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I just saw this posting about a photowalk in Santa Monica, California. It made me think of two things:

  1. Man I wish I could go. Santa Monica is about 90 minutes south of Bakersfield (where I live) and I’m still waiting on my new grandbaby. I’m afraid if I leave town that baby will for sure decide to make her entrance…without me. So, I’m sticking close to home.
  2. Photowalk!? I didn’t know there was such a thing. If this is just an example, there must surely be more.

So I began searching. First there is a definition of what a Photowalk is. According to Photowalking.org:

Some time back, Robert Scoble, of The ScobleShow, and Thomas Hawk, of Zooomr.com, started photowalking. A genre was born.

Additionally, I discovered that should you find yourself in an unknown town, state, or even country, you can request a photowalk with local residents in order to learn of and photograph some of the more interesting parts of your trip.

For a list of upcoming photography events check out Photografr.com. Many photowalks all over the world seem to get posted here. You should also check out the podcast on photowalking on Photografr

Finally, before you leave, you might want to check out the Digital Photography School‘s 10 Tips For A Great Photowalk.

This just in:

Ingmar Bergman, the “poet with the camera” who was one of the greatest directors in motion picture history, died Monday at the age of 89, Swedish news media have reported (via International Herald Tribune).

Over on Conscientious, Joerg shares Thoughts on Panoramas. A thought-provoking read.

While working on my most recent Personal Favourites post, I spent some time thinking about photographic formats again – a topic that does not get a lot of attention and that typically only comes up in the (unfortunate) form of print sizes. Of course, size is just one aspect, the other one is the aspect ratio. Ignoring diptychs or spherical exposures, rectangular images are most common, with the two extremes (width and height equal [a square] and width much larger than height [a panorama]) being somewhat rare. The latter extreme, the panorama, seems most unusual, and of all the formats it might be the one hardest to work with (via Conscientious).

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It lasts an entire 3-day weekend. Just three days out of the year. I was at the Gilroy Garlic Festival yesterday in Gilroy, California. What a day. I’ve never seen or even heard of so many uses for garlic. In case you’re wondering, yes I did try the garlic ice-cream. When in Rome… Well, I tried it and you know what, it was like eating vanilla ice-cream with a really strong aftertaste that lingered on your palette afterwards. But then, almost anything I ate lingered. =)

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These guys were awesome to watch. The Pyro Chefs of the Gilroy Garlic Festival. You can read more about them here.

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Yep, I’m going to be one of the first ones in the gate. This is my first time to visit the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival.

While I do enjoy portrait photography (mostly of family and friends), my first love is Fine Art Photography. I enjoy the creation of art made from light, materials and of course, time. I’ve learned a lot over time (and continue to learn) about how to manipulate light and arrange ordinary, everyday objects in order to capture those same ordinary objects in an extraordinary way. Additionally, with digital manipulation some objects can become so abstract as to disguise the familiar–thus the creation of art.

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Today I want to highlight the talent of Adrian Rodriguez. You might have heard about Adrian and his abstract art on the news. Adrian Rodriguez doesn’t have an elaborate studio in which to create his “works of art.” The materials he uses for his art are quite common.

Adrian Rodriguez began creating what he calls Toilygraphs as a result of an assignment he had while attending Montgomery Community College in Montgomery, Pennsylvania. You can read about the assignment and how the creative juices began flowing here. You can also check out some of his other work at JPG Magazine.

“The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve been waiting to see what the next lesson for Lighting 102 will be and I happened to come across this great discussion on Specular Highlights:

To control specular highlights on a highly reflective object, you are not lighting the object. Rather you are lighting the area that the object is reflecting back at you. And the portion of your subject that does not reflect can be lit on an entirely different plane, yielding yet more lighting control (Strobist.com).

And today,the next lesson, Cooking Light, has been posted:

The first full assignment for Lighting 102 is deceptively simple. You’ll be using what we have discussed in both the position and light source sections. The assignment is to photograph one or more kitchen utensils – knives, forks, spoons, whisks – whatever you like. The look you are going or is that of ordinary object elevated to high art. Or at least commercial art, as this is the kind of thing that might appear as a catalog cover or in a calendar or on the wall of one of those ubiquitous “fast casual” restaurants (Strobist.com).

Finally, be sure to check out the great article on Pocket Wizards. No, it’s not the technical, helpful, tutorial kind of post. It’s just plain fun and funny.