Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Beehive and A Sunflower

Beehive-Ilford Delta 3200 film

I found this really cool beehive in March at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. I was surprised to see it hanging from a tree limb with so many honey bees on it. I tried to find it on several walks after that but couldn't, the sanctuary is a big place. I finally found it again last week. Here is what it looks like now. It's about 2 1/2 feet long and 1 1/2 feet wide.

You can see that there are a lot more honeycombs on it than in the first photo. The bees were VERY active and I got as close as I dare. You could hear the humming of the thousands of bees on it before you ever reached it. Such an amazing sight to see. 



Sunflower macro- Ilford Delta 35mm film

When you have some pretty sunflowers in the house there's only one thing to do and that's macro photography. I do love macro work. I find it intense and exhausting work but those are the same reasons I love it. Hoping to do more of it soon.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Trees in Temecula

Tree on Hillside in Temecula

While in Temecula for my daughter's wedding we drove around a bit to different vendors to prepare for the big day. I came across a pretty hillside with some trees that caught my eye and I couldn't resist. Taken with my trusty 35mm camera (as always) and Ilford Delta 3200 film. I love that grain! 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Yosemite Spring 2017

Yosemite Falls

It's been a long while since I've posted here. A surgery, a persistent auto-immune disease and my daughter's wedding have all played a role in my neglect to my website and in my photography in general for that matter. 
My daughter's wedding was the best day ever! I'll give you all more details on the wedding in another post. The other two things I mentioned I'm choosing not to talk about. No one really wants to hear about someone else's illnesses anyway, at least that's what I've discovered.

My trip to Yosemite this year was awesome! So much water there, the falls were bursting with water and the Merced River was as full as I've ever seen it. So beautiful!!! 
As always the photographs I'm posting were taken with my trusty 35mm camera and most were on Ilford Delta film.

Bridalveil Falls

Tunnel View




American Robin

Half Dome


El Capitan

Merced River

More Trees

Yosemite Falls in all it's glory.

The next two photos were a bit of an experiment. I shot them using Rollei Redscale 400 film. I was hoping to get an old time look with this film and it didn't disappoint.These were two different exposures using the redscale film. I've already picked up couple more rolls of this film, not sure where I'll use them next but it sure was fun.

Tunnel View with redscale film

Different exposure with redscale film


El Capitan

Well that's it for now, until next time! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Posting a little bit of spring for you. All five photos were taken on Ilford Delta 3200 film, These photos were taken at various places in SoCal and most of them were taken last spring. I've always loved spring, all the flowers and such. But I also love the fall and winter seasons too. I've never been crazy about summer though, guess it's because I don't like hot weather. 

I know this last flower image is out of focus but I kind of like it. So I included it. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sea Horse

While working on the Jellyfish series I attempted a few photos of seahorses. I think I'm crazy trying to photograph something so small and that moves so quickly using 35mm film. Here is the one image that made the cut. I used Ilford Delta 3200 for this. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Gallery-Jellyfish Black and White Film Collection

Egg Yolk Jellyfish No.3
 on 3200 Ilford Delta Film

I am dedicating this body of work to my mentor and friend Nick Carver. Nick has taught me so much about photography, the most important being that photography is art. His work is a constant source of inspiration for me. Nick is an incredible photographer who creates beautiful art. His work is different from most and that is what makes it genius and inspires me to try to create my own unique work.  

The Story-
I have spent the last year creating these 100 images for this gallery. One whole year, one hundred images. Why jellyfish on black and white film you may ask. Let me give you some background into that question. I got ill in 2015 and for a period of time I could not pick up my camera due to pain and weakness. Before I go any further I would like to say that I'm not writing this to have anyone feel sorry for me. And therefore I'm not going to go into any detail about the illnesses that I struggle with.
During the time I couldn't take ANY photographs it wasn't the pain of the illness that was the worst part for me, it was the pain of not being able to create images. It was the pain of having my passion, what I love doing the most being taken from me. I didn't know who I was anymore. I was being defined by my disease and it was starting to consume my soul. You lose control of your life when you have a chronic disease. It is run by doctors, medications, tests and pain. I decided to take some control back the only way I knew how. Since I couldn't physically go out and take photographs I took them in my mind. A sort of previsualization if you will. I eventually came up with the idea of photographing jellyfish using black and white film. I saw them in my head for many weeks and those weeks ended up turning into months.

