To my mind black and white images love rain. Puddles and water drops making their lovely circles sing in the wet.
“What is essential to practice the Tao is to get rid of cravings and vexations. If these afflictions are not removed, it is impossible to attain stability. This is like the case of the fertile field, which cannot produce good crops as long as the weeds are not cleared away. Cravings and ruminations are the weeds of the mind; if you do not clear them away, concentration and wisdom do not develop.”
– Chang San-feng, founder of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, circa 1300 A.D.
We were walking this morning in Sonoma County’s newest park, Tolay Lake. The area is stunning!
It’s dedication yesterday was something of a formality, as the 3,400-acre park opened in October 2018 after its master plan was officially approved. It’s accessible via an entrance on Cannon Lane, off Lakeville Highway southeast of Petaluma.
The park currently offers more than 11 miles of multi-use trails crossing grasslands and ridges with views of San Pablo Bay and beyond. Currently many of its trails are closed due to flooding.
However, the wet ground didn’t stop too many people from hiking where they could. This little girl was taking no chances and kept making sure her family was made aware of the puddles.
This is a photograph of one thing and one thing only, the color red. While waiting for the light to allow us to cross, this young lady joined the group on the corner. She stood in such way that the strong sun brilliantly lit up her bright red hair. The image has no context, no real story to tell, just her hair. But in this case that’s probably enough.
It’s not often one sees a man dressed as well as this guy lugging a heavy 5 gallon jug of water down a long flight of stairs. His hat, his vest, his fancy sport coat, don’t seem to match what he’s doing. Of course that’s what makes this shot fun and I’m certainly not complaining.
One more thing before I let you go. You’ll notice that the wall in the background is the one you’ve seen in a number of my street shots. I love to hang around this area because it provides great color and texture to any photo taken against it.
There’s a particular stairway in the old section of Petaluma, CA that’s quite narrow. I have found that by standing right at the top of it, I’m often able to take some pretty good candid portraits of people climbing it. The dark smudges on the wall behind them as they crest the landing makes a rather good background.
This lady with the furrowed brow and striking very long blond hair was a lucky shot I got about an hour ago today. I say “lucky” because she was moving very fast and there was only one quick chance to take her picture.
It’s not about the tones or the colors. It’s about the lines and their relationships.
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I really like taking photographs of people on the street with window reflections behind them. This shot is a good example of that. It’s out front of a coffee bar with the reflection of the city library in the background. The logo on the woman’s jacket serves as the picture’s title.
The natural light on the woman’s face is helpful too.
These reflected/see-through window images can become almost dream like. This lady reading in the coffee shop window is surrounded by things that make little sense yet seem to somehow emanate from the page she is reading.
The beauty of street photography is that sometimes you can take an image that is REALLY hard to decipher. This is one of them.