Self portraits

During my not quite 365 project last year a took a number of self portraits. I thought it would be fun to collect the best ones.

And so, for no particular reason here they are, normal to … somewhat odd.

self portraits


Southwest Roadtrip, Dec 2013

In late December Machelle and I took off on a road trip through the southwest. We planned to sleep at the Grand Canyon Christmas eve, but we were too tired from our trip to Canada and stopped in Las Vegas instead. I had thought it would be decorated for Christmas, but it looked just the same as always, and it could have been any time of year. After a disappointing walk through the neon lit streets we went to bed.

On Christmas we drove across the Colorado river to Arizona and eventually to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. We took a walk along the rim in the dusk then settled in to our campsite. Sleeping in the car was extremely cozy and we woke up ready to take some pictures. We drove west along the rim, stopping at the overlooks until we reached the end of the road at Hermit’s rest. We then headed back to Grand Canyon Village for lunch. The afternoon we drove toward the east rim stopping at all the overlooks then found a good vantage for Sunset. Sunset over we saddled up and headed to Page, Arizona.

The plan for the next day was Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley. We decided to go to Lower Antelope Canyon because we could to a self guided photographers tour there. We didn’t regret it. After an awesome 2 hours of photography we loaded the car and headed for Monument Valley. We arrived in good time to drive around the valley for sunset, then we decided to head on up to Moab. On the drive Machelle researched places to stay and found a great place on the Colorado river called the Red Cliffs lodge. The price for rooms in the off season was great and the location couldn’t be beat.

We woke had some breakfast, then headed in to Arches for the day. We drove around arches, did a few hikes and took lots of pictures. There is so much to do in all of these national parks, and we were just scratching the surface with our 1 day per park thing, but we are planning to head back to see more in each of them. After sunset we headed back to the lodge for one more night.

The next day we packed up and headed in to Moab for breakfast. After filling the tank we drove to Canyonlands to explore and camp for the night. Canyonlands is huge, and you can only see a small part of it from the northeast entrance, but it was exciting to see for the first time. We stopped and did short hikes in a few places and got to the campground before sunset, then headed out for some sunset pictures. During this entire trip we basically didn’t see and clouds, and this night was no different, so sunrises and sunsets were about as boring as they could be but we made do with what we had.

After a nice campfire and dinner we snuggled in to the car to sleep. The plan was to rise early to go to Mesa Arch for sunrise. Since it was so cold and we were alone in the campground we thought we might have the arch to ourselves for dawn. We were sadly mistaken. Getting to the parking lot we found it half full already. The arch had a crowd of photographers parked in all the best spaces, so I found the best angles I could and waited for the sunrise.

After taking our pictures we rolled out of the park and headed for Bryce and Kanab. Bryce is far more interesting to me with snow then it is in the summer, so it was nice to get there and wander for a while. After a bit of a walk we headed to Kanab. The plan was to get to the ranger station the next morning to try to get in to “the wave” the next day, but we got word that we would probably waste the whole morning trying to get a pass, and then not make it after all so we decided to head to Coral Pink Sand Dunes state park and Zion before we headed up to Cedar City to meet up with Rich and Judy Carlson. It was a nice relaxed day and a pleasant dinner.

We decided to head home the next day so we could unpack the car, only to pack up again the next day to drive up to Northern Cal to pick up our dog then head over the Sierra and back down the east side to Mammoth to try to get in a little skiing.

it was a long 3000 odd miles of driving, but we had a great time.

the roadtrip

remember to click through above to the gallery at This is just a small selection of the pictures from the trip.

Mesa Arch at sunrise

Coral Pink Sand Dunes patterns in the sand

Bryce in the snow

Some grand vistas

Snow crystals

Monumental sunset

Canyonlands sunset

Some antelope canyon color

My best 10 pictures of 2013

Once again it is the time of year when I go through the mountains of pictures I took in the last year and narrow them down to 10. I managed to keep my  365 project going for around 140 days before work got in the way and that provided a lot of interesting images. As for the rest travel and fun took care of those.

Anyhow without further delay here they are:

A pelican diving for dinner at sunset in Playa del Rey

Powerplant in the fog, Manhattan Beach

Bishop, CA at sunset from the white mountains

The touch, Victorville, CA

Santa Monica Pier in a fog

The Jump, North Fork King’s River, CA

the grain silo, Collingwood, Ontario

icicles, Collingwood, Ontario

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon, AZ


I hope everyone had a great 2013 and will have an even better 2014.



portfolio update

Hello all, long time no blog.

Well, my job at Disney animation caught up with me and I was working long and hard during the summer so I didn’t have time to blog or take pictures. Frozen is in the can and about to release so I have had a little time to get my pictures organized. My portfolio galleries had not been updated for a while, and I had lost most of my edit data from 2012, and even before due to a concurrent crash in my back up system, and one of my portable hard disks so I needed to go back through those pictures and repopulate some of the edit and ranking data. I finally finished wading through the pictures and my new portfolio pages are posted.

Here are links to the galleries, and a couple of example pictures from each.


Water, snow and ice






color landscapes

color humanscapes

Black and White Landscapes


Black and White Humanscapes


day 121: I am the eggman

Don’t ask. I’m not sure either

best of week 17

Here are a selection of the best shots I took in the 17th week of my 365 project. This week I headed up to the eastern Sierra to explore and climb> I also have the usual assortment of pictures from the week. Dont’s forget to click through on the link below to see the whole gallery, since this is just a small selection of the pictures.

the Best of Week 17

Days 114-120

Here are the pictures I have posted for the last week. I need to get back on a more regular blogging pattern, but at least I’m shooting.


day 114: kindergarten



day 115: They’re taking over!



day 116: don’t let go



day 117: going with the flow



day 118: contrasts



day 119: linearity



day 120: the eye

Day 113: once and future cameras

In this picture are cameras I killed, cameras I used until they were not useable, cameras I barely used, and the new camera I just bought.

All the missing days 94-112 (excluding 98)

My postings have been sadly lacking lately, but I will try to do better. Here are the missing pictures between day 94 and today. The last 5 pictures were taken with my new Compact System Camera, the Sony NEX 7. I am still working on learning it, but it is small and light and will be a lot easier to carry on hikes and climbing.

day 94: westwood central

day 95: the fountain

day 96: patterns

day 97: palisades sunset

day 99: heading into the subway, Zion National Park

day 100: looking into pine creek, Zion National Park

day 101: its a long way down, Zion National Park

day 102: the last rappel, subway, Zion National Park

day 103: the eye

day 104: peekaboo, subway, Zion National Park

day 105: pebbles, the narrows, Zion National Park

day 106: looking down the canyon

day 107: around the bend

day 108: testing the new nex 7

day 109: dogromat

day 110: cycLAvia

day 111: the road to Culver

day 112 my favorite run

day 98: still life with camera

In search of something to photograph last night I lit a bunch of candles. It looked a little empty, however, so I threw in an old kodak camera I had sitting around. Here is the result.