Trickiness in Death Valley

First of all, WOW! What a trip! Everywhere I looked was utterly breathtaking, I felt like I could never put my camera or paintbrush down. Second of all, light painting was much trickier than I thought it would be. Before I left, I watched a few videos and read some articles, thinking “this will be easy,” “I know how to take long exposures, what’s some extra light gonna change?” Then I got out there, I couldn’t see anything, I didn’t know where to light from or how much light I needed, and it was cold. But through deliberations, trail and error, I think I got a few shots that aren’t half bad. Enjoy.

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Aftermath of snow: Abstract Forms

Surprise four days off from my day job due to some REAL winter weather, resulted in tons of snow pictures. I absolutely love the way snow moves and looks. Anytime it snows, all I want to do is photograph it! So a lot of pictures arise and I began to notice that my images fell into two categories. Those that displayed an abstract form and those with a known story. This week I will be sharing Part I: Abstract forms. Enjoy.

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Paintings of the Winter

This week I thought it might be fun to share some of my paintings from the winter thus far. Within my own artistic studies I think being an artist means being well rounded in multiple mediums. I believe if I can compose a harmonious painting or drawing, I can do the same with photography. These two paintings come from similar places, being that the gold represents a sort of metaphorical portal. These ‘Portals’ represent the free will, we as humans have to choose to live a meaningful life. The ability to choose how we see the world and our actions in response to such thoughts. Enjoy.

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Trial and trial and trial and trial and trial...

Now that wedding season and holidays are over I’m finally get that must needed me time! The time to finally be able to just have fun and play around again! Photography and art is a constant experiment or trial for me. A constant asking of “why?” or “what else?" Until I discover answers to my questions and then ask questions on my answers, a never ending cycle that I adore!

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From these two images you will notice the growth from one image to the next. This sort of “what else?” practice helps me to believe there is always something else, always something to learn or work on.

From these two images you will notice the growth from one image to the next. This sort of “what else?” practice helps me to believe there is always something else, always something to learn or work on.

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These next two photographs are very similar in that they show the same light in the same place, the only thing that has changed is the exposure and crop. I love to do trials like this, because their are always so many options and I want to find the one that fits me best.

These next two photographs are very similar in that they show the same light in the same place, the only thing that has changed is the exposure and crop. I love to do trials like this, because their are always so many options and I want to find the one that fits me best.

Again the same subject only cropped even more and with a different exposure.

Again the same subject only cropped even more and with a different exposure.

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Reflecting on the Holidays

I usually start the holidays off angry at the materialism and unthankful nuts running around looking for deals. Eventually I begin to get just a little excited, especially when hearing that first Bootsy Collins Christmas song. Then the craziness of family parties and the talking about myself starts to get to me. High of Christmas cheer wears off and all I’m doing is counting down the days until January 2nd so I can finally have some time off. This year felt about the same. Happy New Year. So happy the Holidays are finally coming to a wonderful end.

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