Saturday, May 30, 2009

Scouts Honor

I have had a lot of reactions to this photo. I must say, I didn't vote (it is really a hassle signing up for that stuff when your between addresses for the military), and I am not into politics much at all. I fit more along the lines of John Lennon's famous song, "Imagine". As for this picture, I just documented my version of history. Something to look back on when they ask me in the future, "Where were you when...".

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Shot a wedding the other day with local Petaluma photographer, Cindi de Channes ( I am waiting for permission to use the photo's I shot for my portfolio. SO... here's their feet! ha ha

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Tribute to American Graffiti

Never seen the movie but I live where they filmed it. Every year Petaluma holds an annual tribute to the movie "American Graffiti" with a HUGE vintage car show, live music, and a recreation of the famous Mel's Diner. I shot some film but this is a slideshow of some of the cars I took with my holga mod.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I shot my first wedding in California two weekends ago. It was held at a winery called Paradise Ridge in Santa Rosa. Of course it rained that day, and it had been a while since I last shot a wedding so I was extremely nervous. That's just how I am though. Always on edge. My neck gets tense, and my stomach starts to ache. Been that way as long as I can remember. I always manage though. Pictures turned out great for the most part though. I am my own worst critic so maybe the ones I am disappointed in aren't as bad to another. All I ever give is my best, and I always look to get better.

My new favorite place to be, and I have hardly scratched the surface! Innnnnnnnn Sannnn Francisco! Home of the late great Ansel Adams, amongst many others. My favorite arcade game when I was a kid was called "Quake Attack" and it was set up kind of like a pin ball machine but the board was supposed to be a scaled down version of famous buildings in San Francisco. You would drop your coin in the machine and it would slide down a little ramp onto the board and all of sudden the city began to shake! The goal was to tilt the board with the metal handles sticking out of the front of the machine so that your coin would drop in the various holes on the board. Depending which hole your coin went in determined the amount of tickets the machine spit out at you for redemption of some crappy toy at the front counter. Now when I see the buildings in person I remember that game. That and the show "Full House". Why couldn't I be one of the Tanner kids raised in the heart of downtown San Francisco? So much to see and do. Art everywhere. And food. I have a feeling this is the beginning of a long and ever changing series of that city for me. Long meaning I don't want to leave just yet. Not even close.

Doogie Houser M.D.

Oregon Coast

Thought I would post a picture of the Oregon Coast as I knew it. I can't say I miss the weather, but it sure was purdy! I definitely have way more energy down here in Petaluma than I did up there. Petaluma has a sun that orbits the town or something. :P

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Digital Holga!

The Digital Holga is NOT a german robot lady who bleaches your tighty whitey's for you every Monday afternoon. No, it's just a cheap way to make the boring digital camera make really dreamy photographs. At least that's what it did for me. I made it a long time ago for poops and giggles but it became my only alternative to my regular digital camera for a while. You see, I was broke, and for that matter, I still am, but I really prefer shooting with all my old, wacky, film cameras. However, when we moved across the country to Astoria, Oregon, I had no job prospects, and no moolah for film and chemicals. Sooooo, my only option was my digital camera. BORING!!! Then I remembered the crappy holga lens mount I had made a while back, complete with the lens cap with a hole cut into it to create the vignetting affect. So I popped it on, and went for a walk along the river, and made some of my most favorite images to date. Remember, it isn't what you shoot with, it's how you shoot. Or to shoot at all!

The First Blog

So here's my first official blog. I recently had my website critiqued on a web design forum, and by the great photographer Marc Atkins, and basically everyone tore it to shreds! Of course they were just trying to help, and they did, because I know absolutely nothing about web design. Some tips were to eliminate a few of my portfolio's, have a separate web page just for weddings, say something different in the "about me" section, and last, to have a link to a blog. Well, I narrowed down my portfolio's to include just my absolute favorites, and here I am starting up a blog. Don't go looking for me on Twitter anytime soon though. This is as far as I go for now. It's almost a full time job keeping up with all the pages a person can have now! As for the other recommendations... in due time.