Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 194 Bokeh

Sofia challenges me to primarily think of out-of-focus areas in your photos. Are they an important component of your shot? What is bokeh for you and how do you achieve it? I’ll be looking forward to seeing how your beautifully blurred areas also have a story to tell.

Using a large aperture setting would be how I would describe my style of photography.

While visiting Donner Summit, I borrowed a reflecting ball. The shallow depth of field places the photo in a forest setting and the reflection is in focus.

By using a shallow depth of field here my photo leads the eye in a line.

A line of pigs
Colorful crayons

The story I tell with my flower photographs often is about one particular flower standing apart from the rest.

The bee settles on a flower in the field of flowers
Paws, please!
When my Moxie was a young pup!

While capturing images with people the depth of field helps to tell the story.

Racing fans gather during the Amgen finale in Sacramento

This last photograph was taken in 2004 while visiting my In-Laws in Florida. This is an example of why I recommend not discarding all your old mistakes. This was my first DSLR the Nikon D70. I was not familiar with white balance and forgot to change from the indoor lighting setting to the outdoor one. My images were quite blue. But today, I saw potential in this image. I changed it to black and white. What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed my look at bokeh and how it helps to set the stage for my images. Please comment and let me know.

A Photowalk in Niles

Getting away with photo friends and introducing them to my brother Alan made for an enjoyable and interesting day. My brother lives in Freemont, Ca. and found this little old town flavor in Niles about a mile from his address. Car loaded with friends, cameras, and gas we headed off to Niles. I was driving Subi Blue, and just as we started the infamous I symbol appeared on my dashboard indicating a low tire sensor. We boldly continued the two-hour journey.

After passing under a railroad trestle we arrived in Niles, Ca.

This old restored gas station serves as a meeting spot for car enthusiasts.

Unique stores line 1st Street (Main Street). Forget trademarks here. Plenty of antique stores, but since we are here on a Thursday we find many stores closed.

My brother served as our own personal guide to a town he walks around frequently. He knows most of the small business owners and often photographs events in town. The weather cooperates and we found plenty of photo opportunities in nature and architecture.

This wisteria tree has over the years intertwined with another tree.

Oh what a tangled web we weave.
Tangled
Wisteria in bloom
A Lady Bug

An original house.
Bath anyone?
Each house an individual
I liked the way the light fell on these hats

Silent movies and Charlie Chaplin have solid connections with Niles, Ca. On our way home, we drove through Niles Canyon used as a backdrop for cowboy films in the early days of movie-making.

It turns out the air in the tire was low, so off to find a working air pump, and tossing in a bunch of quarters, and home we went.

This little Tortuga Talavera followed me home.

And we returned safely.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #192 Earth’s Story

This week, Amy’s photo challenge theme is Earth Story. The natural world has many stories to tell. They are written on the ground, in the mountains and rivers, and on rocks and trees. Let’s share their stories through our lenses.

While out walking my dog Moxie I came across this stump. My pareidolia nature.
The lichen creates designs where ever they grow.
Point Lobos on the California coast.

Earth’s Story is vast. Let’s take care of all of its resources.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 191 Curves

Ann-Christine thought we would find more examples of curves: funny, beautiful, unusual – roads, paths, art, architecture, animals, plants – anything that interests you. Because, curves are everywhere around us. And she is correct.

Visiting my brother-in-law’s AMPG factory in Indianapolis, Indiana
I liked the way the curve of a concrete table played upon the dark, rocky background
An amusing look at machinery. Do you see what I mean?
I visit many farms in Yolo county. Rusting equipment always capture my imagination
Here is another curvy image.

Nature presents many opportunities to see curves. One of my favorite curves is the “S” curve.

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Refuge taken during wetter times in 2007.
This abandoned behive shows off some curves.
This spectacular maze is found at The Getty, a place I would like to revisit.

Enjoying the coastline curves at Laguna Beach, the rocky coast of Northern California or on the Island of Kauai

Where ever the road may take you.
A rural pathway
A bannister at the Crocker Art Museum
A close look at a piece of art reveals curves.
And finally, this flamingo at the San Diego Zoo has perfected the “S” curve!

Keep looking for curves. It makes for amazing photography. Curves make the world go round.