Week 52, A.K.A. "Recharge Week"

With Empathy for what Santa's Elves Go Through!

Somehow we're already into the weekend, in between Holidays, and the pull to "routine" is already beginning. I had to remind myself, no give myself permission, to slow down and refocus on the things that matter. Of course I spent some quality time with my loved ones and that recharges the batteries most of the way. However to "Top Up" my batteries to 100% I love to go it alone and indulge in something creative. I like treat myself to something fun, new, whimsical. Something I haven't tried before. Sometimes it's a new game, sometimes it's making a photo with a new technique. I'm pining over photo compositing or "photomanipulation" so I decided to give that a try this year.

Like a lot of things in life, this personal time is more about the journey than the destination. I learned a lot in my many attempts to combine two simple images into a new composite. I could feel my brain being more "plasticy" as it grappled with new concepts and dimensions of layered art.  What a rush!

This block of creativity and rest from routine helps me put the Big Picture into perspective. Stepping away and indulging for a few hours helps me rest and recharge and energy to passionately pursue the important things in my life. 

2015 will be here in no time, and with it new opportunities, challenges and rewards that will keep us all plenty busy and tax our batteries. How are you going to recharge and "Top Up" for 2015?

The Arcanum Begins

The Universe works in mysterious ways. Call me a romantic, but I love the fact that the day I decide I have to write a blog post is exactly 1 year after my last post. 

Sad. True. But I'm back. 

I've been busy since last year: Working on the Strategic Plan for our School District, founding a Maker Space for our School District, and working with two long time friends and colleagues founding The Arcanum

It's about time I shared my story about it. 

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Spirit Rock at Dawn in Marin County

I've driven by this big rock a hundred times and always thought it would be great to capture it at sunrise. The morning I made the photo we had unusual amount of clouds for the time of year…they played nicely with the photograph.

I took nearly 300 photographs that morning, testing my Canon T3i and Olympus OM-D at the same time while bracketing for exposure. 

The final image is made with my Olympus OM-D E-M5, 1/8s @ f/14 ISO 200, m.Zuiko 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 @ 16mm

HDR -2 EV to +2 EV with 1 EV increments

Post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Duxbury Reef Tide Pools - Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Bolinas is nestled in between Stinson Beach and Pt. Reyes California and is host to the Duxbury Reef Preserve State Marine Conservation area.

 

The best way to explore the tide pools is to enter through the Agate County Beach Park. After parking take a short hike down a somewhat paved trail that gives way to a rugged sand and pebble descent to sea level and the tide pools.

Go at low tide and all sorts of creepy crawlies can be found hunkering down waiting for the next tide to roll in.

Take your time when exploring...this is the land of little creatures that conceal themselves through their own adaptations and by taking advantage of every nook and cranny to be found.

Trey Hawk Walk - Photowalk in San Francisco

This evening I enjoyed my first photo walk with Curtis Simmons and Trey Ratcliff from www.stuckincustoms.com and Thomas Hawk (www.thomashawk.com) . 

Fantastic event on that started on the Yerba Buena Green, traveled down Mission to 7th, and back up Market, ultimately landing in Union Square. 

At our final destination at Union Square, Trey and Thomas gave away one Google Glass to a lucky winner in a drawing from more than 400 people.

Here are a few of my photos from the photo walk.

Check out more photos by searching for #GlassPhotoWalk on Google+ 

 

Cinqo de Mayo

The ridiculously hot blazing days of April finally relented and in rushed some of the coolest / foggiest / drizzliest / overcastiest weather we've seen in weeks.

That didn't stop us from having a fun with friends and some traditional Mexican fare to celebrate the holiday.

Fresh limes for the margaritas!

Fresh limes for the margaritas!

Tamales, rice, and beans

Tamales, rice, and beans

My little solo mariachi

My little solo mariachi

Poquito Pinata

Poquito Pinata

Loco gringo

Loco gringo