Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
So, here we are at the end of December. My 355 days are almost over, but this blog will continue, for there are three more months to go until the completion of my 365 photo project.
I hope everyone had a great 2010 and I wish everyone an incredible 2011. Before I sign off from 2010, here are a few photos from our Christmas vacation in San Diego.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Deep in my core, I am an outdoor landscape photographer. I am also a nature photographer, shooting more intimate, close-up views of God’s creation. While I feel I can capably shoot other things, I find I enjoy being in the outdoors, shooting in the outdoors, and my favorite images were shot in the outdoors.
"I could not, would not, in a house. I would not, could not, with a mouse." I don't like indoor photography, Sam-I-am.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
We went to Union Square today and walked around. After some window shopping, we had lunch at Hubert Keller's Burger Bar, located in the Macy's building.
Here are a few shots from San Francisco. The B&W was shot inside the Westfield San Francisco Centre, looking up from the ground level.
The shot below is from outside Union Square.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The Las Lomas gym had a stage at one end, so I took advantage of the raised perspective and did most of my shooting from there. I stood on a table on the stage, allowing me to shoot down on the players. Unfortunately, a Las Lomas employee came over and told me it was a safety hazard....so I had to get off the table.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
It was a tough game for the team's volunteer photographer. Seems like I couldn't get the right angle on a lot of shots and the referee made a better door than a window. Fortunately, I have a dozen or so more games to figure things out.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I practiced shooting at the team's scrimmage this past weekend, experimenting with different lenses and shooting perspectives. It's a lot tougher than it looks, that's for sure!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Here's a photo taken at the Air Force Memorial. I loved the reflection of the Air Force Memorial and Washington D.C. in the wall. I asked Mark to step into the photo to add a human element to the shot. It was a challenge getting an Army officer to pose for a photograph at the Air Force Memorial, but friendships override inter-service rivalries!
While in Washington D.C., we also visited the U.S. National Arboretum. Here are the National Capitol Columns.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
"To love and to be loved is to feel the sun from both sides."
232/365 - To love and to be loved is to feel the sun from both sides
Originally uploaded by Wayne-K
232/365 - To love and to be loved is to feel the sun from both sides
Originally uploaded by Wayne-K
-- David Viscott
The bible says, "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13). More recently, Alan Jackson sang about it in this moving September 11 tribute.
Show your loved ones how much you love them. Hug them and kiss them every day (and several times a day)...even if they are just a frog.
About the Photo:
Darling Angel gave Mia this beautiful sunflower. When I saw it last night, I stuck it in water because I knew I wanted to take a picture of it. I decided a sunburst would add interest to the sunflower. I used the cedar tree in the front yard to shield the sun (for a more controlled sunburst), a small aperture to create the sunburst, and my flash to illuminate the flower.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Here's a leaf that just isn't ready for winter yet. I don't blame him because I'm not ready for the cold either!
The ducks at Shadow Cliffs send their thanks to our veterans too!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Darkness falls upon us so early nowadays. I need to make some adjustments to my photography to accommodate daylight savings time. I either need to get to work earlier and get off earlier, so I can shoot after work in the warm afternoon light....or I need to shoot early in the morning and go to work a little later.
I got to work early today and got off early, so I could head over to Shadow Cliffs Regional Park for some quick shots. I shot these beautiful birds on the back lake.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Before I went to bed last night, I set my alarm clock to 6 AM so I could take some photographs of the sunrise. However, when the alarm went off this morning, I did not want to get out of bed. But, I thought about it....sunrise is at 7:30 AM today...and it will be at 6:30 AM tomorrow! It won't get any easier....so I got up and headed to the Morgan Territory Regional Preserve.
Here's a picture of a cow grazing....she was totally oblivious to the beautiful sunrise behind her. Perhaps she was just checking out my nice camera?
Here are two more California happy cows.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
On Nov 4, 2010, the city of Pleasanton, California was on fire. Fortunately, it only lasted a few minutes and the fiery flames were extinguished before many even noticed it. You won't read about it in the newspaper, you won't hear about it in the news, and your grand kids won't learn about it in school. But, you read it here first...and I captured the moment on Kodachrome digital film.
Here is what I believe to be the first photo of the fire, flames licking away at the heavens and smoke filling the early evening sky.
I'm sure a few of you (ergo, non-Iolani or USC grads) are wondering what the heck I'm talking about, so let me explain in non-mathematical terms. Some days my photos are cool, other days they look like Facebook snapshots, then they look cool, then they look like elementary school artwork....get the picture (no pun intended)?
Being a non-professional photographer, I need to work for a living, and having a family, I often have other commitments...so, some days, I'm too tired to create a nice photo, too lazy to seek out a nice subject, or my brain is so cluttered, I just can't focus on photography.
I've been in a rut for the last few weeks and yesterday, I decided I needed to snap out of it (no pun intended). I left the office at 4 PM and headed to my happy place....the Pleasanton Ridge. I'm at home on the trails and it's a great place to clear my head and let my spirit loose.
The challenge this time of year is the sun. The trail head is east facing, so the ridge blocks the late afternoon sun. I walked briskly and jogged up the ridge to get to the beautiful light at the top. Fortunately, I got to the ridgeline before the sun hid behind the next ridge.
Here's a picture of a few oak trees soaking in the sun. The temperatures have been near 80 degrees this week, so it was a great day to hit the trails.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
The kids are out trick or treating, so poor ole me is stuck at home, all alone, with nobody to talk to....and nobody bothering me as I watch the World Series game in peace and quiet! Oops, did I say that? Well, it's not all that quiet, there are actually a fair number of trick or treaters out and about this year!
BTW, so far the Giants are getting all the treats and the Rangers just the tricks!
Friday, October 29, 2010
I went to the arroyo after work yesterday to relax, walk, and take some pictures. Unfortunately, the afternoon sun never peeked out from behind the clouds.
I decided to practice my panning shots on the ducks. The auto-focus on my 55-200mm lens is pretty slow, but I was able to get a few halfway decent shots...nothing great, but good enough for government work....
Monday, October 25, 2010
I grabbed a quick shot of this dandelion before the sun went down. When it comes to photography, some days I'm a lion...on the prowl for a good shot. Other days I'm a hyena....scavenging for anything I can get.
Today I was a hyena...and I ain't lying...or laughing!
Well, we've had a lot of rain and gusting winds this past week....and the wind sucked the envelopes away....that sucks! My window screen patch just disappeared into the neighborhood.
Then, the door bell rang...it was our neighbor. Apparently, she found the soaking wet envelopes in her back yard. She handed the envelopes to Kevin, wondering why they were stapled together. Kevin so kindly explained the a big hole in the window screen and how his dad used the envelopes to cover the hole. So, now the neighbor probably thinks we're rednecks or something...thanks Kevin!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
However, if you've been kissing your frog for more than ten years and still no prince charming....sorry, you're probably kissing a toad!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
For the dandelion shot, I used a Dutch angle, framing it with the flower in one corner and facing the opposite corner. I thought it would look more interesting this way. Also, with the shallow DOF, a level frame would have had a line of focused grass horizontally across the frame instead of a cool triangle (in the bottom, left corner).
The bird bath is in our back yard. I liked how the maple leaves filled the bird bath and how it looked like the bird was flying away, presumably south for the winter...
Friday, October 22, 2010
I sort of like the black and white version better. Maybe I'm turning into a bass. Hmmmm, that could explain why I've been having the urge to swim around the bathtub, looking for bluegill.....
Here's my first shot with it. I didn't have much time for photography today because I'm Mr. Mom right now. I went to pick up the boy at the gym today and while waiting for him, I snapped a few shots of the beautiful, yellow leaves in the tree on the side of the street. Not a great shot, but it had to do for my photo of the day. The refurbished lens has a 90 day warranty, so I need to run some shots through it to make sure it's good to go.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Today, we had a fun exercise. Each of us took one picture and sent the file to the other two. All three of us then processed the three photos using Adobe Lightroom 3 software and then posted it for review. It was interesting to see how three different people took three different approaches to processing the same photo.
Each of us has our own photographic style so it was pretty cool to be able to process another photographer's work. The differences in style also made it a challenge (and a great growth opportunity) because it made us process an image that was captured in a way that was different than we would normally capture it.
Here's my shot. It was a quick shot taken during lunch (in contrasty, noon-time light). It was intended for our fun post-processing activity...but I liked the result so much, I ended up using it as my shot for the day.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
-- Walt Whitman
The theme for my photography project this week is "Journey." A journey could be the act of traveling from one place to another, or it could be the band from San Francisco formed in the 70's.
My approach for the theme this week is to take photographs pertaining to quotes related to journeys. I based today's shot on a quote by Walt Whitman. I looked out the window and saw the morning sun glistening off the dew on the grass. My vision was to highlight a taller blade of grass standing above the rest, so I searched the yard...and was thrilled to find one with dew on it! I used a wide open aperture to create a shallow depth of field and a low angle perspective to capture the subject grass standing tall.
Monday, October 18, 2010
-- Paul Tsongas
When I first moved to California, I was shocked that people paid for water. Twenty some odd years later, bottled water is a gazillion dollar a year business. I still can't comprehend paying for water, but some lucky people out there are profiting handsomely....and the landfills are filling up with empty bottles.
Now, I'm not going to tell you how to spend your hard earned money, but if you choose to spend it on water, please recycle the bottles. Better yet, buy yourself a nice Nalgene, stainless steel, or similar reusable bottle and save your cash for more important things....like beer! Oops, did I say that? I meant buy your significant other something nice....like a zoom lens....
Saturday, October 16, 2010
-- Lewis Carroll
Are you on the right road to achieve your goals and aspirations? What are your goals and aspirations? If you don't know, you're driving aimlessly on the highway to nowhere....and unfortunately the older you get, the higher the price of gasoline!
If you've established your goals but haven't done anything about it, it's time to turn on the GPS. Just remember...the road to hell is paved with good intentions...
Friday, October 15, 2010
IDK....okay, I admit, I have writer's block...so I've resorted to ridiculous babble for today's blog....
Thursday, October 14, 2010
We live in a hyper-connected world because of this amazing technology...but does it enhance our lives or permanently kill our souls? I long for the day I can trade in my BlackBerry for a fishing rod. It's a beautiful morning on the lake, the water is calm, and the sun is rising quickly. There is a sense of urgency, we need to get our lures in the water quickly....the e-mail can wait!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Kevin was headed off to a Boy Scout summer camp last year and was going to be gone for Father's Day. When I dropped him off, he gave me the most wonderful letter, saying he was sorry he would be missing Father's Day...and a whole bunch of nice things which I won't share here.
The envelope and paper costs mere pennies...but the love, thoughts, and feelings captured on the paper are priceless. I will treasure it forever!
Okay son, now finish your chores, shower, and get to bed!!! <3 U
Upon my return home, I realized my good fortunes...I treasure my beautiful wife and two great kids. No sum of money or quantity of gold is worth more than the time we spend together as a family.
Here is Kami holding her softball picture, a picture of her with her coach. I don't remember his name, but he was an awesome coach! Charming, handsome, intelligent, and incredible too....
Monday, October 11, 2010
I treasure every moment and pray for many more yesterdays...