Saturday, September 13, 2014

A new show at Riverfront Art Gallery

I have made thousands of fine art photographs over the decades, and to make them easily retrievable I use keywords. This way, I can call up every landscape photograph, portrait, or still-life I have shot, or even every picture taken with a particular camera. As time goes on, I add additional keywords to make finding particular photographs easy to do.

I am one of the featured artists in the current show at the Riverfront Art Gallery, and my show is entitled "A Walk in the Park". It is all about our local, state and national parks in California. I am a great fan of parks. I have been a member of the California State Parks Foundation for many years. Recently, I keyworded my photos as to whether they were taken in a state, national or local park. This way I could find a photo to submit to the foundation for other members to enjoy, or perhaps be in their calendar. I was surprised by what I found.

Over 30% of the fine art photographs I have taken of the California landscape have been taken inside a park. I shoot a lot of wine country images, so this was a bit of a shock to me. Since 2014 is the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant establishing the California State Park System, and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, I thought I would celebrate our various California parks with an exhibition.

By the way, the California State Parks Foundation revamped their website in August. The photograph they put across the top of their home page is one of my photographs. That photograph is in this show.

Monday, September 1, 2014

An Article about my Gallery

Being a fine art photographer is my day job, but part of that job is running a gallery. I have been doing this for the past 7 years. This weekend an article was written about the gallery that explains its history and purpose pretty well. You can see the article at http://www.positivelypetaluma.com/2014/08/31/petalumas-riverfront-art-gallery-celebrates-their-7-year-anniversary/

Monday, August 18, 2014

Working with Limitations

Sometimes you can't bring your fancy camera gear, sometimes the lighting is horrible, sometimes you are not allowed to freely move about, sometimes you are far away from your subject, sometimes you are busy enjoying the moment and can't concentrate solely on photography.

At times like that, just work with what you have and use your creativity within the limits that are imposed upon you. Here are some handheld shots taken with a pocket camera, taken under difficult lighting conditions, while enjoying a concert. It's not about the gear, although it helps.





Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What to photograph...

One thing about being an artist. You are always staring at the "blank page". As a landscape photographer, Fall is my favorite season. In the Fall, it seems like there is a picture behind every corner, but in the Summer it is a little more tricky.

In California, we have a parched landscape in Summer (made worse by our current drought). My task is to be inspired by the beauty that is still there and to capture it in an image. Not ever easy, even under the best of circumstances. On the other hand, there is always water near the coast, giving me an alternative subject. Here is a picture I took at the beginning of Summer. I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My Photos Pop Up in Unexpected Places

I am a member of the California State Parks Foundation that helps support California's state parks. As a member, today I received an email regarding the redesign of their website. In looking at the email, the homepage photo seemed really familiar.
It turns out one of my photographs is featured prominently at the top of their new homepage. In looking at their blog, they used another photograph of mine in their latest blog post about California State Park's 150th anniversary. I've only ever submitted two pictures to their library. It's enough to go to one's head. I am attaching the two photos here. You can see their website at: http://www.calparks.org
Coincidentally, I'll be doing a featured show at my gallery next month called "A Walk in the Park", it is all about California's local, state and national parks.




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Petaluma Project

I usually work by photographing what I see in the spur of the moment.  If I think it is worthy to make a photograph of something I see, I make the photograph then and there.  I rarely light a subject, or pose a subject, or have a rigidly pre-defined vision of what I want to do.

In order to shake things up, I am going to do a pre-defined photographic project: photographing Petaluma "Landmarks".  To mix it up further, some of the photographs may be in B&W or Sepia and not just in color.  Now I just have to determine what are the landmarks that are unique to Petaluma, and when is the best time of day or year to photograph them.

If you have an idea about what constitutes a Petaluma Landmark, let me know.  In a few months, I should have several of the photographs done, and at some point I may display them in my gallery in downtown Petaluma.  In the meantime, here is an example of the type of photographs I intend to make.


Monday, June 30, 2014

It is definitely summer.

The temperature has been getting quite high in the North Bay recently. I love when the hills turn golden here in Northern California, truly the mark of summertime. Here is a photo I made earlier this month that captures a little of the spirit of summer around here.