My entry for this week’s challenge. This was taken a couple of summers ago in Lake Como, Italy. It was a balmy evening perfect for a stroll along the lakeside. I saw this couple looking out over the last vestiges of the sunset over the lake and I thought it was a lovely, quiet moment.
So this is the look I got from our dog CJ when I told her that she was going in to have dental surgery this morning. She was very upset that she couldn’t have breakfast and that we were going to take her to the dentist to have a couple of teeth removed. I had to explain that we were bad parents for not taking better care of her teeth but that she would feel better after the surgery. She didn’t believe it…. but she went along with us anyway. The young lady who checked her in was very nice and explained everything to CJ but she was still pretty nervous. We felt terrible leaving her there and will be very anxious all day as we wait to hear how one of our children has come through the surgery. Its going to be a long day.
My wife and I live in a very eclectic neighborhood with many gay neighbors and many terrific restaurants. Once a year, our little community of Hillcrest plays host to the San Diego Gay Pride Parade – one of the largest in the country. On that weekend, we get visited by a couple of hundred thousand of our closest friends and it becomes impossible to park or move around easily in our “hood”. On Saturday, the parade is held just a couple of blocks from our home. As a photographer, I always wander up there and try to catch some of the sights and scenes. While it is tempting to focus on some of the more raucous costumes or actions during the parade/parties, I always end up just taking photos of people (and animals) in the crowd or in the parade. Here’s a couple of my photos from this weekend.
This first photo is probably my favorite of the weekend. This lady was on one of the decorated floats in the parade – covered with Gay Pride flags and banners. She was holding a little friend and getting covered by the flags waving in the wind. I think the look on both their faces tell you that they were enjoying themselves.
Every year the parade is led by the gay and lesbian motorcycle groups. Many were adorned with flags and flamingos, but this one was just a family of three out for a saturday ride.
I was looking for a way to highlight a new mural which had been painted on one of our local buildings and I caught this sight of a flag bearing youngster on his father’s shoulders joining the mural above the frenetic crowd below….
I took this last photo as I was moving among the crowd during the parade. I saw this enthusiastic young girl hugging a pit bull and enjoying every moment. Not sure the dog was enjoying it as much. After I took this photo a women standing nearby told me that I should send the photo to the local pit bull rescue organization. I just might…….
It appears that fun was had by all and as I write this, our streets and local establishments are returning to normal traffic. Now on to Comic-Con this coming week!!
Had to dig a little for this challenge. This photo was taken in the downtown market area of Katmandu, Nepal. This woman and many others filled an entire square with their pottery. Everything from these basic clay pots to much larger and ornate pottery. A pottery factory based on 100% human manufacture.
Since I was already looking at some of my “old west” photos for this week’s challenge, I thought I’d just include one more….. This photo was taken further along the same drive as the road starts into the river canyon. This was an active farm but they obviously wanted to showcase some of their old “relics”.
As soon as I saw the subject of this week’s challenge, I immediately thought of a series of photos I took outside of Moab, Utah a few years ago. Coming back from a ski trip to Colorado, we decided to go through Moab via the beautiful highway 128. Along the way we came across this old ghost town right by the side of the road. Although we didn’t spend much time there, I did snap a few photos of these relics (houses and vehicles) of days gone by.
Okay – so for the last few days I’ve been watching some tutorials and ideas on how to turn photographs into “works of art”. While I have normally been a proponent of “natural” processing and keeping things realistic, I wanted to try my hand at some different techniques to add a more artful flair or increase the interest of some of my photos. Yesterday I tuned in to a webinar with Bobbie Goodrich, a wildlife photographer from Santa Fe who has a background as a painter and who creates some very interesting effects with her photos. I decided do a quick attempt by applying some of her techniques on one of my photos. I’d be interested in any of your comments on my processing as related to the original photo which I’ll put below. PS – My wife has already told me that she prefers the “originals” but I think there is plenty of room for other interpretations – besides, its fun to mess around with them and see what I can come up with. Here is the “artful” view of a leopard sitting in a tree contemplating his tail…….
The top photo has the background removed in favor of a colored gradient and the leopard and tree have been kind of “painterized” to give it more of an artsy flavor. The basic photo (with just some minor processing) is shown below – what do you think??
Its been a while since I’ve posted any bear photos. I’ve been thinking a lot about our bear trips lately as we’ve had to cancel for this year because our guide has been fighting a lengthy illness. We are already planning our trip for next year but I’m really missing our time with these incredible animals. With that in mind, I’ve been looking at some of the shots from last year and reprocessing some of them to improve the images. This was another that we took at Silver Salmon Creek in Alaska. This bear was the only persistant fisher while we were there but he wasn’t very skilled so we never did see him catch a salmon. That didn’t diminish the thrill and enjoyment of watching him charge after the fish while only a few yards away from my friend Ross (the Scot) and I. My wife Dee was often just a few feet away and she always has a great time watching the wild photographers watch and photograph the Bears. Here’s a good example of what we are missing this year but also preparing for next year.
I should also mention that I watched the movie “Ted” last night and even that made me miss our bear adventures…… :-)
So I got up this morning, had some caffeine, and for some reason thought about trying to capture the hummingbirds in my backyard in a different way. I have never really used the multiple exposure feature of my cameras but I thought it would be fun – but maybe impossible – to capture a multiple exposure of a hummingbird feeding on our flowered bushes. So I grabbed my tripod and camera and made the long 30 foot trek to the edge of the canyon we live on. I was a little late for “peak” morning hummingbird time but I did get a couple of opportunities to try the shot. While this one is a little busy and the flowers aren’t in great focus (the wind was blowing), the hummingbird did manage to be clear in three different positions in one sequence.
I also had an opportunity to get a large (single) bee of some sort moving between the blooms…..
Maybe not the greatest photos in the world in terms of art but they were fun to experiment with. A bored photographer is a dangerous thing….
One of the most interesting hikes within the Zion National Park is “the Narrows”. While it can be a hike down into the Virgin River gorge from above, most people (including our group) hike it from the Zion canyon. After a 20 minute tram ride into the park, you hike about a mile to get to the beginning of the Narrows. From there, the hike is pretty much all walking and wading in the river as you hike upstream into the slot canyon. The sandstone walls of the canyon can tower above up to 2,000 ft. so the scenery is pretty imposing. The water in the river can be cold (it was about 50 degrees when we were there) and the footing can be a little uncertain with the current and the uneven rocks under your feet. We opted to get rental shoes and booties for the hike and we were glad that we did – everyone stayed warm and we saved our own boots for later hikes. I should mention that we got up pretty early to avoid the crowds and as we walked out, we were glad we did – there were ALOT of hikers coming in as we exited. This is an amazing hike and well worth the preparation and effort to get there – I would recommend it highly to anyone who goes to Zion.
“Orange you jealous”?
This photo shows our friends Ellen and Sarah in one of the pools near the entry to the narrows. Its hard to show how incredible the light is in these areas. There is very little direct light coming in as the canyon is so tight. All of the light is reflected off of the sandstone cliffs and adds sort of a “glow” to everything it touches – it is just beautiful.
This second photo is of Sarah and my wife Dee in one of the great photo opportunities of the hike – the slot canyon gets very narrow about a mile and a half in and provides these kind of views. I was up my waist in water as I was taking this photo but it was great fun!
The last photo is indeed rare – I am usually behind the camera not in front of it. This was taken as I walked out of the river back at the entry point to the narrows (photographers are always at the back of the pack). I didn’t even know that it was being taken but Sarah was pretty quick on the shutter. As shots of me go, I thought this one was pretty good so I thought I’d include it here. Thanks Sarah.