Archives for the month of: October, 2010
On one of the camera equipment forums someone said: 

“… good photography is more than a checklist of criteria- and that’s where my challenge begins:

I want you to post 1 (one) photo. One of your m4/3 images that you’ve always liked. Maybe it didn’t get the reaction you wanted, but you like it because it’s different- outside of the norm. It doesn’t adhere to the rules of “good” photography. … “

I thought this was a lovely idea And some fun photos were posted in response. So I picked a photo and posted it … 

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It was fun to pick one photo, but of course it wasn’t really satisfying enough. I found about three dozen that I thought might be worth working on. I picked nine out of that and have posted them to a new set on Flickr … you’re welcome to enjoy them. 

BTW: I never think about rules when I’m making photographs. I just make photographs that appeal to my eye. So I’m not entirely sure what rules I’m breaking … 

Maybe you can tell me? 
Continuing my exploration and learning the neighborhood in my new home, the City of Santa Clara, California.

The other morning I hopped in the car and drove the mile and a half to visit the Santa Clara Mission Cemetary. I’d seen the signs when driving by the previous day and been a little perplexed: they listed a closing time for the park but no opening time. I still don’t know officially when they open the gates, but they were open at 7:10am … good enough. 

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I didn’t really know what to expect of the light and as it turned out I was a bit too late: the sun was too high. I’d dropped the 50mm lens into the bag and decided to do some shooting anyway, concentrating on details and areas where the sun was not a glare. 

I’ll be going back soon. 

So along comes today and the light is beautiful: overcast and soft. I wanted to walk and had mapped out a comfortable circuit. It turned out to be a great walk! 

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This photo is pretty special. It shows a Craftsman house built in 1910 in the city center neighborhood. I was admiring this classic, beautiful home (marked with the plate on the left as a city historic) when the owner stepped out to ask if I was taking a photograph. We had a pleasant chat at the end of which she granted me permission to make her portrait with the house as background. A lovely person, a beautiful home, a great neighborhood to walk in.

A few moments later in my walk there is a monastery with two quiet groves of olive trees and a beautiful chapel. Needless to say, I plan to be spending some time there soon.

So much to see, so much to learn about this area … 

I posted several more photos to the flickr stream this week: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gdgphoto/ if you care to take a peek. 
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First morning walk at the new place. I walked in the direction of the main street, a six to eight lane local highway, and meandered along it for a while. Lots of old-timey small businesses. Passed the civic center park and reflecting ponds with their signs broadcasting “Feeding The Animals Is Prohibited In A Public Place”. hmm. 

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The sun rose orange and warm in front of me. Bibendum skated on his slatted field of white at the tire place. No cafe to stop at in this direction: I turned around and walked back via a quiet side street. Sat in the park for a while reading a book and watching the pigeons. 

Ducks in the pond. Pigeons on the edges of the pond. All of a sudden the ducks would all rise together out of the water, fly around in a loop, return to the pond. Then the pigeons do the same thing. 

Lots to see, my eyes are still overwhelmed by the newness of it all. 

These things take a while.