Co., CA

Window, Conway Ranch – Mono County, CA

This is a boarded-up window of an old ranch house north of Mono Lake. It is believed to have been built in the mid 1870′s, and was part of a working ranch that supplied beef and other food to the miners in Bodie and other mining communities in the area. In the early 1900′s, the ranch was bought and operated by the Conway family, which sold it to developers in the 1980′s. A major development was planned for the property, until The Trust for Public Land arranged to purchase the land for Mono County. The ranch is currently open to the public, the meadows are leased for sheep grazing, and there is a fish hatchery operated by the Conway Ranch Foundation on the other side of the ranch property. Because of concerns for preserving the ecological and historical values of the property, the Eastern Sierra Land Trust holds a conservation easement for the ranch.

Old, deserted buildings awake a sense of mystery and awe in me, and the textures of the walls and the odd shapes and sizes of the scrap wood used to board up the window drew me to capture this image.

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Technical Info:

Title: Window, Conway Ranch – Mono Co., CA

Image Date: December 6, 2014

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

Media: Printed November 2015 – 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 the Huntington Beach Art Center, during the The Artist Council – Second Annual Art Exhibition. Everyone is welcome to attend the Opening Reception on Saturday, November 21st, from 6-9pm. The show will run November 21st through December 19th, 2015.

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Photo of the Month – September 2015

Evening Storm, Alabama Hills - Lone Pine, CA

Evening Storm, Alabama Hills - Lone Pine, CA

Evening Storm, Alabama Hills – Lone Pine, CA

This photo was taken in a small canyon off of “Movie Flat Road” that has been called  the “Cattle Pocket”. The area was used as an overnight pen for the cattle and horses used in old westerns filmed in the Alabama Hills, and was also used as a location for many films, including “Seven Men From Now”, one of Randolph Scott’s classic films.

The threatening sky from what turned out to be a wet summer in the Eastern Sierra set off the shape of the rocks, and begged me to photograph them.

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Technical Info:

Title: Evening Storm, Alabama Hills – Lone Pine, CA

Image Date: July 20, 2015

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D MarkIII-EF180mm f/3.5L Macro Lens– f25 – 1/10sec

Media: Printed September 2015 – 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…please check the Facebook page or call 714-558-8843 for more info…

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Photo of the Month – August 2015

Sunset Rocks - Tuttle Creek - Lone Pine, CA

Sunset Rocks - Tuttle Creek - Lone Pine, CA

Sunset Rocks – Tuttle Creek – Lone Pine, CA

The Alabama Hills area west of Lone Pine has been used as a location for many movies since the 1920′s, representing the old American southwest in westerns, the Khyber Pass area in movies about British Imperialism, and even alien worlds in sci-fi pictures.

Tuttle Creek Road turns off of Whitney Portal Road long before the climb up to Movie Road, where many of the films were shot, and winds through a narrow canyon with tall rock formations and views of Lone Pine Peak and the Sierras.

This view is of some of the rock formations that caught my eye in the light of the setting sun on a trip through there this past June. I loved the shapes of the rocks, and the way the fading light enhanced the shadows and the reds of the iron ore in the rocks.

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Technical Info:

Title: Sunset Rocks – Tuttle Creek – Lone Pine, CA

Image Date: June 17, 2015

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D MarkIII-EF300mm f/4L IS USM Lens– f25 – 1/40sec

Media: Printed July 2015 – 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 Mono Arts Council Gallery, during
“Seasons in Color: an art exhibit”, which officially opens with a reception on Friday, August 28th, from 5-7pm. The Gallery is located in the Vons Mall in Mammoth Lakes, CA, near the Cinemas, between Tailwaggers and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and is open daily, Noon to 5pm. Please call the Gallery for more info, 760-914-2909.

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Photo of the Month – April 2015

Winter Storm - Mount Tom - Bishop, CA

Winter Storm - Mount Tom - Bishop, CA

 Winter Storm – Mount Tom – Bishop, CA

Mount Tom is a massive 13,000+ foot pyramid-shaped mountain rising to the northwest of Bishop, CA. I had spent the night in Bishop on my way to Mammoth, in order to avoid facing possible icy or snowy conditions after dark on the Sherwin grade, and was awe-struck when I stepped outside in the morning when I saw Mt. Tom, topped with snow and girded with storm clouds.

I stopped in at the Eastern Sierra Land Trust office (where you can now see some of my Eastern Sierra Photos!) to say hi before heading up the mountain. I spoke with Kay there about seeing Mt. Tom and wanting to capture a photograph of it in this condition, and she told me where to get the picture that you see here!

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Technical Info:

Title: Winter Storm – Mount Tom – Bishop, CA

Image Date: December 5, 2014

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D MarkIII-EF180mm f/3.5L Macro Lens– f29 – 1/80sec

Media: Printed February 2015 – 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…please check the Facebook page or call 714-558-8843 for more info…

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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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