Visited Goleta California... so nice to see the sun set. The coast runs east west in that area so the arc of the sun is parallel to the beach. I will try and do some paintings of the ocean beach. did a few water color sketches when I was there.
In this case, having a big sensor is helpful -- I was able to get some of the images almost in focus despite having a little tremor. I tried a tripod but couldn't really see to frame a shot or fine adjust the auto focus.
eventually I'll get two entire birds in the same frame and in focus, but so far this is as close as I've gotten.
Went to Eastern Washington on Wednesday. I am very interested in the textures and patterns of the open landscape there. Layers of patterns from the tiny to the monumental - the idea of shifting focus. The motifs all move over different periods of time, with erosion, seasonal growth as well as the instantaneous movement of the wind or flight.
there are things that intrigue me about the image of the trout lilies mixed in the grass. Like some of my paintings earlier this year the image speaks of how we see and search for what we want to be the motif even in a wealth of compelling detail - detail that we want to make into background but which is not quiet. the grasses represent a struggle both in this years growth and in lasting gestures of the older blades which seem to reach out.
the gallery below the struggle of new growth of lupines at high altitude, wild sun flowers in the wind by ancient sage and a dragon fly on a tiny cat tail.
In this photo of an eroding basalt cliff I used about 8 layers in photos shop to show the different areas all in their best light using different adjustments and levels. I used the magic lasso to separate out even the corners and boost the color a little more there to bring them forward just a little more - much in the same way I would in a painting. the cliff is on the western edge of the Columbia river basalt that flowed in layers from 6 to 17 million years ago and shaped the region.
I felt I had to show this one out of the gallery because it looks so small in the gallery format. I am using weebly, which is easy, but not perfect as a web design tool. But then, how to get a tall rectangle on to a wide rectangle format...
spike is ready to go where the road takes him on a cloudy day. Actually this photo was manipulated the least. Just did white balance, lens correction and brought out the sky with a new layer. I love the ability of the lens and the terrific sensor to get so much in focus. See the rest of the gallery below.
I took these photos with the Nikon d800 and an 18-200 lens. Most of the images are wide, but for some of them I used the longer focal length to zoom in.