Archive for December, 2008

Lake Chabot

Posted in Idyllic, Nature, Photography with tags , on December 30, 2008 by sambissell
Lake Chabot

Lake Chabot

Lake Chabot is a city park near Castro Valley, CA. I took this photograph when I was out there for the trip that is described in the previous blog. This photo, which was originally processed in 2006, after the trip, used to have a lot more foreground and sky in it. When I “happened across it” a few days ago, I decided to do some very slight tweaking to it by slimming it down and enriching the colors so more of the receding detail would be seen.
I tried some of the other processes on it with little advantage.

Then I did a very simple transformation on it and created a photo that, for all intents and purposes, could have been produced a hundred years ago:

Early Lake Chabot

Early Lake Chabot

Nothing fancy this time but, still, enjoy!

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Old Works Renewed – California 2006

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, friends, Mysticism and Magic, Nature, Negative Space, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2008 by sambissell
Above Giant's Rest

Above Giant's Rest

Yesterday, Christmas Day, I had some time to process a few photos, while my son spent some time with his Mom. It seemed a good thing to do on a day of relaxation….doing something that really relaxes me.

On Labor Day weekend in September 2006, my friend, Rene, and I flew out to CA for 10 days to work on my friends, Paul and Barb’s, place in Redway, in northern CA, near the Lost Coast and Avenue of the Giants. I’ve mentioned these places before in previous blogs but these are photos I haven’t uploaded yet. The photo above was taken a few feet from their front door at their place next to the Eel River, called Giant’s Rest. These trees are redwoods and rise up into the sky as far as one can see.

Through the Forest - Sinkyone

Through the Forest - Sinkyone

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Christmas Poem 2008

Posted in Abstract, Christmas, Electrified, Photography, Snowscape on December 23, 2008 by sambissell

Instead of sending Christmas cards, I’ve been writing a Christmas Poem every year for the last 30 years or so. Initially, it was just that….a handwritten “card” (usually a sheet of colored paper). It wasn’t until the last 5 or 6 years that I included a photo and, usually, I superimposed the writing on a photo with the help (or hindrance) of MS Publisher.
Well, time’s have changed………….

Snow Squall In Moonlight - Shoshoko

Snow Squall In Moonlight - Shoshoko

CHRISTMAS POEM 2008

On Christmas Night, it was a sight to behold:

The trees and the fields shone as if sprinkled with starlight
and all of the creatures came out from their winter homes
to the edges of the fields and from the aspen glades.

Far off in the distance, Wolf called when he heard the swift silence of
reindeer hooves in mid-air, the familiar and distinct jingle of bells,
and the occasional call to them from their driver.

The young animals, who had only heard about this from older brothers and sisters, had never quite believed it was true but, with Wolf’s call, they knew their dreams were about to be imagined in mid-air.

Closer to them, over the next ridge, a call came from Elk, sounding his trumpet-like voice, that it was, indeed, true and not some machination made by the people down below in the cities.

And then up, over the ridge top in a great sweep of hooves, the jangling of bells, chimes, and carillons, along with the snorts and calls of reindeer in the chilly night, the rustling of their hair twisting in the gusts of frosty mountain air, and the jovial call to them from St. Nicholas, who sat at the back of his sleigh as great as a living mountain, the amazing sight brought all of the creatures, young and old, to their hind legs with jumps of glee and clapping paws…

And there, before their eyes, he landed so softly in the center of the field before them as the whole scene fell to a mere hush, save for the muted sound of the reindeers’ breathing and snow settling beneath the sleigh.

In a whisper as soft as the starlight above, he said
“Merry Christmas, Little Ones…Merry Christmas, Everyone!”

In an instant that seemed to last for hours, he was gone again… leaving behind all of the things all of the creatures in that part of the forest had asked for…but most of all, he left them with Peace in their Hearts.

Have a truly wondrous and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, or Happy Yule of your own and Relish what the New Year has in store for you!

