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Just Another Day in January

I almost feel guilty that we’re having all this great weather in January.  We really need the rain, but I am going to enjoy this weather for as long as it lasts.  Here’s how we spent our day today…

White wash on the beachRomero Pretending to like the waterSun is settingCarpinteria State BeachThe moon at twilight


Moreton Bay Fig Tree

Had a few things to do in Santa Barbara this morning, so we made a stop at the Fig Tree down near the train station so the pooch could get out and stretch his legs.

The roots on this tree are pretty cool, here’s a closer look for you…

Last, but not in any way the least, my lovable boy, Romero.


Romero Canyon Trail

So, we haven’t hiked Romero Canyon in I don’t know how long.  I used to hike that trail nearly every other week.  I’ve forgotten how great it is.  Anyway, I’d never seen these prayer flags on the trail before.  Prayer flags are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and those in the vicinity.  I’m hoping that is the case – for the most part.

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Here is our boy Romero, three months after his stage 4 lymphoma cancer diagnosis. Prednisone is a wonder drug, it seems and even though he was given up to four months to live, he is still going strong. Love this little guy…



I’ve been playing with various photographic compositional techniques over the past few weeks.  Here are some shots that show you what I’ve been up to.


Here is my hero shot, taken on a hike in the foothills of Santa Barbara.

So, the hero shot is taken from below, so here’s a shot taken from a trail we were hiking high above the roads on the Amalfi Coast a couple of months ago.


The focal point of this image is the lemurs face, which is positioned according to the rule of thirds.

And one more example from Kenya…


Walking along the tracks in Dunsmuir, CA.


Here is an image I’ve posted before on this site, but clearly demonstrates the concept.

Picture of Ladybug



An image from Matera, Italy

Matera Sassi


This is perhaps, one of my favorite ways to shoot.  In fact, I usually have to force myself to take a horizontal shot where most people I know are forcing themselves to take the vertical.

There are loads of other examples I could post here and one day, I just might do that.  I’ve played with cropping and isolation techniques, filling the frame (another of my favorites), emphasizing foregrounds, finding patterns in nature and demonstrating scale.  All very fun and useful techniques.






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