Been more than just a little while since my last post on photo stuff. Still shooting of course but over the past half year, I’ve been more concerned with wrapping up stuff and other issues in preparation for my coming retirement from my day job. OTOH, I’ve felt that 2015 wasn’t as productive a year for my photography as I would have liked. Haven’t even done a ‘best of 2015’ listing yet. Clearly blog’s need care and feeding, and this one has been starving of late. This Summer, I do promise to catch it up and as I have a number of cool trips planed in the Fall, I should have more posts to share with my readers.
Stay tuned, I’ll be back.
Mid August of 2014, I went with a meetup group from Fairfield to do an all day shoot first at Fort Ross State Park (SP) and then to Salt Point State Park both on the Sonoma Coast. I’ve been to both places numerous times and each has its moods and beauty. As it turned out the coastal weather was its usual gray overcast which made for somewhat less than exciting photography. However, the landscape photographer has quite often the task of making the best of the conditions and pulling out the images from it. Regardless, off we went to see what we could see. Here are some selected images from Fort Ross SP.
#1 – Cute seal on the rocks
Been awhile since I posted some of my photo activities. I do get out and shoot very often but, as it takes more time to process, arrange, and display my images, I do tend to be behind in sharing them here. Let’s go back to August 15, 2014. I attended a meetup of the West County Photo Group. The plan was to do a late afternoon shoot of downtown Petaluma culminating in a brief bit of lightpainting near the Petaluma River footbridge. The late afternoon light was hard and bright and my HDR tendencies came out in full force. Here are some of the better images.
#1 – The classic Petaluma downtown building
#2 – Another view of the same building – although the lens has made the building look a bit weird, I like this one that way just for fun.
Been busy and am very focused on my weight loss journey. You can read about it here. I’m keeping up with the 365 project on my Q-system though. But as usual I’m behind on posting and story telling.
Hopefully, I’ll get some new posts up in the coming weeks of my adventures in photography.
Saw a nice post from a UK based photographer – Guy Carpenter of Gullwing Photography – about his reflections and images shot with a Pentax Q7 over the past year. The link to his blog is here A year with a Pentax Q7.
His thoughts and images are important to me as I’m doing my own 365 project with my Q system on this very blog site. I have to say that I really like his images and his reflections. Well done Guy!
In early August last year, Sharon, Kyra, and I put the boats on the Pathfinder and headed north for a long drive to Trinity Lake in northern northern California. Upon arriving there, we met up with Amanda and Chris plus Chris’ family for a nice weekend of camping. While I didn’t do as much creative photography as I thought I might, I did get some nice images of the Trinity Lake area worth sharing. For one thing, there was a very active wild fire 6-8 miles northwest of us and at times during the day it really ruined the vistas an…the air quality as well, for another, Trinity Lake with the drought was down close to some 200 feet below normal and most artificial lakes like this are seldom picture postcard lovely when their bare sides are showing. On the other hand, this was also the weekend of the ‘super moon’ and I expected to try to capture a shot or two of this event, but again, the smokey skies as well as the terrain really limited my options. So here are some images from this weekend.
Late afternoon in the lake bed with smokey skies looking to launch our kayaks.
Between late spring and early fall we tend to go periodically to the Petaluma Farmer’s Market, in Walnut Park near downtown. While our usual goal on a Saturday afternoon visit is get some nice veggies, some occasional meat and bread, and the occasional treat, while listening to eclectic music from the band stand in the park, sometimes we encounter the unusual something there as well. So one day in late August as we went about the usual food shopping, I was surprised to see a large format camera and a sign saying Tintype Photography!
Every year or so. I try to attend the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic in Windsor. When I can get up early enough, I try to get to the launch of the ‘dawn patrol’ group (around ‘O’ dark 5am something or other) because the flames from the balloons and lighting (blue hour stuff) of the balloons is – to me – the best photography this event has to offer. Fog and wind can screw up this event but fortunately I’ve been luck more often than not. Here are a few image from the event.
Dawn Patrol with running lights.
Well, I’ve begun my Pentax Q7 system 365 project. You can review my work and progress here.
About time to finish this story. The final part of our trip was focused on a multi-day visit to Colonial Williamsburg in southern Virginia. We had visited Williamsburg several times in the mid 1980’s when we lived in Maryland. Jocelyn had wanted Kyra to see this amazing town with it’s many historical reenactments. For those that are unfamiliar with the history of it, Williamsburg was for a time the colonial capitol of the 13 colonies and was home to the House of Burgess which was essentially the parliament for the colonies in the mid 18th century. Folks like Tomas Paine, George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and Thomas Jefferson, would have known Williamsburg very well. The commanding building and residence there was the Governors Palace (home of the British Governor mind you).