May Summary

Hello to the May Summary about what’s been going on around my photography, my website, and whatnot. I can’t believe it’s been a month again already!

Carrizo Badlands at Arroyo Tapiado, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California, United States
Cascading Strangeitude — Arroyo Tapiado/Carrizo Badlands, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, CA. November 2013.
New in the “Desert Monochrome” portfolio (see below). Click to open in the store.

Somehow, May passed by incredibly fast. Our days, including the weekends, were filled with all kinds of activities, and only few of them had to do with photography. I have the feeling that I “barely” managed to get out and make photos, even though my catalog says that I made 240 of them in May! (needless to say, I have some catching up to with processing them, as usual.)

A good amount of these photos are just tests and experimentation as I try to familiarize myself with the latest addition to the toy box of photography gear: a tilt/shift lens. What fun! I wrote a little bit about it in my personal/photo tech blog (and I already love that lens).

I’ve also been a “live judge” for a local photo club (the Darkroomers) for the first time in May. While I’ve been a guest judge for ViewBug already (and currently am the set judge for the “Playing with Depth of Field” contest), judging and discussing/describing the photos of passionate and enthusiastic photographers (who are also the audience, of course) “live” was truly an enlightening, and highly enjoyable experience. The Darkroomers are a great bunch of folks and what sets them apart is that they present and discuss their photos in print. It really makes a difference!

As mentioned yesterday with my “Photo of the Month” for May I’ve begun a long-term project to portrait the plants of the chaparral community in photos. I’ve now added the portfolio category “Chaparral Plant Portraits” for that, and I went through my archives to create some portfolio galleries – some of the contained images are probably “filler” material (just digging through my archives), but right now, this is a very new work in progress and it will take a loooong time to get it where I want it to be. I won’t really be able to add Ceanothus photos until Spring next year, for example…

What else? Have a look at the summary of the photo additions, below:

Portfolio additions

The portfolio additions are a tight selection of the best images that appear in blog posts. It often takes a while for images to pass the test of time before I add them to a portfolio. The portfolio galleries as a whole are re-evaluated more or less regularly as images get added and removed.

Blog archive additions

I decided to list all the blog archive additions in detail for those of you who are following my posts via email only. These are essentially NEW blog posts, with a few existing and many new & previously unpublished images, dated back to match the date when the photos were made. Email notification are not sent out when I’m adding these – looking at the list below I hope you can see why. It would be a bit much!

That’s a lot of photos and a lot of reading, I know. I’ve surpassed the “2000-images on the site” marker in May. Some catching up to do of course with categorizing and keywording them so that they’ll show up in the right places on the archive pages, but I’m pretty happy with the progress that I’m making.

Thanks for taking the time to read and see you around!

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