B & W

One of the side efects of my photography classes is an appreciation of B & W photography, particularly in the case of silhouettes.  In this instance, the photo is of a beach north of Bodega Bay, CA. The first is unaltered.  The remaining photos reflect my editing. Clicking on each photo will enlarge it

Murray Rockowitz in his classes often says that a photo frequently contains more than one picture… 

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What the…??? A Blue Tree!!!

Cornerstone Sonoma , Hwy 121 in Sonoma County contains many interesting stores and gardens–A place certainly worthy of a few hours of your time.  However, I will not feature photos of the gardens in this post. 

Except for the Blue Tree…

The Blue Tree (illusion?) was designed and created by Claude Cormier of Montreal, Canada. The method–stringing over 17,000 plastic balls on a dead tree.

For a sense of scale…

Charley My Boy…

The assignment in a photography class I am currently taking is to make a portrait.  I opted to attempt a portrait of Charley, our neighbor’s 12 week old Chesapeake/Labrador Retriever.  Puppies, by definition, are a bundle of energy and Charley was no exception. He was all over the place–inside, outside, running out of range, licking the camera, jumping into my lap. In other words, pure puppy.

I somehow managed to capture a few images that I will submit this week…

This “photo” session triggered an old memory, a song I remember hearing over and over again on the radio as a child…

CHARLEY, MY BOY
(Ted Fiorito / Gus Kahn) 1924

“Charley by boy, oh Charley my boy
You thrill me, you kill me with shivers of joy
You’ve got the kind of, sort of, wonderful ways
That makes me, takes me, tell me what shall I say?”

 

 

A Petaluma Street Scene

A photographer referred me to a photo contest in London inviting submissions of street scenes from around the world…the Street Photography Now Project.

Of course I only have a few thousand photos of local graffiti, garbage, potholes, and abandoned shopping carts. Placing my tongue firmly in cheek, I decided that such photos are all too common throughout the world. 

After careful deliberation and a review of photos already submitted by others, I selected this scene from Petaluma’s Putnam Plaza for submission…