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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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 →
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!
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!
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!
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
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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For various reasons it didn’t work out for me to join my husband on a sailing trip this week. This is rarely the case and I don’t mind as we do most of our traveling together. BUT this week is my birthday! and I admit I was feeling a little lonely and put out to have to celebrate it alone. ..So I made a mini plan and am on a road trip to Sedona for three days…. It has been years since I last visited and I found a wonderful spa resort L’Auberge de Sedona that had an open cottage on Oak Creek so here I go. I also booked a solo trek with a guide into the back country for a photography adventure! I am pretty excited now, but when 6am rolls around and I need to get up for said adventure on Monday I suspect some of my enthusiasm will disappear! In the meantime, before I got very far from my own house I spotted this old cemetery on a hill that I had never noticed. It is VERY unusual. There is no real road to get to it, you need to climb up a steep loosely packed dirt hill, yet there are many graves there – some appearing very old…it also seems part potters field actually, part old and forgotten cemetery and part newly used cemetery! I’m not sure what to make of it; I’ll let the pictures tell part of the story.
Once upon a time there was a family of owls that moved into a recently vacated high-rise condo in a very lovely park setting…The Mama owl, being a bit young, naïve and shall we say avante garde chose the very swank and modern condo at 30f Palm Ave. It was a non traditional choice in the Owl community with its open floor plan, giant skylight encompassing the whole roof, and unobstructed panoramic views. Mama was completely captivated by its sleek good looks without a thought to the family she would have in the near future. Perhaps we can blame her lack of judgment on the very recent and shocking news that she would soon have three owlets! Three! Why she was not quite ready to give up her own late nights out on the town to stay home and care for one owlet not to mention three.
As mother nature would have it, soon the babies were born.. One look and Mama owl was so smitten with her three cream-colored fluffy owlets that she didn’t immediately realize it was going to be a problem to house all of them in a one bedroom studio… As the days passed she grew into an excellent Mother and fierce protector ever vigilant in her watch. And so the family settled in together for a few short peaceful weeks. I say few because, well….as we all know babies eventually become teenagers and that’s when Mama Owl’s troubles began… To be continued…..