Back Issue Blog: Beauty and the Beach – More Photographic Forays

7 Apr

Three days in a row, I saw these beautiful sights:

Monday – Downtown L.A.

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Tuesday – Golden Gate Bridge

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Today – Catalina Island

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I’ve been busy working, writing, traveling for work, etc., etc. Reports on that stuff all in good time. For now, my mind is all a’shutter with pictures on the brain.

Then again, I’ve always had pictures on the brain. I don’t know where I get it from, since even though both my mom and my dad were always good about recording family moments on film, neither one of them will take pictures “just because”. But being a model back in the day, my mom did know a lot of photographers and I always enjoyed looking at their work. I remember getting my first dinky-cheapie camera when I was about six years old (probably to coincide with getting my first pony… and boy, did I take a lot of pictures of Cinnamon Cinder!) and I’ve had one or ten ever since.

But Wait! There’s More…

Now, don’t get me wrong — I wouldn’t know an F-stop from a shortstop — I’m no expert. But the advent of digital photography, PhotoShop, the iPhone camera, etc., has enabled me to take pictures of anything and everything that catches my fancy. I love that! No more waiting an hour, let alone several days, for pictures to be developed (“Someday, my prints will come…”).

I’ve recently began to utilize my PicasaWeb account (it’s so much easier to share and follow [hit the arrows along the top of each picture] than Photobucket and VillagePhotos), so I thought you might like to peruse my first three albums — and each could not be more different from the other.

1) SUNRISES IN SAN PEDRO

My beloved treadmill is *still* broken, so I’ve had to make do by running outside. YUCK. Being so fair, I hate the sun. And being so sensitive, I hate the noise, smells, other people, etc. However, once I get out of the “city” area — not far, at all — I’ve got some of the most amazing views and vistas in So Cal.

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It’s only a couple of miles to jog to The Korean Friendship Bell and back, or a few miles more to Rancho Palos Verdes (I went 9 miles, very early this morning).

Here are some of the pics I’ve taken with my iPhone over the past few days, and here is the entire album of the beaches of San Pedro.

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2) NOB HILL BY NIGHT

A fast five minutes stolen the other night, using my Sony H20, no flash. Here is the entire album of Nob Hill by Night.

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3) SELF-PORTRAITS “Unknown Woman In Unknown Hotel Room”

Almost every time I get some solitude, usually on my travels while staying in a hotel room, I take self-portraits. I’ve always found self-portraiture fascinating (whether it be by paint or by print). Different people have their different reasons for doing it — in fact, I did a very in-depth blog about it a year or so ago, wherein I had people [some famous, some not] give me their .02 on the subject — but for myself it’s probably 20% introspection, and 80% projection. It’s more about me the photographer, than me the model.

I called this latest in the series “Unknown Woman In Unknown Hotel Room” in honor of one of those photographer friends of my mom’s, Peter Viser. I’ve known Peter and his family my entire life. Peter’s dad, the late Lon Viser, was a photographer of some repute, and Peter, though he’s no longer pursuing it as a career, is gifted. Here’s a shot he took of me when I was about 15 or 16, riding my Arabian mare, Taj Maru, in Idyllwild.

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Anyway, I uploaded one pic to FaceBook the other day, and Peter named it. So, here’s that series. This last self-portrait session was all about my shoe-obsession. I got two beautiful new pairs of heels, and wanted to showcase them. Below are a few of the snaps, and here is a link to the entire sexy-shoes gallery.

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4 Responses to “Back Issue Blog: Beauty and the Beach – More Photographic Forays”

  1. TerrenceK April 7, 2010 at 4:51 PM #

    All the sets are EXCELLENT!!! Just imagine how potent of a photographer you’d be if you did know how to adjust F-stops, lenses and focal length/depth of field, etc. Like, I’ve said before, you’re a natural.

    Kudos for the heads up on PicasaWeb. Maybe I’ll try that out for my upcoming CHLOE/NATHALIE blog.

    Just how many pairs of shoes do you bring with you on your travels? With the “sexy/shoes” galley, looks like you lucked out with the room color – the various colors of your shoes and attire made a vibrant contrast. 🙂

    I really loved a lot of the silhouette shots of you by the window and the angles you chose. Very inspiring!!!

    • stacilaynewilson April 9, 2010 at 10:54 AM #

      Thanks, kindly. I’m happy you like them, being a leg-lover yourself.

      I think we have different perspectives and thought-processes when it comes to arty photography… you see the possibility of doing more, and better, with added mechanical knowledge of the camera. Me, I tend to wonder if getting entangled in the technical wouldn’t crush my creativity and snuff the spontaneity. I just compose, and snap. I don’t think about lenses, fill-flash and f-stops. The ones taken outside on the beach and coast are ALL iPhone shots. There is no zoom, no flash, no way to adjust color. It forces one to be creative (I think Jack White would like taking pics with an iPhone ;-)).

      On the other hand, I do kind of wish I knew how to force some perspectives on my Sony H20 (and I am sure I could look it up in that think with words on it they call a …how you say?… manual) — I’d like to be able to take a picture of a person’s face, but have the background out of focus.

      Anyway, thanks again — I do appreciate anyone who looks at my photos, and likes them.

  2. suthi picotte April 7, 2010 at 5:34 PM #

    fantastic! thanks for sharing… i love the shot of you on your horse. dreamy. and the first 10 minuet self portrait!

  3. stacilaynewilson April 9, 2010 at 10:47 AM #

    Thanks, Suthi! Do you ever do self-portraits?

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