AOC 2014

I was thrilled when I was chosen to be a participant in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda on Camera (AOC) again this year.  This will be my fourth year as an exhibitor of the show, and I had just as much fun gathering photos this year as in previous years.

For those of you who don’t know what the AOC is all about, check out my post last month for a quick intro, as well as a chance to see some of the images I submitted to the past exhibits.

After I found out that I’d been chosen as one of the artists, but before all we 48 artists got together for the section choosing ceremony, I had lots of people asking me if I was hoping for a particular section of the island.  Each time I answered them honestly; nope.  I’ve found some amazing images each year I’ve participated, and the chance to see the island in a new way is part of the fun for me.

And this year was just as amazing; in fact, maybe even a little more so.  I like to go out early in the morning to take my shots, which means I had my section largely to myself . . . the absolutely best way to take pictures, in my opinion.  That way your mind can be fully free of any thought, which leaves it open to all the possibilities of what you see before you.  If someone else is with you, you might become distracted in your conversations and might miss an amazing shot or two.

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Light’s Shadow

The early morning stillness allowed me to truly hear what images were calling to me.  Like this one, for example.  The morning sun cast such a perfect shadow on this building’s wall, that it looked as if the photo was sliced in two.  And yes, the sky was that sharp a blue that morning.

Nature's Reclamation

Nature’s Reclamation

This next image is one of those that I might have overlooked had someone else been with me that day.  In fact, even by myself I nearly walked right over this flower fighting its way through the pavement.  But thankfully, I looked down just in time and caught it.  It’s almost as if the flower’s face is reaching toward the sun in the hopes of feasting on all of its life-giving properties.

But as interesting as the subjects on the ground were, my favorite shot this year was taken by simply looking up into the sky.

As I said earlier, the sky was such a clear blue, and there were so many fascinating cloud formations.  The moon was also visible, which helped create the shot I call Catching the Moon:

Catching the Moon

Catching the Moon

I had to stand and wait for the wind to blow the cloud in to the perfect position to look like it was a hand playing catch with the moon, but I think it was well worth the wait.  It’s simplistic in its beauty and I can tell you this is going to be one of my favorite shots for years to come.

If you’re going to be in the San Francisco Bay area anytime during the months of April and May, I encourage you to come to the island of Alameda and check out the exhibit at Frank Bette.  There are 47 other artists whose work will be on display as well, and each year I’ve seen some jaw-dropping images, so there’s sure to be some gorgeous pieces this year.  It’s truly a feast for the eyes.

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Golden Gate Bridge

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As my wife Alyx and I started up our MAS Artwork business, we excitedly started gathering potential images and ideas for my future stippling projects. She already had so many wonderful photos from her various travels, there were tons from which to choose. Then I also started taking my own photos in earnest. With so many images and so little time, it is always difficult to figure out which one to start on next.

One of the directions that seemed mandatory for our future business is a travelogue of tourist sites. Living in the San Francisco Bay area, it seemed only fitting that I start there. My plan is to get a good collection of 6-10 works of art that depict the traditional icons the world associates with this area. Then I can make a collection of cards or postcards to sell as a set. One of the landmarks that…

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Golden Gate Bridge

As my wife Alyx and I started up our MAS Artwork business, we excitedly started gathering potential images and ideas for my future stippling projects. She already had so many wonderful photos from her various travels, there were tons from which to choose. Then I also started taking my own photos in earnest. With so many images and so little time, it is always difficult to figure out which one to start on next.

One of the directions that seemed mandatory for our future business is a travelogue of tourist sites. Living in the San Francisco Bay area, it seemed only fitting that I start there. My plan is to get a good collection of 6-10 works of art that depict the traditional icons the world associates with this area. Then I can make a collection of cards or postcards to sell as a set. One of the landmarks that I have already completed is the Palace of Fine Arts. I also recently did a Victorian house, but the house I chose is in Alameda. Most people more easily recognize the “Painted Ladies” from San Francisco as the iconic image know world-wide. So, I may at some point do an image of them to add to the collection.

Painted Ladies

Painted Ladies

Not too long ago Alyx and I decided to take a day and head out to San Francisco, and walk around taking pictures of as many tourist sites as we could fit in a day. The challenge is that each of these landmarks has been covered and documented by millions of tourist and professional photographers in millions of ways. We found that we can still get images that are unique to our eye and still make a great composition. We visited the aforementioned Painted Ladies, Seal Beach, and walked (most of the way) across the Golden Gate Bridge.

The latest work of art that I have just completed is that coup de grace of San Francisco landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge. We took pictures from both sides of the bridge, and happened to get there on a great morning where there was both sun and fog. As we were informed, if there is fog, it is normally higher on the bridge obscuring the span and cables but showing clearly the water below. We captured the reverse. It was amazing watching the seemingly solid entity creeping into the bay, yet still seeing the sun blasting the peaks of the towers. This, I tried to capture in my stippling. Here are a few images of the picture as I worked on it.

Golden Gate Bridge Stipple in Progress

Golden Gate Bridge Stipple in Progress

Golden Gate Bridge - Dipped in Fog

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

Golden Gate Bridge Dipped in Fog

Golden Gate Bridge Dipped in Fog

I hope you like it.

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