Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I have a vague memory from when I started this blog over two years ago, of vowing to myself never to post a photo of a sunset. I have nothing against photos of sunsets, really, except that they can be trite and everyone has the same reaction to them.
So, here I am breaking my vow. Actually, I'm pretty sure this isn't the first sunset photo to appear on this blog, although I'm too lazy to check. This was shot last summer while watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean in Ft. Bragg, California.
Right around the time I shot this photo, my prescription sunglasses fell from my jacket pocket. I didn't notice until the following morning. I returned to the beach and searched for them, but by then they were probably on their way to becoming part of the Texas-sized island of trash in the middle of the Pacific.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Here's an oldie. I shot this on a cold but sunny day in February, 1998 at the Cranbrook Educational Community, where I was attending graduate school (this photo was shot next door to the art academy at the former boy's school, now part of the coed Cranbrook Upper School). This was the first time I'd used a Holga camera, which I'd borrowed from one of my classmates. I remember not being overly impressed with the results, but I rediscovered the negatives a couple of years ago, and think that some of the photos actually turned out pretty well.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
This photo was taken from the top of the church tower in Elburg, a small medieval town in The Netherlands that looks much like it did in the late 13th century. Those clouds have always reminded me of a Dutch Golden Age landscape painting. Looking at a landscape like this in The Netherlands, it's easy to see how those artists got their inspiration.
Ok, to be honest, I don't think Vermeer was that known for his landscapes, but he was working at the same time, and you've probably heard of him.
The title of this post is based on a song lyric by a well known band. Anyone know the band and/or song?
Friday, June 18, 2010
This photo was taken on the same trip as yesterday's photo. That's not fog, it's smoke. We had been visiting the north rim of the Grand Canyon, and as we were leaving the park, a ranger informed us that a nearby forest fire necessitated closing the only road that led back to our lodging near Zion National Park. There was no choice but to detour, and being that this was a remote rural area, the detour was about 70 miles.
In retrospect, we're glad we had to detour. We saw sights we never would have seen otherwise. This photo was taken over 20 miles from the fire, yet a large cloud of smoke is visible. We cranked up the car's cd player (we could only find two radio stations, and one broadcast in Navajo. The Louis Prima cd I had bought a few days previously in Las Vegas came in handy!) and drove for miles down a road cut through a field of sagebrush that stretched from horizon to horizon. Stopping for dinner about 35 miles from the fire, we found the entire town covered in smoke, which hovered at mid-chest level. Later, after dark, the distant forest fire looked like a gigantic charcoal grill. We stopped in Zion National Park to star gaze, the high altitude and absence of light pollution revealing a sky more full of stars than I'd ever seen before.
Sometimes, an unanticipated change of plans can be a good thing.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I kind of forgot about this blog for a few days-oops!
I was in Michigan last weekend. My sister was visiting from San Francisco with her two kids, so I went to go spend some time with my adorable nieces. Upon returning, I was preoccupied with planning my vacation and recovering from a very painful pinched nerve in my back.
Anyway, here's a photo from my vacation last year. It was shot in Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California, in an area of the park known as Bumpass Hell. It was named after someone who was exploring the geothermal features, and fell through the thin crust of earth. He ended up losing a leg which was badly burned in the boiling water.
It's a beautiful area, and very remote. It was about a 2 1/2 mile hike from a small parking area to Bumpass Hell. I can't imagine doing it with a horribly scalded leg when there was no road through the park, and no nearby civilization.
This year's vacation will be more urban. I'm spending a few days in San Francisco (more time with my nieces), then catching a train to Portland, Oregon. If any of you have been there and have suggestions of what to see, let me know.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This is a digital infrared photo I shot a couple of weeks ago. The difference between this and the ones I've posted previously is that I left this one in color instead of converting it to grayscale. This is what it looks like when you shoot a photo with a near infrared filter on the camera. I like the otherworldly feel, although I think it looks gimmicky. It isn't something I'd do often.
Here's the same photo converted to grayscale for the true infrared look:
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
People seemed to like yesterday's photo (thanks for the comments!) so here's another San Francisco photo. It's a pretty similar view, actually. This was shot from the top of Coit Tower, a couple of steeply uphill blocks from my sister's old apartment, where yesterday's photo was taken (that apartment is in the greenish-yellow building in the lower left of this photo).
Follow the streets as they descend down Telegraph Hill and back up Russian Hill, and you'll see the same apartment buildings and crooked Lombard St. that were seen in yesterday's photo. The dip between the two hills houses the main commercial strip of the popular North Beach neighborhood, and I'm sure you recognize Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.
This was shot in October, 2007 on a rainy Friday afternoon not long after I learned that the heavy rainfall had led to my flight back to Chicago being canceled. I went to the top of Coit Tower to shoot, then enjoyed some great sushi for dinner at a place in the Richmond District. Yeah, it's tough when you're forced to spend an extra night in San Francisco!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I shot this out the window of my sister's old apartment in North Beach back in 2007. They had the best views from their apartment. Here, you're looking at Russian Hill where the tall apartment buildings are. That's Lombard St. just to the right of those buildings, famous as the most crooked street in the world (although there's a street that's even more crooked in San Fransisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood).