Saturday, August 31, 2013


The Minor Catching the First Rays of the Day

Lisa and I used to go to the movies here at least once a month. Nowadays, we may go once a year. When we first started going to the Minor during the eighties, we could buy a movie card. I think the card was good for six or ten admissions, and it provided a hefty discount. We oftentimes brought our own snacks, and even smuggled in our own popcorn. We were not alone as many of the other patrons were students. One of my art professors even brought his pillow.

The Minor often featured "art films". This is  where I first saw Rumble Fish, Repo Man, and The Man Facing East along with more established art films such as Dersu Uzala, and many others. Most showings were double features, and were often well paired.

The Arcata Theater was about a block away, and the card worked in both. I sometimes went to the midnight showings to see films such as Stop Making Sense. The Arcata usually showed more mainstream movies. It was here that I first saw/heard Koyaanisqatsi. I sat in my favorite seat, dead center and eight rows from the front. Movies like these were produced equally for the visual as well as the audio (music). The theater played the music loud enough, but not overly so. They really knew how to do it in a balanced manner.

The owners of both theaters were the same. They printed a monthly movie guide that was available in as holder at the ticket booths. I wish I had one now. They were very informative, and made it easy for me to decide on what to see. My tastes are more esoteric than Lisa's, and there were numerous occasions where I went alone, and that was fine.

I have fallen out of the habit of watching art films. We do get foreign films via Netflix, and sometimes we see really good ones,  but it feels haphazard. I think we need a source akin to the old Arcata/Minor movie guide.

Friday, August 30, 2013


Predawn Photograph of the Arcata Presbyterian Church in Black and White

Predawn Photograph of the Arcata Presbyterian Church in Color  
This is the home of the "Thursday Congregation" or of the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir. I rehearsed and sang in this church for the four years I was a member of the choir. The choir is very fortunate to be able to share this space.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Arcata Pizza and Deli in the Predawn Light

I am working on my development procedures for images of predawn subjects. It is different than photographing predawn skies and clouds. It is similar to photographing in the fog with the exception that the sky often is the brightest element of the composition. I resist the urge to "lighten" up the subject because it can look artificial. I think as a composition, that this image works well.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


The Arcata Theater at Sunrise

I took this back-lit  photograph yesterday morning. It was fun being out early. It is almost always an adventure, and yesterday was no exception. A nice but inquisitive street guy was talking to me while I was working in front of the Minor Theater. He had a dog, and it got into a skirmish with another persons dog. Words were said then yelled, and while all this was going on I just continued to photograph. After it all calmed down the guy apologized and went on his way.

Monday, August 26, 2013


On the Fence

I am playing around with a hand-held image. I think I need to go back and use a tripod.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunset on Fickle Hill

Da Boys in the Glow

I took this a couple hours ago. These Friesians are big and beautiful.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Yosemite Unlike Ansel Adams

I took this photograph when I was a teenager. It was a color slide taken with a Kodak. The slide is covered with fungus and this is what I came up with today. This was after Hal sent me a photo he took of me (see below).

Last Sunday

Monday, August 19, 2013


Timeless, 2013

A print of this image is showing at the Redwood Art Association's 55th Fall Exhibition. It was awarded "Best Photograph". Gnarled (see my last posting) received a "Honorable Mention".

Saturday, August 17, 2013



More than a week has gone by since I last made a post here. I guess I did not have much to share. I did print three nice prints yesterday, and framed all of them this morning.

This is one of them, and it is one of my entries for the RAA Fall Exhibit. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013


A Fifteen Image Composite of HDR and Focus Stacking

Perhaps this is still not totally successful. There are still out-of-focus areas in the pedals on the left. Otherwise, I think it does what I hoped to do.

Friday, August 2, 2013


An Amazing Flower

I suppose that all blossoms are amazing when you think about it. Perhaps I should say that this one is unique - perhaps too, all blossoms are unique. Maybe I should just shut up and allow the image  to speak for itself.