Throw Back

Lake Tahoe Sunset

Here is a blast from the past, a sunset photo on a stormy night at Lake Tahoe from a 2004 trip to photograph the Cal-Neva Resort for Expedia.com.  The Cal-Neva crosses the California – Nevada border, and has a casino in the Nevada side of the of the main room.  The Swimming Pool has the state border painted down the middle.  The Resort was a favourite hang out of the Rat Pack back in the day.

   A photo of the Cal-Neva pool from their Website

Shoot in the Rain, and Shine!

    About a year ago I got a call from the local TV station.  One of their reporters saw a small gallery show I put on locally and asked if would do an interview for their focus on locals segment called “The Express”.  Never one to turn down a bit of free publicity, I said yes.  When the day came to shoot the segment, it was cold, overcast and raining.  One of the things they wanted to do was film me shooting some personal work, and then include a few shots from the actual day in the segment.  The weather was miserable, YUCK!

Still I did not want to disappoint, so on a day when I would not have even considered taking a camera outside, I forced myself to find something to shoot.  Here are a few of the results.

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 Is this my best or favourite personal work ever?  Not particularly, but I managed to do something creative on a day when I would have otherwise stayed home and stared at a computer screen.  I think the takeaway is simple: Doing something is always better than doing nothing.  You can take interesting and creative photos in the rain, or snow, or at night, or in whatever circumstances.  Just go out and do something creative.

If you would like to see the finished  local TV piece, it’s after the jump

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Personal Photography – Shoot Something for the Pure Joy of Photography

Sometimes I get a bit busy with post processing and office work (read taxes!) and get in a bit of a slump.  The weather this time of year around here is a bit dull and rainy.  Taking a break for a couple of hours and going out to shoot something completely for pleasure usually helps to get my creative juices flowing again.

A few years ago I decided to take my dog and my camera for a walk in the forest, and partially by accident came home with this shot.


My first ‘Living Forest’ image

I am always impressed and relaxed by the forest, and I wanted to capture more than just a static shot.  I wanted to communicate the life and energy I feel in the forest. 

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