the search for a picture

finding a good moment or image to capture does not have to be a struggle.  it’s all in the way you choose to see the world.  find something you initially view as ordinary, and look at it from a different angle.  perhaps from an ants view.  or a bird’s eye view.  perhaps you put your eye above and look down.  when you are walking around, look up and explore what lies above you.  there is so much beauty around us that we can so easily miss.  don’t take the expected photo.  try a different approach.  soon you will begin to observe the world and all it has to offer in a different way.  things you never would look twice at may become beautiful in your eyes.  you’ll find art in places you never thought art could exist.  at least that has been my experience in the last few years since taking up photography.

give it a try.

here are the things i saw on todays walkabout.  same neighborhood as always, different views of the things around.  there is always a new picture if you look from a different angle.

rather then smoke, i go on walkabouts.

yes yes i am in the midst of quitting smoking, again.  i am about 1.5 months in and it feels great.  since smoking became such a routine excuse for me to go outside many times throughout the day, i had to find something else to bring me outdoors.  walkabouts.  walkabouts now replace my cigarette “breaks.” sometimes my camera is attached to me on these mini excursions.  on those days, i challenge myself to find something new to photograph around the neighborhood of my office.

below are photos from todays two walkabouts.  random photos of things i walked by. enjoy.  and remember, you can find a picture in anything your eyes can see.

just snap it!

W is for weekend.

and below is a bit of what i saw.

i am currently struggling….feeling like i need to step things up a notch in the photography realm of my life, but i dont know how to go about doing that.  i am ready to learn…now if only the teacher would appear.

thanks for looking…

if you're happy over there, i am happy over here.

Rainbow Brite.

the look.

early calmness.

confident trot.

you see the whole, i see a portion.

aging with grace.

true story.

i love the IDEA of people.

hang with me.

try it on.

an evening with kiely & this mornings bike ride

hello folks.  been a bit since i posted, but here i am.  been hanging out with my bff again, kiely, after much time away.  she is a character that you rarely find in the world.  you kinda cock your head to the side and think to yourself, “huh” when you take that first glance at her.  i adore her spirit.  below are a few pictures from the other evening adventure with kiely.  her on her fixie bike during sunset.  and just before.

the other photos are from this morning, taken during my new routine morning bike ride that i do a few times a week.  call it meditation.  i do.  there are a few pictures of random finds along the way, and after, while enjoying my coffee reward once the peddling stopped.

enjoy.

personality in hair

serious moment

peaceful moment

 

a different view of the sunset

 

beauty with in her and beyond her

 

mystery unfolds

 

peace.

 

personal expression

 

in her head

 

passer by

 

to reflect

 

to reflect, continued.

 

a new friend sat close

 

and his little paws shook

 

the story of a summer sunday walkabout.

summer is here.  people are out.  enjoying the sun.  being human.  and today i felt like walking around a bit and seeing what i could find.  i saw people.  places.  things.  and i shot a bit of them all.

each moment captured will never duplicate itself again in the same way.  that’s one thing i love about photography. it can’t ever really be exactly duplicated in camera.  can come close, but never exact.  something in frame will be slightly different.  the light.  a shadow.  the position.  color.  etc.  so to me, with every image i capture, its representative of a moment in time that shall never return again.  how amazing is that!

i hope you enjoy.

sometimes all it takes is a cucumber

a little while back i visited the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, Ca for my girlfriends birthday.  a surprise night.  we landed up at the top of the hotel, what’s called the Penthouse.  Amazing views from coast to coast.  great atmospheric bar.  interesting people.  and one hell of a cucumber cocktail somethin’ or other.  man was it tasty and refreshing!  i could go for one right now.  but it’s lent, so no booze for 40 days total.  i’m not even catholic, but i am doing it.  don’t ask.  it’s a long story.

if you are ever in santa monica, i would highly recommend you visit the Huntley Hotels Penthouse restaurant/bar.  it’s a grand place.  and get the cucumber cocktail.  oh yeah and be sure to visit the restroom, the handicap stall.  there is a huge window in there with an amazing view for you while you do your business.  sorry boys, not sure what your stall looks like.

here’s to cucumbers:

please click on image for full size view.

 

cucumber bliss

 

 

 

Sunday Funday @ the SM Pier!

I landed up spending most of mother’s day at the pier with my 8 year old niece.  Boy, did it end up being an incredible day of fun.  I just love letting the kid inside of me out to play!  I experienced so much joy….laughing, running, eating, being goofy, with my niece.

Below is some hard evidence.  It’s is virtually impossible not to smile and laugh on these silly rides!

getting ready to spin...dizzy doodle dee.

my niece is such a little poser for the camera!

and we are off....!

say bye to mom...you are all mine now taylor. Time for some fun!

weeeeeeeeeeeee

another sunset, another view

4.20.10

I don’t have much to say tonight.  saw the sunset…saw the tall grasses in the wind…wanted to see the view between the grasses….climbed over the fence…crept down…and shot.  I’m not a big fan of the sunset cliché photographs, but I imagined the view through the grasses and had to go grab it tonight.  My friend mark looked at the pictures and said “those look how you feel right now.” not quite sure how to take that.  sappy you say?  yes, perhaps.  but…Im extra sensitive today I suppose, so deal with it.  🙂  besides, it’s best to take photos when you are emotionally unstable….at least in my mind.  but I guess that’s not sayin’ much….ha ha ha.

I through in a couple pictures of my buddy Mark as well….

till next time.  and please remember to smile at a stranger today…

Mark looking all suave 'n' sh*t.

Mark looking all miami vice-ish

my nieces 8th birthday!

Taylor turned 8 years old last month!  I truly can’t believe how fast the time goes.  I love my taylor…she is such a little girly girl.  I tried to turn her into a tom boy starting from a young age, buying her skateboards and low rider bicycles, and cool tough girl clothes, but it didn’t work!  ha ha.  she’s a natural born princess.  and I’ve fallen in love with her.

Her 8th birthday was spent on the santa monica pier.  oh what fun those kids had.  here are a few pictures of her special day…clearly she is smitten with one particular young man 😉