This year marked a 100 year anniversary of the Mather Field. If you were not there, here is a link to the site for more information on the event. California Capital Airshow
I also want to welcome those folks I met at the airshow. Welcome to my Blog.
I hope everyone enjoys some of the photos I took.
I purchased a new lens for this event, and as a reward to my self for loosing 5% of my body weight. My diet journey is ongoing as is my journey as a amateur photographer. This lens was harder to work with. I expected I may have some issued, but the speed of the planes made it hard to take pictures of some of the more modern ones. The lens is a 200mm to 600mm zoom. It is going to be spectacular for wildlife.
So enjoy some of the preliminary photos. All of these are being posted with no edits, or cropping. I will pick out some for “special” treatment later. And of course always take suggestions on ones I post that may profit from some editing.
Filoli (pronounced “Fie-low-lee”) was built for Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn II, prominent San Franciscans at the turn of the twentieth century. Mr. Bourn arrived at the unusual name Filoli by combining the first two letters from the key words of his personal credo: “FIght for a just cause; LOve your fellow man; LIve a good life.” (https://filoli.org/history/)
The garden and grounds are beautiful. I have only gone in the spring, so I can not speak for the summer flowers. This year we just missed peak on the tulips. There was still some in pots that were in bloom.
The other flower in bloom is the wisteria. I love this vine. It is huge here. The whole back side of the house is covered. There are 3 shades. A dark purple, a lighter purple and white. The bees were dancing with each other as they hunted up the flowers that had not yet been drank from. I know one is the European honey bee, I don’t know the larger one. She was huge, and very loud as she flew among the flowers.
Here are a few of the other pictures I took. As a side note, none of the pictures have been edited in any way, so a few can benefit with cropping.
I will be submitting some or all of the following pictures. I would love to get feedback on ones you think are the best, or maybe could use some help with editing.
Finding the proper categories to submit the pictures in is also difficult. Anywhere you see 2 listed is where I am trying to determine what to submit under.
Division 28 – Architecture
Class 3 – Monuments
Class 5 – Urban Buildings
To hold faith in your fingers
The Carmel Mission is lovely location with lots of small things to capture. The altar is not so small, but with a crystal ball it seems to miniaturize so that it is easily grasped. When I first showed this picture I had feedback that the original orientation was distressing to some.
Division 29 – Black & White
Class 6 – Still Life
What does the future behold?
This is my first Black & White. The crystal ball is actually quite large, and heavy. I was experimenting with candles and silver cups. The color version is pretty, but this was just more dramatic for me. I admit I thought of Harry Potter in divination class when I was doing this series of photos.
Division 25 – Abstract/surreal
Class 3 – Non-Digitally Manipulated
A storm approaches
I am rather happy with the color of the crystal in this. I did not edit the color in. it was created with the use of LED candles and a real candle. The tea set in the background is an old set my mother gave me. It is quite tarnished but it creates a lovely reflection of the candles.
Division 33 – Food
Class 2 – Tablescape
Class 3 – Any Other
My tarnished treasures. When I polish them up I will be taking another series to show the difference. I am not sure if this would be considered table scape or something else. It isn’t food.
Division 38 – Transportation
Class 3 – Sea
This was taken in Monterey. I have another of her profile. I am unsure of the rules when it comes to people. Since she can not be identified I don’t know if I can use this. I will be looking in to that.
Division 37 – People
Class 1 Children/Family
Boy to Man ; Adult to Child
This father and son were walking along the beach. I loved the image of just their legs. walking together, yet apart. One in the safety and calm of the waters edge; the other splashing in the waves. Adult and child.
Division 35 – Life in California
Class 2 – CA Landscape
Division 34 – Landscapes
Class 4 – Waterscape
This is a hard choice for me. I like both. One is much more defined then the other. I am also not sure what division would work. I could of course submit both. But I would like to limit what I submit.
Division 28 – Architecture
Class 3 – Monuments
Class 5 – Urban Building
Fountain in a bubble
This is at the Carmel Mission. The fountain is in the courtyard. We were very lucky when we visited for Christmas, there were very few people so I could get this with no one sneaking in.
Division 39 – Any Other
Class 1 – Any other
These type of photos are hard to categorize. They are a bit surreal, but could be considered table settings. I am at a loss for this. I love the look of it though.
Division 36 – Nature
Class 1 – Flora
Working with a crystal is actually pretty hard. It has to be put on something or held up by something or someone. I have not yet figured out how to make it look like it is just hovering there. I don’t like to over edit a picture so my hand or another will be in pictures for a while.
Please I really want your input. Either here or on my Facebook. What photos do you like the best? Maybe what could use a different name, and if I limit it to half of what I posted here, what ones would you pick.
