I finally have the Gallery Store up and running! There several different galleries. Be sure to check them all out! All images are available in a couple different finishes. The metal prints have the image directly infused into the aluminum, and have a float mount hanger attached to the back. The Metallic prints are unframed with a glossy finish, and metallic appearance.
Come on in! There are many images to choose from! Come back often, I am always adding more!
I recently returned from a camping trip in Sedona, AZ. It’s one of my favorite places, and it had been far too long since my last visit. After looking forward to this trip for several weeks, a wildfire broke out in Oak Creek Canyon on May 20, 2014. Our campground was shut down, the road into the canyon was closed, and people were evacuated. After much contemplation, my friend and I decided to go anyway. We were able to find another campground that hadn’t been affected by the fire, and another route into Sedona, AZ.
It was a vacation of contrasts, to say the least… It was one of the most peaceful I’ve had in a long time, and one that ended with a traumatic injury. I slipped while hiking, tried to save my camera, and ended up plowing face first into a small boulder. Thankfully nothing was broken, however, I did end up with a concussion. It’s been three weeks since the fall, and a very slow recovery.
In the end the fire was finally contained on June 4, 2014… 21,227 acres had burned.
After we set up camp, we headed into Sedona, AZ. This quickly put things into perspective. Signs of gratitude were everywhere.
The next morning we woke up to the smell of a campfire… Not a good sign since they had been banned countywide! The wind had shifted, and smoke from the wildfire was hanging low over our campground. Air quality was poor, so we went back into town to find some sort of air masks. We ended up with bandanas and goggles!
The smoke was so bad, we decided to go kayaking on the Verde River. We met up with the Sedona Adventure Tours team for a three hour guided tour. These guys are awesome, and the tour was tons of fun!
Thankfully the smoke shifted and we were able to go hiking. We Chose the Bell Rock Path.
The higher you climb up on Bell Rock, the more twisted the juniper trees become from the vortex energy.
The views in Sedona are phenomenal.
After a four hour hike at Bell Rock, we headed over to the Airport Mesa Vortex. We wanted to grab a couple more photos, and it was a quick hike to the top.
I was just about at the bottom, when I started sliding on some loose dirt. I landed face first into a small boulder, and had to take a trip to the ER in Sedona.
This is a new project I’m working on. It’s a fusion of photographs, organic elements & discarded scrap. I’m planning on working with metal, stone, and glass. The project is a collaboration with Christine Wetzel, a San Francisco Artist/Photographer. She is creating photographs, incorporating what some might consider trash. We will be hosting an Art Show in the Bay Area upon completion, and are currently seeking out a space.
Lensbaby Composer – Double Glass Optic With Macro Converter
I brought out the Lensbaby Composer today, and am using the double glass optic combined with the macro converter… I’ve been collecting some industrial “stuff” to use for art pieces. This is one of my scrap finds… Not sure what I’m doing with it yet! I’m hoping to use it in a mixed media art piece of some sort. I just recently added the Lensbaby macro converter to my collection, and thought I’d see what kind of look it would give to this piece. I’m actually pretty pleased with how it turned out. I like the metal, rust, and texture of it.
The Macro Converter for the Lensbaby was my choice again for week three of this project. I was working with different textures, and the macro converter was the perfect choice here. This is a screen that is above my shower. Normally, when the water and soap hit it, my first thought is not to grab my camera! When I saw texture of the bubbles on the screen, I grabbed the Lensbaby! I love the strange movement in it. It’s almost as if it’s growing some weird alien matter.
Ok, I am obsessed with the Lensbaby Macro! I’m literally looking for things I can get up close to and photograph. For week four, I decided to bust out the film reels again. I have a lot of them… And, there is so much you can do with them. I had to experiment for awhile to get the look I was after. I stacked the Macro onto the Double Optic, and discovered there is a bit of a learning curve to find the sweet spot. There are just so many different ways to play with this lens. I’m already wondering which Lensbaby to get next! I am definitely feeling like a little kid in a toy store! Give me more!
Week two has been a lot of experimenting with Lensbaby Macro Converter, and learning it’s capabilities. I really like some of the results I’m getting. There really isn’t much not to like about any Lensbaby! I’ve continued to work with some industrial pieces, and it’s been more fun than I expected. This one is from an old film reel. I found it at a stored called Art From Scrap in Santa Barbara, CA. The store t is a treasure chest of all kinds of scrap material! I spend way to much money there, but it’s such a fun place!
I just added a Lensbaby macro converter to my Lensbaby composer. Now it’s time to play! I’m part of a 52 Week Photo Project on Facebook. Most of us are professional photographers, or very enthusiastic amateurs. We all participated in a 365 Project the year before… One photo a day for the entire year. Not many finished the entire year, myself included. It was harder than we anticipated. We’re going to try for one a week this year! I’m attempting the entire project using the Lensbaby! I’ll post some of my project Lensbaby photographs on the blog. I’m starting with the Lensbaby composer, and a double glass optic.
When my friends suggested a day trip to Venice Beach, I couldn’t resist. It had been several years since I had last been there, so I packed up the Lensbaby and headed out. Venice Beach is a visual paradise, with no shortage of characters.
We started our day on the boardwalk. With so many shops, restaurants, and things to check out, you can wander for hours. And, it’s definitely a great place to people watch!
Next it was time to hit the beach, and bust out the surfboards. The waves weren’t huge, but they were big enough for the kids.
We finished our day with a Margherita Pizza and Beer at Danny’s on Windward Avenue. Yum! What a perfect way to end a super fun day!
I just finished shooting in New Orleans last week, and am now editing the rest of the “Once Upon A Time… The Creepy Dolls Deck ” for my Kickstarter Project.
The Creepy Dolls Deck of playing cards is part of a much bigger art project I am working on, so I have given them their own website… More to come later! I have been working more with mixed media for this project, and wanted it to have it’s own space!
As I was photographing the original Creepy Doll project, I started thinking about how all of the dolls were once loved, cared for, and played with by someone. Some were in really good shape, others not so much… All castaways, outgrown by their former owners. They all seemed rather creepy just sitting on the shelves, as if they were waiting for someone to rescue them! Plus, most porcelain dolls freak the bejeebers out of me anyway! I blame the movie with the”Chucky” doll! Clowns do too, but that’s another story!
I decided that they all had a story to share… and currently, it didn’t end with a “Happily Ever After”! I wanted them to be played with once again, and that’s how the “Once Upon A Time… Creepy Doll Deck” was born. It gives them a “Happily Ever After”! They get to be played with over and over again!
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