Ahh…I was thrilled when I went to the SDSU website to check for information on a project I was editing, when I saw one of my recent photos featured on the main home page. It was from the Indian Holi Festival event I shot on March 8. I had so much fun that day shooting that event. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m … Continue reading Photo of Holi Festival Published on SDSU Website
After 36 years together (34 of marriage this September), the husband and I rarely go on dates. We are both more comfortable at home, or just hanging with close family and friends. We’re friggin old (heck, I’m the same age as Bill Maher). But we have an out-of-the box date coming up this Friday night. I signed up for a mixed-media jewelry class in Los … Continue reading A Friday Night Date Coming Up
I know the official date of the vernal equinox (aka, spring) was last week, but up here in the mountains, the first sign of spring for us is the initial bloom of our mountain lilacs. And they have now started to bloom! It is officially spring up here, though you never know what the weather ahead holds for us. Sadly, I think it’s more dry … Continue reading Spring has Sprung!
The first birthday party of My Muse (aka, The Moose) provided me with some photo opportunities, of course. But with it being a family/friend affair with a houseful of people, my images were of a photojournalistic, capturing-the-moment nature. There was no time/space for anything formal with lighting and backdrops. Still, I wanted to take one of those images to create a vintage-style portrait of her … Continue reading Creating a Vintage Portrait – First and Second Attempts
I had the privilege of doing some photography for my extremely talented, intelligent and amazing cousin Rebecca for her upcoming dance show at Mills College: Ebb+Flow Mills Dance Alumni Concert 2015 Ahh, if I could have been a fraction of her talent and smarts at her age, I would have conquered the world by now! She is presenting a work called “Her Name Was Lanolin” Here is one photo of … Continue reading I Just Love Fierce Women!
So far, we’ve been getting more moisture compared to the last few years, and that is good news indeed. The drought has (literally) been killing us. New Year’s Day marked the first good snowfall in the mountains of Southern California in almost two years. That has to go toward making a very small dent. Still, the ponds and rivers are far below normal, but I … Continue reading Winter in Southern California
I tried to see all sides of this issue and present a balanced perspective. As someone who chose to live in the mountains, far from the city and many services, I hear the criticisms, and I don’t disagree. Still, I wonder why we can’t have more. I’m open to your thoughts: Should East County Have a Trauma Center And for the record, I know several … Continue reading Trauma Centers: My Latest Article in East County Magazine
I’ve recently been “ghostblogging” for Togally.com, a new venture that provides affordable photographers for families and events, plus provides marketing and ease-of-use for local photographers. I had my first photo gig with them about a week ago (see my last post about Kids Expo). I love that I get to combine my two passions here: photography and writing. Now if they only wanted some of … Continue reading New Blog Post on Togally – Ideas for Halloween and Pumpkins
I had the pleasure of photographing the San Diego Kids Expo last Sunday (for Togally.com). So many forms of entertainment for today’s kids! I particularly loved this colorful bubble, hamster-wheel contraption that spun around in a pool of water. Not to sound like an old person (which I am), we didn’t have cool things like this in our childhood. We had a sprinkler on the … Continue reading Living in a Bubble
After thousands of photos, through trial and error, reading, and seminars, I have learned the importance of using a longer focal length in getting good portrait photos. Today I spent with my Muse (also known as Moose), and she was getting up close to my camera (a toy, in her book). I was using my standard 18-55mm lens, and I was shooting so close to … Continue reading The Importance of Focal Length with Faces