Thursday, December 18, 2008

My Boots were made for Walking

Did a nice little shoot in Ft Smith Arkansas last week. With a little free time I rode into town to look around and maybe buy some new boots. It's hard to find boots that actually fit my freakishly wide feet but I lucked out with a pair that just felt so right I immediately set out aimlessly ramblin'round town, letting my new boots lead the way. These boots may be magical because within a few minutes they lead me to this wonderfully crusty old train yard a few blocks away.
Now I don't know about you, but I could spend all day, and almost did, looking at rusty bolts and hanging around dirty old buildings. I just love things that are old and stinky. For me there is a real natural beauty in rust and decay. This little train yard was like a treasure trove of lost art. Here are just a few from my afternoon walk with my new pair of boots. (click images to enlarge)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Holiday Cheer

The Holiday Season is officially here and with it a seemingly endless string of fabulously hip parties. Well, I guess for the fabulously hip that's the case. I've been to only one party so far and it was one we helped produce through APA so I guess they kind of had to invite me. It gave me a chance to hang out with some of my fancy friends at a bar downtown, that's always good. Afterwards, feeling particularly festive, full of good cheer, and a number of Holiday type ales, I decided to take a walk through Lafayette Park to see what I could see. Stopped by the Capitol to see the Christmas Tree before heading back to my Happy Home feeling good. (click images to enlarge)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Autumn Weekend

Had a chance to get up to Deep Creek Lake with my family before the spectacular display of Autumn Glory radiance faded away. It was a little past peak color, and as usual the weather didn't fully cooperate, but when conditions are favorable it's almost effortless to make good images up there. It's just a matter of being there, Walking the Earth, and seeing the wondrous World around you. Point your camera in any direction and shoot, you can't go wrong. I made so many images, I can't help it. Now that Winter is upon us, and Fall is but a memory, it's nice to edit through these. Here are a few from a huge group of images. You can see more in my Scenic Maryland stock collection if interested. (click images below to enlarge)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Saturday Morning . . .

. . . Walking the Earth and feeling the Love with my little G-9. Art is everywhere, all around us, everyday. It makes my head spin. This past week I've seen two friends with the new Canon G-10. Looks great but I'll stick with my trusty little G-9 buddy, he's like part of our family now. I've never been a latest and greatest gear type anyway, my best tools are my eyes and hyperactive brain. This little beauty has done too good a job grabbing images of the way I see the World around me. I hope my little random images inspire some out there to slow down , open their eyes, and see . (click images to enlarge)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Saturday Morning . . .

. . . actually, last Saturday morning. I'm so behind in processing images. I shoot so many images I can't catch up. I see so many wonderful things around me, all the time. I'm like the crazy hoarder lady who used to live down the street from you. I sit here with stacks of digital image files piled around me. (click images to enlarge)
With my little Canon g-9 As I Walk the Earth

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Another Stroll through Georgetown

Yet another in a series of pre-meeting strolls through Georgetown, Walking the Earth with my little Canon G-9. The Center for Digital Imaging Arts was kind enough to allow us space for our APA/DC meeting. I like the whole vibe at CDIA. They are encouraging professional photographers to participate in teaching, speaking, and in general taking part in their programs/curriculum. This is a good thing. I would encourage any professional interested to participate in sharing your knowledge and experience with students. Everyone benefits! Here are a few from my little stroll. (click images to enlarge)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Schooners on the Chesapeake

Had a chance to sail the Chesapeake last week with some friends, Detroit Slim and Jane, on their beautiful 44' Ocean Going Catamaran, Cat Maudy. Capt'n Slim shot me an e-mail from his quarterdeck advising me the Pride of Baltimore II, with cannons firing, had just pulled into Baltimore Harbor and would participate in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race the next day. Would I like to come aboard and observe? It was a tough call. Should I stay here and stare at my computer screen all day or head out on the Bay and chase full blown schooners sailing the Chesapeake? I've done entire hotel decor projects with images of sailboats, sails, and pieces of sailboats so knew the images I could make would be like having stacks of gold bullion in the vault. Thanks to Capt'n Slim and Jane it was a wondrous day. I'm just now editing through them and my head is spinning with so many good (and marketable) images. I shot hundreds of images, here's just a few quick selections, just a quick pass through Lightroom, no special treatment yet. I can't wait to work on some of these!
(click images to enlarge)Read Jane's account of our excursion here: Cat Maudy Chronicles

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Cirrus Clouds are Happy Clouds

Had another APA/DC Board meeting yesterday at Renee's Studio in Georgetown during a beautifully picture perfect afternoon in Washington DC. Unfortunately I didn't have time for a proper pre-meeting stroll with my G-9 as planned but did have a chance to enjoy a wonderful display of passing Cirrus Uncinus. Here's a few (click images to enlarge):After our meeting, during a spectacular sunset, Renee took me and Michael to her rooftop. I love rooftops, always gives you a different perspective of the world around you. Just like the ultra photo geeks we are, we scurried around the rooftop with our cameras, taking photos and taking photos of each other taking photos. Having a passion for what you enjoy in life is a good thing. I enjoy spending time with those who share that passion.

Monday, October 13, 2008