Friday, March 2, 2018


"Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes...
Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, 
to extract the infinite out of the finite.
It is the emancipation of the mind.  
It is an exploration into unknown areas."
Arshile Gorky's just plain fun to play with your photos...
Out of focus?  Play with the angle...
...and the color...and the grain...
and voila!

Patterns, repetition, muted colors...

...explorations in Black and White.

A crop here...a crop there...a bit of grain.

Lots of crop...lots of grain...and push that color!!!

Find that right angle...pop the color...
...remove the white spot or leave it in?

Explore the angles and curves...more color please!

Another angle...more curves...and OH!  That color!!!

Our road trip began in Atlanta, Georgia, 
at the Marriott Marquis hotel, downtown.
Last June, we were in Atlanta for the 2017 Rotary International Convention.  And being good Rotarians...we went to the bar where all the action was.  Lots of fun people...good drinks...
and an interesting atmosphere...very modern and fun lighting.
Looking mind started seeing my surroundings
in photographic terms.
Yep...had to go get my camera.
Two or three excursions with the camera and a bunch of fun hours post processing...and these were my results!
I thought it might be fun to share a bit of my process... of my most fun photo projects of late!!!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Making a Photograph...

"You don't take a photograph,
you make it."
Ansel Adams

I recently got a new iPhone 8+.
My friend has a new iPhone 10 and is enamoured
with the camera.  She kept telling me what a great
camera it is and that my iPhone 8 has the same camera.
So...we're walking in our nearby botanical gardens,
and I'm playing with my phone camera.  She shows 
me how to do her favorite..."portrait mode".
I just happen to accidentally put the camera
on Portrait mode, Stage Light Mono....
And voila!!!

OK...I'm a die hard Nikon user 
...and now... 
I'm pretty impressed with my iPhone!!!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wine Country in Texas???

Driftwood wine tasting...
spoke my language!

Driftwood Texas...who knew it's the wine country of Texas?!!!

On our way to the Salt Lick...the "best Barbecue in Texas"...
we stopped off at the Driftwood winery...
...and found the sign that speaks my language!!!
Add to that...a couple of nice bottles of wine to take with us 
to the Salt Lick!

The Driftwood winery has a lovely outdoor area where you 
can take a glass of wine...or a bottle or two out
to sip while enjoying the view!

Then on to the Salt Lick!!!

Barbecue is serious business in Texas!!!
(BTW...there were 9 of us...and many more of these platters!!!)

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year...2018!!!

"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book,
waiting to be written."
Melody Beattie

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!!! And Peace be With You!!!

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful."
Norman Vincent Peale

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...the Grand Finale in Singapore!

This wasn't exactly our last event in 

but it just screamed "Finale"
to me!!!

One of the highlights of Singapore...

is the "Garden Rhapsody" music and light show
at the Singapore Botanic Gardens!

A really beautiful light show set to music...

...but beware while breaking out your camera to shoot this...
...the humidity fogged my lens and I had to continually
clean the lens!

Being from California and a relatively dry climate,
I had no clue about how to deal with the humidity
in regards to my camera!  
(Never mind myself!!!  I don't do well in humidity either :(  )

These were my last shots with my camera!
For the rest of the trip I used my trusty iPhone!!!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Touring Singapore!

What's travel without a bit of shopping?

We wanted to find shops with indigenous culture products...
...but pretty much everything is imported!
Singapore was founded in 1819 by Stamford Raffles as a trading post for the British East India Company.
So most of the cultural history seems to be British Colonial.
Yet much of the city/country is modern...
reflecting its current status of a hub for 
world travel and commerce.

One of the most distinctive architectural structures in Singapore
is the Marina Bay Sands resort.
The complex is topped by a 340 meter sky park...
with a capacity for 3,900 people!!!

We opted for a tour boat cruise...
I believe this is the financial district.

This is the type of boat we're in while cruising!

Singapore has an amazing skyline.

Intriguing architecture...

...and then, a throwback to British Colonial!

I loved this boat!

Singapore's river front is quite colorful...

It was a lovely way to tour Singapore...
and a bit cooler on the water!

Our last tour of Singapore was a night tour of their zoo...
it was quite dark...there were lights...but very low.
And of course, more humidity! iPhone pics were a bit challenged!

So what else could I do but turn my best pics into abstracts!

My two favorites...the majestic lion...
and of course...flamingos!!!

We were literally drenched at the end of the night tour...
got back to the hotel...
and settled in for a late evening snack...
and the best Gin drink I've ever had!!!  
Wish I remembered the name and ingredients!
My brain cells were a bit discombobulated 
from the heat and humidity!!!

My Nikon didn't like the heat and humidity here 
so all the above pics are from my iPhone!
The best camera is the one you have!
Not bad, eh?

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