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MY KIND OF EXCITEMENT

Sunset, San Francisco Bay & Mt. Tam
Sunset, San Francisco Bay & Mt. Tam

Recently I wrote a post titled NOT MY KIND OF EXCITEMENT in which I told the story of an automobile accident. Today I’m telling a story of the kind of excitement I do enjoy. Many of my readers know I have a business of making note cards from my flower photos. This is a story about the creation of one of my cards from a sunset shot.

I have a customer in Marin County. In case you don’t know, Marin is what lies on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. One day this customer asked me if I would create some cards with “local color” such as photos of the Golden Gate Bridge. I wasn’t enthused by the idea. There’s a ton of that available already, much if not most of it better than I can produce. If I was willing to make pilgrimage after pilgrimage to the bridge and places from where it can be viewed to good advantage, day after day, month after month, at all times of day, hire helicopters and small planes to fly me around and around, slave laboriously over the resulting photos editing them, well, then eventually I’d have some great shots, I’m sure. It would be a losing proposition, however, because even if I took all that time, went to all that trouble and expense, I don’t have a market large enough to earn but a small fraction of the investment back, nor am I ever likely to.

Sunset, San Francisco Bay & Mt. Tam
Sunset, San Francisco Bay & Mt. Tam

I did however decide to drive up to the top of the Berkeley hills (I live in Berkeley) about sunset and shoot a silhouette of Mount Tamalpais thinking that I would composite in a really nice sunset sky I’d shot previously while in Death Valley. Mt. Tam, as the locals call it, is in Marin, my customer’s business in it’s shadow, and there’s a decent view of it from the hilltop in Berkeley. I thought she’d be interested in some cards of this view.

Sunset Mt. Tam
The sky and water on fire. Sunset over San Francisco Bay and Mt. Tamalpais.

As sunset approached late one afternoon–funny it always seems to come after late afternoon…go figure–I drove up to Grizzly Peak Blvd. which runs along the ridge line of the east bay hills. I wasn’t expecting anything other than to carry out the first part of my plan which was to shoot the silhouette of Mt Tam. The sun sets to the west of the mountain, so it’s in silhouette at that time of day. However, much to my absolute glee I was greeted by what was perhaps the most magnificent sunset I have ever seen in my life. I was literally jumping for joy at the spectacular colors. At one point it almost seemed as if both the sky and the San Francisco Bay in which it was reflected were on fire. Man oh man of man oh man.

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL AS SWEET

Dahlia
Side lighting brings out the textures of the petals of this dahlia and focus stacking makes it possible for all of them to be in focus.

You may recognize the title of this post as an excerpt from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. I chose that title because this post is about my flower photography. It’s about the road I traveled from my first flower photo which was done for fun, to making a business of selling cards with my flower photos, which, by the way, I’ve often been told are the best flower photos someone’s seen. In a later post I’ll write about the focus-stacking technique I use in order to render all parts of the flower in focus, something which until the advent of digital photography wasn’t possible. READ MORE…

Photo Post – The Elissa; Voodoo Center

The Elissa
This is the Elissa, at anchor in Galveston, Texas.

I’ve been a little quiet lately, I know, but when your life is a whirlwind of town after town, state after state, campground after campground, it’s hard to find the time and energy to write much about what’s going on.

For now let’s just say that recently I’ve been to New Orleans, Galveston, where I photographed the Elissa, and I’m on my way to Austin. From there I’ll fly to Berkeley for a couple weeks before returning to Austin and pointing the RV to Arizona. Hopefully sometime soon I’ll find the time and energy to write some things about these places and post some campground reports too.

Voodoo in the French Quarter
Voodoo cultural center in the French Quarter, New Orleans.

A Photo Page… At Last!

Interior View: Iowa State Capitol Building
Interior View: Iowa State Capitol Building

One of the things often requested–at least by me ;)–has been a page on my blog with a photo gallery with my awesome and wonderful photos (he said immodestly. LOL). After almost 6 months of full-time living and traveling in my RV I am happy, gleeful, ecstatic to report I have finally figured out how to do this! Wanna see? Click here.