Holding out for Rain

These images were brought together with the idea of California always suffering from drought.  The two environmental images off the water were taken in Big Bear, CA.  To bring out the natural appearance in the tree stump, I highlighted the horizon and the grass in the foreground in Photoshop.  I had adjusted the color contrast in the tree on the right and made the image cooler by adding the purple hue.  This was intended to portray a cooler feel and draw an idea of change.  It is early morning, yet the image appears as though it could have been taken closer to evening.  The shadow and light are dramatically brought out.  Finally, the silhouette that I had taken is the contrast that defines the thought of holding out for rain.  The image was taken by placing two soft boxes against a white backdrop.  The subject stood forward of the lighting to create the shadowed affect.  My camera was set to ISO 100 and the aperture was set to 1/125.


An Average Day?

The venture for the week was to go out into the world and take photographs of the events of a single day from start to finish.  My body chooses not to function from start to finish so the idea of using the beginning to end photographs of the average day seemed unconventional…and realistically, I had assumed that most people would use very similar context of images to begin and end a storyboard for an average day. 

Most of my mornings are a big blur…much like most of my evenings.  Thus, I started from the beginning and ended at the end of this particular Saturday, September 15, 2012. 

My family and I always try to go out and do something new as much as we possibly can.  This time, my fiance and I took my mom to Bates Nut Farm, in Escondido, California to see the pumpkins before the pumpkin patch was open to the public. 








Unfortunately, mom wasn’t all that impressed with the pumpkins, or the animals on the farm.  So, after a quick visit, we parted ways and my soon to be husband went with me to the bridal shop to pick up the brides maid dress for one of the members of our bridal party.



Of course, the excitement didn’t end there!  We had plans for the evening!  A close friend of ours had been planning a 10 year anniversary surprise party for herself and her husband and it had finally come to the wire.  We got all dressed up for a night on the town to meet very old friends of mine whom I hadn’t seen since the glorious couple’s wedding.  Everyone met together at the Big Red Barn in Valley Center, California.



The men took the barn part of the invitation very literally…with the exception of the guest of honor standing on the far right who was under the impression he was going to a bed and breakfast for the night.


This leaves us with the end to our evening…myself working away at what I’ve ritualistically become accustomed to doing nearly everyday this year, working on Photoshop.



The rest of the day is a blur….



Much like every day.

Depth of Field

Back to school and the first class at Cal State San Marcos in the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Our assignment was to take photos and get acquainted with our cameras.  Since I’m already acquainted, I decided to try and take some creative images playing with depth of field and adjusting perception a little it.  Enclosed is what I came up with.


For this image, I used Lightroom to slightly adjust the warmth of the image to show the true reflection of the sunset against the tree.


This image was an end result to me spinning over a brick laid surface.


This spinning image gives a better view of what that brick surface really looks like.


Finally, this picture was just taken all in fun.  I couldn’t resist!  The sunset just does it so much justice!