Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Moonbranches (Canon S90)

This image was taken at the San Diego Zoo. After a wonderful day exploring the park, the moon became brighter than the surrounding sky. The gnarly branches nicely highlighted the moon's presence.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Prayer Paper (Canon S90)

Many of the temples that once stood lonely on the Chinese landscape have now been incorporated into cities. At one such smoke-filled temple, pink prayer papers were tacked to the wall. These intriguing papers stood out on the rusted teal-painted metal wall. In a far corner, baby turtles splashed in a trough near the altar. The incense and water sounds masked the bustling city's noise and brought serenity to the worshipers. The shallow depth of field used in this composition helped to capture the magnitude of the pink prayer papers affixed to the temple's wall. Row after row, column after column.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Back-alley Storage (Canon S90)

Walking through China's back-alleys brought interesting surprises. In this street scene discarded items made for an interesting composition and commentary on Chinese life. Throughout villages and metropolises alike, people can be found literally sweeping the streets with brooms. Now that is public works!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Stormy Falls

The drive north from Southern California was flawless. The skies were clear, the traffic light, and the perfect mix was playing on the stereo. With so many books and magazine articles highlighting Big Sur and McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, it was hard to imagine that the scenery would live up to the hype in my mind's eye. As we approached the Monterey Bay, looming clouds overtook an otherwise bright sky. A sinking disappointment set in as I realized blue skies would not grace the images I would later produce. However, the clouds did add the right element to many static images. Hiking through the burnt forests of Big Sur presented numerous opportunities. With waterproof boots strapped on, the rain-soaked landscape was exciting to venture into. On occasion we came across fallen gigantic redwoods that were charred on the exterior. The outer centimeter of these immense organisms was burnt, but under the charred flesh the trees were intact. Amazing! McWay Falls, pictured above, is a great sight to see. I arrived in the late morning to "ascending rain." The water droplets ascended the bluff from the ground upwards. The cove surrounding McWay Falls redirected the wind and precipitation up into my camera lens. I packed up and went back later in the day. Perfect! The clouds were right as the sunlight filtered through the western clouds, illuminating the flowing falls.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pastel Evergreen

The battering winds ceased and the rains stopped. The parched desert oasis that is San Diego needed every last drop. May the winds bring rain to all areas of the world riddled by drought.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sunset (Canon S90)

On this gloomy and rainy day, may this image bring a little sunshine into your life!