Saturday, June 28, 2014

The 395 Inland Passage

We took a trip along the 395 in California, also known as the Inland Passage, beginning in the Mojave desert near Hesperia, California where it begins, we took it as far as Carson City, Nevada.
Outside The Fence
The road is popular and it has it's own web site: http://www.scenic395.com
Lunar Rover
Our first goal was to shoot at Mono Lake, a saline soda lake best known for the tufa spires on the southern shore.
Broke Down Earth
We found remnants of the mines along the eastern Sierras and strange salt formations near the lake.
Sand Tables
We also visited Red Rock Canyon State Park on our way.
A Long Way Down
We took a chance by going so early in the year, in other years there would be snow all through the areas we went, this year the snow was minimal even though it was still very cold.
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This was a fun adventure that ended much too quickly, I hope we can do it again during a much warmer time of year.
Memory Lane
"You have to follow your instinct all the time. Otherwise you don't make it." ~Ruth Bernhard

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Death Valley in May

I'm finally getting back to shooting after a period of time away.
The Dry Valley
The weekend of May 24th. Felicity and I decided to go on a short road trip to Death Valley National Park in California.
Voices Of The Past
We camped in the mountains at Wild Rose the first night, but it was so cold up there that we decided to try the basin the next night.
Sand In My Hair
This proved to be not the greatest of ideas because the next night it didn't cool down until very late, at 9pm it was still over 100 Fahrenheit (38 c)
We visited the most common places in the park on this trip, Eureka mine, the sand dunes, Scotty's Castle, the Racetrack, etc etc and the photo above is from the Devil's Golf Course.
The Near Miss
Even in these conditions it was over way too soon, we had a good time up there taking pictures.
Ashford Mill
I'm certain in time we'll be back.
"If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you're not out there, you'll only hear about it." ~Jay Maisel

Monday, December 16, 2013

2013 In Review

I began 2013 by traveling to Singapore and spending a wonderful 8 days there, getting the chance to also shoot with Felicity at the same time.
See The Reason
After returning to California, I went back out to the desert with Pearl in April when the weather warmed up.
It was nice to be able to work with her again even though it was still cool and windy the day we went out.
Long Day
In August I worked with Alessandra.
But this was pretty much the extent of my shooting in 2013, as you can tell by my lack of blog entries and general absence - I let this year slip by without shooting much.

Ephemera Thoughts

Then in October, Felicity flew back to the United States.
Aftermath
We've been able to do a limited amount of work together so far, but with the holidays and cold weather, long road trips to the desert will have to wait until spring.
The Stranger
And then,we'll be out there creating, we have a long list of ideas and concepts we've been ready to work on.
Y
"There is no such thing as taking too much time, because your soul is in that picture." ~Ruth Bernhard




Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Point of Re-entry

Felicity is back and we got to spend a couple of days in the desert this past weekend, not too warm but not freezing ....yet.
Altitude
It was a long trip for her and about 8 months since our last time together, so it was very nice to be together again and working on pictures.
Edge Of The Bed
Each time we shoot it seems more and more natural to be together doing this.
Trying new things, experimenting more and now having the time to plan some longer term goals...
Shapes
Because we are expecting to be doing this for a long time to come.
 
“History is a construct...Any point of entry is possible and all choices are arbitrary. Still there are definitive moments...We can look at these events and say that after them things were never the same again.” ~Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride






Monday, July 29, 2013

Life is a Journey

"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep, because reality is finally better than your dreams." ~Dr. Seuss
Watermelon Fields Forever
 Quite a bit has been happening since I last wrote in March, what began as a wish is turning into a dream come true.
Balance
It's been a year now since Felicity & I took these pictures, discovering something special in the process, and now we are close to having the opportunity to do more work together.
After Effect
Felicity and I discovered a connection on our first shoot a year ago, and from that time we've been working toward doing it again, expanding on our work and taking it further.
Evolution
In the past year we've also been brainstorming some new concepts and discussing ways to build on what we've already done, it's our hope to be together again soon and we're so very much looking forward to it.
Footsteps In The Sand
“Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.” ~Jorge Luis Borges



Sunday, March 3, 2013

More from Zanck

More manipulations of my work by Zanck
In And Out
I've been very busy these past few weeks as I'm working on a few topics I hope to post soon, in the meantime I'd like to share more fantastic manipulations of my work by Franck.
Pure

Give A Hand

Blue Angel


Complicité
"A photographer does not operate a camera in order to merely take pictures. Photographic work is always personal. A photograph reveals the photographer." ~Anonymous

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Singapore

I can easily sum up my feelings about visiting Singapore in 6 words, "I want to go back soon!"
Terminal 3 - Changi Airport
I am not a world traveler in any sense, and though I have thought about doing some international travel for photography, I'm pretty much at home out in the deserts here in southern California. Then a few months ago I was invited to visit Singapore.
Merlion
 I knew next to nothing about Singapore, so I did some research on the web as well as asked 1,000 questions and the more I learned about Singapore the more excited I became about visiting. In searching I also happened upon the work of Danny Santos, who does a lot of street photography in Singapore and this inspired me.
Hitching A Ride

One thing I learned in doing research is there are a lot of varying opinions out there, which seem to be mainly based on brief experiences, or, opinion. I found that some reviews were quite critical while others offered the opposite view, most however were quite accurate. Singapore is a wonderful place to visit, the airport is outstanding and everyone I met seemed friendly and respectful. The architecture is really amazing, public transportation is efficient and works great and the food, oh my, I was introduced to several selections of the local fare and they were all fantastic! 


We made the most of my short time there, sightseeing, visiting some interesting places and when it was time to eat, we found the most incredible food. From what I saw, great food is practically everywhere.
Hokkien Mee
Here are some photos of favorites, and trust me when I say it was all good, the Hokkien mee was so good that we had it twice while I was there, one of her favorites quickly became one of mine also.
Venison with spring onion
This venison with spring onion is on the menu at a wonderful restaurant called Jumbo, there are several locations around the country and everything I tried there was exceptional.
Char kway teow
I was introduced to char kway teow at one of the many food courts, or 'eating houses', which are basically a collection of food stalls in rows with large common areas for seating. I'll be making this dish at home, as soon as I get all the ingredients together, it was simply excellent.
Zongzi
The zongzi we had was also excellent, these I shot hanging in a shop at Chinatown. This weekend I'll be heading to Chinatown in Los Angeles in hopes of finding more of this dish, as well as some others.
Hands
While in Singapore I got the wonderful opportunity to work with Felicity, whom I had worked with in July in the desert. We managed to get in some shooting during my stay, one rainy afternoon in the hotel we were able to catch some superb natural light.
Savor
I don't know what else to say about working with Felicity, the pictures pretty much speak for themselves, she's a joy to work with. Just as when she was here and we were shooting in the desert, things simply work well when we shoot together, we have such similar aesthetics and appreciation for photographic art.
Guest Room
My heart feels full and I feel incredibly blessed to have found her, and to have the opportunity to experience all this. Felicity and Singapore have been a dream come true and with any luck this is only the beginning.
Heart & Soul
On street photography... "Out here, nothing is prepared. Nothing cooperates with you.. not the weather, not the subjects, not the situation. You have to make do with what’s available. That’s a very big challenge. But on few occasions when all the elements just come together, and you’re at the right place at the right time, the feeling of ‘getting that perfect shot’ just doesn’t compare to anything else." ~Danny Santos II