A Night at the Lake








And because I was such a horrible Dad that I’d never shown my daughter Hot Waters, or taken her to shoot the Lighthouse at night….


In A Slump

No motivation. No drive. Nothing that has inspired me to shoot. Kristen asked if we could go to the Rose Garden on Father’s Day. So we snuck away for about an hour Sunday afternoon. Just in time, as a matter of fact because, as we made our way through the remainder of the Garden, the rain began to fall.  While I’m happy with the way these turned out, I’m still looking for something to shoot. I feel like I’ve shot everything worth it around here. Suggestions are welcome.








I Like the Light

Lisa just talked about it, and I’ve discussed it as well, the light you use for taking photos can make all the difference in the world. Early morning light is great, because if your subject is positioned right, you get a full-on illumination, as opposed to overhead lighting that can cause shadows. When shooting the flowers at Lakeview Park’s Rose Garden, I always liked cloudy days instead of sunny days, because the sun was too intense on the flowers. I’ve added another time of day to my list of ‘likes,’ and that’s just before sunset.

I went to Lakeview the other night to work on the “Water” challenge. I almost got what I wanted, as much as I was going to considering the sky, and wandered over to the Rose Garden. I try not to go up there all the time, because I have shot hundreds of photos there, and I’ve almost done it to death here. I can’t keep shooting the same thing over and over, I’ve got to keep on doing things I haven’t tried.

Well, every now and then, you learn a little something. I found that about 30 minutes before sunset, the light is ever so gentle on the roses, and falls over the better part of the garden, even with the Rose Cafe being where it is.






Roses, Roses, Everywhere

When I go out to shoot something, like Settlers’ Watch the other day, if the light’s right, and the pictures look like I want them to, I find I’d better take advantage of it. I found myself in a ‘zone’ that day, and headed over to Lakeview Park, as Bryan had put the word out that the roses were blooming.

Kudos to Bryan Goldthorpe and his crack team of groundskeepers for their excellent maintenance of Lakeview Park and the Rose Garden. Always a joy to visit there.