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Photography, Black and White

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  • Black and White Photography
    Old school, shot with an analogue 35 mm SLR (or larger), developed and printed by hand
  • Most of these photos were taken, developed and printed for my college Photography degree portfolio.
    My instructor said they were pretentious but I still got an A and I like them. So who cares what people think?
  • This shot breaks my heart. Taken in June 1984 on leave between Army basic training and my AIT. I stepped over the barrier to take it and got yelled at by security. But I'm glad I did. Can anyone tell me where this is? Hint: the plaza you see below is a replica of the floor in a famous cathedral in Rome. That's the reflection of my foot -bottom 1/3 from the left side.
  • This is a great example of a California Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) which can live up to 600 years. However my dwarfed subject was the California Mule dear (Odocoileus hemionus californicus) standing in it's shade to the right. See her there?
  • This little juvenile (two inches long) is commonly known as a 'Blue Belly' or Western Fence Lizard (The family is still debatable but otherwise the genus and species is - Sceloporus occidentalisthe). As a child I spent hours catching these creatures with little lassos made from (the invasive) Avena Barbata oat grass stems. Once caught you'd turn them on their backs and stoke their brilliant blue striped tummies which puts them in a trace. Myth has it that this technique works on aligators too (but I've never tried it) I shot this with a 1:1 macro lens which means this little guy was kind enough to hold still while I got with in 12 inches from him (her ?) sunning on a vertical sandstone cliff face. My childhood practice pair off.
  • This is a study in inorganic design and systemic repetition. It's a sand cast mold for... well I don't know what the heck these things are (something regarding electrical distribution or water pump encasing part? (If you know please email me). I just thought it looked cool and considered using it for a website graphic interface element someday.
  • Much to the chagrin of my step-mom my dad got on this kick of buying antiquated farm implements and littering his property with them. I had an assignment to use a medium format twin reflex camera and made this piece of junk look a lot better than it actually did in his front yard. Again...for me, it was simply a study of repetition and contrast.
  • A piper tuning his bag pipes before a performance for a wedding . Number one: I didn't  know bag pipes could be tuned (silly me-what was I not thinking). Secondly he was wearing the "Black Watch" tartan kilt. Not sure why I thought that was important at the time this shot was taken. May be because my grand father had a bag pipe draped in that tartan.
  • The storm swell was 12-14 feet this day (as shown) but I found this little granite cloistered tide pool - glass still - secluded from the ravages of surrounding elements and serene before the incoming tide. The contrast was irresisatable.
  • This butterfly had tattered wings and landed near me to rest on the blooming Acacia Baileyana. Fragile yet determined to do it's butterfly business - it was gone in an instant. It was gone before the sun set that day.
  • "Wow, that's STRONG!" , my instructor said to me during the critique of this photo. "You should change your portfolio focus to more shots like this," I still don't know what he was talking about. I just like rocks and how the elements form them over 50 or 100 thousand years. I don't think he got it. Personally and subjectively, I think this snapshot is a poor imitation of what the Weston's, Adams and other f64er's were shooting on the same damned Monterey beach in the middle of the last century. I just like rocks like these. And the mighty Pacific Ocean of course.
  • Amaryllis or the Belladonna Lily - or my favorite common name - 'Naked Lady' because of the eyebrows the name raises when spoken in mixed company, Beautiful pink long stem flowering bulb. Yet another invasive species to California from Africa along with 'Ice Plant" (Carpobrotus edulis). You can see Naked lady(s) blooming along side Highway 101 in Prunedale, CA in February. amidst the ice plant. There's a joke in there someplace - but I'll leave that up to the locals.
  •  The ten-line June bug (or watermelon bug) Polyphylla decemlineata. These lovely specimens (1.25" in length) along with western Pine Beetles eviscerated the 60 year old pine tree in my front yard (actually these vermin just ate the needles.) Stunning to see. There big and they shocking hiss. I shoot this with a macro lens filter set. The coleopterans are one of the most fascinating and highly specialized Insectan orders on Earth. In my opinion, Robert A. Heilein was referring specifically to them when he wrote, "... Specialization is for insects."