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Welcome to my Blog!

Look. You’re busy, I’m busy, so I will try to keep this short. Yeah, I like to write stuff, but that doesn’t give me the right to inflict that on strangers. Or even friends. But apparently there are some people actually interested in what I have to say. More important is that they want to SEE what I’ve been up to. So I’m going to try to keep this mainly about images.

Hacienda Wedding Dennis & Elizabeth

This wedding had some special features for me. First, it was on my birthday, and second, the groom went to school with one of my daughters. The wedding was held near Lake Don Pedro, at the Hacienda Complex, part of the Lake Don Pedro Owners Association. It was the first time I’ve ever seen this place. The surrounding area was rather sparse as far as photogenic spots was concerned, but the building itself had several nice areas that lent themselves well to photography. The weather was beautiful and we all had fun.













Toby and Korylea

Another April wedding, this time at one of my favorite places over the years, The River Mill.

I liked this place so much that when my daughter got married, that’s where we had her wedding.

Here are the guys out in the parking lot.

And here is Korylea in the balcony area.

And here they are, during their first moments together that day.

Out in the new garden area.

Bird’s-eye view of the ceremony.

Sunset on the levy.

To view their album, click here.

Ladybug Time

I was up on the roof pruning the birch tree and bushes away from the chimney when I noticed that the

birch tree was filled with various stages of ladybugs. Everything from the tiniest larvae through various

molting stages, through pupae, up until fully-grown adults.

Not surprising, really, as the tree is overrun with aphids and little flies.

I stopped and grabbed my camera. Not the greatest of quality.

I may try to do more tomorrow when I’m not on a ladder or the roof.

I like how the little guy avoided being eaten by traveling on the underside of the branch.

Adult in front, then several thorny larvae, and a pupating one in the back:

One landed on my jeans:

I fed it an aphid that landed on my hand. It gobbled it right up.

6 pupae on one leaf, plus one larvae either getting ready to molt again—I think. Might be getting ready to pupate.

Group of 4 pupae, Part 1

Group of 4 pupae, Part 2 When I shaded them for the shot, one of them “reared up”. Defensive posture?

4 in a line. They look like they are marching but they are not. They are stuck like glue where they are.

At the base, nearest to the branch, you see thorny protrusions. They are the remnants of their old thorny skin.

Two larvae who were marching down the branch, probably looking for a good place to pupate.

If you look carefully, the one on top has a thorny crown.

I wanted to do more. It was fascinating to watch them, but I got yelled at by the boss to get back to work.

Kelli and Jon

This wedding was out on the family property near Linden, CA. I had photographed Kelli’s brother’s

wedding several years earlier. I like this next shot because you can never have enough shots of

yourself standing on a garage photographing the processional. :)

Here is one of the shots from the roof of the garage:



To view their album, click here.

What good is a blog if you never use it?

That’s a good question. Now that wedding and high school senior seasons are over, I’m going to try to do better. Although much of the value of a blog is to have up-to-the-minute news, anything I post here will still be more current than my website, so I think it will still be worthwhile. So what I am going to do is post images from some of my favorite weddings from 2008. I’ll try to do one per week until the backlog is taken care of. 

How a Bride Broke My Finger

I was doing a day after session, where I photograph a couple at a beautiful spot on some day other than the wedding day. The sunset was rapidly approaching. I had the B&G at one end of a covered bridge. I was going to have them and the bridge, with an old brick building and the sunset behind them. Great shot.

I had just finished laying out the train behind her and had it perfectly positioned. Just then, a big, nearsighted bumblebee wandered by, and thought she (the workers are all shes) had stumbled upon the Fabled Giant White Flower. The bee started doing some reconnaissance dive bombing.

The bride, like so many others, had a phobia for bees, and immediately started to dance an impromptu jig (Think Ashlee Simpson in a wedding dress BEFORE the diet).

Having a background in science, I knew this was impossible to sustain for more than a few seconds. What would eventually happen is she would step on her train and go down.

I had just finished thinking that thought when it happened—exactly as I thought. She started to fall backwards towards the hard asphalt. Splattered brains on a wedding dress is not my idea of a healthy TTD session—although it might get JMC to be jealous (Hey! Why didn’t I think of that? Oh wait. I did. I’m still waiting for a volunteer!) and quite colorful.

Unfortunately, I was about 10 feet away and could not possibly arrive on time to stop her from falling. So I did my Superman imitation and tried to fly. OK, I just dove.

I was way too late and she was way too heavy for me to actually catch her (not casting aspersions, just stating the facts!) I was just trying to get my hands under her head to cushion it.I succeeded. Sorta. One finger on my left hand hit her head or her shoulder with enough force to pop the finger at the last joint. It didn’t hurt that much—it just stung. I can’t believe that she did not feel anything! Neither her head nor shoulder was injured by my full force finger poke!

The groom waved off the bee and the bride and I got up. After ascertaining that she was uninjured, I started to walk back to the tripod mounted camera. “What’s wrong with your finger?” the bride asked. I looked down, and the tip was at a very unnatural angle, but fortunately in a FORWARD direction. Am I making anyone queasy yet?

Being an orthopedic tech, she assessed my injury and was sure it was merely dislocated.

Get ready. If you are squeamish, read no further.

So she started pulling on it (please, no fart jokes! ). I was OK until then, but that made me feel a little sick. She was unable to improve the situation, so borrowed my phone and called her boss—an orthopedic surgeon. He said, “It sounds busted, get thee to the ER.”I told her, no way! The sunset was now perfect, I wasn’t in pain, and I don’t use that particular finger very much any way.

So I snapped it off as a joke!

Just checking to see if you are paying attention.

No, I continued with the session and then drove myself to the ER.

I spent 3 hours at the ER—they put on a splint that immobilized my whole hand.

The next day, I felt I had to give her a call at her work to see if she could get me in to see her boss. She got me in to see him and he laughed at the splint.

So the bride that broke my finger re-splinted it for me.

Maybe some other time I’ll tell you about the time I almost broke my leg at a reception.

Rings in the Sand

From Saturday’s (4/26/08) wedding. This is the container from the Sand Ceremony. I liked the symbolism of the two colors of sand and the two rings. But instead of placing the rings on their respective colors, I decided to have each ring act as a bridge between the two colors. Sentimental? Of course it is!

Little visitor

This little guy first showed up at our place a year ago. We haven’t seen him around for a while, so figured he had moved on. Today he showed up again.

iPhone bridal

I just got back from 5 days at California Photographic Workshops. I am one of the directors of this school, put on once a year for professional and aspiring photographers. This was at Mission Springs in Scott’s Valley, near Santa Cruz, CA. One evening, we brought models to the beach. In between helping various students, I decided to try an experiment with my iPhone. I ran alongside the model, trying to keep her in the frame while holding the camera straight, my fingers off the lens, and frantically stabbing a virtual shutter button that I could not see in the bright sunlight. When I looked at the result, I was astonished to see that somehow the movement cause a warping of the horizon line. Unexpected, and that is exactly why I like to do experiments!

Cowgirl, Columbia State Park

February, 2008