Saturday, March 29, 2014

Weekend Road Trip Along The Pacific Coast Highway

Boat And Rock - Morro Bay, California
This weekend (starting in a few hours, in fact) I'll be taking a road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway in central California. While I've made day trips to a few of the beaches along this route, I've never really explored the central coast. I've never been to Big Sur or Monterey. I'm really looking forward to experiencing this beautiful part of California.

I've got my cameras already packed. I'm bringing along my Sigma DP2 Merrill, Samsung NX200, Minolta XG-1 (and a couple rolls of Fuji Velvia 50), and Nokia Lumia 1020. I'm sure it will take a while to post-process all of the images I capture, but I'll be sure to share them on this blog when they are ready.
Three Kayaks - Pismo Beach, California
Avila Beach - Avila Beach, California

Friday, March 28, 2014

My Interview With The Legendary Photographer Ansel Adams

I did not interview Ansel Adams. I was not even five years old when the legendary photographer passed away. Instead, I've put together many often quoted words of wisdom from Ansel Adams in a faux interview format. Hopefully you'll see these popular quotes in a new light and find insight in the words.

Mr. Adams, may I call you Ansel? Great. Ansel, much of your photography is of Yosemite National Park. What is it about this place that attracts you over maybe some other grand locations?
Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.
You were a musician as a child. You are also a talented writer. You could have expressed the greatness of Yosemite through song or poetry. What makes photography a better medium to express your feelings of this place?
Both the grand and the intimate aspects of nature can be revealed in the expressive photograph. Both can stir enduring affirmations and discoveries, and can surely help the spectator in his search for identification with the vast world of natural beauty and wonder surrounding him.
What do you find is most critical to creating a great photograph--the camera, lens or film?
The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it. There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
So it is the photographer himself or herself that is most important to the outcome of an image, is that right?
A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.
Your photographs, then, are an expression of your feelings, and not just an exposure of what's in front of you. Can you expound on that?
There are no forms in nature. Nature is a vast, chaotic collection of shapes. You as an artist create configurations out of chaos. You make a formal statement where there was none to begin with. All art is a combination of an external event and an internal event. I make a photograph to give you the equivalent of what I felt. Equivalent is still the best word.
Is it essential to the outcome of a photograph to have the right camera? 
You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
Are there any photography rules that you use to ensure good results?
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
Last question, Ansel. It seems as if everything has pretty much been photographed, and in every way imaginable. Do you think photography has pretty much been fully explored?
We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium. Photography, as a powerful medium, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.

My Favorite Photographs of 2013 - Part 8 (November)

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 9

Here are my favorite photographs that I captured in November of 2013. I captured a lot more than these, but the ones you see here are the ones that I like the best. Most of them are abandonment photographs. I used a Sigma DP2 Merrill camera to capture all of them.
Abandoned Interior - Mojave, California
Interior Design - Mojave, California
Doorknob - Mojave, California
Blue House - Mojave, California
Door, Broken - Mojave, California
Lost Boy - Mojave, California
Divine Window - Mojave, California
Paint Cans - Mojave, California
The Looking Hole - Mojave, California
One Circle - Tehachapi, California
West - Tehachapi, California
Abandoned Bench - Tehachapi, California
Boarded Up Door - Tehachapi, California
Field of View - Tehachapi, California
Broken View North - Tehachapi, California
Interior Stairway - Tehachapi, California
The Back Yard View - Tehachapi, California
Unstable Stable - Tehachapi, California
Abandoned Industrial Building #1 - Mojave, California
Industrial Tire Planter - Mojave, California
Window Squares - Mojave, California
Tire Pile - Mojave, California
Torn - Mojave, California
Broken Wench - Mojave, California
Concrete Leaning - Mojave, California
Industrial Lines - Mojave, California
Mojave Apartments - Mojave, California
Mojave Apartments Sign - Mojave, California
15320 - Mojave, California
Mojave Apartments Interior - Mojave, California
Back Wall Color - Mojave, California
Two Squares - Tehachapi, California
A Light In The Dark - Tehachapi, California
Old Yield Sign - Boron, California
Three Shadows - Boron, California
A Little Caution - Boron, California
Mattress Pile - Boron, California
Prison Exit - Boron, California
Escape - Boron, California
Forgotten Mattresses - Boron, California
Low High Voltage - Boron, California
Load Not To Exceed 2,000 Lbs. - Boron, California
Community Center Steps - Boron, California
Broken John - Boron, California
The Red Box - Boron, California
Birdi - Boron, California
Broken Toilet - Boron, California
Housing View - Boron, California
Residential Arch - Boron, California
Tree, Fallen - Boron, California
Residential Power Outage - Boron, California
P-10 - Boron, California
Boron Base - Boron, California
Please Do Not Use - Boron, California
Burnt Hallway - Boron, California
What The Fire Left - Boron, California
Burnt Building - Boron, California
Unwanted Playpen - Boron, California
Unused Outlet - Boron, California
Closed, Yet Open - Boron, California
Abandoned Furniture, Abandoned Building - Boron, California
D Power - Boron, California
Dark Restroom - Boron, California
Rolling Dough - Tehachapi, California
Donut Sprinkles - Tehachapi, California
Two Donuts - Tehachapi, California
Dipping Donut - Tehachapi, California
Carlos Explaining - Tehachapi, California
Mixed Dough - Tehachapi, California
Jon Eating A Donut #2 - Tehachapi, California