Wednesday, 29 August 2007


Sensational Blue Hues 2This is a sample of Tara's art. Pretty cool, huh? I did a headshot for her a little while ago as I was doing some "Lighting 102" exercises. Also, my one-flash version of her portrait was picked up by David Hobby for his Strobist blog. Given the caliber of the photos submitted, I'm pretty honoured.

Tara (2)

Saturday, 25 August 2007

Spectacular Reflection

Tara Andrews (1)Okay, so the title is a bit of a play on words. David Hobby runs the Strobist blog on off-camera lighting and had a challenging assignment this week: shoot a portrait using an off-camera flash, an umbrella and have a specular reflection in the background. Coincidentally, Tara has her first painting for sale at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Tara is a wonderful artist and if you are in Halifax, make sure you stop by and see her work. Anyway, I put the two together and suggested to Tara that I take a photo of her for her 'artist's statement'. Here is one of the results from our photo shoot at the office.

I have some more that I will be posting in my Portraits set sometime this week-end, but this is my first-off favourite.

Monday, 6 August 2007

San Francisco et. al.

Great GrapesThe rest of the trip was quite enjoyable. We did a little tour of the Santa Cruz mountains and sampled some of the wine found up there. I didn't realize there were any wineries so close to Palo Alto until my Dad put me on to them. While the architecture is not in the same class as those in Napa or Sonoma, the wine is just as good, especially the reserve wines. We also did a spin up through Napa where we hit the Beringer and Sterling wineries. Beringer is the oldest in the valley and the reserve wines were quite good (though we didn't like the regular wines). Sterling is at the top of a small mountain at the end of the valley and styled in a Mediterranean fashion. Not struck on the wine there; I guess you go for the view.

Little SurferOver the mountains and into Santa Cruz where it's easy to see the California surfer culture. We drove up the coast to Waddell Beach, where a ton of locals were out ripping through the waves. Lots of colour and lots of action. I could have easily stayed all day and shot my CF cards full, but we didn't plan for it. Next time! I've broken out all the surf shots into a special set, so click here for a surf only slide show.

Another side trip we made was to Yosemite National Park. I'd never been before, but having seen so many of Ansel Adams shots of the area, I just had to go. I decided to try and shoot in black and white for the trip, and I must say, the rocks do lend them selves to that medium. Yosemite only shots are here.

Half Dome

Shots from the whole trip are here in a slide show.