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iPhone Photography in Santa Cruz, CA

April 13, 2013

Santa Cruz in April = sunny, windy, lovely


iPhone Photography

December 6, 2012

img_3055I’m crazy about taking photos no matter what device I’m using. For me it’s an expression of desire, memory and inspiration. I have fallen in love with the immediacy and portability of the iPhone. I see so much beauty in the world and with my phone,[ I so rarely forget my phone], I am ready to capture the wonder.

Here are some tips courtesy of Cotton Coulson a National Geographic photographer and a link to an article on iPhone photography.

  • Use Two Hands for Stability
  • Avoid Using the Digital Zoom Box
    the digital zoom feature, which activates when you tap the screen to focus, bringing a blue square onto the display that also adjusts the exposure and white balance it can make the image lose sharpness
  • Keep Compositions Simple
    When shooting with your iPhone, always look for easily readable patterns.
  • Light is Key
    The iPhone will handle this light best: bright overcast, open shadow, or even a bit of fog.
  • Look for People or Objects to Create Sense of Scale
    It’s always good to try to include a person or object in your scene to give a sense of scale.


Honoring Dr. Jacqueline Hairston

April 23, 2012

JACQUELINE HAIRSTON, Bay Area pianist and ASCAP published composer- arranger received her musical training at the Juilliard School of Music and Howard University School of Music and earned a Masters Degree in Music and Music Education at Columbia University, New York City.

In addition to her work as a pianist and vocal coach, she is a prolific composer and arranger, especially of Spirituals. Her works have been recorded by theLondon Philharmonic and the Columbia Symphony Orchestras. They have been performed by the San Francisco Women’s Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon, Portugal. Internationally renowned singers performing her arranged Spirituals include Grace Bumbry in Germany; Kathleen Battle, most recently in solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and in San Rafael, CA; Metropolitan Opera mezzo soprano Denyce Graves with the Orlando Opera Chorus and Orchestra; Baritones Jubilant Sykes, Simon Estes, Robert Sims, the late Ben Matthews and William Warfield; and many other singers worldwide.

She is Women’s Ensemble Founder/Director and Pianist for the East Bay Church of Religious Science.

For more info please visit her website

Wondering + Wandering About France

January 9, 2012

Wondering + Wandering About France

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains,
at the huge waves of the seas,
at the long course of the rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars,
and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.
~ St. Augustine

Cosmetology at Laney College

October 12, 2011

Pedicures and Hair Cuts

As part of my course work in photo journalism, I was granted access to the Cosmetology Department at Laney College in downtown Oakland. Below are a handful of my favorites from the shoot.


September 26, 2011


About Laborfest:
LaborFest was established in 1994 to institutionalize the history and culture of working people in an annual labor cultural, film and arts festival. Every year they put together a very interesting schedule of events.

The last two years I joined Laborfest for the Building Bridges and Labor Maritime History Boat Tour,  a slow speed evening cruise on a Blue and Gold Fleet Ferry and an opportunity to get a close up look at the massive construction project of the eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

The organizers wanted to create a way to highlight the skills of the ironworkers, operators, carpenters, laborers, electricians and maritime workers who are building this monument are creating a vital link and beautiful artifact of the Bay Area. It really is awe inspiring to get a close up look of the Bay Bridge

Here is a collection of photos taken in 2010 and 2011.


Fold {Live}

September 18, 2011


Today I attended a live public folding of laundry at the San Francisco Federal Building on 7th Street.

Fold {Live} is the work of artist Surabhi Saraf  and is an on-going project: a series of site-specific public performances where performers (volunteers) fold laundry per a choreographed routine. The project celebrates the mundane by taking a private, solitary activity and presenting it, multiplied, in a public space.

It was a gorgeous sunny day and the solar panels atop the Federal Building were really soaking it up.

Lac du Baptiste

August 9, 2011

Lac du Baptiste

Just returned from an incredible trip to Lake Baptiste near Bancroft in Northern Ontario, Canada. The was so much sky and there was so much time to relax and gaze at the sky and the lake. Now, back to work and really looking forward to the release of The Omnivore’s Recipe Keeper.