Thursday, July 12, 2012

We`re Baaaack!

It`s been too long.  I`ve missed our chats.  I`ve missed speaking in full sentences to someone over 3 feet tall!  That`s right.....I got pregnant.....while starting my photography business....put everything on hold as my world took a different turn....and fell in love with the most amazing thing I`d ever held in my arms, my new daughter.

But now, I`m back....she`s talking....running around....and I`m excited to share all of the things that I have learned and seen while I was away.

Fortunately, for me, AND my brain, even though my shooting time was minimal, my workshop and study time was long.  I`ve spent a good part of my time away learning, polishing skills, mastering technology, and I`m ready to hit the ground running.   I`d love for you to come along for the ride.

I`m still a Sony shooter.  I may add cameras, but, I will probably always have a few Sony bodies accompanied by the amazing Zeiss glass.  You KNOW what I`m talking about, if you know Sony and Minolta lenses!  I love the Sony DSLR`s, and feel like dollar for dollar, they are the best out there.  I haven`t gone into the world of the SLT, but, I have used most of the other existing Sony bodies.  I have an arsenal of favorite Minolta and Sony lenses, and have recently been stepping up my use of my camera`s video functions.  I HAVE been lusting after the Sony A77, but, I have to keep my priorities in check.  Anyway, a visit to Samy`s on any nice day, teaches me that in photography, there will ALWAYS be LUSTworthy gear out there on the horizon!

Anyhow, stay tuned....SO much more to come!

Saturday, May 12, 2007


It's that time of year in Los Angeles when you can occasionally detect the scent of night blooming jasmine over the odor of cars and smog. This year, with the devastating fires that we've experienced, the familiar aroma may have changed a bit, but, the calendar doesn't lie. It's time for a well deserved break! Start thinking....VACATION!!

As you can see from my usual photos, I like to be where there's something good to capture in my camera lens. The fairly recent addition of a Sony Alpha A-100 digital SLR to my photography arsenal, only makes me more eager to get out there and shoot some great pictures of anything that I can find (preferably on a beautiful deserted beach.) Of course, I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't hoping to get a couple of new lenses to go with my new gear, but, Woo-Hoo!! on the new acquisition!!

This year's a little hectic, so, we may have to bypass the amazing shores of Tahaa in French Polynesia (see above photo of deserted lagoon), and pack up the 4x4, dogs, cameras and lenses for something a bit more local. Yosemite is always a photo favorite. Ansel Adams was no slouch, and, his favorite photo spot is definitely worthy, but, the onset of summer usually means, the onset of the hoards. Not exactly my idea of an escape. Anyway, I'm not ready to give up on an island just yet, but, it doesn't look too good right now. Still, I'll keep one of the over 100 Tahitian islands and the Bahamas Out Islands on the back burner, just in case! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

One of the most memorable "photo moment" vacations that I've ever had, was on Ahe, which is part of the Tuamotus in French Polynesia. We stayed at a cute place called the Pension Coco Perle. Our plane landed on what was questionably referred to as their "airstrip", but, the pilot, showing vast experience with landings in extreme circumstances, brought us down smoothly.

We were greeted with a friendly smile and hopped aboard our "water taxi" (small motor boat) and went for the fifteen minute ride across the most amazing lagoon.

What a pleasant surprise to arrive at the most perfect beach, and, to find out that we were the only guests on this tiny motu (island)!! The hostess/owner, Emmanuelle, made us feel as though we were "visiting royalty", with her daily gourmet meals served for breakfast, lunch and dinner (all on the beautiful beach.)
There were too many photographic opportunities. Sunsets were so stunning that I couldn't take enough pictures and the moonlit night sky was so clear and bright that we were able to watch rays float gracefully by as we sat on the edge of the pier.

This island, as part of the chain known as the "Tuamotus", was formed by long-extinct volcanoes. As a result, they commonly have very clear relatively shallow interior lagoons, which are surrounded by small islets or motus that go in a circle where the mouth of the volcano once rose from the sea. This is where you will find the farms that produce the world-famous Tahitian black pearl. The lagoons are generally warm and gentle compared to the MUCH DEEPER and rougher water on the ocean side of the motus. I definitely preferred the lagoon.

Well, hopefully, I'll have another island adventure to tell you about soon. If not, the "getaway" may have to take another form, but, it will be just as much fun! Take care!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Just getting started - Welcome

I'm not sure where to begin. So much is going on right now. Writing, photography, travel, building, politics, pets, kids & families. Bits and bunches to share on ALL of those topics and more. I'll try not to rant too hard, but, sometimes, I can't stop myself.

I'm in Los Angeles. Not necessarily by choice, but, can't leave yet. Working on it really hard. Need somewhere that grass grows without having to install sprinklers. Don't get touchy if you're from here,(although most of you are not). If you're from the east coast, like me, who knew that if you don't have sprinklers or a water hose, all you'll grow in L.A. is dirt, weeds, and a great suntan. Okay, they claim to have these plants that don't need water called "natives", but, they just don't look right to a girl from North Carolina!

In defense of L.A., she has given me some great times and amazing opportunities,but, like Dorothy said, "There's no place like home". Still you can't beat L.A.'s sunny days, photo ops with beautiful sights and people, and, with the elections coming up, it's starting to be a hotbed of political controversy and positioning. How exciting! Kind of fun to watch, especially for a girl from the country hanging out in a place known fondly as LA-LA land.

Anyhow, keep posted, I'll try to let you know what's happening in the midst of the madness.

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