California Light

Posted on July 10, 2014

Photography is about a lot of things. It’s about being in the moment, personal freedom and living a creative life. But mostly it’s about light……and California light is just incredible!

For this shoot we had simple a plan that involved a women in a white shirt, the rolling hills of Walnut Creek and the light of a California sunset. Yes, it was a simple but it became so much more. By keeping it simple we invited spontaneous ideas and implied story lines that would add interest to the images we were making. We didn’t go out there to take photos; we went out to make photos! We took three basic ingredients and created art, it’s really just that simple.

So what is a successful photo shoot? As the last rays of sunlight disappeared behind the western hills, I walked back to the truck with a card full of captures that I knew were the definition of what photography meant to me. I guess you could call that a successful shoot.

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SONY, ILCE-7, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/320, f/5, ISO 100

Sunset Yoga Hike

Posted on July 9, 2014

This was a yoga hike with Beth Burns to the top of Limeridge in Walnut Creek, California. Shot for stock photography agencies Cavan Images and Aurora Photos.

Yosemite, First Day of Summer 2014

Posted on June 25, 2014

This was my second photo trip to Yosemite and every time I go there I consider it scouting for when I actually go there for the “real” photos. That seems to take some of the pressure off to get the perfect picture as it’s a very intimidating park to shoot. Just the sheer amount of talented photographers there at the same time is incredible. At sunset the valley meadows are littered with photographers with their cameras and tripods trying to capture that perfect Yosemite moment.

I was one of the crowd on the first day of Summer 2014 in Yosemite Valley trying to capture that elusive Yosemite moment. There were at least 50 cameras pointed at this waterfall that night and the waterfall was probably the center of the frame in most of those viewfinders. The waterfall was hardly a trickle compared to the images I’ve seem at the Ansel Adams Gallery in the village so there wasn’t much point of trying to capture it as a full glory shot, it just wasn’t very exciting. For me it was the clouds that were the main attraction. I kept the waterfall in the photo to give the image a presence and it really adds a nice counter balance in this image.

As I process this, I’m thinking of the printing process. I’ll be printing digital negatives and creating contact prints on Silver Gelatin paper. I learned this technique at a Rayko Darkrooms in San Francisco and it produces stunning prints. I have a series of photos from this trip that I will be working on in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned!

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
1/30, f/16, ISO 50

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