Mother Nature is the artist. I just collect the memories…

Posts tagged “Environmental Portrait

Been A While…

Wow.  It’s been quite some time.  A lot has happened.  Initially, I was unemployed for a little bit, and anyone that has ever been there knows that priorities change.  The internet had to go.  Time was spent looking for a job, pounding the pavement, rather than walking the streets looking for photographs waiting to be taken.  Money got tight, gas prices rose, and activity in my life ran down to a minimum.

But I’m back.  I’m working, making money, and putting my camera back in hand, and priorities back in line.  So by way of a re-introduction, here’s just a few random shots that have helped pass the time…

Zayne and Great Basin Gophersnake

Spike and Andee

My son and his girlfriend hunting for petroglyphs in the Volcanic Tablelands.


Zayne enjoying Hot Ditch. Natural reflection from the water cured backlight shadows nicely.

Random front yard flower

1982 Shovelhead Custom Rigid. She will be mine. VERY soon…

So…yea…just a few shots to say, I’m back.  And things are getting better.  Thanks for stopping by!!


Slowing Down…

The summer is finally winding down.  I hope to be getting out and shooting a little more, now that baby bird season is fairly well behind us, and work is winding down.  For now, I took a couple of shots while walking around the park with my daughter today…

She really is growing up far too quickly…

Thanks for taking the time to look!

Street Photography

Street photography…shooting whatever is happening right at that moment, and making it tell a story.  The Decisive Moment, captured forever in the blink of a shutter…

Old Dan--Bishop, CA

Waiting...-San Francisco, CA

Beautiful Oblivion--San Francisco, CA

Decisions...--San Francisco, CA

Changing Times--Bishop, CA

Thanks for taking the time to look!

Playing around with Portraits

I took some semi-candid shots of my daughter messing around over the summer that I never really worked up and published.  I went in and played around with them in my new Silver Efex Pro software last night, and came out with some very pleasing results.    All in all, I first thought this software was a bit pricey for a simple plug-in filter.  Truth be told it is quite an impressive tool.  I’m certain I will be using it for a majority of my B&W conversions from now on.  Everything I always wished I had in converting tools, and none of the artifacts that usually come with it.  Well Done Nik Software!

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Some Family Shots

Had my daughter’s mother and sister in town the other day for a decent, albeit cold, photo shoot in the town park…

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Up, Up, and Away!!!

Sometimes, you just gotta put the chores aside and get out there to play with the kids.  It’s not about doing anything constructive, or trying to accomplish something.  You let the kids be kids, and somehwere, somehow, deep inside your soul, you feel something of your own kid waking up to laugh with them…

What do you do when you don't have a mulberry bush? You go 'round the fence post

Rosie Posie getting airborne

She always told me she wanted to fly...

I hope you enjoyed them.  I know we did!!

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Trip to San Francisco

So…anyone that’s been reading knows that I have been in the process of moving.  I have been living in a small, 2 bedroom  apartment with my daughter and a room-mate for the last 4 years.  It wasn’t the best, but we made it work.  Not long ago, my girlfriend asked if I was interested in getting a place together with her, and we jumped at the chance.  So, me, my daughter, my girlfriend, and her daughter al share a really nice 4 bedroom, 2 bath house.  Moving sucks ASS, and I despise the process.  But the results are well worth it.

So…as a little bit of a break, my good friend John and his wife took me to San Francisco for a night.  It still amazes me how easily my stress melts away with a camera in my hand…

Wild Rose growing in my new front yard

Bueatiful Swallowtail Butterfly

This guy threatened to break my camera if I took his picture. I wished him luck with that...

Awaiting the Bite


The Rock

Alcatraz Guard Tower

Forbes Island

Seagull you fly across the horizon...

Telegraph Hill from The Embarcadero

The Golden Gate in B&W

Crosstown Traffic

It was a really fun, albeit short-lived trip to the Bay.  I had never been there before, so it was a very worthwhile endeavor.

Thanks for coming along!

Local Legend

The Sierra Phantom.  He’s a local legend…sort of.  One part eccentric, one part mountaineer, 3 parts Enigma.  Add contents to bowl, mix thoroughly, and pour into a local river.  What you get is the Sierra Phantom…

Sierra Phantom

Sierra Phantom

He’s in his mid-60’s now, but he doesn’t let that slow him down.  He spent many years living the life of a hermit, up in the mountains, in the backcountry, eking out a living from the bounty of the backcountry through fishing, hunting, and what little gardening can be done at 11,000′.  He has played an important role in the Search and Rescue of countless individuals lost in the mountains.  He has been party to searches, pack trains, mining companies, and environmental lawsuits.  The man has seen a lot…

I made arrangements with him to get together on a nice warm day, head to the river for some fishing, and to get some really good shots of the Phantom playing in his environment.  I hope we can really make that happen…

I also ran across a really neat car yesterday…


Cadillac LaSalle

You don’t see many of these anymore.  I have no idea what year she is, but I know her owner, so I can find out.  Sure is a beauty of an old luxury car, though, ain’t she?

Thanks for coming along!