I take tons of pictures it is hard for me to narrow down the good ones and get them edited to make them pop. I love the constructive input.
I have been going to the coast of California now for Christmas for about 6 years. The last 2 years We have stayed at Asilomar in Pacific Grove. It is a nice location. A bit rustic. There is no phone in the room, if you need the front desk you have to go outside to the phone on the building. The rooms have no TVs. and the one we are in has a fireplace. Previously they use to supply wood for the fireplace, now they are supplying these little bags that look like burlap, with some pieces of wood in them. They burn about 30 min is you are lucky. I wish they at least sold wood if you wanted it, but there are grocery stores in the area that do sell wood, so I can still have a nice fire.
As I am still very much an amateur when it comes to photography I find that my limited time available at a location does not always capture the location well. The light tends to be maybe too much, or the direction of the item I am trying to catch is towards the sun, and then my pictures are all washed out. Some of the pictures can be saved with editing, but others are a total “loss”. Although the picture may not be great, I still am happy to have been out there taking those pictures.
This year I have been experimenting with a crystal ball. It is a smallish one. It is 70 mm, just under 3 inches in diameter. The perspective you can get from these is fun to play with. But there is a learning curve on how to hold it, where to hold it, or even where to set it down. Then how far from the focal point or subject and how far from the camera itself. Of course some of this is very subjective, but also lots of fun to try things out.
I hope you like the collection of photos from this Christmas. I have not edited these first few. I know editing can enhance a photo, and make it really pop, but I have to admit I tend to like mine more before. Of course it could be I am just not the greatest at doing those edits.
On August 5th I had the opportunity you see Slightly Stoopid in concert at Reggae on the River 2017. The show was great. I was very far back and on a bit of a rise, so the sound had a bit of an echo. When you got into the bowl where all the dancers and crowds were the sound was great. With my camera I was a bit hesitant to get into all those people. I don’t know what the official count was of the crowd but it was big. The moon was beautiful, but it never got over the stage so I was not able to capture the moon and the band together.
The event had a drone flying around, and lots of cameras so I am sure the whole concert is on YouTube.
My mother has a robin that built a nest on her porch. Now normally this would not be an issue, except that it is right next to the side door they use off an on. The robin built a total of 4 nests. My Mom and Sister kept removing the nests to try to persuade her to move to a less traveled location.
Of course the robin didn’t want to move, so the 4th nest she got an egg laid in before it could be removed. By the way the nest is on a stack of wood about 4 feet high. Just sitting on top of it next to the field stone chimney.
We were concerned that with the traffic near the nest she would not be on the eggs enough to hatch them. Well all 4 have hatched. These pictures were taken by my mother. Trust me there are 4 little beaks in there. The babies few away before we got pictures of them.
I had the opportunity to go home to Vermont to visit my Mother around Memorial Day 2017. I always love going home. Everything is so different than here in California. The green is completely different tone, and is everywhere.
This pair of pictures are of some flowers at my Mom’s. The picture on the left is the original, the one on the right is edited slightly.
This picture is of the shore of my mother’s pond. Again the left hand picture is the original, the right has been edited.
I am trying to make the picture pop, but not over do it. I am also practicing composition. The rule of thirds, Phi grid and the golden ratio.
I am also looking for tools I can use during editing to help relate to these different approaches. I would like to find some way to overlay these different approaches over my pictures when I edit to see how to crop or adjust the picture. I struggle using my view finder to align my photos.
The following pictures are of a Rugosa Rose. The left hand is the original photo and the right is edited.
I have not edited many pictures from my trip. Here are more flowers from around my Mom’s place.
I spent some time along the coast on Saturday. We stopped in San Francisco to take some pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge from a direction not seen often. The city behind the bridge mimicked the shape and lines of the bridge.
We changed directions a bit and headed to Point Reyes National Seashore. The drive was interesting. During the rains this winter and early spring there have been mud slides and other dangers along the road. There is even some closed roads due to damage. I spent more time paying attention to the driving, bicycles and other traffic that no pictures of this portion of the trip were taken.
But at the seashore I felt more like I was on a safari. Harbor Seals, Turkey Vultures, Crows and Tule Elk… oh my.
I met a lovely couple where we saw the Tule Elks. They were pulled over and that is what caught my eye before the Elks did. I am so glad they had pulled over. I was excited to get a chance to see this herd.
My May 3rd 2017 I will need to choose at least one photo, possibly more, to enter into the California State Fair’s photo contest. There are 15 divisions with between 2 to 10 classes. The competition is open to Amateur photographers both adult and youth, and the entrant must be a California Resident. I can not submit a single photo in multiple divisions, so I am considering which of the following I want to do, and of course what to submit. I would love feedback on the photos I post as possible entries. Or even suggestions on any of my previous photos that may work well for this.