Last CS 57.11 Post

As was indicated early on, this blog was created as a result of my attendance of a class on Social Media (CS 57.11) at Santa Rosa JC in the spring of 2013. Today’s post will be the last ‘required’ post of the class. Any following this one will be on my own as I see fit. I’m hoping to keep this blog going and an approximate once per week cycle seems doable. I feel the concept of this site won’t change much although I may work over the template some, as review of my fellow student sites has made me feel mine is a bit plain…

Anyway, this site will continue.

I didn’t get much shooting done over the past few weeks as work and family have taken precedent over photography (gasp!), yes it does happen. But here are several shots from the last two weekend activities:

Living History Day at the Petaluma Adobe
A 1830’s era American sailor
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Playing a hurdy-gurdy
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Making English lace
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The Humorous Side of Photography

I’ve tended to be fairly serious on most of these posts but I thought it might be interesting to see some of the more humorous side of photography. These three short videos, while each having a bit of inside the game info in them are representative to me of how we as photographers can laugh at ourselves.

If you can identify yourself in any of these shots, you’re human. I can see some aspect of myself in most of these at some stage of my development as an artist. Of course I don’t do ANY of that now! (Yeah, right!)

This one is a joke mirrorless camera brands. Note that Pentax (the K-01) is left outside the party…story of my favorite brand.

And my all time favorite is the Battle at F-Stop Ridge. This portrays a battle scene essentially between film and digital camera shooters. Just watch!

Note that the last two videos were produced by ‘The Camera Store.’ An outfit from western Canada who love to do wacky interviews and videos just like these. They are great.

Edit: In the general humor category here I present this link to read. It’s funny to a point.
Uncle Bob versus a Pro Wedding Photog

Saturday Shooting – Gardens and Jazz

This Saturday as is not uncommon for me, I got out for a morning photo shoot at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens in Glenn Ellen and had some bonus time at house concert in Oakland. My subjects ranged from bees, butterflies, flowers, and jazz performers. Quite a range of lighting too from bright sun, shade, and spotlights. So I though I’d share a few images from both shoots.

First of a bit about Quarryhill – Founded in 1987, Quarryhill is one of the pre-eminent Asian botanical gardens globally, featuring one of the largest collections of documented, wild-collected Asian plants in the world. It is centrally located for Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties as well as greater Northern California. If you’d like to learn more check out their website: Quarryhill Botanical Gardens

Saturday was a very hot day but there was plenty of shade at the gardens. Here are a few of my images from this shoot.

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Entry Plack

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A Playful Butterfly

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Dogwoods
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