I had the fun opportunity to ride the Amtrak Surfliner train from home to Camarillo earlier this week. I immediately knew the photograph I wanted to create. The station I board is second or third on the line, so when I got on, there were very few people on board. This allowed me to get upstairs and set up for a few nice shots, without any subjects in the way. I hope you enjoy it!

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2016 PhotoChallenge WEEK 1: B&W – MINIMALISM

This week’s challenge was super fun for me. I love shooting with the intent of a resulting black and white image. It challenges me so much. On vacation at the in-laws in Cameron Park, northern California, gave me a whole new place to wander and find the best shot. I love taking part of a day, especially in the winter, and photowalking around here. In fact today’s photowalk was one of the few I’ve had in the past few years.

I ended up with 3 images that I felt would adhere to the theme, but one, the one I’ve posted below, really stood out to me as my best of the day.

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Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm, f/2.0, ISO 200, HDR Efex Pro 2, Tonality CK


I actually got more excited about this week’s theme, after I wrote it. I knew of several places in my area that would have some great and historical architecture, with fantastic sunlight pouring through.

It just so happened that I was able to visit a work friend at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, and the opportunity presented itself for several nice shots.



Shaw's Restaurant
Fuji XT-1, f/8.0, 1/6, ISO 200, 73 mm

This is one of the best restaurants in the Santa Maria Valley. They serve some of the best beef around. Santa Maria is well known for our tri-tip, and our distinctive style. And Shaw’s is one of the top examples.

I wandered the town around midnight last night, looking for some of our unique signage, painted and neon. I was sad to discover that many of my favorite signs were not lit. Interestingly, many of the signs I shot needed a little HDR to make them pop. But this shot from Shaw’s is right out of the camera, with a little crop.



I want for a walk around the neighborhood, hoping to find a good shot of one of the many birds. But the flew away each time I got close. So I sat down for a bit, and that did the trick. My meds make me shake a lot, so I should have had a tripod, but that’s a bit to manage for me on a walk. I got this one within my focal plane, but grace.

2014 Challenge, Week 32: “Tilt Shift” Quasi-Landscape

2014 Challenge, Week 32: “Tilt Shift” Quasi-Landscape


My submission to this week’s PhotoChallenge.org theme.

This shot is from one of my favorite cycling routes near my home. It’s a beautiful view that I get to see, near the end of this ride. I miss cycling so much, and so today I drove this path, to be inspired!

2014 Challenge, Week 14: RULE OF THIRDS + a little bit more…

My other blog, PhotoChallenge.org, has weekly themed photography challenges. Each week myself, or one of the other 3 contributors, writes a post. Last week’s was a landscape theme, with a focus on a vanishing road. This week’s is focusing on the technical tool of the rule of thirds.

I blended to two into one image!

Vanishing Road
Vanishing Road

2014 Challenge, Week 10: DEPTH OF FIELD

For many of my newer readers, you might not know that I’m a contributor to PhotoChallenge.org. We post themed or technical photography challenges every so often, most of the time they’re weekly. I don’t always blog my own submissions to each week’s challenge, and I don’t always submit one at all. However, I’m going to try to post them here more regularly.

This is my submission for this week’s theme, which is a technical challenge focusing on “depth of field”. You can read about this week’s challenge here.

300mm, f/11, 0.4 sec, ISO 100