Category Archives: Photography

Desert Beauty

Some only see an arid landscape in their minds when the word desert is spoken. Others think of a parched death-scape. But, those with an eye towards the unique and surprising, see much more.  Delicate paper-thin desert blooms, a mosaic of dried mud, imagined creatures long extinct and rocks supported by impossibly thin necks are just a few of the things I viewed my travels on the Grand Staircase in Utah. I want to return soon and find even more beauty.

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Desert Blossoms

 

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Dried Mud Mosaic

 

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Dino Rock

 

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Solitary Mushroom

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Small Drops

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Sometimes the smallest drop can grant you a peek into another dimension. A place where ordinary objects are transformed into new worlds which sparks the imagination with questions …. is our universe similar to this tiny drop in another realm? Are beings looking at us through the lens of their cameras and wondering the same about us? Hmm.

Had some difficulty taking this shot. First I tried zooming, but the detail was fuzzy. Then I tried just getting real close then the shot washed out. Finally, I went to the other side so the adobe building acted as my backdrop. Then I disabled the flash. Eureka ! That taught me a valuable lesson….. don’t like the way the shot is turning out, MOVE.

Specs —- Samsung Note 3 phone……ISO 50;EXP TIME 1/288sec;F-STOP f/2.2;Focal Length 4mm; Max Aperture 2.28;Center-weighted;No Flash mode;35mm focal length 31;White balance AUTO;Brightness 6.39;EXIF Version 0220;Horizontal DPI 300;Vertical DPI 300 Continue reading Small Drops

More Water Fascination

Riverwalk water sluice
Riverwalk water sluice

Water. The gentle or dramatic flow of water captured my imagination from the very start on our San Antonio River Walk experience.

The water in the first photograph captured my attention with its ever-flowing downward course through a U-shaped sluice and then falling with power into an elevated pond. But, the fascination did not stop there for it continued over the edge of that pond in a riveting curtain of whitewater. The addition of the lush green foliage echoed in the colors of the algae growth on the pedestal added a beautiful final touch.

Stepped waterfall with jug
Stepped waterfall with jug

Not far from the water sluice sat a wonderfully inviting tiled patio area. I could have sat for hours in the welcome shade listening to the gentle cascade of water down the stepped waterfall. A small cafe table with a chair next to the very large terracotta planter would make my enjoyment complete.

Riverwalk water curtain
Riverwalk water curtain

I noticed the water originated from a spectacular water curtain above the large stepping blocks which, of course, I had to investigate. I was intrigued with the mystery of what might be behind that curtain and the play of light off the surface. My main question, “Would my little phone camera capture all of the elements I wanted?” Happy day, it did!

Waterfall riverwalk
Waterfall riverwalk

I fell in love with the multiple streams of gently arched water falling into a canal seen in this last photograph. The arch of the water is echoed in the arch under the stairs and draws your eyes to that mysterious dark cave. The angle under the start of the streams is mirrored in the angle of the staircase and once again draws your eye to the cave.. And lastly, the classic disappearing perspective point which also draws your eye to the cave ….what is there not to like about this photo and the focal mystery cave.

Specs —- Samsung Note 3 phone……ISO 50;EXP TIME 1/277sec;F-STOP f/2.2;Focal Length 4mm; Max Aperture 2.28;Center-weighted;Flash mode;35mm focal length 31;White balance AUTO;Brightness 6.39;EXIF Version 0220;Horizontal DPI 72;Vertical DPI 72

Life Inspiring Trip

My best friend in the whole wide world conspired with me to do the ‘Grand Adventure’ ala Thelma and Louise (without the death scene) for the month of October. What may you ask is the Grand Adventure? It was  month long vehicle trek through the Southwestern United States, which completed 1/10 of an item on my bucket list. It has been a decade long dream of mine to visit each state in our glorious Union and do a variety of paintings on sights I found intriguing. Thanks to my friend and her exceptional photography teaching/technical skills, I have over 2,000 reference photos to work from when painting my collection. I hope to post various shots I took and describe what I find desirable about them.

Want to join me? Of course you do, it will be fun AND won’t cost you a penny!

First stop, San Antonio River Walk Sept 2014. Love the light reflecting up to the underside of the pedestrian overpass. The sights, aromas and foods were phenomenal along the entire length of the river walk. We ended up walking a little over five miles in one day….too much to see…..too much to experience. Loved every blister earned that day.

Specs —- Samsung Note 3 phone……ISO 50;EXP TIME 1/277sec;F-STOP f/2.2;Focal Length 4mm; Max Aperture 2.28;Center-weighted;Flash mode;35mm focal length 31;White balance AUTO;Brightness 6.39;EXIF Version 0220;Horizontal DPI 72;Vertical DPI 72