Saturday, December 26, 2009

Graft

The graft line of this tree is clearly visible on this cold winter afternoon.

Pump

One periodically find pumps like this along the side of central valley canals. They seem so odd as they intrude into the silence of the orchard.

Canal No. 20

 
This fisheye perspective on a canal highlights the strange green pipes that appear now and then and seem designed to pump water into the canal, perhaps from a well.

Winter Bark

The bark of this tree had an interesting tinge of orange color that showed in the cracks and stood out strangely in the cold blue light of the winter afternoon.

Fountain No. 2

The multi-layered deposits of minerals render a three dimensional look on this vine covered blue enamel fountain.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Fountain

A vase and gravel basin, as part of a fountain, are drained for the winter.

Grasses

 
Blades of tall grass in varying degrees of focus.

Goggles

Swimming goggles lie in disrepair on a hook, neglected since their last use at the end of the summer.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

DOF No. 20

Succulent flowers in the early Cambria morning light. This stalk of flowers stand out in color and focus (low Depth of Field -DOF) though the background has about the same light intensity.

DOF No. 19

 
Last days of a Lilly of the Nile as the ripened seeds drop.

DOF No. 18

Colorful Coleus foliage offers interesting bokeh with aperture wide open.

DOF No. 17

 
Depth of field reduced to perhaps 1/2 inch on the tip of a grass seed stalk.

DOF No. 16

 
Extremely low DOF.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

DOF No. 15

This grass seed stalk contrasts in texture and color against the pool and garden in the background that are extremely out of focus.

DOF No. 14

I am really enjoying the bokeh (circles of confusion) produced by this 50mm f1.8 Nikon lens.

DOF No. 13

A singular grass seed stalk stands out against the background via color, brightness and focus.

DOF No. 12

Continuing to explore depth of field (DOF) to isolate subjects.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

DOF No. 11

 
Bokeh derived from off focus and low depth of field (DOF) view of colorful foliage.

Dawn Flowers

Flowers almost iridescent in the pre-dawn light.

Fenetre No.2

Fall Holidays shop window display with reflections

Leaves

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Strange Pair

With wide open space in a large field, this tree and concrete cylinder have decided to occupy the same three square feet of space.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mississippi No. 6

 
A dramatic sky serves to punctuate the shift from day to night along the Mississippi.

Mississippi No. 5

 
The edge of the Mississippi around New Orleans is encrusted with docking facilities reflecting the old and the new.

Mississippi No. 4

 
Though recently built, the paddle-wheel steamship Natchez still reflects the era from which it was conceived, with solid brass control boxes in lieu of LCD displays.

Mississippi No. 3

 
The late evening light suddenly shifts to a rich indigo blue.

Mississippi No. 2

 
20th century brick factories and even older plantation houses along the Mississippe surely have amazing stories to tell.

Mississippi No. 1

 
Ships from around the world quietly await their load along the shores of the Mississippi.

50's Iron

They really had some beautiful lines in those 50's era automobiles.

Cadillac

Fisheye perspective on a beautiful gold Caddy.

Night Light

The lights and colors take on very different qualities on a foggy night.

Predawn Fog

The fog amplifies the lavender hues of the predawn light.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

St. Loius Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter of New Orleans with Andrew Jackson in the foreground and boiling skies in the background.>

New Orleans Cemetery No. 20

Society for the relief of destitute orphan boys.

New Orleans Cemetery No. 19

 
Some of the tombs had elaborate ironwork fences and small gardens surrounding them.

New Orleans Cemetery No. 18

 
Rows and rows of above ground tombs in this New Orleans cemetery.

New Orleans Cemetery No. 17

 
Regularly attended.

New Orleans Cemetery No. 16

 
Short and to the point.

New Orleans Cemetery No. 15

 
The deep blue sky reflect off of all the white stone in this New Orleans cemetery.

New Orleans Cemetery No. 14

 
The door to this tomb looks like a typeset page of an old book.

New Orleans Cemetery No. 13

 
Tombs stand tall against the clear sky and searing sun.

New Orleans Cemetery No. 12

 
Ferns find a foothold in even the smallest of cracks.

New Orleans Cemetery No. 11

 
Head stone in a New Orleans Cemetery.

Frozen

Frozen in an instant of time, water steps down a few feet of altitude as a canal crosses the Central Valley.

Generators

 
Rows of salvaged generators in an auction yard.

Reflection

 
Restaurant mirror captured through a fisheye lens.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Primal Messages

 
It seems we return to our most basic modes of communication when left to own resorts.

Ages of Weathering

 
Deeply weathered remains of a bunker that overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge.

Valley Shadows

 
Oak tree shadows spider across the sun scorched grass as the summer heat draws to an end.

Concours d'Elegance No. 10

 
Chris Craft in lacquered mahogany and gold metallic finish.