Sep 082013


This is a beach scene on the Colorado River at Buckskin State Park in Arizona over Labor Day weekend.  Although only an hour north of my desert home, these greens and blues stand in stark contrast to what I normally see.



Jan 122012

Another one from Santa Barbara last May. On our third day, the sun finally came out and we, like many others, enjoyed a morning at the beach Here a woman is walking her dog… which there is a lot of on this beach. In the background you can see a surfer swimming with his board.

Processed in Topaz Simplify – Buzz Sim

Jul 242010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/320; 7.7mm Canon SD950IS

Another January theme, finally completed.  This trio is (from left to right) is of myself, my mom, and my sister Wendy.  I was working on trying to get a nice picture of the three of us at the beach.  I only had my little bendy tripod, so the shot was limited and it took several tries. I did get a nice photo… but I thought this one was more interesting for the blog.  What are those 3 ladies talking about anyway?

Jun 282010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/160; 5mm; 7:10am;  (Super Macro, camera on the ground)

Look what I found on this morning’s bike ride!  Yes, a beach ball!  It’s only 5″ but who cares.  Doesn’t it look like it is lost in a beach dune?

I experimented with the aperture setting on this.  I took it at f/2.8 and f/5.6 and f/8.  Normally, I’d say that the narrow depth of field would be the better shot, that is, if I wanted all the attention on the beach ball.  But I don’t in this case. To fool the viewer that this is indeed a beach scene I think the f/8 shot is the best one.

But for the Friday Assignment, the f/2.8 s best, especially with a little vignette added:

ISO 80; f/2.8; 1/250; 5mm; 7:08am;  (Super Macro, camera on the ground)

You really will have to look at each photo enlarged to see the difference that the aperture makes on the focal point. I also think that the weed stems help frame the ball. I’d like say that contrast helps, but I think the colors are more complimentary than contrasting.

In the next one, there is no doubt what the focal point is…  this is how I found the ball before I got off my bike and walked around to see what other shots there were:

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/320; 100mm; 7:04am

This ball was so much fun, I might have to go back with the car to pick it up.

May 302010

ISO 80; f/10; 1/10; 1/160;  11.4mm 4:30pm (taken with the old camera) (picture is now straightened 6-1-10 8:10pm)

This is the Colorado River as taken from the CRIT (Colorado River Indian Tribes) land in Parker, AZ, which is 35 miles north of Quartzsite.  The land on the other side of the river is California. We discovered this peaceful little spot last November, actually Thanksgiving Day, when we went up to the CRIT Casino for the Turkey buffet.   I never get tired of looking at the mountains, but sometimes I miss the water . This spot is an easy cure for that.  I suspect that now it is Memorial Day weekend, this place might not be so peaceful.