This is the second version of Rotunda – Golden Spheres. I wasn’t sure which one I liked better so here’s the other version with a slightly different framing.
Nikon D3 DSLR, AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 sec., exposure index: -0.67, ISO 400, Program: Aperture Priority, White Balance: Auto, handheld, capture date and time: 6/19/2014 8:22 am.
Joyce Tenneson. Self Portrait, 1979
“I seek what lies beneath surface beauty. What interests me are intimate human complexities – the darkness as well as the light. I cannot will this kind of transcendent communication into existence. I have to be open and truly present, and if I am lucky, grace descends. My best photographs are an honest collaboration, and when the viewer also connects, I feel the circle is complete.”
Against my objections, the landlord next door painted the old, redbrick wall facing my parking lot white. After spending an hour with Shay in the studio, I decided to bring it outdoors and shoot against the new white wall. It really worked for this image, and I love the let’s-knock-’em-dead look on Shay’s face. This capture was never used other than in an email to the next door landlord (I couldn’t resist).
I’ve been thinking about a photograph of The Rose Garden ever since I moved Downtown. It was duly logged in my mental shot list, but never at the top. Now that I’m living practically next door to it, there are no good reasons left not to do it. Before leaving that morning, I did quick web search which revealed that 99.9% of photos of the garden were shot from the main gate so that made it easy to find a new angle. One lap around on my GT Avalanche 2.0 and I found this gap in the vegetation where you could see The Rose Garden and Nature History Museum in the background with these surreal, twisted junipers in the foreground.
Nikon D3 DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: f/22.0, 1/60 sec., ISO 200, exposure index: -1.33, exposure program: Aperture Priority, focus mode: manual, M-up mode, Manfrotto 3221 tripod, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, Nikon MC-20 remote cable release, capture: 14-bit RAW-NEF, M-up mode, white balance: Auto, capture date and time: 6/19/2014, 7:47 am, transportation: white GT Avalanche 2.0.
Dopo la Recita (After the Recital) – California, USA
Many people have asked me if this scene was staged. It was actually a found image. All I did was compose from an angle of view to make the toddler appear diminutive. The pink tutu and ballet slippers in the foreground are lit by window light making it appear prominent like a diaphanous badge of honor.