Jill Waterbury

Flower Ride with Friends

Last week I took a day in the middle of the week, and drove with my photography friends Jill and Bob looking for wildflowers. Bob drove and we headed for Figueroa Mtn Road in Santa Barbara County.

The drive alone is always great. We talk about all things photography and generally figure how to cure the woes of the world.

Figueroa Mtn Flowers

We arrived at our destination along the mountain right at sunrise and even though we live in balmy California, at that time of the morning there is a chill in the air. We got out and started to explore the area and look for the "Perfect Composition". The flowers in this area were sparse in comparison to years past, but were there none the less. We stayed in this area for a couple of hours photographing the poppies and lupin from every angle possible. We then headed back down the mountain looking for, and stopping, at a couple of other spots along the way.

We took a stop in Los Olivos to get a bite to eat. We found a small place called Corner House Coffee. This was a coffee shop that served a few food items on their menu. I did not try the coffee, but for a place to grab a meal, it was not really my cup of tea!

After a great ride we headed home and were back by about 12:30 pm.

For more of my wildflower photos: http://www.writeroflightphotography.com/Nature/Figueroa-Mtn-Flowers/
Los Olivos, CA: http://www.losolivosca.com
Figueroa Mtn Area: http://www.summitpost.org/page/657005

Getting Ready for Weekend Workshop.

Tomorrow, Saturday January 31, 2015, I will be joining my 2 photography partners Bob Canepa and Jill Waterbury for our "Digit-All Photography Workshop". This will be the first photography workshop held at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. We are looking forward to sharing our Photography knowledge with the workshop participants. Light, Composition and Exposure are our main topics of discussion. Our focus is making the craft and art of photography easier to navigate. 


Bob, Jill and I are always looking for the easiest and best way to get the photo results we are looking for in our work. The 3 of us have spent countless hours with theory and real world scenarios, creating photographs. We expect through this workshop to not only pass information we have learned to the participants, but to continue in our own learning, and create the dialog that helps us all in our photographic growth.

If you are still interested in learning the fundamentals of photography, we have a couple of spaces open. You can contact SLOMA.org to join us.

I'm looking forward to reviewing our workshop in an upcoming blog.

Have a wonderful day...


Spring will be Here Soon!

I know, it's the middle of January, and maybe a little early to be talking about spring. (Although I do live in California and seems like spring right now!) But now is the time to start getting that photo gear and trip planing ready for the spring wildflowers.

Wildflowers cycle in the way they grow. It is not every year that you have a large crop of beautiful flowers spreading across the countryside. My observations over the last 20+ years have been that every year there are small groupings of flowers in many areas that make great photographs.

If you need to improve your photo skills in preparation for the wildflower season, come join Bob Canepa, Jill Waterbury and I for our Digit-All Workshop on Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 and Sunday Feb 1, 2015, at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. We can answer those questions that will help in creating beautiful spring photographs.

Yosemite in February...

Recently took a quick winter trip to Yosemite Valley with my wife Marilyn and good friends and photo partners Bob and Jill.

Bridalveil creek about 500 feet below Bridalveil falls in Yosemite Valley.

Our "mission" was to shoot the sunset at Horsetail falls, but since we were there on a busy Presidents day weekend, we decided not to wait for hours so that we could have a good spot to capture the "event". With our limited time, we decided to travel around and shoot what we could.

Yosemite Valley, like many of our beautiful parks, offers so many great vistas, no matter what time of day or how many people are there.

The attached photo was taken at Bridalveil creek about 500 feet from the base of the falls just before noon. So even with thousands of visitors, and waiting room only in the bridalveil parking lot, I was still able to create a photo space of my own.

Have fun creating you own photos...