I didn't know what to title this post/photograph. I came up with 7 (not to be confused with the film Se7en). The title actually has a very personal meaning within the photograph. I was thinking about telling the story but then decided not to divulge it in the interest of privacy.
I spent a bunch of time tonight looking for a photograph to post. I was close to posting some graveyard shots (I love graveyards) I took around this time a couple of years ago in Southampton, but then I wasn't feeling it. I then fell into my 'go-to shots', the ones I go to when I am uninspired for anything else. My go-to shots are Pumpkin.
I almost picked a close-up action shot of Pumpkin but then I saw this one...
...which I hadn't paid much attention to when I initially perused the 166 frames I took frolicking at Huntington Beach last November with my Brit friend, Caroline Ferguson. It was a freakishly (because it happened to be 90°) amazing day.
I love everything about this photograph - from the composition to the lines, the action, the layers of waves, the three live beings and the color...especially the woman's red bathing suit and matching red dog toy. Plus you might not be able to Pumpkin's red collar but it would show beautifully in a large physical print.
This picture also jazzes me up even more, as I anticipate being at this very beach next Wednesday celebrating Pumpkin's birthday!
It's soooo cold out for so many people this winter, including me, that I am choosing these two photographs to help us warm up a bit.
They were taken at one of my favorite places, Huntington Beach, CA, on November 8, 2014 when it was a balmy 90°.
I was hanging out in Los Angeles six weeks ago and was invited to hike Runyon Canyon (thanks, Paul). In the past I had hiked in from the Mulholland Drive access, going straight down to the Hollywood side and then back up again.
This time we went up the Hollywood side and crossed over to the east trail before reaching Mulholland and made our way back down to the Hollywood entrance. I had never been on the east trail before and really enjoyed the views from there.
I love this next photograph. I only had my 50mm lens so when I looked down the canyon I could only see the spiral and a person wandering around. I shot it without knowing what I would get. So when I opened up the file today I was surprised to see the rocks at the bottom making the message, "God's Not Dead."
If you know what's going on down there, please let me know.
Meanwhile, the east trail has these stairs because it's very steep and they don't want people sliding into the canyon. FYI, these stairs are very tall and overall steeper than they look in this photo.
Runyon Canyon is a great hike. Also, dogs are welcome off leash. If you are in Los Angeles you check it out. And take pictures.