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

Joy and Peace inside Sadness and Chaos

Finding time to post not to mention photograph these last few weeks have been exceptionally difficult.

There have been two quick trips back to back, the relapse of my elderly dog who thankfully looks to be back on track and the sudden wonderful busyness in my professional life… BUT as a solo act this means I am the only one doing all the work. The actual photography I love, of course!  The business side… not so much.   Accompanying the wonderful uptick in business has been a month of hard learned lessons. Lessons I didn’t want to learn…reminders of how, no matter how much we want to trust humankind, everyone does not want the best for you… This kind of realization is particularly hard hitting for someone scoring off the charts as an empath.  To further complicate things I am simultaneously in the midst of re-doing my web site. I think it will be wonderful when complete and hope to stay sane until it is!

So – I have missed a few weeks of sharing with you here… but did manage to capture a moment that truly made me smile and one that brought a feeling of peace.  I share those with you today in the hopes that they will do the same for you.

Sunset last night N San Diego County….

Hummingbird – Glendale, AZ  10 days ago

Listen to The Guitar Man

This week we attended the Ocean beach Farmers Market.   As usual there were a variety of street musicians playing and I saw this man sitting to the side strumming away. The first thing that caught my eye was his very cool, homemade guitar (?) At first glance some people might think; “oh poor guy he can’t afford a real guitar”, or alternatively “he must a bit crazy” so he made one!  In reality, often the most talented musicians will create an instrument from their exceptional knowledge of sound, how it’s created and how to manipulate it for their purpose. That is the case here. This instrument has a very unique sound like many guitars strumming at once and almost electric.  I didn’t want to interrupt his playing for a lengthy discussion but I approached him by complimenting his instrument and then asking if he would mind if I took his picture. The answer was obviously yes.  Meet “The Guitar Man

On a Happy Ending Note! My site is now up!

Enjoy your day!

Columbus Ave or as I like to call it “Book Street”

Walking to dinner I saw this! 30 minutes later we started on our way again.  : )  Patient(!)  husband…




Americas Cup Marketplace

To challenge myself I am going to attempt a photo post every day, don’t panic : ) it will more likely turn into once a week if I’m lucky when school resumes (see my tale in Here I Am) … I will post the shot info as well. I invite all of you to comment…kindly please.

My equipment: I don’t have a huge budget and as making the leap into photography was new for me I went with the NIKON D 5100. I took a loooooong time to make a decision.  Those hard-earned $$ were not going anywhere until I had researched which is not something I normally do…. hello impulse buying!  It’s not my dream camera for sure but I have been very happy with it so far. Of course I’m stepping up from a Sony point and shoot so I had low expectations and until 4 months ago had absolutely no knowledge of camera settings. What they were, what it meant, what you could do with them. Really. No really.  I also purchased the following lenses. NIKKOR all of them…18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 which I use ALL the time, 50mm 1:1.4G, 10-24mm 1:3.5-4.5G and a Raynox macro m150 until I can afford a real macro lens. Suggestions?

So! I know there are thousands of photographers out there and all of you better at something or more likely several things, than I.  My plan is to use this daily post to learn, improve and occasionally step outside my comfort zone.   I am slightly obsessed, in what I hope is a “wow she really likes photography how awesome” way, not in the” it’s crazy Aunt Matilde don’t let her see us!!” way.   ( No offense meant to any Matildes crazy or otherwise)

So please point me towards your photos for viewing enjoyment as well as for illustration of techniques you may wish to discuss… Thanks to all of you.


I live in the San Diego area and this year we hosted Americas Cup…again.  It was quite a party. I love night-time shooting and love to experiment with motion and light.                     Settings  f/ 4.5,   1/13,  ISO 1600, 24mm no flash

Americas Cup Market