Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nature's brush

To me, a change of season is nature at its most wondrous.  Our human brains frequently assume it happens suddenly and certainly it frequently feels that way.  But watchers know and see the signs, and are keenly aware it is a gradual and insidious evolution of one season into the next.   From bird and animal migration, to the changing sky and earth, photographers document the process.

Cloud study 1 - approaching storm

Throughout, nature paints everything with the most astonishing surprises.

The first heavy frosts on the windows are applied with strokes both fine and broad.

Frost 1

These two shots were made the same morning on windows of identical size and composition, both facing south, with approximately thirty two feet separating them.  Although they contain common elements, the two patterns are dramatically different.

Frost 2

keep your eyes peeled and cameras ready.

until next Monday,


a passion for the image

Sunday, November 21, 2010

on fire

Nature on fire.  That is autumn in the Pacific Northwest, where hundreds of different species of Japanese and vine maples scream, sweet gums shout, and gingkos glow.  All strutting their costumes before taking a well-earned rest until spring.  They are very difficult to ignore and next to impossible not to photograph.  Thus, you are getting another dose of the extended season.

There were so many red leaves on the earth and in the water, that the leaf right in the middle of a water lilly was not a complete surprise but nonetheless, a visual treat.

And what can I say about this tree except "Bravo!"

Who knows?  Next week's blog may be filled with black and white, straight white, and tan images.  but...

until next Monday


a passion for the image

a shameless post script.  Thanks to Visual Server from the Photo Eye Gallery and Bookstore in Santa Fe,  my new
website is up and running.  

There is still some work to do (involving more expletives on my part, no doubt) but I present it for your perusal.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Autumn redo

"Maple leaves on granite"

Because of the miracle of transportation, human beings today can travel to another place quickly and experience seasons twice or three times in a row.  In essence, nature gives us a redo.  Traveling to the northwestern United States at this time of year not only offers some autumn color, but some early winter blooms for photographic fodder.  You will find some wonderful surprises here.



"Golden bamboo"

Thanks Debbie, Bob, Monica, and Larry for making these photographs possible.

until next Monday,


a passion for the image

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tango on the brain

Having spent the weekend at the Albuquerque Tango Festival, tango music is wandering the halls of my brain.  Little wonder that today's blog features some of the dance photographs I have made over the years.

"Fred and Heather"

This photograph was part of a photo shoot on a hot summer day on the Taos Plaza.  It was altered with filters in PhotoShop.

"Carrie and Tara"

Carrie Field and Tara Fortier are both consummate and creative dancers as well as world-class teachers.  Here is another shot with Carrie and another incredible dancer and teacher, Mike Malixi.

"Carrie and Mike"

Many, nearly all, would say that in tango it is all about the embrace...

...or is it about the shoes?????

"Used and new"

"Flamenco Feet"

Flamenco Feet was made in a studio at the Synergia Ranch south of Santa Fe in 1995 with a Mamiya medium format camera.   All the performers were incredibly dynamic and this shoot was one of my most memorable.

until next Monday,


a passion for the image