Monday, July 9, 2012
Sanctuary at the Carmel Mission
The Sanctuary at the Carmel Mission. The twenty one California Missions each have their own unique and beautiful details and the Carmel mission is sure no exception. This is the main sanctuary, just inside the front door.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Santa Barbara Mission Millstone
I'm always wandering around the Santa Barbara Mission looking for a new angle or a veiw that I have not noticed before. This was at the end of a long day of shooting, as the last glow of the sunset was slipping behind the mission. These pepper trees are a beautiful part of the look of the mission and they are prominent in many of my photos. The interesting details I love about this shot are the old millstone and the stone bench under the pepper tree.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Spirit of the Ocean
A sunset view of the "Spirit of the Ocean" fountain at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. The fountain recently underwent a major restoration. The original sculpture (seen in this photo) now resides in the Courthouse basement. A new sculpture was lovingly carved from massive blocks of stone to match the weather worn original.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Courthouse Clocktower from the Garden Balcony
Another in a series of Santa Barbara Courthouse images I have been preparing for an upcoming project.
This is the view from the balcony above the Courthouse Sunken Gardens looking toward the Clocktower. The evening was early enough to still get all the beautiful details of the architecture, but late enough to see the beautiful landscape lighting.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Santa Barbara County Courthouse Anacapa Archway
One of the most famous views in Santa Barbara, the County Courthouse from the Anacapa side offers veiws of the beautiful archway and clock tower. The tower is the location of many weddings and is just an amazing place to see a panoramic view of the city.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Bridge of Sighs
The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is one of the most beautiful buildings in California. This wing, unlike the others, is much more beautiful on the outside. The tower and the rest of the wing on the right of this photo were the former county jail. The bridge connecting the main part of the courthouse to the Jail wing is called the "Bridge of Sighs" after a bridge (Ponte dei Sospiri) in Venice, Italy. It was the bridge that was said to be the last view prisoners would have of beautiful Venice before they were led to their cells, and so they would sigh as they saw the last glimpse of the beautiful city. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a California Historical Landmark NO. 1037.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Knapps Arch Golden Hour
This is a shot from my recent trip to Knapps Castle. Although there is a lot of construction going on, it is still the most beautiful place I know to watch the sunset. This is about forty five minutes before sunset, but the sky was beautiful until late in the evening. If you decide to make the trip, take some warm clothing! As soon as the sun goes down it can get really chilly and windy, even this time of year.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Knapps Arch Sunset
Time lapse of the clouds over Knapp's Castle at sunset. Santa Barbara, California. Recently I had the opportunity to visit Knapp's castle in the mountains above Santa Barbara. The day I was free to go, the mountain was completely socked in. We call it June Gloom in Santa Barbara. But it makes the sunsets anything but gloomy. By the time the golden hour rolled around, the fog had turned into beautiful clouds and just enough haze in the air to make the light beautiful and golden.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Santa Barbara Courthouse Figueroa Entrance, Virtual Reality
About a year ago I was working on a shoot of the Courthouse.
At the end of the day I wandered around the Figueroa
Street side, the side opposite the sunken gardens.
Because of the spectacular views from the gardens,
and the Anacapa side where the clocktower is, this
area does not get as much attention from photographers.
At the time of my original shot, the light was really
low and I was not really sure what I would get.
The resulting image was one of my favorites from
that day. Recently I found myself in the area again
at about the right time, so I thought I would
get a more complete view of the same spot.
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Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunset Clouds Over The Clock Tower
This is a little bit different angle on the Courthouse from the sunken gardens. Of course the main star of the show was the amazing sunset clouds. They were moving very quickly and the light was changing fast. In only a few minutes they were gone. But I'm very happy with the results!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Storybook Castle Sunset
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One more shot from the mountains. And, if I had to choose, I think this would be my favorite. I really like the way the wall frames the stairway.
Update: If you have Flash installed, the full 360° view virtual reality image of Knapp's Castle is now available online, here.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunset over Knapp's Castle
This was one of the last shots as we were starting
our walk back to the car from Knapp's Castle. I had put most of my camera gear away
at this point and just looked back as I was walking away.
