Photography Blog

Smartphone Saturday: Rushing River

25 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

No need for a full post today. Smartphone Saturday means you get the best unedited, simple photos from my trusty Lumia 1020 smartphone. 41 megapixels of glory!

Today’s photo comes from the South Yuba River near Truckee, CA. It was my birthday, and my friend Steve and I made the 2 hour drive up the mountains for a bit of outdoor photography. We geared up in a light dusting of snow, wondering just how cold this February morning would remain. Fortunately, the snow stopped and we set off to see what we might find. I was especially excited to put my new lens to work. But even as I was loving the speed and light of that new lens, I still managed to grab this shot of the cold water of this rushing river with my phone…

Snips and Snails

23 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People, Places

The heart of a little boy challenges him to climb a little higher, to dig a little deeper, and to see what is just around the bend. That drive for adventure is insatiable. It often results in mom gasping or clutching her chest in fear. Meanwhile, Dad roots for the little guy, albeit quietly so he doesn’t make mom even more upset.

There were plenty of moments like this during that weekend in June.


A Fine Outlook

21 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

The vineyard farm building was dilapidated, and threatened to collapse at any moment. The stairs leading up to the second floor were missing no less than five steps, and the lumber used to build it had taken on the dry and darkened appearance of just about any haunted house you’ve ever seen in the movies. All that lent the new and trendy restaurant across the courtyard a rather theatrical backdrop.

And despite the old and neglected environs, the roof window seemed to offer as clear a picture of the skies above as I’d ever seen.


Smartphone Saturday: Hapuna Beach

18 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

No time … to … type. Just posting … unedited, smartphone photo like I do … each Saturday. Gotta head … out the door!

This one’s from our family trip to Hapuna Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. Unlike most of the other beaches we visited, this one offered a bit shade. That comes in handy when your skin is white as snow — like mine. The combination of volcanic rock and tree covering, as well as the remains of some sea-beaten trees, made for an especially unique environment for lounging and capturing photos.

Going the Distance at Western Seminary

14 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People

Marketing masterminds will tell you that you’ve gotta have eyes and teeth. What they mean is that your organization needs to feature photos of people with their eyes shining, and their teeth showing. Smiling is preferable. That magic combo sells stuff, and lots of it.

I captured plenty of photos with eyes and teeth that day, but I find myself particularly drawn to this image. So why am I taken by this “toothless” photo, anyway?  (more…)