S2SF Collection: Seattle to San Francisco by Bicycle and Photography

S2SF 2011 Seattle to San Francisco Bicycle Tour Photography

The S2SF 2011 collection has been launched, a photographic journey of landscapes, nature, and abstract impressions during the S2SF 2011 challenge ride between Seattle and San Francisco.  Six of us headed out on bicycles for the 1000 mile journey to the Golden Gate Bridge over the course of two weeks.  We rode to benefit The Ndoto Project.  We traveled along the Pacific Coast and through the towering redwood forests, and I shot my way along for a beautiful collection of images.

The beautiful light, rolling topography, and awe inspiring sights far from the cities were breathtaking.  The redwood giants filled with vibrant green ferns pulled me in, wonderstruck by the massive trees.  Trees are a personal favorite of mine.  And after a long day riding, a series of shot taken on the beaches at sunset and dusk made for beautiful images of color and surf that dipped into the abstract impression as much as landscape photography.

The trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity I hope not to be once in a lifetime!  We raised thousands for The Ndoto Project and their cause.

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Collections, My Story, Photo Trips | 0 comments

Simple Circle PhotoBlog Begins!

Welcome to the beginning of the Simple Circle PhotoBlog!  This is the first post of many, including photography of all kinds.

Photography has always pulled me in as an artistic medium of choice from a very young age.  I’ve always had a camera of one kind or another.  My first SLR was this old manual, film Minolta camera – metal, heavy, and solid.  I carried my camera through school wherever I went shooting what interested me, looking capture unusual visions of the ordinary around me.

Eventually I moved on to the natural world that has always held such a passion for me.  I also eventually upgraded cameras, experimented with film types, and moved up to my favorite camera I’ve ever owned – an old, wooden 4×5 large format camera with a single fixed lens and brass hardware.  It was both beautiful and functional in ways my newest digital SLR can never accomplish.

The detail was unbelievable, the richness palpable, and I loved it.  The character of the Polaroid positive/negative type 55 film was a favorite.  But the digital age came roaring in, and I needed to shoot more, and digitally. (more…)

Posted by on Sep 2, 2012 in Artist Statement, Cameras, My Story, Philosophy | 0 comments