Thursday, June 25, 2009

10 Great Photography Quotations

To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see. ~Elliott Erwitt

I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don't find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges. ~William Albert Allard

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask "how," while others of a more curious nature will ask "why." Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information. ~Man Ray

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary. ~David Bailey

You don't take a photograph, you make it ~Ansel Adams

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. ~Henri Cartier-Bresson

No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film ~Robert Adams

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer ~Ansel Adams

Your equipment DOES NOT affect the quality of your image. The less time and effort you spend worrying about your equipment the more time and effort you can spend creating great images. The right equipment just makes it easier, faster or more convenient for you to get the results you need. ~Ken Rockwell

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera. ~Lewis Hine

Sunday, June 21, 2009

News and Happenings: 6/21/09 (and special offer, oh my!!)

My work is featured on booooooom.

I've also be blogged by Appendix Magazine and FFFFOUND!

AND I can't believe I forgot to mention this earlier... four of my photos made it to The New York Times Blog!! (fourth row down). Check it out!!

Happy 1st Day of Summer Everyone!! :)

ONE-DAY ONLY BLOG OFFER: Receive free shipping if you order my "Welcome Summer" 8x8 fine art illustration before 12 AM June 22nd.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

News and Happenings: 6/11/09

Three of my photos are featured in Madrid's online magazine 10x15. Check out their "I Love Pools" issue here.

My etsy shop and blog are featured on Spiffy. :)

One of my illustrations is on Pinkberry's website now.

Blogged by Sweet As Candy.

I relisted more retro fine art prints in my etsy shop PLUS a greeting card set SALE!!

AND SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST... *drumroll* I'M HOSTING A 8x10 RETRO FINE ART PRINT GIVEAWAY!! You can win an 8x10 Homage print.

Hope everyone is getting through June Gloom with a smile and umbrella.

Featured in 10x15's I Love Pools issue

Check it out!!

UPDATE 2/18/2011 : Also featured in 10x15's I Heart Dos issue!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Send some smiles across the miles...

PRE-SUMMER SALE: For a limited time only, receive FIVE fine art greeting cards + envelopes for only $12.95 in my etsy shop. Order before 6/21/09 and you'll receive a 6th card FREE.

Friday, June 5, 2009

I Love Coronado

Spending three days with my friend Margot reminded me how great it is to have old friends. No matter the distance or time spent apart, you can always pick up where you left off...
I just returned from a three-day trip to Coronado and I must say, I loved it there. It felt like I was in another state outside of California. I took the train (for the first time) and was so impressed by the whole experience. We stayed with Margot's family at the Hotel Del, which is AMAZING. You should go to Coronado just to venture through it. Its history dates back to 1887 and is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California.

Between the train stations and the Hotel Del, I was in vintage-heaven. There are really neat 1920s wooden bench seats at Union Station that are just asking to be photographed!! Sounds crazy, but as I was walking up the train platform, I really got a feel of what it must have felt like to live in the 1920s-1930s. For a brief moment, I felt a sinking feeling in my stomach that made me wonder if I ever hopped on a train to ride to a Victorian beach resort in a past life. I imagined the opening scenes from Anna Karenina (the movie -- not the book, hehe).

Coronado itself is delightful... it's like an upscale, small beach town. Orange Street is lined with little souvenir and surf shops and there is a plethora of Mexican and seafood restaurants. It's the perfect destination for people with children or a romantic getaway for adults. If you are hoping to spend most of your time at the beach while you are on vacation, forgetaboutit. We spent the least amount of time on the beach. In fact, the ocean seems like it's just scenery there. My biggest peeves were the Marine Layer (that clouds up the sky every day until noon or 1 PM) and sand fleas. Los Angeles county beaches are dirtier, but they do not have sand fleas.

West Coast beaches look pretty, but they leave a lot to be desired. I'm still an East Coast/Jersey Shore girl at heart.

This was rather interesting though... I was searching Google Maps at our hotel and came across this:

A closer look:
My first thought was Coronado knew Google Maps was coming to town, so they constructed this giant sand sculpture but after further Googling, I discovered that the GIANT letters are a permenant fixture. In fact, guys in bulldozers maintain the letters, which are about four feet high. Whoever started this even planted/rooted sea grasses on top of the letters to help preserve them and make them easier to read from the sky!! I just wish there was an observation deck somewhere to see all the letters and, more importantly, photograph them. ;)

For Breakfast: Beach-n-Diner, 1208 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA
For Dinner: Swaddee Thai Restaurant, 1001 C Ave, Coronado, CA
For Adults: Beach, boating/kayaking, a Romantic stay at the Hotel Del, shopping along Orange Street, Old Town, San Diego, and there are tons of activities in nearby San Diego.
For Kids: San Diego Zoo, Sea World or Legoland.

Link to the review I wrote about Swaddee.

View from the train heading back to L.A.