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The Power of the Printed Photograph

The concept of the power of the printed photograph struck home with me this week.

A customer inquired if I had more images of old doors and windows from Europe other than what was on my website. I dug into my archives and emailed them some possibilities. There was one in particular they liked and wanted to purchase it as fine art framed print to be a companion piece to two others they had already selected. I always liked the balcony image on my computer screen but never felt compelled to make a print of it. Amazing! Once I created the framed print for them I fell in love with the image and it is now part of my inventory. The images above are two of the ones my customer chose for a fine art prints.

Similarly, I made some portraits of a beautiful mother and 2 y.o daughter a short while ago. She really liked them when I showed her the proofs on the monitor. A few days later she saw the printed 8x12's. She was almost in tears and gave me the biggest hug. The power of the print!

Photographs are the new language. Everyone is taking them and saving them on their computers, smart phones and emailing them. There has never been a better time to be a photographer with all the possibilities of sharing images electronically. However most pictures never leave the cameras, computers or memory cards. The various forms of digital storage today may become obsolete sooner than expected and the images are possibly gone forever. Of course the photographic print will continue to exist.

Coast Dairies State Park

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I took this image at the north end of Laguna Beach at moonset. There is one perfect morning each month for photographing the full moon - that is if the fog does not move in! More images  can be seen in my Coast Dairies State Park project.

Coast Dairies State Park is located about ten miles north of Santa Cruz, California and consists of seven spectacularly beautiful beaches. They are Laguna Creek, Bonny Doon, Panther, Sharktooth, Davenport, Davenport Landing and Scott Creek. They were part of the original 5500 acres of the Coast Dairies Ranch owned by the Trust for Public Land. The Trust for Public Land conveyed these coastal bluffs and beaches to the State Parks in August 2006. Most likely the Coast Dairies Ranch will be transferred to the Bureau of Land Management in the next few months and then hopefully be declared a National Monument .

More information can be found in this San Jose Mercury News article last December, and on the Trust for Public Land website.

Chinese New Year Flower Fair

I went to the Chinese New Year Flower Fair a week ago today. It was a perfect opportunity to do some street photography - one of my favorite types of photography. It's easy be fairly inconspicuous because everybody and their brother have a camera. Flowers play an important role in the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Click on the link above to learn more about this tradition.

Still loving my new (not so new now) Fuji X-Pro 1 camera. It's lightweight, discreet, compact, and takes great pictures in low light! It also has interchangeable lenses.

Buying Flowers

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Photographers note:

Camera settings - Fuji X-Pro 1; 1/80 sec @ F6.4; iso 1600; lens focal length 55mm

 

Coke

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Photographers note:

Camera settings - Fuji X-Pro 1; 1/110 sec @ F8; iso 800; lens focal length 55mm

 

Protestor

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Camera settings - Fuji X-Pro 1; 1/400 sec @ F5.6; iso 3200; lens focal length 200mm

 

Observers

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Camera settings - Fuji X-Pro 1; 1/140 sec @ F5; iso 3200; lens focal length 135mm

 

Bystanders

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Photographers note:

Camera settings - Fuji X-Pro 1; 1/110 sec @ F6; iso 3200; lens focal length 74mm

 

You Lookin' at Me?

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Camera settings - Fuji X-Pro 1; 1/75 sec @ F5; iso 3200; lens focal length 128mm

New Years Eve 2013

Last post of 2013! It was a great year and I am looking forward to 2014. Seems like I spent most of the last day of 2013 along our beautiful coast. Today was one of the highest and lowest tides of the year. I thought I would post some images from this morning along Rio Del Mar Beach at the peak of high tide. The rest of the images can be seen on my Tumblr page.

Enjoy and have a Happy New Year!

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Waves

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Photographers note:

Camera settings - Fuji X-Pro 1; 1/900 sec @ F9; iso 200; lens focal length 55mm

Flooded

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Camera settings - Fuji X-Pro 1; 1/100 sec @ F16; iso 200; lens focal length 24mm

Fisherman

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Photographers note:

Camera settings - Fuji X-Pro 1; 1/1700 sec @ F7; iso 800; lens focal length 200mm

Our Amazing Coast

It seemed like half of Santa Cruz went down to the beach last evening to photograph the amazing sunset! All these people with their shiny little objects in their hands held up and pointed towards the sky - a sign of the times for sure. Not to be left out (or outdone of course!) I headed down to the Rio Del Mar Beach with my latest camera the Fuji X-Pro 1. Love this camera. It is lightweight, compact, and takes incredible pictures. As expected, later in the evening sunset pictures popped up all over Facebook. Could have had a photo contest. A couple evenings ago I went up to the new Coast Dairies State Park beaches. Well the beaches aren't new but the park is fairly new. Low tide, no wind, warm temperatures and the evening light made for perfect photographic conditions.

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Rio Del Mar Sunset

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Photographers note:

This is a stitched panorama of three images

Camera settings - Fuji X-Pro 1; 1/60 sec @ F7.1; iso 400; lens focal length 18mm

Laguna Creek Beach I

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Photographers note:

This is a stitched panorama of three images

Camera settings - Fuji X-Pro 1; 2.6 sec @ F16; iso 200; lens focal length 135mm

Laguna Creek Beach II

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Photographers note:

This is a stitched panorama of three images

Camera settings - Fuji X-Pro 1; 1/30 sec @ F20; iso 200; lens focal length 35mm

Laguna Creek Beach III

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Photographers note:

This is a stitched panorama of three images

Camera settings - Fuji X-Pro 1; 1/30 sec @ F16; iso 200; lens focal length 25mm

Birds of a Feather

Anyone who has looked towards the Monterey Bay has seen a proliferation of marine life lately. Can you say whales? Pelicans, seals, porpoise and of course seagulls, to name a few, were in large numbers. Apparently the abundance of anchovies in the Bay has attracted all this amazing marine life. A little over a week ago, it was stormy and foggy along Rio Del Mar beach. A zillion pelicans and seagulls decided to weather it out along the beach. I have lived in RDM the last 27 years and have never seen so many pelicans in one location! I headed to the beach with my 100-400mm lens and began to capture these images. Then some guy came walking along the state beach with his dog unleashed and doing its "business" along the way. And of course he didn't clean up after his dog. I asked him nicely to not walk through and disturb the wildlife while I was photographing. He ignored my plea, proceeded with his dog, and plowed through the middle of these birds. We had a few words that I cannot print. Unfortunately the ranger had just passed by moments earlier.

Pelicans

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Photographers note:

Camera settings - Canon 5DII; 1/400 sec @ F16; iso 800; lens focal length 400mm

The Conductor

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Camera settings - Canon 5DII; 1/500 sec @ F16; iso 800; lens focal length 400mm

More Pelicans

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Camera settings - Canon 5DII; 1/500 sec @ F16; iso 800; lens focal length 400mm