Thursday, May 17, 2012


A new photography show for my 81Bees group will start in June at the Calumet Gallery.  Will post more info later regarding that show.  For now I'm trying to decide which of two images to use.

The show is called "Balls" and that's our theme.  Balls because our mentor Bob Nishihara has a habit of rolling napkins into balls during our get togethers.'s to you Nish!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pinhole Photography...or versions thereof

My photography group, 81Bees, is putting together work done with a Pinhole Camera, or versions images fall in the "versions thereof" category.  I'm using already shot digital images and recreating them with a pinhole lens filter.  Below are a few images that I've experimented with so far.
I've since read up on pinhole cameras on and came away with this helpful information about the characteristics of pinhole imges...

"Pinhole images are softer – less sharp – than pictures made with a lens. The images have nearly infinite depth of field. Wide angle images remain absolutely rectilinear. On the other hand, pinhole images suffer from greater chromatic aberration than pictures made with a simple lens, and they tolerate little enlargement."

I'm thinking I might need to tweet and work a little more on some of these images to get them looking more like they were taken with a pinhole camera...but I like the initial experiementation.  What do you think?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


If you're on facebook you might have seen Nina Katchadourian's airplane lavatory photos.  An article on says, "To pass the time during long flights, artist Nina Katchadourian goes to the lavatory, adorns herself in tissue paper costume, and creates hilarious self-portrait photos in the style of Flemish Renaissance paintings. She calls the series “Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style.”

She used items found in the labratory (toilet seat covers, toilet paper, etc.), a few items she brought on board (sweaters, inflatable neck pillow) and a cell phone camera to create her brilliant images.  If you're lucky and you live in the bay area, or can travel here before May 26, 2012 you can see these images at the Catherine Clark Gallery at 150 Minna St., which is the alley street between Mission and Howard streets.

Making pretty images is fun (which is, hopefully, what I do)...but it sure would be great to come up with a clever idea like this.  After all, it really is the idea...that's the ticket.  And, of course, the wherewithal to execute it.

But when you look at her images they work not only because of her clever use of ordinary items to create her costumes, but the fact that she has the perfect profile for the "flemish style," small delicate features, thin but prominent nose, long face, dark hair...that's what helps make these images work.

Here, let me show you.  The bottom image is the famous flemish painting by Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfine portrait, the top images are just a few of Nina Katchadourian's that are being shown at the Gallery.  It's hard to see from my small thumbnails...but the facial similarities are there.  Her idea is just too darn clever, her execution and perfect profile makes it happen!

Oh, and she's also showing two videos where she's dressed in her costumes and lip singing to hard rock songs.  I forgot to write down the names of the songs...and I can't remember them now but that doesn't really matter.  It's fun to watch.  I just hope no one was hopping up and down outside the lavatory while she was rock'in out!  

Friday, April 13, 2012

Travel Photography

I'm showing this image at Lakeside Cafe...part of the 81Bees Travel Photography Show.  I took this with a nothing fancy point & shoot camera...but I love it so much that I decided to show it.

This was taken on Fanning Island, part of the Republic of Kiribati...and it's not really an island at's an atoll.  I traveled to this untouched world a few years ago with a girlfriend.  We had rented bikes and were riding along the only, very deeply potholed, mud and dirt road that followed the little strip of land surrounding the lagoon.  As we passed a clearing with a few grass covered huts built on stilts we heard children shouting, "Hello!, Hello!" and as we looked back we saw these kids racing after us.  Of course we stopped! 

"Hello" appeared to be the only English they knew so I held up my camera and the boy on the left, obviously the leader, lined everyone up for me.  The first shot I took they were all very stiff and just stared right at the camera.  I held my index finger up to indicate I wanted to take one more shot.  Also, by this time the little girl on the left in the yellow shorts had caught up.  For some reason I think the leader of the pack became a little apprehensive about me taking one more photo...but that became the "keeper."  After looking at the heights of the children and the colors they were wearing, I don't think I could have lined them up any better myself!

I would love to go back some day and see what has become of this little piece of, until recently anyway, forgotten part of the world.  It still is one of my top favorite places I've visited.    

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Traveling Show at Lakeside Cafe

I'm showing work at Lakeside Cafe.  Part of the 81Bees Photography Collective.  The theme is travel and we're pretty much covering the world.  Our Opening Reception is this Wed 4/11 from 7:30 to 9pm.  Stop by if you're out traveling the streets of San Francisco.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Another Observation

Not sure if this is an observation about Bay Area weather, which can change in an instant...or artistic interpretation.  I'm thinking the latter.  Just thought it was interesting.

Thursday, March 29, 2012


So I took two with my "Professional Camera," the other with my iPhone Camera.  What do you think?  I really like them both...for different reasons.  I'm sooo impressed with the iPhone Camera.  And so many fun apps to play with.  It's so easy to point, click, do some fun stuff to make the photo "POP" and viola, download to facebook to share with your friends.  So easy, peasy that I'm totally addicted to creating iPhone Fotos. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Yay! I'm a finalist!

Just got notification that my Yellow Gerber Daisy is a finalist at for the February 2012 contest.  I've received numerous "Editor's Pick" from this site...but this is my first finalist.  From 11,000+ photos it's been reduced to 900+ finalist.  Now they will pick Grand Prize, 1st and 2nd Prize for the 10 catagories.

I also entered an iPhoto Foto (In Its Shadow) in a contest and should find out tomorrow how it did.  I know there were lots of

Monday, March 12, 2012

iPhone Fotos

I have become obsessed with creating iPhone with my iPhone.  There are soooo many cool apps available that can make an image really POP!  I'm going to add a Gallery to my website that will be dedicated to iPhone Fotos...stay tuned.  Here's a sample to get going...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Day Tripp'in

Took a drive up Hwy 1 this weekend and discovered a wonderful place called Fort Ross.  How did I not know about this place?  It's an old Russian fort established along the California coast.  There's only one original building...but all the buildings have been built as they originally looked.  Very well maintained and a wonderful place to visit.  Didn't arrived until mid-afternoon...but that was perfect for turning my camera on some very interesting finds....the light was just right.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Creating Photo Art

I've been creating Photo Art using my own images...nothing really new...but new for me.  There are so many possibilities.  I shot a yellow gerber daisy today and then created different versions using a couple of the images. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Plastic Camera Portrait Show

I'm going to be part of a Plastic Camera Portrait Show at PhotoboothSF starting on Thurs., Feb. 16.  There will be an opening reception from 5-10pm on that day.  Photobooth is located at 1193 Valencia Street @23rd Avenue.  Come on by to see the show, enjoy food and beverage and talk photography. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Continuing to find my way...

I recently took this image at Ocean Beach on a very sunny day.  The very top of the dog's head got totally blown out (no detail)...but I LOVED the image.  So I decided to embrace the issue and see what I could do.  I applied a painterly filter, intentionally blew out even more of the detail on the head, toned down the white some and then added a vignette.  I keep staring at the image...I like it...but is it any good?  I asked for feed back and got this from a fellow photographer, "Art is about love and not about technical rules. I HATE rules!!"  Thank you for that reminder. : )

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My quest to find what's been in my head...

I've always had an idea in my head about where I wanted to go with my photography...but it was never so clear that I really understood...until recently.  I've been experimenting with using painterly filters on my images...and I'm loving what's happening.  The light blub has been turned on and I can't work fast enough.  I'm going back to images that I really liked...and creating something that I love.  I hope you agree.