Hot damn, Sep 1 already??? What the…?? I was just barely stocking up on SPF-50! Welcome to this month’s #TravelTuesday special feature: The #Beach! I’m pretty bummed that Summer has zipped by faster than that shoe that got hurled at G.W.Bush’s head. I live near the coast, and I’m sure we’ll have a sweltry Indian Summer that lasts through October here in California, but I’m still gonna miss the Summer season of BBQ, baseball games and carefree fun in the sun…which seems like it lasted a week. So let’s get some virtual sand in our toes to last us ’til next Summer… 🙂
(Rincon, Puerto Rico)
(Cahuita, Costa Rica)
(Dog Island, Panama)
(Great Ocean Road, Australia)
(Molokai – Hawaii)
Tags: beach, beaches, beauty, Gringo With A Green Bag, GWAGB, Inspiration, nature, paradise, scenics, Travel, travel blog, travel photography, vacation
Hope you guys had a great one!
(image: Jericoacoara, Brazil)
Tags: beach, Brasil, Brazil, Foto, FotoFriday, gringo travel, Gringo With A Green Bag, Jeri, Jericoacoara, Latin America, Nikon, palm trees, photography, relaxation, scenics, South America, sunset, tranquility, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography, vacation
Yesterday was Ansel Adams’ 112th birthday. Though I didn’t receive any notification on my Facebook feed, I would have surely posted a tribute photo along with a “Happy Birthday AA” message on his wall (had he been alive and kind-hearted enough to accept my friend request). Though I’ve never really “studied” his work per se (I was a bad student), I have always recognized, respected and admired his talent and vision, his contributions to the medium of photography and his true craftsmanship, which took place in the darkroom. Inspired by his love of the land, he brought images to life using primitive equipment, his vivid imagination and his mastery of techniques during the developing process. These days, the “darkroom” of a digital photographer doesn’t even have to be dark. My “digital darkroom” is right next to my dining room window, consists of a computer and a mouse, and the only chemical in sight is the screen cleaning solution (which never gets used). But the fundamentals of photography remain. The relationship between your subject and the light that falls upon it is paramount, and no one nurtured this relationship better than Ansel Adams. In his timeless nature photography, he understood that “the natural landscape is not fixed…but is as transient as the light that continually redefines it.” (Kind of like girls in the nightclub when the sound-activated strobes are in full effect.) His iconic black & white images which evoked a powerful sense of compositional balance and perspective helped to establish photography among the fine arts. For him, the most important approach to his art was “beauty comes first”. He pretty much nailed it folks.
Here are a few images that I’d like to share as a humble tribute to the legendary Ansel Adams. Of course, I had the benefit of digital technology, photoshop and a camera that didn’t weigh as much as a bowling ball when I snapped these. Though he probably stepped foot in several of these same spots at some point in his career, there is no doubt that he put a lot more work and “previsualization” into his images…and spent a whole lot more time watching them come to life.
Tags: Ansel Adams, B&W, black and white, Canada, Canadian Rockies, darkroom, digital darkroom, Facebook, landscapes, light, monochrome, Mountains, nature, nature photography, Nikon, photography, Rivers, scenics
Happy Friday y’all…throw ya hands up! Well, January was sort of a blur. Fastest month on record, I’m guessing. Though an exciting thing did happen here since I posted last week…RAIN!! Yes, we felt raindrops on our foreheads here in Southern California for the first time in what seems like a decade. “Hollywood showers” may be resumed soon. 🙂 So, drought and earthquakes aside, 2014 is moving right along. Another place that is not unfamiliar with drought and perennial sunshine is Australia…and this week’s Foto Friday is from a little place called Port Fairy in the state of Victoria. When you live in a dry climate like California’s, you really appreciate the sight of a rainbow when you see it. The ocean is always mesmerizing to me, but combine it with a heavenly arc of primary colors pouring into the horizon and you’re gonna catch a giddy excitement on the faces of most who witness it. I’d love to see rainbows more often, but it’s like those Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies…if I had them throughout the year, I might not have the same fervor as I do when they magically appear on my doorstep every March (making space in my freezer as we speak). A heartfelt thank you to Mother Nature…and the Girl Scouts of America.
Port Fairy – Victoria, Australia
Tags: arc, Australia, beauty, California, color, Girl Scouts, horizon, Inspiration, light, Mother Nature, nature, Nikon, ocean, Port Fairy, rain, rainbow, Scenery, scenics, sunshine, Thin Mints, Travel, Victoria, water, wonder
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