Monday, July 30, 2007


I'll admit that images of dogs get to be redundant, irrelevant and too plentiful. If you have ever looked at any photographers image box you'll see there will usually be a plentiful amount of images of the 4 legged “child.”

As I wrote the piece for the post on photographing the ones you love, I noticed that I have a hard drive full of images of our two dogs Soli and Nalu. They are great models. They don't complain (although my daughter begs to differ with that statement) and they pose rather happily. At least I like to think so. They are unconditional models as much as they unconditionally love.

Soli is the stand in when I get a new piece of gear, want to test out a new technique or see light that I think is amazing. She is a “people” dog, preferring humans to other dogs I think because somehow she has become confused on her status in the animal kingdom. If she could talk, I am sure she would say that there has been a horrible mistake. She really isn't an animal but a human trapped in the wrong body. She may even give some credence to reincarnation. (Pop, don't worry too much.)

She's a joy to have around the house and I'm glad she's a willing model. This is her and her “ball” before we finally had to throw it away.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Jean Gaumy

No image today.

One of my favorites books is called "Men At Sea" here in the US. It's called "Plien Mer" in France where it was orginally published. The photographer is Jean Gaumy and you should check out his images over at Magnum.

Thursday, July 26, 2007


OK, this probably isn’t that great of a photograph. There is just something about seagulls that I always seem to try and make an image of. It’s similar to the flag issue I wrote about a few posts back. Anyway, it was taken down at the Santa Monica Pier in one of the first outings with the film camera earlier this year.

The other image is from the same day (notice the seagull). On that particular day I had both cameras with me. No matter how I tried I couldn’t keep the highlights from blowing out. Maybe it’s just my lack of ability. Maybe it’s the camera. I don’t know. What I do know is that I was stunned by the lack of detail in the digital images and the amount of detail in the film images. I’m not trying to start a debate on the film versus digital thing just making an observation that was a little surprising to me at that point in time.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Photographing The Ones You Love

I've been trying to explain this to myself and to the others in my family that wonder why I carry the camera. I can't explain it any better so instead of my words look here for why I, and others like me, do it. Gray Matters: Photograph Everyone You Love

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


I’m a sucker for dogs. Especially for dogs that are skittish and scared. This is Missy. She’s an odd mix of Australian Shepherd and dachshund. She didn’t want anything to do with a guy with a camera in his face. The nice lady that owned her asked me to try and get some images and she held her hand down to try and calm her. I’m also a sucker for charming older women with said dog.

Missy doesn’t live at the home. She comes to visit her owner, hang out and make everyone feel better. She stays at the home of her owners daughter because her owner doesn’t want to get up in the middle of the night. I told her about my dogs and their propensity to get up in the middle of the night. She informed me that they had trained me well. My wife would agree.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Santa Monica Flag

I spent some time at the Santa Monica Pier earlier this year. This is one of the images from that day. On Sunday the Arlington West Memorial is set up at sunrise and taken down just before sunrise. It’s surrounded by flags.

I don’t know why I am fascinated by flags flowing in the wind. I just am. Every time I see one, whether I have a camera or not, I think about making an image. There a dozens if images in my folders and on my hard-drives of flags but they seldom look good. This one of the exceptions, at least in my eyes it is.

It’s another film image, Delta 100, processed in dr5 neutral developer.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


This is an image from the workshop in May with Colin Finlay. JJ is a cast member at the Copy Katz Lounge in Palm Springs. It’s a cabaret style entertainment with impersonators putting a pretty good show. I wasn’t sure it would be something I would enjoy, but it was an experience that I most likely would not have taken part in had it not been part of the workshop.

JJ was a very willing subject and workshops like this are always a little difficult. There were 9 other photographers there that day and getting an image without them in the frame was a challenge. It did make me work harder but I also had to work harder because I didn’t have a digital camera to use as a crutch. It’s amazing how many bad habits I’ve developed using digital. I’ve made this a direct link to flickr in order to allow viewing of more images from the day.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Capt Dave

The heat in the southwest, in fact throughout the country, has put guys and gals like Captain Dave in jeopardy. I had the honor of going to the Palm Springs Fire Department to witness some training and document the day. This is a portrait of a firefighter that puts his life on the line on a daily basis. I don’t know where Dave is today but I’m sure he’s out there in the heat, beating back the flames and protecting the communities.

This was taken with the Canon and one of the few times in 2007 I’ve actually used digital. It was processed in Lightroom, which I have yet to purchase, but with the release of 1.1 I expect to get it soon.