Black and White. by Jason Scallin-11:eleven Photography

  “Colour is everything, black and white is more.”-Dominic Rouse

I have fallen in love with the world in a black and white form. Not because I don’t appreciate color, or enjoy it’s beauty. But because I feel it is through the lack of color you see the true image. It’s structure. The lines. The details you might overlook had you been distracted by bright reds, or vibrant greens.   The patterns that make up the petal of a flower are intricate, beautiful, and amazing. The way a drop of water hangs in balance on the tip… The slight imperfections each tell a story. All details that are easily overlooked when hidden within the wonderful colors of nature. Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the beautiful colors of our world, and think nature has done a perfect job of painting the scenery. I often shoot in color just for this reason. But in my newest gallery, I’m looking beyond the colors and enjoying the deeper beauty of nature, people, and things we see in our every day life, but maybe we’re not really seeing them….

So, join me as I travel into the world of black and white. Visit my newest gallery at 11:eleven Photography and see the beginning of this journey, and check back often as I continue to add more images from this adventure.

-Jason Scallin-11:eleven Photography

 

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License to Explore~ Mather Regional Park, Rancho Cordova, CA – Steph Gabler Photography

What better way to start the new year than with a new blog? My name is Steph Gabler, owner of Steph Gabler Photography.  I am titling my blog ” License to Explore” because that is exactly what my camera encourages me to do. I plan on sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly of my adventures with my camera.

So, Day one…January 1, 2018. Today the weather in Northern California was perfect (if you like mid-60’s in January). My family and I jumped into my truck and headed west to explore a place I had heard of, but had never visited, Mather Regional Park. My goal, the variety of birds that call the pond home this time of the year.

 

The park is cute, but be warned THERE IS A $5 PARKING FEE!!!! First off I noticed this gentleman fishing, with Swans swimming in the background. Now, if you are not a “birder” you may not know that these Swans were not common around here until a few years ago, so seeing them is very exciting!  There is a gravel path around 3/4 of the pond, but it does appear that they are working on making the trail go all the way around.

First goal.. the Swans. I’m guessing 26 swans were enjoying this sunny morning.

 

Aren’t they beautiful? I might add, they are quite large as well.  As I was shooting the swan, I noticed that there was a pair of white Pelicans! Wait! What? Yes! Even though we are about an hour inland from the Pacific Ocean, we had a pair of Pelicans visiting.

Before I could make my way around the pond to get a closer shot of the Pelicans, I spotted a beautiful Great Blue Heron. I have never really gotten a good picture of these majestic birds, they are kinda jumpy. That’s ok… I like a challenge.

Like I said… they are kinda jumpy, but I did get to see him glide by me.

Just ahead, my goal, the Pelicans.  Clearly a mating pair, we enjoyed the male trying to  impress the female (who really could have cared less).  So here is what I saw….

 

Our bird count, Swans, Pelicans, Egrets, Cormorants, Coots, Great Blue Herons, Hawks, Grackles, Canada Goose, Mallard ducks, and Buffleheads. Not bad for a mileish walk around the pond.

I am going to create a rating system for all these adventure locations.  1-5 cameras

Mather Regional Park, Rancho Cordova, CA  gets 2/5 cameras. 

Steph Gabler Photography