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CSU, Chico Exhibit

California State University, Chico is having an art exhibit for Faculty and Staff. It opens Monday, April 2, and runs through May 18, 2007, and it will be hanging in the Kendall Hall building. There is an opening reception on Wednesday, April 11 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in the Kendall Hall Rotunda.

I will have two pieces hanging in the show: Icicles and Cascade and Cove Creek Falls. I'd like to invite all of my Northern California readers to stop in and take a look. I'd love to see you at the reception as well!

Posted by Greg on March 28, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Waterfall on Bubbling Springs Branch

In timing my trip to North Carolina last summer, I missed the peak fall color by a couple of weeks. Instead of leaving with no images, I tried to focus my photography on capturing the essence of the transition from summer to fall. This image of the Waterfall on Bubbling Springs Branch is one such image. The pockets of color add interest to an otherwise plain green waterfall image.

Posted by Greg on November 3, 2006 at 8:00AM.

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Lassen Sunrise

On my recent Lassen trip, I dragged myself out of the tent before sunrise to scout a place to watch the sun come up. I found this view right next to the park road. The colors were magical that morning, and I captured this image. (I believe that the lake in the image is Juniper Lake, but I need to study my map a bit more to be sure.)

Posted by Greg on October 26, 2006 at 5:00PM.

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Painted Dunes

There are some amazing geological features in Lassen Volcanic National Park. These painted dunes are one of the more interesting and beautiful. I took this photo from the top of the Cinder Cone volcano.

Posted by Greg on October 20, 2006 at 11:20PM.

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Chaos Crags, Lassen Peak, and Manzanita Lake

Here's another image from my recent Lassen trip. It includes the Chaos Crags, Lassen Peak, and the reflections of the mountains in Manzanita Lake. This was a highly enjoyable way to spend the last hour or so of the day before the sun disappeared for the night.

Posted by Greg on October 3, 2006 at 8:00AM.

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View from Devil's Courthouse Overlook

I just finished up the roll of film that contained the last few images from my trip to North Carolina last summer. I like the layered mountain ranges in the image, which was taken from the parking area at Devil's courthouse.

Posted by Greg on September 27, 2006 at 8:00AM.

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Lassen Stream and Wildflowers

A few week ago, I took a camping trip to Lassen National Park to relax and unwind a bit after the craziness of the last few months. I got to do quite a bit of photography, and this is my favorite image from the trip. I used my Nikon F100, Nikkor 24mm lens, and Fuji Velvia.

Posted by Greg on September 19, 2006 at 8:00AM.

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Twisted Tree

Lower Bidwell Park has some really amazing trees. The branches make wonderful twisted, contorted patterns that are especially visible during the winter months. Here is an image of the top of one of those trees against a cloudy sky.

Posted by Greg on May 30, 2006 at 8:00AM.

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Forest Floor, Bidwell Park

I finally have some new pictures. Life is hectic, but I still carry my camera with me on a regular basis. Here is an image of the forest floor in Lower Bidwell Park near one of the walking trails.

Posted by Greg on May 22, 2006 at 12:00PM.

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Place of a Thousand Drips

I created this image while my wife and I were on our honeymoon. The Place of a Thousand Drips is located right next to the road along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Posted by Greg on April 21, 2006 at 8:00AM.

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Creation Falls

Here's another image from the archives. Creation Falls is located in the Red River Gorge National River and Recreation Area in Kentucky.

Posted by Greg on April 17, 2006 at 8:00AM.

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Sycamore Pool Spillway

One of the most popular features of Lower Bidwell Park is the Sycamore Pool. A metal gate is used to dam the water to make a swimming pool. The water flowing over the gate makes fascinating patterns. Here's my take on capturing these patterns.

Posted by Greg on March 30, 2006 at 11:55AM.

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Skinny Dip Falls

Skinny Dip Falls is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway not too far from Graveyard Fields. It's one of my favorite spots on the entire Parkway.

Posted by Greg on March 22, 2006 at 3:52PM.

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Early Fall Mountainside

It rained for several days during my trip to North Carolina, but I didn't let that stop me from creating images. On the last day of my trip that was set aside for photography, I drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway to see if I could find any fall color at all. As in most of the other places I had been, the color was just starting. I noticed this hillside with a few colored trees. I pulled the car to the side of the road and composed this image under my umbrella. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out. The wet road and fog add interest to this scene.

Posted by Greg on March 14, 2006 at 12:39PM.

