A couple weeks ago I trekked back out to Coloma (since Will & Erika’s wedding) again because the place draws me. I’m intrigued of what experiences I will encounter. I seriously thought to myself when I arrived, “Oh yeah, I’ll be here a couple hours.” I was at the Marshall Gold Discovery SHP for over 5 hours, and didn’t even come close to capturing all I wanted. I was a kid in the candy store here. First thing I have taught myself when photographing for me: Do go photograph when there’s weather. Clear blue skies suck. First lesson realized at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP: instead of arriving at 10am to photograph, arrive at 7am. Light is everything. Especially for black and white film. The tonal ranges, the zone system. I’m never been much of an Ansel Adams fan (probably because I feel as a consumer I’m overexposed to it, and I consider his vision the norm) so in essence, fine art photographers I absolutely am enthralled by: Rolfe Horn and Deon Reynolds. They inspire me to get outside and explore. Have fun. I told that to someone the other day…although I don’t remember the exact conversation. It came down to something like this: When do you stop? When it stops being ‘fun’. Laughing and learning and having fun is everything. It’s life for me. When something in my life stops being fun, time to leave it and find something else. But that’s me. So all day everyday I listen to Radio Paradise. I love this radio station because it offers such a wide variety of music. Since I’ve been working on this blog post, I’ve heard The Doors, then The Cure, onto Joe Bonamassa, Thievery Corporation, The Beatles, Aimee Mann, and now Goldfrapp. I mean, Really?? Now the Dandy Warhols. Go figure. Have fun, enjoy life. learn, laugh, love, hate, be frustrated, be sad, it’s all life, and it’s all fun for me, although when I stay too frustrated or sad, then yep, it’s time to change something in my life. Color Chrome from Coloma. Friday will be another “weather” day. Time to go play.