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Lost

A little multiple exposure abstract for a change of pace. . .

Taken at a hotel in San Francisco

Takin’ it to the Street

This one’s from the archives- the same San Francisco trip where my last blog photo was taken- but I still may use it for my assignment if I don’t take anything else appropriate. This was a street musician down at Fisherman’s Wharf- and the crowd of oblivious, unappreciative passersby. Just a basic edit and black and white conversion- would love to crop it a little on the right. . .

Street?

I’m not sure this qualifies as street photography, because I was standing in the entrance of a building in San Francisco (with my photography buddy, Carol) shooting through the gorgeous lobby and focusing on the Bay Bridge through the windows at the end. It was Carol’s idea to wait for someone in red to come by to make the shot- and she did! I am happy to say that there was no cropping or cloning- just a little work on exposure and then a black and white conversion. The garbage cans (always a no-no) remain for journalistic integrity!

But where is the girl in the red shirt? You have to look at the color version!

On a Break

A quiet scene from the Anchorage Market

I was thinking of using this shot for one of our photo group assignments, even though it was shot during the summer. The assignment is “editorial” or “street photography.” There are RULES (I hate rules): minimal editing (no trash can removal etc.)- just a black and white conversion. So the color version is my more edited version (straightened and cropped, no cloning- but added tonal contrast etc. in Nik).

My black and white version is the original crop (yuck), edited in Nik Silver Efex, also contrast and with the Ilford film type (not sure if that much editing is allowed). I think I will be heading out to the streets again to try to get it right in camera- but not to Alaska, unfortunately.

Beachcomber

Another peaceful morning walking at the beach. . .

 

Alone, but not

Whenever we visit a beach, I always enjoy watching and photographing shorebirds, which are so comfortable amidst the crowds of people. I managed to get this shot as the crowds momentarily seemed to dissipate by the Huntington Beach Pier.

 

Building Art

Spotted in Newport Beach on the side of a building that housed a barbershop and other businesses.

A Different Look

The heavy monsoon rains have brought an amazing array of wildflowers and grasses to Willow Lake this year, creating a different look from previous summers. I don’t know what these pink flowers are (someone will tell me), but they were everywhere.

We went out a couple times last week (me balancing trekking poles and camera and backpack), and each time my photo shoot was curtailed by thunderstorms.  I hear that monsoon season is over now, but I’m not counting on it!

A Quiet Scene

Another view at the Eagle River Nature Center.

 

Alaska Summer Scene

The gorgeousness of summer in Alaska!

More Green

More Alaska today! This was taken on the trail at the beautiful Eagle River Nature Center (just down the road from where our daughter’s family lives).


Your Basic Alaska-ness

Everywhere you look you see this GREEN! We were there only a few weeks ago, but I imagine that there are spots of fall color already. Summer is short and INTENSE!

Born to Be Wild

Until we moved to Arizona, I had never heard of Apache Plume- but now I photograph the seed heads every summer. We have a big shrub of this native plant in front of our house. I can’t say it is lovely to look at as a landscape element- but the craaaazzzy seed heads and little flowers are quite captivating!

The Book Club

It is a photography paradox to me that many, many, many of my favorite photos were taken on Southern California beaches- when I spent so much of my adult life disliking Southern California (the crowds and the TRAFFIC!). There is something about the serenity of the water and the white sand that appeals to my eye. I remember looking at this trio of ladies with their hats and cover-ups and thinking they looked like my kind of people- so I titled it “The Book Club.”

Hello, Yellow!

A cheery sight at the Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage: