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Every year a huge crowd of people gathers at the San Diego Convention Center to celebrate pop culture and movies in an exceptional spectacle called Comic-Con. Many attendees dress up in beautiful costumes, handcrafted in countless hours with an astonishing devotion and attention to detail.
For us photographers the colorful figures exert a strong pull to visit and photograph the event. Two years ago, I decided to fly to San Diego to see what the fuzz was all about and of course to take photographs.
How to photograph People at Comic-Con
I find that many photographers are troubled about taking the photograph of a stranger without asking for permission. Street photography is very different from landscape photography. We feel restricted through norms of society and our own inhibition.
A large gathering like Comic-Con with many like-minded photographers makes it very easy to overcome those fears. If you cannot pull the trigger here, street photography clearly is not your game. That is perfectly ok.
Oregon is California's rainy neighbor in the north. I like traveling to Oregon. The state is very diverse and full of color, even in summer when California is mostly brownish.
But Oregon has much more to offer than wet coastal regions. Eastern Oregon is also very dry, but the colorful John Day Fossil Beds and the very different landscape invite travelers seeking for the path less traveled.
The incredibly scenic views and deep rich colors Crater Lake National Park offfer a fascinating introduction into the seismic volcanic history of Oregon. Once you have aroused your curiousity for everything volcanic, check out Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
After a tour through the wonderful landscapes of southern and eastern Oregon, relax in Portland, Oregon most populous and lively cities. From here you can explore the Columbia River Gorge with its many waterfalls on a casual day trip.
I finally found the time to upload new pictures that were on my computer far too long. Enjoy!
Since I am in the process of uploading more images, I decided to add more content to my Los Angeles Galleries as well. L.A. is a giant narcissistic city ecosystem that didn't hold much of a lure for me, but it has it's beautiful sides too.
I usually visit L.A. on trips to the far south or on return trips from the far south. I took this photograph from Mulholland Drive on the way back from Anza Borrego. I usually prefer the serenity of the desert over the stress of big cities, but since stress only happens in our heads, we can chose to ignore it entirely, let it pass right through us. The less other people affect my well-being, the more attractive cities like L.A. become and the more I see, the more I want to see.
I think Los Angeles is a city that grows on you. It took me almost a decade, but slowly I am starting to appreciate what the city has to offer and simply ignore the shady neighborhoods, traffic jams and hectic and narcissistic population. Behind the shallow star cult, the boasting and the huge social differences that make up this city, there is beauty waiting. I will be back, but not during the heat of summer when everyone is just a bit nuttier than usual.
Today I have uploaded a lot new photographs and created new galleries to hold my new Bay Area pictures. Please take some time and browse through the galleries to enjoy everything the bay area has to offer.
Even I get surprised after many years of living in the Bay Area. I discovered the overview above on a hike through the Marin Headlands.
Check out my San Francisco Bay Area Gallery and come back soon for new pictures. I have spent the entire spring photographing and have much to show in the coming weeks.
It has been a long time since we last drove to Death Valley National Park. The long drive and the huge park require a great investment in time, money and effort to visit. I took the chance the easter weekend gave me for another drive down. For the first time I got to practice Zen Photography. By slowing down and looking at every moment with fresh eyes, I was was able to completely unwind and relax while creating some nice images.
This photograph of wildflowers along the highway would normally have escaped me and considering that I was the only person who stopped at this place on a one of the busiest weekends of the year, I think it escaped most others too.
I didn't think much of it at the time, but this photograph turned out to be one of my favorite images of the entire trip. I love how the cloudscape mirrors the landscape and how the yellow and the blue complement each other.
I just returned from a 3 day trip to Anza Borrego. From my home in Northern California this means driving for two days to photograph for one day.
I drove down there since it has been quite some time since my last visit and since I never visited during the wildflower season. I was shocked by the amount of people at the visitor center. The campground parking for the Palm Canyon hike was full, so I decided to explore in other places.
Glorieta Canyon was nice, but even in this remote wilderness I was far from being alone. Many of the designated "wildflower" hikes turned out the same. For instance the claim of blooming cacti near Tamarisk Grove was wrong, as it was too early in the season.
I wrote a detailed report on Wildflower Photography in Anza Borrego Desert on the Photo Scout Site.
In Part One of this series, I wrote about ways to make money besides by selling photographs.
The photography business is tough. Many people dream of being photographers. It surely must be wonderful to make a living traveling the world with our camera and having others pay the bill while we snap a few pictures along the way.
You are dead wrong. Photography is a tough business.
Time well spent
It may come as a shock to some of you, but pro photographers do not spend most of their time taking photographs. Running a successful photography business requires a lot more than taking pretty pictures. You need to find the right balance that works for you and find out what you want to do with your time.