Sunday, August 30, 2009
I used Blurb to put my book together and even though I haven't seen the finished product yet, I recommend them highly. I've used a couple of other self-publishing services and Blurb has the best, most user-friendly, and most versatile software that I've seen. There are virtually no limits to what you can do... just your creativity!
I can't wait to see the book in print! I'll post an update when it arrives.
If you're interested in ordering a copy of the book, let me know. I might make it "buyable" if there is enough interest.
Monday, August 24, 2009
I entered four images in three categories: Travel Portraits, Sense of Place, and Outdoor Scenes. Here are my entries:
The Old Fisherman, Hoi An, Vietnam
I captured this image of an elderly fisherman in the seaside town of Hoi An, Vietnam. Though we did not share a language, we shared the universal language of smiles... and his smile was unforgettable.
Taj Mahal Dawn Reflections
The night before I captured this image, a sandstorm howled in Agra, India and I was afraid the air would be choked with dust for my sunrise photo plans. The opposite turned out to be true, and the morning dawned with an incredible sky. As I was photographing, a local stopped by to say hello. He told me that clear mornings like this happen only a few days per year in Agra. It was a once in a lifetime view, and a morning I'll surely never forget.
Perigee Moonrise, Joshua Tree National Park
The perigee full moon occurs when the moon is closest to Earth, and thus appears at its largest. Joshua Tree National Park was, to me, the best place to capture this special moonrise. The desert stillness and the beauty of the moon create a sense of eternal stillness and timelessness.
McWay Falls Sunset
McWay Falls is one of the most beautiful places in California, and probably on Earth. McWay Creek tumbles down a granite cliff directly into a turquoise cove in the roiling Pacific. When I captured this image, I was the only person enjoying this sunset. The solitude and beauty were nearly overwhelming. If a heaven exists, I hope that it looks something like this.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I watched the sunset from my deck in the Berkeley Hills this evening, watching the fog hover just beyond downtown. Lately it's been rushing in just before sunset and obscuring the whole bay, but tonight it held off just long enough to catch a gorgeous twilight settling on the City. I rushed out and took this on Grizzly Peak Road above UC Berkeley, a few minutes' drive from my house.
Canon 5D, 100-400L @ 310mm, f/18, 30sec, ISO 50.