Photography Rediscovered–Back To The Digital Future

Years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I used to be a fairly serious amateur photographer transporting two 35 mm Nikons, lenses, filters, etc. on cross-country motorcycle trips.  

Real life intervened and my interest in photography faded.  When digital cameras became the norm, I stepped back in, but mostly to use “point & shoot” techniques to produce “documentary” photos of graffiti, abandoned shopping carts, and blight scenes for blogging articles.  I did manage to evolve to documenting various community work projects as a means of escaping the Petaluma Blight Beat.

Recently, Nina Zhito persuaded me to sign up for a photography class (“Capturing Great Moments in Great Light”) at the Petaluma Arts Center taught by Frederic Larson

Of course there was “instruction” in the formal sense…

Plus, there was field work–in the rain–to put some of the techniques to use…

I won’t be so hyperbolic as to say that the class was transformational–but it has pointed me in a new direction in terms of how I will spend my time.

One of the immediate consequences for me was to start a photo blog as a companion to this site.

Check out The Petaluma Spectator Photo Blog to see if I learned anything!

  • Additions to the photo blog will be infrequent (it takes time for the “good stuff” ) and I will change it from time to time as I continue experimenting.
  • I will also be going through my inventory of past Petaluma photos to see if, by accident, any qualify for the new photo blog. One has already made it.

Thanks again to the Petaluma Arts Council and to Frederic Larson!

By the way, just to prove that old habits die hard, I did take note of a graffiti tag on the sidewalk  just outside the building and made a photo collage placing the tag on the door…

Oops! Did I just tag the Petaluma Arts Center??

Petaluma Photos–PIXS From Our Town

Over the last few years of blogging I have taken a number of photos to support the articles published on Petaluma 360 and elsewhere.

The photo inventory has built up to a level requiring me to organize it–reorganize it?– once again.

I have selected some of the photos for an album page.  To view, simply click on Petaluma Photos (Pixels of Petaluma) at the top of the page.