Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Red Wine on a Cool September Evening

Tonight I spent an hour and a half doing shots of red wine. ... I mean, uhh... shooting a bottle and a glass of wine... hmmm... I mean taking pictures of wine... with a camera (while, of course, sipping wine).

I found that both of these wines (Bogle Vineyards 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel & Clos du Lac 2006 Meritage) made the *perfect* compliment to a September Sunset... they're as tasty as they are beautiful.

I know what some of you are thinking, and NO, I did not drink 2 bottles of wine tonight! If I had, I'm fairly certain that I could have put this post together! ;)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Expression of Gratitude... (aka "STOPS")

Now, before I get all mushy, I have to let you know that next week, I'm going to hold another GIVEWAY on my little blog here... a "Save the Parks Giveaway," so make sure to come back & enter to win! But that's another post, today brings... gratitude.

As many of you know all too well, photographers do some annoying things from time to time... things directly related to being, innately, a photographer. That compulsion that gets the greatest shots, also commonly stops whatever was happening when "that moment" of perfect light/beauty occurred.

I think the real reason photography uses the term "stops" to describe such an integral part of the process is that it inserts STOPS in everything! You know... it interrupts things like taking a walk, admiring a sunset on the beach, having a conversation about your day, eating a meal, making a meal, enjoying a morning cup of coffee (or an evening glass of wine)... pretty much everything that happens in a day (well... almost everything)!

It takes someone very patient, understanding, and supportive to take all those "delay of game" moments in stride... someone who actually respects/understands/supports that unending pursuit of capturing beauty, not just tolerates it. And, even then, it takes a LOT of patience!

Does that wonderful and amazing soul really receive gratitude befitting the gift... the gift of Time? For ALL the times that gift is given?

So, this post is for those extroardinarily precious souls... the ones that enable our pursuits of passion and dreams, without guilt or consequence.

I love you Jhon, and I can't tell you in BIG enough words how *very grateful* I am for your support & acceptance of all my many "stops."

Saturday, September 12, 2009

How did I get ready for Second Saturday today?

Well, yes, I know I *should* have been doing a whole number of things to make sure I'm absolutely ready for my Second Saturday display this evening at "Park Your Art" (5-9pm @ 2031 K St., Sacramento-- by McMartin, for those who are local and might want to come say hi!).

Buuuuuut... see, there was this pair of dragon flies hanging out in my little garden this morning when I went to water and... well... you know how people always ask, "Do you have any pictures of dragon flies?" I do, but only a couple and they wouldn't hold still for long so they're not as good as I would like them to be. However, this whole morning/early afternoon was cloudy/sprinkly (further leading me to feel less like getting ready for 2nd Saturday), AND encouraging the Dragon Flies to be still, perfect models for a long, Long time! I couldn't resist it! Didn't have time to really go through and edit/crop/pick faves/etc... these are just a few shots.

So... here's how I spent my day preparing for Second Saturday! Hope you enjoy as much as I did!
(Oh yeah, photos from the CA State Parks shoots to follow in a blog post very soon--promise!)

Can you see the Dragon Fly, nestled in at the edge of the chives and the former Cilantro/now Coriander going to seed?

Now, off to shower, eat, & pack the car in... less than an hour! Yikes!