C Urchins at the Sea

Being married to a US Naval officer all these years the ocean has been a huge part of my life! Although I enjoy the beach as much as the next person there are a few drawbacks in my mind. No mountains being one, boredom being another. I mean how many games of paddle can you play between lying around reading mags? “Be more adventurous!” you say That’s all well and good until sand gets somewhere you would rather it not be and the salt water starts to mummify your body. But (insert HUGE sigh here.) Until the Navy finds a way to sail it’s ships from a mountain top I have had to seek out something I DO enjoy at the beach and that has been searching for various sea items. Dead fish carcasses and stinky seaweed aside I do adore searching for starfish, which I throw back if I arrive in time.  Eeeww!,eeeww!, they feel so creepy when they are alive! Sea urchin skeletons, shells of all shapes and sizes and a pathological desire to find sea glass. Yes I now have books about it and yes I may have entered a contest or two, er three, OK four times! The odd thing is I haven’t photographed my collection yet – hmmmmm. mental note to get on that.  I did however recently photograph a few of my sea urchins using the Lomo Diana F+ & 35mm film. And I have been practicing with a vintage Argus C3 the father (and mother) of 35mm film. After using digital for so long it’s an exercise in extreme patience to shoot film again, but it can yield really beautiful results. Thought you might enjoy these three.

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Route 66 or How to Lose Your Bra on the Side of the Road

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I have lived in California more than 20 years at present count, yet I had no idea there were volcanic craters in Southern California just lying around on the side of the road in the middle of 27 square miles … Continue reading

Road Trippin – Tucson

My husband and I have never seen Austin, TX but have heard all about it, so we finally made the decision to go see it for ourselves! I decided to drive from San Diego plotting my route to maximize photo opportunities and meeting my husband’s flight in Austin where we will stay for a week. So far it’s been an easy, fun, relaxing and rewarding trip.  My first night was in Tucson where I visited the well know St Phillips of the Hills church. An historic and very beautiful church akin to many of the Missions you see up and down the coast of California built under the direction of Father Junipero Serra.  This first installment highlights a few of my favorites from the church and surrounding Tucson area.

St Phillips of the Hills Church Door

Bird nest in a Cactus

Night Time is the Right Time – Part 2

Inspired by an article I read and a visit from two of my nieces which landed me in downtown San Diego very late into the night I took this series of the Gaslamp district and part of San Diego’s waterfront after dark. Enjoy!

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Night Time is the Right Time – Part 1

Inspired by an article I read on Tuts and a visit from two of my nieces which landed me in downtown San Diego very late into the night I took this series of the Gaslamp district and part of San Diego’s waterfront after dark. Enjoy!

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USS Midway

Coronado Bridge

Thanks Spain!

It’s always nice when someone comes to visit us in San Diego and we are forced to slow down and revisit some of the great places around town that we take for granted.  One of those places is Cabrillo Point.  A beautiful historic site about which the NPS says  “ In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources.” The Point is named in honor of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish explorer,  who in 1542 stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States.   For most of San Diego this wonderful Park has much to offer. A breathtaking overlook to the bay, the city and Coronado Island; tide pooling; whale watching – during the annual migration of Pacific Grey Whales to Mexico from December to February; Military History and hiking on the 2 mile Bayside Trail.

There is also the crown jewel -a wonderful historic lighthouse The Old Point Loma Lighthouse which is one of the original 8 lighthouses on the west coast. It still stands where it always has restored to exhibit a tiny slice of life from the 1800’s.  Here is an interesting piece of information regarding the lighthouse from the NPS  “Did you know that, back in the mid- to late-1800s, children of light keepers at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument had to row a boat from Point Loma to Old Town San Diego to get to school?” No I didn’t!  If you would like to learn more about this beautiful and interesting historic place look here: http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm

Enjoy a view from the Point without having to visit! Beginning with the foreground is Coronado Island Naval Air Station, the San Diego Bay, city views and finally the hills of Mexico in the distance.  The other shots are of the Old Lighthouse interior staircase and exterior shot.  Please visit www.MScott-Photography.com for archival prints, photo cards and boxed sets.  If you like what you see I invite you to comment!

Mojave Mojo

Back from a long weekend outside of Kernville, CA; Stayed at a beautiful cabin on the edge of the Sequoia National Forest.  It was located 7 miles, and a twenty degree temperature difference , straight uphill from Wolford Heights.  Wanted to ride the whitewater even though the river isn’t that great this year but had our doggie with us and nowhere to stow her while we rafted – so next time!

To get there from here (San Diego) you need to drive across a large stretch of the Mojave. I wouldn’t want to live in the desert but I do love to drive through it. It feels like anything could happen and is full of interesting things to see.   If you haven’t been –  It’s not like the Lawrence of Arabia type desert with flowing sand dunes. It’s a rugged, harsh landscape; full of rocks, hills, hard packed sand, cacti, Joshua trees and scrub. Here are a few shots from my view….  For more of my work look here: MScott-Photography.com

You can NEVER have enough Cactus ….or gifts for that matter!

Could be Iraq!

Lomography – Art or Commerce?

Like so many things that are “re-discovered” Lomography which started out in Russia as inexpensive, unique, and charming is now huge, mass-produced (in China), and commercial. However, I admit I do love the feel of the photos produced with these mainly plastic, inexpensively produced, but super cute (!) cameras. I particularly like the videos. Maybe it’s because it calls up memories of my childhood but somehow it feels new and familiar all at once.  Whatever the reason I have decided to cautiously dip my toes in the Lomography waters…literally… with my first purchase of the Fisheye no 2 and underwater case. I was looking at a GoPro but decided this was a (slightly) cheaper more interesting option – for now.  I am also dying to buy a La Sardina or Diana but mainly for the looks! When thinking up marketing strategies I am the poster girl they are all thinking of.  Put it in a pretty, unique, or cute package and I will buy it eventually.  This time though I have wisely decided to wait and see what I think of this first camera before spending more money that could go toward digital lenses I want.  Stay tuned for my trials and errors in the coming weeks.

I am venturing down this road simply for the creative challenge and to stimulate a new/old way of thinking about what makes an interesting photo.  It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride as one minute I am thrilled with the new features and cameras, and in the next disgusted with the rise in prices, the number of societies and chat rooms, competitions and opinions! Something that was fun and simple now seems subject for enormous amounts of debate.  It also remains to be seen if I have the time and patience to actually “develop” film, scan negatives, and otherwise learn all the quirks and tricks necessary to produce interesting authentic Lomo images… I say authentic because great images can be produced with digital cameras and creative editing to give the feel of Lomography.  Is that cheating? Is it a valid art form as well? I would love to hear your opinions and experiences. If you are a “lomographer” what cameras are you using, what are your best tips and favorite film types? If you have not thought about trying Lomography-why?

The images here are all digital with “Lomography” editing…. Experimenting with the style until my camera shows up!  My site and gallery here: www.mscott-photography.com

Americana – A Brief Retrospective

Memorial Day is a very special time in our household as my husband is active duty USN, his father is retired USN and my Father served in WWII in the Army. He was declared 4F early in the war due to a childhood injury but kept at it and was finally accepted toward the end when the need was greater.  I thought I would wish you all a Happy Holiday weekend by sharing some images from a recent road trip through the rural valleys and back country of Southern California from San Diego to Santa Barbara and on to Joshua Tree.  Some feel retro but are real-time, some are funny and some emotional.

Enjoy and a HUGE thank you to all who serve in our Armed Forces.

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