Chihuly Magic in the Desert

IMG_6419I had a tranquil New Year’s Eve, wandering alone (amidst a crowd of thousands) in the Desert Botanical Gardens. Las Noches de las Luminarias is a beautiful holiday tradition here in the Arizona desert as the gardens are transformed for 31 days by the bright tiny spark of twinkling lights adorning the desert trees and the soft glow from 8,000 hand-lit Luminaria bags lining the walkways. This year, the desert plants were accentuated by the magic of Chihuly glass sculptures.

A starburst of blazing blue captures the guests' attention as they enter the park.

A starburst of blazing blue captures the guests’ attention as they enter the park.

I spent a long time with each sculpture, partly because I searched for angles to photograph, but mostly because they are beautiful, whimsical, and fantastical. It was good that I was alone because I would have annoyed anyone with me by my dawdling.

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I am pretty sure that these pieces represent flowers and cacti (need to do some research), but they feel like snakes…beds of brilliantly beautiful snakes.

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I’ve done it…

A photograph is more than an image frozen on paper or plastered on your computer screen; it is a recording of a moment in life.

I have a professional website. After a few jobs, I realized that I need a place to show the images and allow the clients to purchase prints. So here it is: R Howard Photography.

I guess that means I’m on my way to being a professional. Wish me luck.

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I am including this shot of the butterfly for a few reasons: 1) It’s my favorite butterfly image so far, and 2) a butterfly seems appropriate right now because it represents new beginnings.

My dream is to create images that evoke some kind of response, that elicit emotions, but it is larger than that. I want to make an impact with my camera. I want to make a difference, even if it is in one person’s life. I don’t know how I will do that yet, but I believe in the power of the photograph.

A photograph is more than an image frozen on paper or plastered on your computer screen; it is a recording of a moment in life. When you look at the picture, your mind and heart see more than just an image, because you remember that moment and you recall the emotions you felt.

Even if you do not know the person in the photograph or have never physically experienced the scene portrayed in the picture, there could be something the image that touches you.

I want to capture those emotions; more than that, I want to convey those emotions.

My 1st time on the ice… Thank you, Daddy!

Today, my older son and I took my granddaughter (umm…his daughter) ice skating. It was heartwarming to watch him teach her; he was patient, encouraging, loving, and fun.

I believe that if more children could spend time with their fathers, our world would be a lot better place.

My younger son became a father two days ago, and I can’t wait to watch him teach and play with his daughter. I know that he too will be a patient, encouraging, loving and fun father.

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2:28 PM: It's slippery. It didn't look slippery from behind the glass.

2:28 PM: It’s slippery. It didn’t look slippery from behind the glass.

2:29 PM: Hi, I think I might like this…maybe…um, not so sure.

2:29 PM: Hi, I think I might like this…maybe…um, not so sure.

2:30 PM: This might be fun.

2:30 PM: This might be fun.

2:34 PM: This is awesome fun.

2:34 PM: This is awesome!

2:38 PM: Might be getting the hang of this.

2:38 PM: I might be getting the hang of this.

2:54 PM: When your legs get tired, you can count on Daddy for fun!

2:54 PM: When my legs get tired, I can count on Daddy for fun!

3:22 PM: No need for the walker!

3:22 PM: No need for the walker! I’ve got Daddy!

It’s a quarter moon…

It’s a quarter moon in a ten cent town
Time for me to lay my heartaches down…

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1/40 sec at f/11, ISO 100, 200 mm lens w/ 2X extender on 70-200 lens, Canon 60D

I borrowed my son’s 2X extender to capture tonight’s first quarter moon. He may or may not get it back.

Quote from “Easy From Now On” written by Susana Clark and soulfully performed by Emmylou Harris.

Chasing the moon

Frustrated with my lack of success with last night’s Full Moon, I went out tonight to capture the Waxing Gibbous Moon, which I actually prefer to shoot because the craters become more visible as the moon leaves its full moon stage. [According to the Farmer’s AlmanacNovember’s Full Moon is traditionally known as the Beaver Moon because it was the time to set traps before the waters froze over. It was also called the Full Frost Moon.]IMG_4963

I am glad that I went out tonight to try to lasso the moon because, while waiting for the moon to rise, I found some pretty cool reflections in the pond and some interesting contrast of light and shadow.IMG_4948-2

Reflections of car tail lights

Reflections of car tail lights

My favorite

My favorite

Waxing Gibbous Moon (92%)
Waxing Gibbous Moon (92%)