Archive for December, 2009

Palos Verdes in a Few Hours

December 22, 2009

I was lucky enough to spend a short winter afternoon down at Palos Verdes which is not the easiest place to get to for me. I live in Ventura County and the freeways getting here can be full of traffic but I really wanted see the place with my own eyes at least once.

Point Vicente Light House

5 shot panoramic of the Point Vicente Light House.

Some crashing waves at one of the coves with Catalina Island off in the distance.

Video of the crashing waves.

Any photographer would be having a field day seeing patterns like this even if you do not shoot abstracts.

Getting in a little closer.

Even though I could not use the wide angle from certain views because of structures, there was still plenty to photograph.

A few days after the new moon you will always find the crescent moon lingering just above where the sunsets, you just have to wait for it. My friend Ted Rivera was packing up as I shot this.

Signs of life.

Pale blue light.

Shooting through a fence since the light house grounds only opens on certain Saturdays.

Beach pebbles in the golden hour.

‘Layers of time”

Let’s not forget about all the recreation that goes on down at the beach. With the kelp beds Palos Verdes hosts some fabulous spear fishing.

Abstracts galore.

Sun and sand.

I call this the scroll format.

You can stand on a cliff look down at the ocean and see 10,000ft snow covered peaks.

San Vicente Point Light House

The San Vicente Point Lighthouse.

A view of the Santa Monica Bay and Palos Verdes off in the distance from the Santa Monica Mountains

This was taken a couple of days afterwards but it shows the relation of Palos Verdes to the rest of the Los Angeles Basin. It floats above the basin, it high points of elevation are about a 1,000 ft. You can barely make out Catalina Island on the right but you can see how Palos Verdes was an Island at one point in time.

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Red Rock Canyon State Park California

December 19, 2009

Wild canyons just over the horizon.

Most of us Los Angelinos drive right through the Red Rock Canyon area on our way to the Eastern Sierra, I’m guilty of it myself. It’s designated a state park for a reason, it hosts beautiful cliffs and spectacular rock formations. Even hoo doos you would usually find in Utah. You can find crumbling sand castle formations and other geology here from another world just by driving off highway 14 and onto one of many side roads. When the high desert catches it’s seasonal cold spells, you can often find snow gracing the red canyon walls and after wet winters, the park’s floral displays are stunning.

Even outside the park boundaries you will find wild looking formations that make you wonder if you are still in California. It’s not a wonder that this beautiful desert enviroment was an establishment in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

You can even find arches and mines, any photographer shouldn’t have a hard time at finding something to photograph in this beautiful desert park.

A lantern's glow lights up a volcanic arch above one the cliffs just outside the park.

How Photography Connects Us with David Griffin

December 15, 2009

Here something you should find inspirational.

The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.

Why do we photograph Landscapes?

December 4, 2009

Lenticular Sky from the Sierra Crest

What pulls us in this direction? Do we have a reason or purpose? Is it personal enjoyment, materialism or fame?

Is it because we have our own vision, or is it someone else’s vision that we are seeing with?

Where does our spark of interest come from? Does it come from within or from without?

Is our own creative imagination lost without guidance or does our creative imagination guide us in the direction we would like to go?