Monday, September 21, 2009

Get Lost!

Sunday, I decided to get lost. I had a destination in mind, but didn't want to get there the usual way. I knew I would get there quicker following the normal course.. freeways, etc. but I felt like exploring. I noted with some curiosity that I was actually a little bit nervous about doing this. Not because I would be in any danger... just because it was unknown. It's pretty easy to get lost in Orange County without a map, especially for a girl like me from the grid systems of the east coast. You can't just "go around a corner" here to get back on track. There ARE no corners. I relaxed into it and did indeed get very lost. I found some wonderful things. Discovered some new parks... with actual goddamn trees! Big ones! Discovered a quiet stretch of road with no traffic that led me straight to the beach. I found that my mind also lifted out of the rut it had been in for awhile. Just by doing something different. It felt really good.

I ended up at my favorite beach, and again, decided to NOT go to the place I usually go. I tried the entrance on the opposite side. The walk was easier. There was an elegant winding boardwalk leading up to the descent to the shoreline. I felt liberated.

I must admit, I am very much a creature of habit. I get in ruts all the time.. food ruts for example. I'll find something I like and eat it over and over for weeks on end. Saves me from having to make up my mind at the grocery store.

Once on the beach, I took about 200 shots. Watched the sunset then headed back to the parking lot. As I was leaving, I put my left blinker on about to head home the same way I had come... then at the last second, I flipped it off and went straight up the hill....and got lost again.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Worldwide Photowalk

Today, July 18, 2009, was the second annual photowalk but first time for me. I met with a nice bunch of photographers in San Juan Capistrano, CA and we strolled around for 2 hours shooting. Always nice to meet others who share your passion. Here's a sample of my shots.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Amy and Jason took me to their very private secret spot in the woods (just down the street from their home). In truth, it was a little patch about 400 sq. feet.. but to them it was wonderland. I felt very very privileged to be granted access to their sanctuary.. and I will NEVER divulge its secrets. I asked them to pose for me.. and it took a moment for them to settle down.. on top of their buried treasure. I'll never ever ever EVER tell.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I have always, always, always loved trains. This train station in Hoboken, NJ is a beauty. But there is nothing more exciting than being ON the train headed to a new adventure.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Summer Boy

Great summer recipe: a softball game, a barbecue, a hot humid day, kids and a watermelon.

The Morning Light

Early morning on the 4th of July, I opened the vertical blinds in my kitchen and the sun shot through the cobalt blue bottle that I had left on the counter the night before. I twisted the bottle around, fascinated with the electric blue "shadows" that it cast on the white laminate surface. Thinking it might look even better if I added some complementary color, I grabbed the small orange cut-glass I picked up in Prague and added it to the path of the light. A little spill of water for some added reflection, and my still life was complete. Shot with a Canon XTi, ISO100, 24-105mm lens @ 105mm, f/7.1 @125 sec.