Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Roasted Potatoes with Lavender
1 1/2 pounds potatoes scrubbed pepper to taste
4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 4 1/4 tablespoons butter
salt to taste 1 1/2 tablespoons dried lavender
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Toss potatoes, oil, and salt and pepper on a baking sheet, and roast, tossing occasionally, until browned and tender about 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat butter in a 1-quart saucepan over medium-high heat; add lavender and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour over cooked potatoes and toss to combine; season with salt and pepper.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
(click here) to the artist, Allison Smith, who crafted the buntings. She explains the significance behind them. I've written before about the history of Fort Point, but I think this video is nicely done and explains the history well.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I really liked the diamond pattern the water was making at the "top" of this photo, and I liked how the trees lined up. This used to be my favorite type of photo to take, a watery reflection flipped upside-down to make a landscape scene. I guess I've gotten away from this; I don't think I've done a reflection photo in a while.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Fort Point sits just under the Golden Gate Bridge. This was supposed to be another "redo" from a photo I took here last September. Another family trip. If there's a theme, it's that I have a hard time taking photos on family outings because I always feel rushed. But in this case, I ended up not liking my new photos as much as the one from our family trip. I think the reason for this was the lighting. The sunlight came out too blue, and everything ended up with a strange color cast. If you're interested to see the old photo, it was posted September 18, 2011
Sunday, June 17, 2012
I wandered around Golden Gate Park, waiting for things to open after my sunrise photo shoot at the bridge, and happened upon Stow Lake. It was beautiful in the early morning light, and actually very busy with dog-walkers and runners. This is the dock area near the boathouse. Looks like a fun outing to rent these colorful paddle boats.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I've gone back to the scene of the crime to work on an old photo. I first shot this scene when my family was here for Labor Day 2010. You can see the original photo looking in my archives or click on the link to September 5, 2010 . I entered it in the 2011 Yolo County Fair and it got 2nd in its section (which really bummed me out!) During the fair there was an opportunity to view the photo gallery with one of the judges, who offered pointers on what they look for in photos, and I had a chance to ask her about this scene. She said there were two objections to it. 1. It was too dark under the bridge, and therefore taken at the wrong time of day/year, and 2. One of the judges objected to the 45 mph sign, and thought it should have been photoshopped out.
So fast forward to today. I got up well before the crack of dawn in order to be here at sunrise when the light would be striking this side of the bridge. Unfortunately I couldn't get exactly the same angle because of some construction, but this is pretty close. I do think it's improved by this lighting. I think the sky and water colors came out weaker, but early morning light doesn't offer a dark sky, and I again left the polarizer at home. I couldn't bring myself to remove the 45 mph sign. It was one of the things I loved about the first one. I'd be curious to hear other opinions on that though.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
Just noticed, this is my 500th post. Whoohoo!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Third photo from Montezuma Hills wind farm. As promised, the sheep! I had never seen a sheep stampede before; I didn't know they could run so fast! There was a fence line in my way, so I had to hurry and stand in the door frame of my car to get this photo. Once I saw a photo of Ansel Adams photographing from the roof of his car. He had mounted a huge piece of plywood on the top of the vehicle, and he was standing on it, with his tripod, looking into the viewfinder. It would come in handy! Not that I can imagine crawling up to the roof of my minivan, but it would have improved the angle here, I think.