Feeder King

The Local jerk bird – An Adolescent Anna’s Hummingbird – who likes to think he owns the feeder. He chases pretty much all the other birds away – but the territoriality allows me to get close enough to take decent pictures!

Creative concept #2

This one may not work as well – but here goes…

(and I should point out that my primary personal project is still going on behind the scenes!)


Somewhere between the cosplay artists and the political activists – I know (even FB-know) a LOT of warrior people – maybe even a ninja?)

so let’s do it – What’s your warrior face?  Figurative or literal? What do YOU fight for?


Ethereal Rose Warrior

Ethereal Rose Warrior

Ethereal Rose Warrior

Ethereal Rose Warrior

Ethereal Rose Warrior

Ethereal Rose Warrior

Ethereal Rose Warrior

Ethereal Rose Warrior

Creative Challenge #1

2017 will be interesting.

I have 2 distinct concepts that are more “political” (sociological?) in concept – but in order to do them – in order to do them the way I WANT to do them – I need to find a group of intelligent people with both Strong conviction, and the empathy/awareness to understand that other people may have different opinions in some areas, or may measure their lives in different shades of grey than other people living on the same planet.

Would you be willing to answer a few questions (in both “positive” and “negative”) regarding your current views on the state of our world/country/humanity? And then would you pose for two images with those concepts (“positive” one “negative”) visioned as a photographs ? Example for the sake of simplicity – words written on a chalkboard around you, possibly with props to fit the concepts and posed to fit the mode/answers? 

Would you be willing to pose for the vision of someone else’s answers that might contradict your own? (knowing that someone else would be posing with your answers) or are you assured of your convictions to pose with them and “own” them?

Four choices –

  1. “Wear” your own words
  2. “Wear” the words of someone else
  3. “Anonymity” with your own words (I have options for how not to show your face.)
  4. “Anonymity” with the words of someone else.

(For the “words of someone else – these will be randomized)

No specific indication of which words are yours (or not) will be made except and unless you specifically ask to “own” the words. If you aren’t willing to wear someone else’s words – without review or editorial – you have to wear your own.

Wardrobe – Plain jeans or leggings (monotone dark/grey-black) ,  T-shirt (monotone light/grey/white) no logo/art) or implied/nude. any other options will require discussion for “appropriateness”.




LilyT Braid Shoot 2016-07-17

Lily Talamaivao showing her braid-work on Melinda (MUA by Renee Saia).

Lily was showing “Braiding with her hands” which made me ask, “What else would you braid with?” (Correct answer: FINGERS) – it’s a demonstration of detail vs mass – and this style was an excellent demonstration. Check the detail!!

RTFM (part 1)

I am very lucky to have several friends who ask me interesting questions – technical details and “how-to’s” that (luckily) I have some knowledge of. Some of this knowledge is hard-won on the streets of life – and some are just as easily gathered from little scraps of paper included with the gadgets, or on websites – if we know where to look.

The RTFM series (Read The Fotography Manual) will generally cover exactly this – things that are in the manuals, data-sheets, and websites that should prove helpful.

Sage Advice (that I don’t always live by?): Keep your camera manual in your camera bag (put it in a ziploc bag or something) – or download the PDF to your phone. You never know when you will wonder: “How DO I set the self timer mode?”


Welcome to the inaugural post of my new photography blog.

What the heck am I doing here? I’m here to gather and share information. I will share what I know, and if I don’t know it – we’ll learn it together.

I’m also here to share my work, some of the experiences I’ve had, tell stories of my adventures (and mis-adventures) and push the envelope of my creative skills.

I hope you enjoy the journey.