My Little World

I downloaded a new application for my iPhone called “360 Panorama.”  I read some good reviews of it, so thought I would pay my 99 cents and give it a try.  Not only does it give you the long skinny panorama shots, but it will also do a spherical version which can be quite interesting.

How is this for an crazy view of our subdivision?  Is this a bit too abstract, weird, or is it cool?



It was a great day for some spring skiing at nearby resort, Bogus Basin.  Mostly sunny with spring type snow.  I had my Canon 40D DSLR with me today, but took this particular image with my iPhone using the new panorama feature.  It does an amazing job.  From the far left edge to the far right edge was about 100 degrees of azimuth.

This image was captured on the cat track heading south from the top of the Superior chairlift near the top of Shafer Butte.  You can see Dear Point with the TV transmitter antennas in the distance.



It is the time of year when various home builders in the valley strut their talents as they build some spectacular homes.  Not as impressive as some, this 0 bedroom, 2 bath house is, if nothing else, affordable.

She had long dark hair, bright red lipstick, wore cotton blouses and a yellow skirt.  I liked it when she wore that skirt.  I think it was her favorite too.

She loved my sister and me as only a mother could, putting our needs before her own, feeding us, clothing us, hugging us and crying for us when we she was hurting for her kids.

She would make cool things for us, such as custom marble bags with our names on them.  This was one of my cherished possessions.

I stopped by and visited my mom today, sitting there, my feet outstretched on the grass.  I smiled as I remembered the happy times of years gone by.  I shed a few tears too knowing that I would only have memories of her, memories when I was but seven years old when I said, “Goodbye, Mom.”

Remembering Mom

Last week I got to enjoy the 100+ degree temperature in Las Vegas while attending a trade conference. Fortunately, it was all indoors and didn’t feel the heat until I headed back to the hotel. It was a bit cooler in the evenings, so I took the opportunity to walk up and down the famous Las Vegas strip, admiring all the lights and glitter that are a trademark of this city.

One of the more prominent hotels is called the “Bellagio” which features a fountain and pond that stretches over several acres. Every 15 minutes or so, the fountain puts on quite a show in tune to a musical track. It was fun to watch and photograph.

I took a few steps back from the railing and pointed my iPhone at the spectacle and grabbed the following image. I adjusted it slightly in Adobe Lightroom to cause the people in the foreground to be a total silhouette.

This week is being spent in Las Vegas as a student at the third annual “Skip’s Summer School,” the brain child of Skip Cohen. There are many internationally known big name photographers giving talks and seminars on things varying from techniques for lighting your subject to the business end of photography. What an opportunity to learn from the likes of Jerry Ghionis, Tamara Lackey, Bambi Cantrell, Scott Bourne, Roberto Valenzuela and Jules Bianchi just to name a few. In addition to this wonderful training, I’ve been able to meet other photographers from all over the world, the farthest away coming from east Africa.

Those of you who want to take their photography to the next level should keep events and workshops like this on your list of things to do. It will be well worth both your time and money spent.

Here is any image of Jerry Ghionis turning over the presentation to Tamara Lackey taken with my trusty iPhone 4.

Kelli and I went down to the Farmer’s Market in Eagle, enjoying the morning, enjoying each other’s company and chatting with some of the vendors showing their wares.

Kevin Flynn from The Potters Center was busy on his wheel making all kinds of cool things out of clay.  It is fun to watch an artist with many years of talent while their creative juices are flowing.  He was gracious enough to let me capture this image of him as he makes a new creation.


2009-04-20I was out bike riding south of Boise a few weeks ago when I happened upon a very large shadow that was going across the road. It didn’t take but a second to stop and scope out the situation. The sun was setting behind the local Doppler Radar dome, so I took out the iPhone to see what I could capture. The iPhone does not have a very good camera, but I tried to make the most of what I had with me. Several shots were taken as I positioned myself to get various levels of direct sunlight coming over the top of the dome. This particular one was the best of the bunch, in my opinion.