When I was able I went to the Long Beach Aquarium to take a few photographs of the jellyfish, a trial run. I took with me my 35mm camera and Ilford Delta 400 film and soon realized that it was much darker than I had thought at the aquarium and that ISO 400 wasn't going to work so on my second trip I used Ilford Delta 3200 film which worked beautifully. I love the grain and the contrast of the 3200. Over the last year I have made 9 trips to the Long Beach Aquarium. Each trip was about three hours. It was a slow process due to weakness and pain from my illnesses. I made one trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I couldn't photograph all of the jellyfish at the aquariums as there were too many reflections on some of the tanks, so I focused on the ones I could photograph.  

My Vision-
It was a simple vision really. I wanted the photographs to somewhat resemble drawings. I thought that the mix of the 3200 ISO with it's beautiful grain and using only black and white film would achieve my vision. And it did. I couldn't be happier with the results. Some images are grainier than others due to lower light situations but that makes them even better in my opinion. 

I didn't intend for this to be a year long project, it just kind of happened. I just kept creating more and more images never quite feeling ready to share them. It has been my therapy to help me through this rough time in my life.  I feel that the collection is now complete having reached 100 images and I am ready to share them, although I will certainly add more to the collection over time. 

Egg Yolk Jellyfish No.6
on 3200 Ilford Delta Film

Moon Jellyfish No. 8
on 3200 Ilford Delta Film

Purple Striped Jellyfish No. 23
on 3200 Ilford Delta Film

Jellyfish Facts-
-Have been on Earth for 600 million years, even before dinosaurs.
-Not actually fish, they are plankton.
-They have no heart or brain. They have nerve nets that sense  changes in the environment and  coordinate the animal's responses.
-2,000 different types.
-Range in size from larger than a human to the size of a pinhead.
-95% of body is water. If they are removed from the water they will  collapse and die.
-They breathe through their thin skin.
-A group is called a bloom, swarm or smack and a large group can  contain 100,000 jellyfish.
-Carnivorous feeding on plankton, crustaceans, fisheggs, small fish  and other jellyfish.
-Reproduce both sexually and asexually.
-Typically live less than a year.
-Jellyfish can clone themselves. If injured the damaged cells can  regenerate as full grown jellyfish.
-Box jellyfish are the most deadly and venomous sea creature in  the ocean. They can kill a person by stopping his or her heart in  two minutes.
-Some are miraculous-"Turritopsis dohrnii" are called the immortal  jellyfish. When stressed this animal can actually grow younger. It  is capable of moving backwards through its life cycle, returning  to  a less mature physical state. Much like Benjamin Button, haha.
-Many scientists believe that environmental stress- including  climate change, pollution, over harvesting of fish and dams have  led to the proliferation of jellyfish.

Spotted Jellyfish No.1
on 3200 Ilford Delta Film

Moon Jellyfish No. 2
on 3200 Ilford Delta Film

Purple Striped Jellyfish No. 9
on 3200 Ilford Delta Film

In Closing-
If I had to choose one word to describe jellyfish it would be mesmerizing. I could (let me change that to "I have") watched them for hours. Simply beautiful creatures.
I hope you take some time and look at each image individually. 


Monday, November 28, 2016

Autumn in Virginia

Every year my husband and I visit his mom in Virginia. We try to go in autumn when the temperatures are cooler and to witness the beautiful fall colors. I am including in this post a few color photos so that you all can see the amazing color but I discovered something about me as a photographer on this trip, and that is that I am a true black and white film shooter. I think I already knew that but this trip confirmed that for me. And that's not to say I won't ever shoot a color photo again but there will be few. I feel that a black and white photograph leaves out unnecessary information and highlights the main idea. It's easier to focus on details without the distraction of color. It allows me as an artist to create more simplistic images of nature focusing purely on the subject at hand without the distraction of color. I absolutely love being able to that.

The black and white images in this post were shot on 35mm Ilford Delta film. The color on Fuji Velvia 35mm slide film. Enjoy!

P.S.- I have been working on a year long fine art project which I will be releasing early next year. I'm really excited to be finally sharing it. Stay tuned... 

Shenandoah National Park 

Big Meadows, Shenandoah NP

Make a wish...

Shenandoah NP

Shenandoah NP


Potomac River on a foggy morning

Potomac River on a foggy morning