Love to all-

Sam


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Variations on a Christmas Theme

Posted in Abstract, Christmas, Electrified, Photo Drawing, Photography, Snowscape with tags , , , , , , , on December 23, 2008 by sambissell
Christmas on Jay 08

Christmas on Jay 08

Got started a bit late this year with the decorations and lights. In lieu of a tree, we decorate the house with lights and ornaments. The way my house is configured, setting up a tree just doesn’t work….a bunch of small room that are already filled. So, I hung some lights around the living room and entryway/dining room. Then, when my son got home from lunch, we hung the ornaments.

The picture above is a bit mundane in comparison to this one, which I like A LOT more:

Lighting Up the House For Christmas

Lighting Up the House For Christmas.

For me, it has the real “atmosphere” of what lights do for the eyes at Christmas, even if it is an altered view.  🙂
I like this photo, too, but in a way that is difficult to describe. It makes me feel a bit like I am stepping back in time.

Looking Passed the Frames

Looking Passed the Frames

Well, I have to get rolling here……..have to finish up the “shopping”. (Yep, I run late just like everyone else does!)

Enjoy the Lights of Christmas, wherever you are!

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This One is for Galen and Ann – Two Friends Departing

Posted in Abstract, Electrified, Everlasting Love, friends, Horses, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2008 by sambissell
Portrait of Galen and Ann

Portrait of Galen and Ann

As those of you who know I am enthralled with Galen and his friends (see previous blogs “Galen and Friends” and “Galen and Friends, Part 2“), it is with sadness that I said goodbye to him yesterday. Ann is moving east to Virginia and cannot take him with her because she will not be in a proximity to keep him nearby, among other reasons.
So, my trip yesterday wasn’t one that I relished doing but one, instead, that had to be done. It was, for all intents and purposes, the last time I expect to ever see Galen. What a fine horse he is…and what a fine woman Ann is as well.

My Two Friends

My Two Friends

Had it not been for Ann, I would never have known the incredible beauty of horses, other than seeing them in a book or some other 2-dimensional form….certainly not “up close and personal” as I have in the last couple of months! I also would never have known how to let a horse know that I am a friend and can be trusted, as a part of the herd. Learning how to do that was something I had never known and am grateful in my knowledge of it now.

Trotting in a December Wind

Trotting in a December Wind

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I’ve been tagged with a “Meme”….hmmmmm

Posted in Abstract, Electrified, Me, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2008 by sambissell
Moonlight Mile

Moonlight Mile

My friend, Anna, has tagged me. She did this because of a mini-sorta-blog called a “meme”. A “meme” tells 6 random things about yourself and then you tag 6 other bloggers. (The  rules are below.)

While I don’t usually do this sort of thing because I look at it sort of like a “chain letter”, I’m making an exception because it is through Anna, who I respect quite a lot and consider a good friend, even though I have never actually met her. i Love her blog but I especially like her macro photography of bees and bugs, even though some of them give me the creeps!

But since this is a photo blog, I feel compelled to include pictures related to this blog as much as I can.
Like this one:

Her Ringheart is Cracked but Not Her Heart

Her Ringheart is Cracked but Not Her Heart

So, anyway, here’s how the “meme” works (in Anna’s words):

It’s time for the 6 random things “meme”.

The rules are:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

My “meme”:
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Dahlia – 5 Ways to Expression

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Everlasting Love, Haiku, HDR, Nature, Negative Space, Photographers, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2008 by sambissell
Dahlia - Emerging

Dahlia - Emerging

A few days ago, I was talking to my friend, Lotte Janus, whose “home” is the world (she never stays in one place very long but considers her “base” Ojai, CA). She comes from a very artistic family, with one person or another having acted, worked in photography, and so on.
We were talking about a photographic exhibit she saw recently near Bridgewater, NY, and the various styles of work exhibited. Then we started talking about my work because there were artists in the show whose stuff is as unique as mine. One of the comments she made was in regard to the adaptations I make for a single photo and, I believe, that her sister would be interested, also being a photographer.

So, feeling a trace of  “challenge,” I decided to take a recent photo and play with it. The photo I chose was one I took for the Denver Botanic Gardens project for my friend, Ross Shrigley, who I have been shooting for this season. The original photo is above. One of the reasons I chose this photo is that it is just slightly out of focus, which would be masked by each of the processes.
First, I shifted it to my “Electric” process and produced this:

The Jelly-Starfish Nebula

The Jelly-Starfish Nebula

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