For a test shoot I ended up with quite a few images that I'm really happy with.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Knapp's Castle Sunset Panorama
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This is another one of the "test" shots from the hike up the mountain the other day. Well, OK, actually more of a drive up the mountain followed by a half-mile hike on a nice trail. Regardless, it was a beautiful evening! These two shots were exactly what I had in mind before I got there. I still have some ideas for a later evening shot or two, but I'm going to have to find some warmer clothing before I go back up for that.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Knapp's Arch Sunset
For the last couple of months I have been contributing a "Photo of the Week" to a local news site, Santa Barbara's Blog. Yesterday a request came through them for a shot of Knapp's Castle, the ruins of an old mansion that burned in the forties. It is just over the peak of the mountain north of Santa Barbara overlooking the Santa Ynez valley and Cachuma Lake. For the last year I had been trying to get up there to get some photos, so I was happy to get up there and take some test shots. The intention was to just check out the location and plan for equipment and timing. But, I'm pretty happy with the test shots. I'm still going to try to get up there again soon, but it's hard to beat a couple of nice shots on the first pass.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Misty Morning Courthouse
This is another image from my recent Courthouse shoot.
When I posted my previous courthouse shot I thought that
was the one the client chose. But they are leaning toward this
A massive panorama taken in the first glow of the morning.
The fog was so thick when I was driving there I thought I would not
be able to get the shot. But it actually made for some interesting
lighting. The light on the left cast shadows up from the building
through the fog.
A few projects have been taking a lot of my time lately. To top it off, my main backup drive crashed. With just under a Terabyte of images on there I'm feeling pretty lucky at this point to have everything safe with the exception of one large image that I was working on at the time of the crash.
I did find an interesting thing though. When your backup drive crashes it is very nerve racking until you find a way to get everything backed up again. Of course, the only way to backup a terabyte of data fast is to put it anywhere and everywhere there is space.
I started posting this image on the fifteenth, but it's taken me a week since the full size image is 2.6 gigabytes. But I finally got things moved off onto new hard drives so I actually have some scratch disk space. TWO terabyte backup drives so everything is double backed up. With every drive crash I get more paranoid. But it's a healthy paranoia that keeps my favorite images safe.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Mission Portico 360° VR
This is an image that took a while to process. One slice of it was a previous photo of the day. But I wanted to finish the whole view. This is standing on the portico (long patio behind the archways) at the Mission Santa Barbara. This is a series of long exposures just after sunset. It was a beautiful evening to get a little different perspective on the Mission. With a little luck I'll get some time in the next week or two to spend some more time in the mission gardens to get some shots for an upcoming project. If I do you'll see them here first!
Monday, January 5, 2009
I've been spending a lot of time at the mission
lately. This evening it was to try to catch the
animals in the Nativity Scene before they went away.
I was too late! But it was such a nice evening I stuck
around anyway and I'm glad I did. It turned out to be a
beautiful sunset. As I was trying to get some new angles
on a building that has been photographed thousands of times
(many of them by me).
I was thinking it may be time to get all my mission shots together
in one place.
I received some really nice feedback recently which always makes me want to revisit a great subject. I appreciate all of the kind words! That is one of the things that makes my photography so enjoyable.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I still have not had a chance to get my
film developed from my adventures last week.
(Been a busy week with a sick hound dog.) But
this was one of my test shots from my digital camera.
For the next couple of weeks the christmas decorations will be at their peak so I'm going to try to get as much time behind my camera as possible. So, with a little luck, I should have some nice new images under the tree for Christmas. That is if the hound has not managed to knock the tree over by then.
Monday, June 13, 2005
One of my new collection of local architecture images. I am preparing them for a restaurant remodel.
Sunday, May 1, 2005
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Gold Coast Sunset
I just got back from a trip to Carmel and Monterey.
It was a much needed vacation, it's been over two years
since my last one. I had a great time, although I did
find out that my Hound Dog's idea of a vacation
is a long morning walk at about 6:30am (we normally try to
Those morning walks did give me a great opportunity to explore with my camera though. I shot over 38 rolls of photos while I was there, it was very relaxing. Of course, quantity by no means equals quality, but I hope to have a few nice shots for the site anyway! :-D You be the judge!
This shot is from a drive down Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) in the late afternoon on a hazy day. The haze and low sun made a beautiful golden glow. And, it was a particularly windy day, a few rain showers had just passed through which made for some nice waves.