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Lassen National Park Snow

On Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday, my wife and I took our children to Lassen Volcanic National Park to go sledding. I took my camera gear along. That turned out to be a good decision as the park had gotten around 2 feet of fresh snow the day before. We walked up the packed snow that covered the main park road, and I found this composition of the snow-covered mountain and trees. Some fog floated in for a finishing touch.

This image was made with my Mamiya RB67, Mamiya 127mm lens, and Fuji Velvia.

Posted by Greg on March 3, 2006 at 8:38AM.

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Continued Gallery Representation

I'm happy to report that I have another photo that will be hanging at the Gallerie de Souza in Chico. Long time readers of my blog will remember that this is the gallery that accepted one of my photos into the Bidwell Park Centennial Exhibit. The piece that has been accepted this time is "Shrub Skeletons".

Posted by Greg on February 27, 2006 at 12:16PM.

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Fall Begins, Shining Rock

Here's another photo from my North Carolina trip from last year. I had hoped that my trip would coincide with the peak of fall color in the high elevations on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but fall came very late this year. There were only a few trees turning when I visited, which made for a nice contrast against the green shrubs and evergreens. This photo was made from beside a trail in the Black Balsam area, adjacent to the Shining Rock Wilderness.

Posted by Greg on February 23, 2006 at 1:52PM.

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Craggy Gardens in Fog

I finally have scans of the first images from my trip to North Carolina back in October. These are scans from traditional prints that I had made as proofs. They aren't the best, but they do show the images effectively. I'll have drum scans made when I print them next.

Here is the first image. It was taken at the Craggy Gardens picnic area on the Blue Ridge parkway. It's an image that I had been wanting to capture for some time, and the conditions fell together perfectly on this trip. This image was created with my Mamiya RB67 camera.

Posted by Greg on February 16, 2006 at 1:59PM.

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Sycamore Pool and Trees

One of the most popular features of Lower Bidwell Park is the Sycamore Pool in the One Mile Recreation Area. The pool is an area of the creek that has concrete sides and is dammed in the summer. Next to the pool is a grassy area with huge, beautiful trees. This is what those trees look like in sunset light.

Posted by Greg on February 13, 2006 at 9:24AM.

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Frozen Waterfall

My family and I went to Lassen National Forest just south of the national park this winter to cut a Christmas tree. We noticed this waterfall and accompanying icicles beside the road, and I stopped to take a picture. I used my Nikon F100, Nikon 75-150mm lens, and Kodak T-Max 400.

Posted by Greg on February 10, 2006 at 9:58AM.

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Below Skinny Dip Falls

One of my favorite spots along the Parkway in North Carolina is the area around Skinny Dip Falls, not too far from Graveyard Fields. This photo includes the drop just below the main waterfall. This is one of the first photos I made with the 24mm lens on my Nikon F100.

Posted by Greg on January 24, 2006 at 11:45AM.

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Tree Reflection

This tree reflected in the still water of a Big Chico Creek pool in Bidwell Park caught my eye. I used my Nikon F100, 50mm lens, and Kodak T-Max 400 film to create this image.

Posted by Greg on January 19, 2006 at 10:00AM.

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Fern Falls

Here's a more traditional image of Fern Falls than the first photo I posted of this waterfall. I ended up waiting next to my tripod for almost an hour before the sun that had been filtering randomly through the tree went away and allowed me to get this shot in even lighting.

Posted by Greg on January 9, 2006 at 3:28PM.

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Cinder Cone

One of my vacations last summer was to Lassen National Park. We decided to climb the Cinder Cone one afternoon. I lugged my photo pack up this trail, which is much steeper than the picture would have you believe. The light didn't really cooperate while we were on top of the peak, but I turned around and saw this view as we were leaving. This was made with the Mamiya RB67, 127mm lens, and Fuji Velvia.

Posted by Greg on January 3, 2006 at 8:22AM.

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Tree, Grate, Leaves

I was wandering around downtown Chico a few weeks ago when this scene caught my eye. I thought, "Hey! That looks like a photo Dave Beckerman would take." Click. So, Dave, if you're reading this, this photo is a tribute to you and your work.

Posted by Greg on December 19, 2005 at 5:57PM.

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Shrub Skeletons

This is the first image that I took for my Bidwell Park project. I haven't posted it before now because I couldn't get a scan from the print I have that looked decent. This scan was made on an Epson flatbed scanner, and it's at least good enough for the web. It really needs a drum scan to pull out the fine detail, especially in the branches of the white shrubs.

This is also one of the first landscape images I have created that I feel is truly artistic. I was drawn to the contrast between the shrubs that look like skeletons and the green cliffs. When I found this arrangement of curved bushes, I knew I had found an image I would love. I was right!

