At least I had one pole- this is a somewhat unique view of Santa Clara’s Civic Center Park and Fountain. With the drought over, there’s water in the fountain unlike last time I came here. While I came here with a pole (mono-polar?) There was a guy in the corner of the park shouting insults at me as I photographed. I was a bit worried but he never came too close. Eventually another vagrant came buy and the had a shouting match beneath the gaze of Saint Claire and my new Sony A6500.
April 2017 Stock Photos in Revue- here’s a gallery of stock from April 2017. It includes my personal project of obsolete tech: vintage audio cassettes, micro cassettes, floppy discs, 16mm film reels etc.
The gallery also includes San Jose under construction, Japan Town, train traffic at Diridon Station, UC Berkeley’s Botanical Garden and some other stuff. And don’t let me forget that there’s also a few of Stanford’s Dish, Vallejo’s Mare Island and much more.
I also included more Silicon Valley maps that have been very popular.
Warning: This post actually has nothing really to do with Silicon Valley!
Some time ago I ordered some cookie cutters with the intention of making some stock photo artwork. The idea was to shape other objects into the shape of states. I had a list of things I thought would make for a cool juxtaposition, but not all really worked as planned. My studio lighting setup is less than ideal, and our studio is a bit of a mess much of the time, which also kept me from finishing up this idea.
Recently my studio mate needed to darken our windows for one of his projects and it so happened that I just got an LED video light. So “painting with light” seemed like a good way to approach this subject. If you aren’t familiar with the concept, you can take a long exposure and move a constant light source around your object for a unique result. I’m pretty happy with the lighting, though I hadn’t factored in the reflections from the metallic sides.
What did seem to work easily were a few agricultural products that fit nicely in the state frames. I poured a few different types of beans with varying success- coffee and pinto seemed to work best.
I have a list of other ideas what to stuff to frame up in the shape of California, and other geographic boundaries. But until you see them here, I’m gonna keep ’em secret.