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Archive for August, 2010

Down by the River – The Centennial Bridge

Centennial Bridge

Getting out of the house, the kids and I took a walk along the Mississippi riverfront.  Along the way we saw some firefighters that allowed them to get inside of the bucket of their tower ladder truck.  They didn’t get to go up the 7 floors that it extends, but it was fun for them to get up in there.  Along our walk we strolled under Centennial bridge that connects Davenport, IA with Rock Island, IL.    The clouds made for a great backdrop to the span.


Duck Creek at Sunset

Duck Creek at Sunset

Other than the stifling humidity, it is great to go feet from the house and have tons of vegetation, creeks, and fun things for the kids to do.  I wasn’t able to get out to see a sunset in the fields, but the creek did very nicely.  I love how the water caught the light.


Golfing in Iowa

Glynn's Creek Golf Course

I’m off on a short family visit in Iowa this week and man, is it green here.  The brown grasses and hills of California make one forget just how different it is in the middle of the country.  Looking out the airplane window, all you see is green green green with creeks, streams and rivers cutting up the farmland.  I managed to get out to the golf course with the some of the family yesterday and play 18 holes.  This one spot had a great view down the hole with the cart perfectly positioned in the foreground.  Way off in the distance beyond the green, is the corn fields.

If the clouds cooperate in the next few days, I’m going to chase down a barn or two and see if they’ll play nice for the camera.  I even rented a wide-angle lens for this trip in my efforts to replicate a FunkySlug image.  My work’s cut out for me :).

Below is another view of the course with the sun cutting through the clouds.

Sun Cutting Through Clouds


Wine Country Horses

A short photo series of Paso Robles wouldn’t be complete without at least a couple images of the vineyards.  This horse was just sitting with that pose when I drove by.  I loved the image so much I quickly drove down to where I could turn around then I found a place to park.  I had time to walk up to the fence and snap a couple images until the horse noticed me then started heading my way.  My arrival also captured the attention of the horse you see below.  Now it may not be for everyone, but I do like the two palm trees peeking out from behind the vines.  It gives that California feel.


Paso Robles Barn

Paso Robles Barn

I finally pulled down images from my CF card that were taken a couple weeks ago from my trip to Paso Robles.  On that trip, I was able to escape for a couple hours from the family activities to go on a photo tour of the area.   This little barn was in wine-country and just looked like it’s seen far better days.  I like the TV antenna sticking up from the upper roof while the walls are falling with plenty of missing planks.  On the whole drive, I don’t think I ever saw any barns as vibrant as Consuelo’s red one.


Have a Favorite?

The annual Fotoclave competition is coming up and I am considering entering some digital images and perhaps try my hand at a print or two. (maybe).  The categories are Color Pictorial, Creative, Travel, Nature, and Photojournalism.  I am allowed two entries per category, and then my club picks from all entries 20 per category to move on to the larger competition.

I only have two creative images, so that is easy for me to decide, and I am way out-classed in everything outside of color pictorial.  So what I’m asking for help in, is choosing the two images to submit, and perhaps two I should make prints of, for the color category.

Digital entries have a long-edge max of 1050 pixels, so details may get lost, which is what gives a preference for high detail to get printed.

Candidates:

Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship

Stored Memories

Stored Memories

A View to Something More Beautiful

A View to Something More Beautiful

Abandoned Shack

Abandoned Shack

Deep Red

Deep Red

Or if you had other favorites that I didn’t list, please suggest it.  Let me know your two favorites.   Thanks!


Mission Bell Tower – Mission San Miguel

Mission Bell Tower

Here’s another image from my trip to Mission San Miguel.  This is a south-facing tower of bells that has obviously been weathered over the years.  The sun was high and bright and I wanted to bring it all in with the lens flare to give an old feel to the image.  I worked it a bit to give it the bleached, cheap-camera feel.


Mission San Miguel

Mission San Miguel

I took a brief weekend excursion to Paso Robles this last weekend.  While there, I took a bit of time to photograph Mission San Miguel.  The lighting at the time I was there wasn’t ideal, and I didn’t end up with a huge number of shots that I loved, but I did get a couple.  I love the old doors and weathered wall on this and how the small potted plant works with the sparseness of the space.  I just with that pot wasn’t plastic. 🙂


Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast

This little bed & breakfast in Vallejo, which has obviously seen much better days, was in the final process of being moved to its current location from somewhere else.  This had the feel of sitting around for many years without anything being done to it, but I don’t know what the full story is.  I can imagine that once it gets done, it will be pretty nice.  It is in an interesting location with the views behind me being the Richmond Bridge, the end of the Suisun bay and some scrapyard.  I didn’t get the sense that the scrapyard would ever go away.


A Stitch in Time – John Muir House

A Stitch in Time - John Muir House

From the Attic of the John Muir House, is a Domestic sewing machine.  It is pretty cool to see the simplicity of the old sewing machines compared to their modern counterparts.   You can see some of the leaf and flower etchings in the metal.  This shot was backlight substantially from the window.  I used three exposures to balance it a bit more like what was actually seen, then did some color toning to drive home the antique feel.