Fuji Velvia Photos

Eat at Joe's
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Eat at Joe's

This is about a two minute exposure while wandering on State Street one night. Joe's neon is kind of a land-mark in downtown Santa Barbara.


Lily Drops
Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Lily Drops

So, I was sitting at my computer (as I am told I do too often) when my best friend said "Hey grab your camera and come look at this!." Seems that the sprinkler had reached the new Calla Lilies that just came up in the back yard. About a half hour later and a couple rolls of film I was back at my computer, but much happier!


Moonlit Harbor
Monday, March 7, 2005
Moonlit Harbor

I am still experimenting with evening photography. It takes a longer exposure, but I use Fuji Velvia, which is primarily a daylight film. The saturation makes this film incredible.


Velvet Orchid
Sunday, March 6, 2005
Velvet Orchid

If you like taking pictures of beautiful flowers, many nurseries are happy to let you wander through their isles. This was at Island View Nursery in Carpinteria. It is one of the most interesting places to take a camera. Many of my Orchid shots are from the nurseries in the area. There are two places around here that are particularly friendly and welcoming.

  • Island View Nursery
    A great place, if you are ever in the area this is an excellent place to loose a few hours. I had a Pastel class here, and took quite a few interesting photos.
  • Santa Barbara Orchid Estate
    These people seem to truly love their jobs and their plants. They are very welcoming and happy to tell you about their beautiful flowers.


Mrs. "A"
Saturday, March 5, 2005
Mrs. "A"

Looking back I realized it has been almost three weeks since I put a hummingbird online. This is Mrs. "A". She was kind enough to build her nest in my potted Bougainvillea right outside my glass patio door.

The first sign something interesting was happening was the male hummer. He came one evening and sat near this same spot in the Bougainvillea. He would come at dusk and leave at dawn. He did this for about a week. Then just as I was starting to think I could get him used to my presence with my camera, he disappeared. The next day she showed up with a few twigs. Two days later, the nest was done. She sat on two eggs for a couple of weeks and they hatched on my birthday. Until I got my Hound Dog, I couldn't have imagined a better birthday present!


Floating Koi
Friday, March 4, 2005
Floating Koi

This was taken at a Botanic Gardens in San Diego California. The blue one is called a "Soragoi Kawarimono" but I am not sure about the orange one. There are a surprising variety of them...


Beach Rock
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Beach Rock

Some pictures are all about the timing. I like the fact that the close side of the rock is dry. I took a couple more pictures on the next waves, but they are not quite as cool 'cause the rock was already wet.


Vine Arch
Tuesday, March 1, 2005
Vine Arch

One of my favorite things to do is to just wander down the street and take pictures with no particular subject in mind. This was from one of those walks down a street in San Diego.


Rosemary Honey
Monday, February 28, 2005
Rosemary Honey

I love to chase bees. My best friend thinks I'm crazy, and she's probably right.


Christmas Mission
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Christmas Mission

Mission Santa Barbara ?Queen of the Missions? was founded on December 4, 1786 by Father Fermin Lasuen. It was the tenth of 21 Franciscan missions in California. It holds the distinction of being the only one to remain in continuous use since the day it was founded. Named for Saint Barbara, and founded on the day of her annual memorial feast, it continues to operate as home of the Saint Barbara Parish.


Evening Poppy
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Evening Poppy

I like to take pictures when the sun is low in the sky. The shadows are much more interesting. These Poppies are always beautiful subjects, but to just snap a photo of a white flower in the middle of the day would make for a pretty boring picture. The shadows here accentuate the shapes of the flower and add even more interest to an already beautiful flower.


Banana Leaf
Friday, February 25, 2005
Banana Leaf

Still thinking about a nice vacation, this was from my first trip to Santa Barbara, before I lived here. I took 22 rolls of film in about 10 days, and I think I would use twice that in the same situation now.


Hold the Crackers
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Hold the Crackers

I have always loved big birds, they are unbelievably intelligent creatures. Once upon a time, when I lived in Hawaii, I had an Umbrella Cockatoo named "Baby". Sadly, when I left Hawaii I thought it would be best for her to stay there. Luckily I was able to find her a good family. I still think about her a lot though, and hope she is doing good in her new home. And I hope they remember to give her lots of canned pears and butter (not necessarily at the same time) of all of the crazy things we tried to give her as treats, those were the only two things she really loved. Well, those and millet spray, which she held in one foot and ate like corn on the cob!


Tequila on the Hoof
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Tequila on the Hoof

Well, probably not really Tequila fixin's. I don't think it's not that kind of Agave and this one in particular has a safe home at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

I like the color of this plant, more blue-gray than most Agave. The older outer leaves make interesting patterns on the new inner leaves making many interesting photographic opportunities.

Like my Orchid Cactus the Agave are commonly pollinated by bats.