Posted by Greg on December 16, 2005 at 12:59PM.

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Icicles and Cascade on Ebay

I've decided to run a little experiment. I've listed an 11x17 print of Icicles and Cascade on ebay. It's a piezography print on Hahnemuhle photo rag, and the opening bid is only 49.95. This is a chance to get this print for far less than my usual selling prices.

Posted by Greg on December 13, 2005 at 8:09AM.

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Misty Lagoon

Here's an image from two summers ago. The mist caught my eye. This one of the lagoons in Humboldt Lagoons State Park.

Posted by Greg on November 22, 2005 at 10:02AM.

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Ferns and Fern Falls

I'm starting to get a few images processed from the summer trips I took. Here's the first one:

This is an image of some ferns in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in Northern California. Appropriately, that's Fern Falls in the background.

Posted by Greg on November 18, 2005 at 2:35PM.

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Foggy Cliff

Here's another image from the Bidwell Park series. I love taking pictures in fog, so when I looked out the window this day and saw the fog, I grabbed my camera and headed for the park. This scan is not the best, but if you look carefully, you can see what caught my eye: the contrast between the shrub in the lower right corner, the green cliffs and rocks, and the foggy trees at the top. This image was created with the Mamiya RB67.

Posted by Greg on November 2, 2005 at 2:35PM.

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Japanese Garden Waterfall

Portland has a beautiful Japanese garden. We stopped there last year after our trip to the Columbia River Gorge. This waterfall caught my eye.

Posted by Greg on October 24, 2005 at 11:27AM.

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Wahkeena Falls

Here's another image from our trip to the Columbia River Gorge last fall. This image of Wahkeena Falls was made with the Mamiya RB 67 and 127mm lens.

Posted by Greg on September 7, 2005 at 10:01PM.

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San Diego Bay Panorama

My wife went to San Diego last November for a business trip. I joined her so that I could create some images. It was a fairly unproductive trip until the last day, when I went to Cabrillo National Monument. I hiked down the trail to the edge of the bay where I captured some good images of the skyline and the many sailboats that were in the bay that afternoon. This panoramic image that I cropped from a 6x7 transparency is my favorite.

Posted by Greg on September 3, 2005 at 5:43PM.

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Green

Here's another picture from the Bidwell Park portfolio I'm working on. These trees are on the banks of Alligator Hole. This image is also a good example of why scanning prints on a flatbed scanner is not a good way to get images onto a website. The scan just can't resolve the detail that is present in the leaves.

Posted by Greg on August 24, 2005 at 10:23PM.

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Columbia River Gorge

When I had my Bidwell Park proof prints made, I also had some proofs printed from images of last year's trips to the Columbia River Gorge and San Diego. Here's one of my favorites from the Columbia River Gorge trip:

It was made just after sunset from the Crown Poinst Overlook next to the Vista House. I used my Mamiya RB, Mamiya 127mm lens, and Fuji Velvia.

Posted by Greg on August 14, 2005 at 1:42PM.

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Columbia River Gorge Trip Report

Last October, my wife and I took a weekend trip to Portland and the Columbia River Gorge to do some photography. This website wasn't around back then, so I'll share our experiences now. The full report is in the new Columbia River Gorge Article.

Posted by Greg on May 25, 2005 at 4:28PM.

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Bidwell Park Project

Bidwell Park is one of the ten largest municipal parks in the country, and it is right here in Chico. It's divided into two parts: Lower Park and Upper Park. Lower park is what I consider a typical city park. It has picnic areas, playgrounds with jungle gyms, a swimming hole, and paved paths. Upper Park is different than any city park I've ever seen. It exists on the edge of the Sierra Nevada foothills, and it is rugged and wild, especially in the upper areas far from the entrance.

I've given myself an assignment to photograph Upper Park. I'm amazed by the beauty that lies within the Chico city limits. The park encompasses cliffs, a deep creek gorge, and meadows. There are trails along the creek, on both canyon rims, and in several places in between. I started hiking the trails in December of last year, and I'm going back as often as I can to explore and look for images.

Business-wise, I think this is a good move because I believe the photos will sell well in my local market. I'll work to get an exhibit in a local gallery when the project is finished. I may even work on putting a book together if the number of finished images is large enough to warrant it.

Unfortunately, I can't post any of my images from this project just yet because I don't have a scanner that will handle the big transparencies. (I'm using my Mamiya RB to photograph this project. It gives me 6x7cm images.) In the meantime, here's a 35mm black and white image of one of the power towers in the park:

Posted by Greg on May 16, 2005 at 4:51PM.

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