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Airport Sunset III

Airport Sunset III

A third sunset image from my recent trip to the south end of the San Jose International Airport.  This one grew on me over the last few days so I thought I’d share it.  I missed today’s spectacular sunset other than enjoying from the driveway.  I thought I would try this as an entry into Skywatch Friday.


Deep Red

Deep Red

Okay, I found one more image that worked from yesterday’s rose garden outing.   Also, there is an image I had high hopes for, but in the end doesn’t work for me.  The more interesting part to me is the action that happened where i wasn’t looking (or focused for that matter).  Oh I wish I had seen it when it was going down!  That is the one drawback to the remote shutter release. 🙂

One of the Hardest Captures

Today’s capture comes with pain, frustration, and a bit of misery.  I wanted to jet off to get some photos in the evening light at the Heritage Rose Garden in San Jose.  The kids wanted to come along to take flower pictures of their own.  Sounds good.  I get the nice light, they get to hang out, my wife gets a break.

That is where things went wrong.  The rose garden isn’t really too close to anything.  As in, it’s not setup like a regular park.  So when my older daughter said, “I need to go potty really really bad,” just after I setup for my first photo after we drove out there; I had to figure out how to deal with the situation.  We worked around the issue, and I won’t go into detail how, but lets just say, timing was critical.

Back to shooting.  Of course, it’s quite windy so every shot takes tons of patience.  At least I have my tripod and remote shutter release.  Until I hear.  “She fell!  She fell and hurt herself!”  Apparently the kids were playing on a hill and my youngest one fell on the concrete and cut the inside of her lip, poor thing (she’s fine now).  That marked the end of the photo trip.  40 minutes of total driving, and 20 minutes of highly distracted shooting.  I wasn’t really happy with any of the shots, so here is the best of the outing.  Oh, in 30 more minutes, this one would have been so sweet.

White Roses

Crusty Fish

One more fish from the fountain in downtown San Jose.   Not much else to say other than this one is rusty, crusty and warty.  The composition of this one isn’t quite as strong as yesterday’s but I think it works.  I should have time to get out today to get some shots as well as see the 6C competition this afternoon.  Maybe one of my prior wins will place!  We’ll see.

Crusty Fish

Red Fish, Blue Fish, Old Fish, New Fish

Old Fountain

The historic area of downtown San Jose has an old fountain in the park that doesn’t look like it has been used for years.  It is very rusty and very cool.  I was pressed for time on taking these since the fam was with me and impatient.  Not to mention, it was after brunch on Mother’s day.  I plan to return when I have more time.  In the meantime, I was climbing around a bit in the fountain and grabbed some detail shots.  I am pretty sure we’re looking at a fish head here.    Just under the upper-lip is a mosquito hiding out.  Apparently the small flying insects that surf in my photos surf on fish. 🙂



On Sunday evening, the clouds were setting up for what I was hoping would be an incredible sunset.   Because of that, when we went to dinner, I brought the camera and made sure we had a window seat so that I wouldn’t miss the magic hour.  I was prepared to abandon the family and run outside to start capturing it.  We finished before that time, and on the way outside, the wind was blowing and I saw this nice little scene that I had seen a million times before.  This time, I found it interesting.

The clouds on the coastal range, the flag blowing, and the old signs on the bowling alley.  Bowl, cocktails and an American flag.  It reminds me of moments from my childhood.  I processed this to try and capture the era of alley’s heyday.

Coyote Valley

A bit more digging into the backlog to make up for not being out taking pictures over the last few days.  This is the Coyote Valley in the South San Jose area.  In the far distance you can make out Mt. Umunhum, the old Air Force Radar tower and the Doppler Radar tower.  I am not sure of the name of the hill on the left with the radio transmitter on it. On the left is Coyote Peak with its radio tower.

Coyote Valley

Four Generations

Walking along E. Santa Clara St. in San Jose, the Lincoln Law School building gives great reflections of everything around it.  At just the right angle it reflects the City Council building in a way that gives the illusion that it is part of the building at 28th First St.  The fourth building in this shot brings forward another architectural style for a well rounded glimpse of San Jose’s diverse architectural styles.

First Church of Christ, Scientist

The Historical Landmark Commission of San Jose is holding the first “Historical San Jose” photography contest to celebrate Historic Preservation month in May.  I’ve been taking photos of various buildings in the downtown area which I will be posting soon.  I am not sure if these will be judged from an artistic or documentary perspective so I’ll try several varieties and submit the three shots I like most.

This shot is of the Fist Church of Christ, Scientist which was built around 1904 or 1905 (depending on where you look).  It is  in poor shape and fenced off.  It has a great dome at the top that looked wonderful in the evening light.  This particular shot is a hand-held HDR shot to bring out the weathered detail.

Golden Glass

Downtown San Jose, taken on the same trip as yesterday’s golden clouds.  The building was lit up wonderfully from the clouds and sun from the east with the nice pastel colors on the clouds to the north.    The negative space adds to this one so I am using this as my Daily Shoot submission for DS102.

#ds102 – Negative space can be just as important to a composition as your primary subject. Explore negative space in a photograph.