2017 PHOTOCHALLENGE, WEEK 5: Year of the Rooster

At the outset of this week, I was flabbergasted about where I might capture a nice photograph of a rooster.

But then I remembered this little known cultural fact in the small village of Arroyo Grande, just about 20 minutes north of me, where this flock of roosters, who’ve been a bit tamed, hang around a nice walking party with a decorative bridge.

I had my roosters!

I hope you enjoy my contribution!



2017 PHOTOCHALLENGE, WEEK 4: Rule of Thirds / Toys & Games

FujiFilm XT-1, 35mm, Lightroom, Aurora HDR, Luminar

Just as soon as Eric posted this week’s theme, I knew what I wanted to capture. Our normally boring Central Coast weather has been so dynamic and beautiful. I knew that the Guadalupe Veteran’s Memorial was going to be my subject. The potential skyline drama, the numerous headstones with history and pop, I knew I might create something nice.


I needed to get out and do a little photowalk today. Good therapy. I wandered around the Santa Maria Valley Railway Historical Museum. It’s a small venue, with just one engine, car, and caboose. I took a few photos, thinking they’d be great for the geometry theme. Most of them would work just fine. But, across the street I saw this abandoned building and was enticed.

I really think the entire street-side wall is loaded with a variety of geometrical designs and even construction principles, it’s like the designer/contractor/architect didn’t follow one structural design rule on any one panel of this wall. I’ll toss in a couple other shots from the photowalk at the end of the post.

taken with iPhone 6+, 4.15mm, f/2.2, 1/647, ISO 32, processed with Snapseed

So, these two below were my faves from my short little photowalk this afternoon.

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SLO Photowalk

Hey there photog friends! It’s time for another photowalk on the Central Coast!

I’m proposing a downtown San Luis Obispo photowalk.

Here’s the catch, since many of you might consider this, but then decide against it because of the distance from you in LA or the Bay area, I’m suggesting that you make an overnight trip of it!We have great places to photograph here on the Central Coast. If you come down from the north, you could stop off at Hearst Castle before or after your trip. From the south? No problem, stop off in Santa Barbara as the addendum to your trip!

I could very well plan a SLO photowalk for one day, and an extra photowalk the next day out at Montana de Oro, the largest state park in CA.

What say you?  C’mon you old time photowalkers!

I chose 7/22/2012 and we’ll meet at 3pm, on the steps of the old Mission, in downtown San Luis Obispo, CA.

Sacramento Photowalk

Interested in joining me for a little photowalking around downtown Sacramento? Then do it!

Tuesday, 12/27/11.

Let’s meet at 4 pm in front of the California Capitol building. This will give us plenty of time to gather up, before the sun sets.

Dusk and twilight shots around the capitol building can be wonderful. The downtown area is just loaded with great neon for some additionally great night life photography.

Morro Bay Photowalk?

Morro Bay Harbor
"Morro Bay Harbor", by Chuq Von Rospach (aka chuqui)

Hey California photowalkers! I really, really, really need to get out photowalking with some of you again! It’s been too long. I’m thinking about Morro Bay. For most of you that would mean planning a very long day, or a short trip, up the the Central Coast. Darn, it’s just so ugly up here.

I don’t know when yet. I think I’d like to connect with at least a few of you first, then we can select a day together.

My pal Richard Wong recently created some wonderful photographs in and around Morro Bay, including the immense Morro Rock. Seeing his post lit a little fire in me. I’ve been to Morro Bay before, and I love it. It’s very pretty, and there’s wonderful opportunities for the photographically oriented.

So, what say you?

morro bay harbor at sunset
"morro bay harbor at sunset", by Chuq Von Rospach (aka chuqui)



So I decided to join an already planned photowalk on 10/1/11, right there in Morro Bay!

Night Time San Francisco Photowalk

Tucked Away

When we’re in San Francisco, in September, I’d love to meet up with new and old photo friends for an evening of photowalking.

Meet us at Fog City Diner, at 7 pm on 9/12/2010. The sun will be setting around 7:23 that evening, so you’ll have some time to get there before it gets dark. See the embedded map for the whole route. We’ll head up to Coit Tower, then back towards the coastline towards Fisherman’s Wharf, and then just past into Fort Mason.

A Wet Fisherman's Wharf

That’s it. Bring your camera and a tripod! Tell us you’re coming, over on Facebook or Upcoming.org.
View SF Nighttime Photowalk in a larger map

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Oh, and all of you should go and invite 2 more people, right now!

Old Town Folsom Photowalk

OK, let’s get right to the point. I’m going to be photowalking around old town Folsom on February 20th, 2010. If you want to join me, meet me at the Folsom Railroad Museum at 4pm on that day. I’ve wanted to wander around old town Folsom for quite some time. It’s got fun history, and some great old west architecture. We’ll end the late afternoon/early evening photowalk watching the sunset from Folsom’s Historic Truss Bridge, just a short walk from old town. Below is a basic map of the area.

Head over to the Upcoming Event page, or the Facebook Event page to RSVP!

Palo Alto Photowalk

Hey folks, back on the 16th of October, I met up with a decent-sized group of photowalkers. We had tactically chosen downtown Palo Alto for our little meetup.

Over 30 folks showed up in the early evening, with sundown threatening to darken our whole event. No problem, since downtown Palo Alto is loaded with great neon and other lighting.

Here’s a simple slideshow of all the current photos from that fun day!