Do Yourself a Favor; Come to a Gallery

As Alyx wrote last time in this blog, it’s time for the Alameda On Camera Event again at Frank Bette Center for the Arts. I would like to personally invite you to the gallery to check it out. It doesn’t cost anything and there’s plenty of free parking. The Gala Opening event takes place 4/10/15 at 7 to 9pm. That’s this Friday.

If you can’t make it for the opening, don’t panic. This event will be up in the gallery until May 30th.
For those of you who would like to know how the Alameda On Camera, or 48-48-48 event works, check out Alyx’s blog from last year that explains the in’s and out’s.

Seriously, when was the last time you ventured out and checked out a gallery? I think it’s time. For those living in the SF Bay Area, I want to emphasize that it’s not that difficult to get to Alameda. It’s a wonderful community just off the Bay Bridge and squeezed in beside Oakland. If you visit, you’ll see a lot of the charm and personality that we keep going on about, and that makes up the subject of the current photography/art exhibit at Frank Bette. And it’s all FREE (did I mention that?)!

Here is the address and a map to the gallery so you don’t have to go hunt it down.
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru Street (at Lincoln)
Alameda, CA 94501

Here are a few images that I took for this year’s event that I didn’t submit for the final images.

Model T at Sunset - BWFoggy Marina Line-Up






School Buses in the FogVictorian Porch with Green Man OrbVictorian and Palm Tree






As Alyx mentioned in the last Blog, if you know when you’re going to be visiting, drop us a note. We’d love to hear from you, and may be able to meet you there and show you around the place. Don’t be shy, and enjoy the art.

Travels to the Midwest

Alyx and I are currently on a vacation trip to our homeland of the Midwest. Specifically, Mid-Michigan. We both grew up there in neighboring small towns, and both graduated from Holt High School in Holt, Michigan. We took this vacation to show my daughter Athena where we grew up, and introduce her to the finer things of Michigan, such as: its summer, Faygo Pop (Red Pop, Rock & Rye, Creme Soda, etc.), Vernor’s Ginger Ale, swimming in Lake Michigan and the many inland lakes. Athena was in Michigan only once before, but she was only two years old, so she doesn’t remember it. It was in the winter-time, so it was her first experience with snow. We bundled her up in a snow suit and went sledding as Michiganders do in the winter months. She had a ball, but as I said, she doesn’t remember it. So, now that she’s 14, she’ll remember this trip much more, and the bonus is a very wonderful Michigan summer.

Michigan had a really long, cold, snowy winter this year, which is now resulting in such lush greenery I feel like I’m wearing emerald goggles at the Emerald City in Oz. My first picture is a typical dirt road in Michigan. Let me just say to all of you that live in cities and never see them that, yes, they still exist. This is the quintessential dirt road in my mind.

A Michigan Dirt RoadWhile we were staying with my wife’s family, we took our cameras on our short journeys and didn’t have to travel far to get great pictures of some interesting barns. Here are a couple images for all you barn- and country-loving people out there. These barns can be found in Mason, Michigan.

Broken Barn DoorSpare Barn with Wagon WheelsMany people from Michigan are vary familiar with the phrase “going up to the lake”. ‘Up’ in this instance can mean anywhere north of Lansing. There are countless small to midland sized lakes in the lower peninsula, and more in the upper peninsula. Most Michiganders have relatives, or know friends or friends’ relatives that have summer cabins on on of these lakes, and it is a great summer past time. My wife has family with a cabin at Crooked Lake. Here are a couple pictures from that area “up at the lake”.

Dock on Crooked Lake Michigan Stone HouseBecause of our trip (and my own procrastination), this blog is a little late in the launch. I apologize to everyone for the delay, especially those who wait with baited breath every 2 weeks to see what we are up to. I’m sorry.

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Thanks for stopping by today,


Help us win Grant Money from FedEx

Hello everyone.

Today, we’d like to ask you for your help. Alyx and I are trying to win a contest FedEx is running in which they are giving away grant money. As you know, we sell our photographs and artwork on Etsy, but we are hoping to expand to selling at art fairs and festivals, so we’d like to win this money to fund that portion of our business. Starting up and getting all the things necessary for this endeavor takes more capital than you might think. Not the least of which is a tent, display stands or tables, lots of prints to sell, and a way to haul everything around to the various cities.

How can you help? I’m glad you asked.
There’s only two steps.
1. Click on the link below
2. Click on the purple “Vote for this Business” button.

That’s it. That’s all there is to it. By the way, you can do this every day until February 23rd. Personally, Alyx and I have a reminder set up in our calendar programs, so we get an alert that pops up daily to remind us and it has the link in it. So, boom, click to the page, vote. Done.

There are also options for you to share this on all sorts of social media, and it would help us out if you share as much as you can.

Alyx and I appreciate all the help, votes of support, and the effort you take to help us achieve this goal. Thank you so much.

Click here to vote for our company.

Lake Tahoe 2012 - Heavenly LightSantorini SunriseAlameda Victorian Stipple

Tahoe, 2012

I’ve been creatively-minded all of my life; at one time, I even actually wanted to paint.  Not that I wanted to be a painter, but wanted to capture what I saw or felt on canvas.

I learned fairly quickly that I don’t have enough patience for painting.  I also learned that I’m WAY too critical of myself and my art, especially when trying to paint nature scenes.  I never felt that I got the clouds quite right, or the layering of leaves on a tree and their shadows.

I think this is why I came to love photography.  I can let Mother Nature paint her canvas and I just have to capture the beauty She creates, though even doing that isn’t as easy as it sounds.  Some days I might have to wait for more than an hour to catch the light just right, or–as happens more often than not–I’ll wind up taking 10-20 pictures of the same image, hoping that one of them is the awe-inspiring shot that I can see in my head.  Sometimes I’m successful, and sometimes I’m not.

One particular time where I’m quite certain I was successful was when my family went to Lake Tahoe in December last year.  Craig’s daughter, Athena, hadn’t seen snow since she was about two years-old (which to me, doesn’t count), and I’d been missing it myself.  Growing up in Michigan, Christmas just doesn’t feel the same to me without it.

Lake Tahoe 2012 - Snowy Bridge

Snowy Bridge

We stayed in South Lake Tahoe, near the casinos and a nice forest preserve.  I awoke before the others (as I normally do), and ventured out for a nice hike in the woods, hoping to see some lovely scenery and grab some great shots.  Boy were they FABULOUS!

Lake Tahoe 2012 - Snowy Path

Snowy Path

But the pièce de résistance for me was when I turned to look behind me and saw the morning sun shining through the trees.  This was one of those shots that I’d tried to capture a little earlier in my walk, but it took me about 10 different tries (and about 30 separate shots) to catch my favorite.

It was actually one of those moments when the beauty of nature brought tears to my eyes.  I stood in wonder of what I was seeing for a good minute or two before my brain finally engaged enough for me to snap the pictures.

Lake Tahoe 2012 - Heavenly Light

Heavenly Light

This is one of those images that I’m certain I wouldn’t have been able to reproduce using paint on canvas . . . at least, not to my liking.  So, again, I’m glad I turned to photography, where I at least have a chance of capturing it.

These and other images taken during our trip to Tahoe in December 2013 are available for your viewing/purchasing pleasure at our Etsy store.  Come and take advantage of our holiday sale, too!

Thanks for reading.