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Cuba #5 – Trinidad Blues

I am always intrigued by shadows, and in Trinidad, Cuba, there is this one palm tree that throws it’s shadow on a blue wall at a certain time of day. I just love seeing it.


 Created with Fuji X-E2, and the Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens lens


When it’s combined with a blue-sky day, even better! I have worked this scene a few times now and finally got an image this year that I like the best. I’ve seen similar scenes in Morocco, where I’m heading next week, so maybe this is a start of a series, ha ha. I’ll be blogging from Casablanca, Marrakech, maybe even the desert dunes, Fes, and Chefchaouen so look for pictures soon!

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Another from Lake Superior


The eastern edge of Madeline Island, Wisconsin, has a wonderful shoreline of rugged rocks and cliffs. After my class at MISA was finished last Fall, I was determined to get more sunrises along those cliffs and I dutifully got up every day for three days, but the weather had turned and it was not meant to be. That’s when you have to ‘reframe’ your thinking – and look for what does work in the light you have. The diffused light was still striking the cliffs, and there was some warmth in that early light. But the water was receiving the blue light of the cloudy day from above, and the cool/warm contrast struck me as really beautiful. I put the camera on my tripod, set my aperture to f16, and made a 13 second exposure to let the waves surge up and around the rocks. The water was so clear that you could see rocks below the surface, which added some dimension to the image. Having that one rock stand apart surrounded by water made the image, for me.


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Urban Beauty



I love it when there’s just a little bit of frost around my neighborhood. In northern California we keep our leaves longer, which means that even three days ago, there were dry brown leaves on the ground, waiting for the wind to carry them away. But the cold frosty week we had got to them first, and each morning when I walked the dog, I would see them. It only took three mornings to remember to bring my camera and tripod! I love how frost defines the ribs of the leaves, the veins and outlines them, too. That on top of the monochromatic pattern of leaves was the ‘frosting’ on the proverbial cake! Another fine example of what you can find in your neighborhood…which we’ll be discussin in depth at our Extraordinary Everyday Photography workshop in Santa Rosa, June 21-23, 2013.


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Red Maple on Brockway Mountain



COLOR always grabs our attention, typically, if we are color photographers. But beyond the seduction of color, I still look for form, shape and structure, and some expression or gesture if I can find it. This tree had it all. The way the lower branches flowed out in both directions was wonderful, and the density of leaves created an unusual shape to that area. That provided the base for the picture, and the branches that reached upward added structure and a contrast of textures to the scene. All I had to do was wait – patiently – for the wind to settle – which on this morning, it did, thankfully. Brockway Mountain Drive in the Keewenaw Peninsula was a favorite of ours on the trip, yielding several good photographs for us all.

I was pleased that the area had such good color while we were there, considering the whole region was in a deep drought all summer long. I have Craig Blacklock to thank for yelling ‘stop’. I was driving for the trip, and though I had seen the tree a few days earlier in really windy conditions, that morning I almost drove past it as I was looking at the road ahead.

I made this with Canon 5D MKII and a 24mm TS-E tilt shift lens. It was processed in Lightroom 4.

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