Wednesday, June 29, 2005

San Francisco Bar

San Francisco Bar
Originally uploaded by Larry D. Hayden.
The last few posts have been photographs more personal in nature and has turned this blog from a photography blog into a travel log. I guess that isn’t all bad and it’s a chance to show off the family and introduce them to the internet world. I’m not sure many people are actually reading this and how many would actually care, but it’s fun and I continue to do it as I have time.

This weekend is a long weekend for us. We have a Friday and Monday off for the 4th celebration and I’m planning at least one photographic excursion. I’m heading out to the Salton Sea this weekend to see it. This trip is inspired by Mark Tucker and his recent road trip to the area. Mark is a wonderful photographer from Nashville and a visit to his website would be a nice way to spend a few moments. Check it out and surf a site worth visiting amidst all of the visual clutter existing on the web.

This image is from a trip to San Francisco earlier this spring. It was a business trip and in keeping with my goal I carried my camera. I even carried it to dinner with coworkers. I’ve always liked the colors in the bar areas. The bottles, and especially the backlighting, add a graphic effect. The blurred bartender was an unexpected surprise. These are still possible with digital. You just don’t wait as long to see them.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005


A couple of weeks ago, Jordan, Diane and I made a trip to Kentucky. It was the continuation of the planned trip in April when we were met with a spring snow storm in Colorado. This time we flew into Louisville and left Soli at the Dog Ranch for a few days.

The flights were uneventful but every plane was filled to the gills. I think school had let out for most of the country that week, or at least it had on the west coast, and every family decided to leave on the same day that we had chosen. We were separated and couldn’t get seats together but Diane and Jordan did end up next to each other when a kind man offered to change seats. The man was a saint, at least in Diane's eyes, because he gave up an aisle seat and took a middle seat on a 3 hour flight. It was very kind of him.

This is a photo of Timmy, the middle nephew from my sister Lori’s family. We had a picnic at his older brothers house on Sunday night and it was great to see all of the family together. Zack, the older brother, has three children of his own now. We were introduced to Aidan for the first time and really got a chance to see how much Jack and Lilly had grown over the 2 years since we were last in Kentucky. That’s a long time between visits and should be rectified, but for the life of me I’m not sure how we do it.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Shooting Through A Scene

OK. You probably wouldn’t figure me for a flower photography kind of guy. But I’m photographing what is at hand and presented to me as I look around. I’m looking for graphics, lines, colors…

Sometimes it works but most times it doesn’t. I like the flower image mostly due to the colors that are in the image. It certainly doesn’t fit the normal flower image that seems so prevalent on the web. Trust me, I have plenty of those in this short session with the flowers Jordan and I had gotten for Diane.

When I saw the image I liked the blue color behind the flower and went from there. I was trying to do something Steve McCurry said in a presentation I saw last November and that was to shoot through the scene. There were a lot of boring images from this session and not many keepers. This was one of my favorites.

The image of the ivy is from our backyard fence. I see this ivy everyday and I like the way light falls on it and the patterns that I can find. Vincent Versace says that patterns are interesting but an interrupted pattern is more interesting. I’m not sure this image fits that comment but I tried to emulate the thought as I was shooting the ivy.

The quotes from these two photographers are here because I’m trying to apply things I’ve learned to my shooting no matter the subject matter. These are image makers that I admire and their images provide some small inspiration to me. Not so much for their content, although I do like that. It’s more for their passion, their ability to convey a thought and the ability to translate a sense of wonder to the viewer.

I’ve been preaching to Jordan about giving 110% no matter what she does. I’m trying to do that myself when I shoot, even though the subject matter may not be the most personally compelling or preferred subjects for image making. It has made a difference in my image making and I certainly shoot through a subject more now. I still have a way to go. So, while I’m not a flower kind of guy, I am a photographer and I enjoy finding shapes, arranging lines and figures to make a compelling image. At least that's the goal when I break out the camera.