July 4 Angie, I and dogs Maezee and Leo returned from a 17 day, 4300 mile road trip through 7 western states. We visited nephew and niece, both of whom gave birth to their first children. We visited several national parks, Zion, Capitol Reef, Glacier, North Cascades and Crater Lake. We traveled country road, county, state and US highways to see things one would never see on an interstate. Traffic on country roads can be as fast as interstates but you see so much more, you just don’t speed in the towns whose speed limits are generally 25 mph. Attached are some photos from our trip. Notice I have some people, ie family members, as part of my photography. Enjoy.
We are now in the middle of 1st Communion and Confirmation season.
Today we start 1st Communion portraits at St. Euphrasia Catholic Church in Granada Hills, Ca. We will photograph every afternoon and early evening through Thursday. Their 1st Communion Masses (3) are Saturday.
We also photograph 1st Communions and Confirmations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Newhall and Confirmation at St. Bernardine of Siena in Woodland Hills.
For OLPH in Newhall we also offer family portraits for the Spanish families who really take advantage of this service.
At the recent California State Square Dance Convention I photographed the California Heritage Dancers as a group using our riser system. The background was not pretty. The convention committee commissioned a couple of scenic panels which I thought would be a useful background for any group. Unfortunately it did not work out at the convention, so I cleaned up the background with white. Here is what I had to deal with, what I did at the convention then what I intended created a couple of days ago.
I photographed this scene a couple of weeks ago at corner of McBean Pkwy and Newhall Ranch Rd. Using Photomatix software I created these two images from the 1st Original Image. Because I shot RAW there is detail in the dark areas that I can extrapolate. When creating HDR images it is better to take multiple images at different exposures than what I did creating additional exposures from 1 image, one lighter and one darker than the original.
I am at the retirement age of 67. Have I retired from photography? NO. The past 3 years I have contemplated it. Business is such now that we’re making money and also have the time to travel. It’s working well.
Recently I have been getting email posts from Great Escape Publishing regarding making money publishing travel articles for all types of publications. Being a contributing photographer to REFEREE Magazine I have some knowledge of this opportunity. Publications get their material from people who market themselves, have an interest in the subject matter and other sources.
Being a professional photographer is a large selling point for publications. My wife and I travel quite a bit, on cruises, tours, road trips etc. We may contemplate an RV lifestyle. I am sure between us we could produce interesting articles, with photos, publications will want.
In 1989 after some solicitation Motorhome Magazine contacted me about photos of Kolob Canyons, a section of Zion National Park not accessible from the main park but the entrance is about 50′ off Interstate 15. We took the trip in August with a broken down air conditioning unit, broke in Newhall, on the way out. I photographed Kolob Canyons with medium format (6x45mm) transparency (slide) film. I was paid $500 for the effort.
This is something interesting to me and looks like my wife may be in on it too. On road trips we’ll take the dogs and maybe mother-in-law (97 years old). We look to travel this summer to Ogden, Ut to visit nephew, wife and new son to be born in April. Then we’ll head on to Glacier National Park. We’ll return by way of Vancouver, Wa to visit a niece, her husband, and new born daughter.
Here are some photos from our 2017 trips.