Rust and bokeh

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  - Wayne Dyer

That statement is so true, and doubly so for photographers, I think.  A couple of years ago, I would have walked across this bridge in downtown Austin, paying absolutely no attention to the rusty railing.  Now I find myself looking at everything "through the lens", whether I have my camera with me or not.  Photography has caused me to slow down, look at everything and see what was never visible to me before.  It really has opened up my eyes.  Plus it's great fun!

Hop on the bokeh train

Just a little bokeh fun for a Monday morning!  I shot this at Union Station in Kansas City.  In this case I was just experimenting with bokeh and having fun.  Hope your week is off to a great start!

KC bokeh

I almost called this "KC and the bokeh balls" but it sounded way too corny, and brought back distant memories of bad 70's songs and bellbottoms.  This is the Kansas City skyline, taken from my hotel room at night.  I enjoy these pure bokeh or pure blur shots and really like all the twinkly little bokeh light balls floating all around.  Just a fun shot!

A night at the theatre

One evening in Denver I was walking around not too far from my hotel, and discovered their beautiful Performing Arts Complex.  I like shooting around theatres and other arts venues, as I always find that they are interesting.  I assume since they are dedicated to the arts that they want to look the part!  Anyways, I saw this lone empty wine glass sitting there and thought it was fitting for the occasion.

Austin in bokeh

Just playing around with DoF and bokeh, both of which are interesting to me.  This is from one of my favorite places to shoot in Austin, looking at the Austin skyline...look familiar to you Austin photogs?

Blue hour bokeh

You know by now that I am a fan of blue hour, and bokeh, so here I combined the two!  Why not?  Pure blur or complete bokeh is fun to experiment with, and I find that I am always examining a scene through a blurred lens to see if it will work.  This was taken on Lake Austin, looking at some boats that were docked and there were some colored lights strung around the area, which I find it a requirement for those beautiful little colored bokeh balls...

Denver's road home

I was walking around just outside my hotel in downtown Denver and saw several of these red parking meters.  The red color caught my eye, so I thought I would try and get a shot or two of them.  It wasn’t until I looked a little closer that I realized this wasn’t your normal parking meter - it’s a way to collect money for the homeless in Denver.  What a great idea!  I read about it online later and it seems to be working, so that is great news for those that need the assistance.  I cannot imagine having to deal with winter in Denver without a place to stay warm.  Hats off to Denver for being creative and best of luck with this program! 

An abstract look at San Fran

Sort of an abstract shot from atop the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  I walked up on the bridge, after spending a bit of time taking photos from below at Fort Point.  It was a bit windy up there!  Anyways, I liked the look of the city off in the distance and that one pier jutting out, but by itself it was a pretty boring shot.  As I walked past one of these sets of cables that are supporting the bridge, I figured why not try including that for a little foreground interest?  So, does it work?  The cool thing is that without even reading this, I bet you could tell it was the Golden Gate Bridge, right?

Chocolate bokeh

Just a fun pure blur or total bokeh shot from Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, CA.  It was mid-day when I was there, so it was bright, sunny and crowded, therefore it was tough to get the shots I really wanted.  I guess I'll have to go back!  By the way, the chocolate was good!