Snowy Egret
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Snowy Egret

Subjects like this really reward you for being patient. This Egret was slowly wandering around the edge of the water looking for a snack. We must have looked like quite a site, him stalking lunch, me stalking him. Over about 20 minutes I was able to get really close.


Sea Basset
Monday, February 21, 2005
Sea Basset

There is a great spot in La Jolla where the Harbor seals take over the beach in the winter. There is a roped off section of the small cove called "Childrens' Pool" that allows the seals to bask with their young. You can get very close to them and watch their antics. Which, incidentally is why this picture is named what it is. These guys really know how to relax, and when they are not relaxing, they are total clowns. Just like my Basset.


Evening Surf
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Evening Surf

I talked to a friend on instant messenger last night. He had just arrived in Europe for a week. It made me start to think it had been too long since I went on a nice trip. So I went to Sammy's today to stock up on film, my primary requirement for vacation supplies. ( Think... Hmmm, did I forget anything? nope, got film!... oh, I forgot to pack any shirts! )

In keeping with that thought, this is a shot from my first trip to La Jolla. Walking along the edge of the bluff by the beach gives you a great perspective on things happening at beach level.

Well Steve, I hope you are having a great time! Take lots of pictures!


Dragon
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Dragon

Proof that dragons once roamed the earth! (or at least the skies)

Don't believe me? Well imagine this guy's great-great-great-gran'daddy with a wingspan of well over half a meter. Making them among the largest flying insects ever known, and the largest thing in the sky at the time. Of course that was millions of years ago. In fact, these insects were around long before the dinosaurs.

  • Living fossils
    Other interesting plants and animals that have remained virtually unchanged since pre-historic times.
  • The Wollemi Pine
    Perhaps that giant dragon flew over these trees. The trees were thought to be extinct until 1994 when a small grove of them was found near Sydney Australia. You will soon be able to help preserve the tree by purchasing one of them (cultivated in captivity) for your garden.


I GOT IT!!
Friday, February 18, 2005
I GOT IT!!

I have been around a lot of dogs in my life. And yet, they never cease to amaze me with their capacity for all of the best traits we would love to see in each other. For a while I thought I had just had the incredible good fortune to have encountered a few outstanding individuals. I mean, I have seen my share of dogs that are "problem dogs," untrained and unpleasant to be around. But, the dogs that have been members of my family have had something about them. Something that made them seem like real beings capable of much more than a simple submissive role. They actually had something to contribute to the family, and they were given the opportunity to express themselves and become the true friends they wanted to be.

Now that I am finally owned by the Basset Hound I have dreamed of for 15 years I am starting to realize that perhaps there was not as much "special" about our dogs as I originally thought. Perhaps every dog has that spark of greatness in them, and it is up to us to nurture it... or to tie it out in the back yard and throw really bad kibble at it until even the greatest spirit would shrivel.

What are you still doing reading this, go hug your dog!!
(or better yet take them for a romp in the park!)

Don't have a dog!?

Perhaps I can help...


Land Flower
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Land Flower

In contrast to my previous Anemone.

This was taken on my last trip to Carmel, while teaching a good friend of mine about photography.

The thing I love the most about this photo is the background. Just as surely as a poorly conceived backdrop can destroy an otherwise wonderful photograph, the right background turns a beautiful subject into a work of art. This one has the feel of a painting to me.

It was a very busy flower bed, a very low aperture setting on the camera caused anything not right at the same distance as the flower to be quite out of focus.

The most important thing however, is the fact that my friend really enjoyed taking pictures of the flowers. He had about the same level of enthusiasm for Photography that I do, and he is about the same age I was when I started snapping my first pictures. His name is Grayson, he is about three years old, and I do not think I will soon forget the smile on his face that day.


Moonlit Laguna
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Moonlit Laguna

This shot was taken after dark, lit only by the nearly full moon. I have been experimenting with evening and night time exposures. This was a twenty minute exposure on Fuji Velvia.


Lantern
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Lantern

Another relaxing image from Lotusland.

I think I was in a peaceful mood last evening when I picked this image because I spent some time out at the butterfly overwintering spot yesterday. It is about the quietest place I can imagine especially without leaving a populated area.

I mainly went to enjoy the butterflies with my best friend for Valentine's day. But, there are a few pictures to come from the trip, and I scoped things out a little to to go back for some more serious photo sessions later this week.


Isla Vista Hummer
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Isla Vista Hummer

The day I took this I was supposed to be practicing pastels in a class at Island View Nursery in Carpinteria. But once there is a hummingbird around I can't think of doing anything but taking pictures.


Wild Daisy
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Wild Daisy

One of the things I shoot a lot are these soft close-ups of flowers. In fact that was the subject of my first Photography show. But, of all of my flowers, this is one of my favorites. I like the fact that the flower is less perfect and symmetrical. It makes the petals and other parts of the flower stand out more. It is a little unexpected.