Friday, November 2, 2012

Fall Color in Washington DC

October is my favorite Month of the Year.  I am truly blessed to live in my little corner of this world that for a short few weeks simply glows with spectacular fall color.  The shots above are basically the view I enjoy through the large picture window in front of my desk, here in my office.  I hope you might,  as I do,  slow down and take a little time each day to enjoy the Beauty of the World around you.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Licensing MD / VA / DC Photography

I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to license images from my Collection of Stock Images for such a wide variety of print and electronic media.  Here is a group of my images licensed for the cover of the new Maryland Scenic Byways Guide.  Images selected from my Western Maryland and Eastern Maryland Galleries included in my collection of Washington DC Stock Photography

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Healing Art

I've been providing a lot of Art recently for decor projects in various Health Care Environments.  Some designers call it Healing Art - working to tap into this specific market I have been gradually building a Collection of such images for use in this niche.  To see more take a look through these two Galleries on my Website:      Details in Nature/Macro   and   Details in Nature

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The iPhone Camera is your Friend

Glen Echo Park   iPhone w/Hipstamatic

Whenever I'm out shooting architectural details I naturally snap a few with my iPhone.  Many times afterwards I find, with certain images, I prefer the "quality" and "aesthetic" of several iPhone images over the the dslr images.  Here's a piece recently written by PhotoShelter co-founder Allen Murabayashi, included in Wired Magazine, that touches on this very topic.  Allen was kind enough to include me in the piece - it's funny to read the comments by readers.  I don't understand why so many appear to be dead set against ( afraid of ) the use of any and all the wonderful tools available in creating images.  The point is not to get hung up on the equipment or method - to me it's more about creative self expression - however it might be accomplished.

Here's the piece:  Why Instagram is Terrible for Photographers, and Why You Should Use It

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Snake Dude

iPhone w/ PhotoShop Express App

Our Band - HotWire - played a Biker Rally in Williamsport, MD. I saw this guy in the crowd and had to go over and check him out during a break.  He had his "Old Lady" and all the "RugRats" in tow - He sure did Love that Snake.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Details in Nature / Macro

Macro / Details in Nature - Images by Randy Santos /

I recently bought a Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro. I just started shooting with it this past weekend, what a fantastic lens!  Here's a little gallery of what I've shot so far.  I'm fortunate to have realized great success in marketing my Collection of Washington DC Photography and am always looking towards expanding the scope of work I might offer within my existing client base.  I'm fascinated with the Details in Nature and this lens enables me to capture what I see at this scale - hopefully I will produce (and successfully market) a body of work that will allow me to supplement existing projects and extend my reach towards a newly targeted market segment.

If you can't see the above Flash Gallery you may view here:  Macro / Details in Nature

Monday, April 30, 2012

Washington DC Stock Photography Licensing

Here's another example of licensing my Washington DC Photography for various media applications.  NBC licensed the above image for use as the opening page for NBC4 Washington's Mobile Phone App - I also licensed another image for their iPad App.  Another interesting use I have licensed Washington DC Images to NBC for was prints included in the set design for a few of their TV Series Productions. There's a whole world of opportunity in licensing images - many you might never have thought of - you just have to get your work out there and available to be found by buyers.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Stock Images are Wherever You Are

I always say, " Beauty is all around us, Art is Wherever you are".  The same can be said for creating marketable stock photography.  Images are everywhere - you just have to look around.  I recently came upon this cover I licensed an image for a while back.  This was shot on vacation, and for me yet another random architectural detail type image that I obsessively create and add to my collection of stock photography.  But - to this savvy art director - the perfect image they were seeking for their cover.  You can see many more similar images in my Eastern Shore Virginia Gallery - all shot on vacation btw.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Washington DC Photography Licensing

I am fortunate to have images from my Collection of Washington DC Stock Photography licensed for use in such a diverse range of Print and Electronic Media.  Many times this use includes licensing images to publishers for best selling authors book covers.  Here's one I've just seen the final layout on - John Gilstrap's new book - Damage Control - due out in June from Pinnacle Books.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

If you plan on shooting the Cherry Blossoms this year you better get ready.  The Cherry Blossoms in DC, around the Tidal Basin,  are reaching Peak Bloom very early this year. Peak Bloom expected Tuesday 3/20.  Get down early to beat the crowds and capture wonderful views to include the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial.  If you happen to miss them around the Tidal Basin you always have the chance to catch them a bit later on the grounds of the US Capitol - the West side of the US Capitol offers some opportunity for great images as well as the East Side near the Supreme Court.  Here's an article included in this month's Popular Photography including a few tips from me on photographing the Cherry Blossoms in DC.  I'm hoping for a day or two of dramatic early morning light to add images to my Cherry Blossom Gallery within my collection of Washington DC Images.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Washington DC SpringTime

iPhone w/PhotoShop Express App
 Washington DC in the Spring means one thing - Cherry Blossoms - blooming around the Tidal BasinCherry Blossom Trees symbolize the natural beauty of our Nation's Capital and has become part of Washington, D.C.'s rite of spring.  This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Japan's gift to our city of over 3000 trees planted in 1912 around the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, and on the grounds of the Washington Monument. I've been fortunate to have captured so many beautiful and iconic (= marketable) images over the years - I look forward to the opportunity in the coming weeks to create more images of our Beautiful City.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

No Snow

iPhone w/ Hipstamatic + OldPhoto 
February is over and Spring is almost here - by now our chances of any substantial snowfall in the DC Area are about 0%.  Too bad - I love a massive crippling accumulation when everything shuts down for a few days - it also makes for great images.  Going through my iPhone Photo Gallery I came across this image from last year at the beginning of one such Storm. I don't mind though - and am ready for Spring in DC.  I live in the Enchanted Forest and soon everything will be blossoming and blooming.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Chicken IS always Good

iPhone with Hipstamatic
Stumbled across this sign while Walking the Earth in Washington DC.  I love Cooking Chicken so many ways - I have witnessed grown men weep joyous tears when eating chicken cooked in my magic La Caja China.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Connecticut Ave, NW  Washington DC   iPhone

Haven't posted here much in quite a while - mainly because I woke up one morning and my trusty little G-9 had died in it's sleep.  It was a sad day.  I replaced it with a new G11 - but for whatever reason never felt the Love with it as I had for the G9.  It could also be that a new girl had come to town - my sexy little iPhone Camera.  It has now become my #1 favorite Camera - because I always have it with me.  Take a look at piece on the PhotoShelter Blog.  I have certainly been Walking the Earth and taking Photos - that's what I do - But been sharing the images on Facebook- but am now bored with it  - and realize that by now everyone has probably hidden me anyway because they're tired of seeing my images everyday.  Like all obsessive artists I need an outlet for creative expression - so I'm back to this little Blog