Leonard Knight of Salvation Mountain dies at 82

Leonard Knight has died. I met him several times to take his portrait, and all he could talk about was God’s endless love. He built Salvation Mountain – and lived there in a camper. If you haven’t see this wonder (Google it), you should drive out and take a look. Very inspirational.

I took this in Jan 2011. He was placed in a home not too long after this photo. I remember him looking up at his colorful walls, and telling visitors how much Jesus loves them.

With a heavy heart, and a tear in my eye.
RIP Leonard, God bless you.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, 1/250 sec, f2.8, ISO 400
All processing done in Lightroom

Leonard Knight Died

Leonard Knight Died

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

There is a section of the park where the lions can lounge on the top of old Land Rovers. I took a position on the bridge, and shot across the enclosure to catch a majestic shot of one of the lions

Canon EOS Rebel XTi, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM, 1/250 sec, f4.5, ISO 100
All processing done in Lightroom

Lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Canon PowerShot S120 Test Video

I just got my Canon PowerShot S120 just a few days ago. I am in love with the touch screen focus while shooting video. I decided to test the focus technique on moving subjects.

I was down at the beach in La Jolla scouting locations for an upcoming engagement shoot. I found my self at the Torrey Pines Gliderport. I stood on the grass shooting several minutes of video.

I edited a few clips, added a bit of Lenny Kravitz (the reason YouTube added advertisements), and you see the results. Very usable video.

Canon PowerShot S120, 1080p, 60fps
Editing with iMovie
Music: Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away

Darkness Is My Playground

Old Town Temecula – After Dark

When a bride wants to shoot after dark, most photographers will run for the hills, or just make excuses as to why she should schedule her shoot in the daylight. Me – the darkness is my playground. Just give me a strobe and a camera, and I can create a romantic wonderland not visible to the naked eye.

Tritia wanted to start in the afternoon, and shoot into the evening. We started at Wilson Creek in Temecula’s winery row, where she got several romantic vineyard shots. After a short break, we headed for Old Town Temecula.

After several shots near City Hall, the sun went down, and my lights came out.

This shot has romance written all over it, and to me really shows this couple’s obvious love affair.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/200 sec, f7.1, ISO 800, Single strobe in manual mode behind the couple triggered with a Phottix Odin
All processing, and the black and white conversion done in Lightroom

Old Town Temecula

Old Town Temecula

Falling With Style

Torrey Pines Gliderport is one of my favorite places to shoot. It is both challenging (to photograph) and beautiful. The title for this photo came pretty easily – after all they are not really flying, they are falling. It amazes me that normal humans would walk off the edge of a cliff hundreds of feet in the air with the assumption that a strong lifting wind will support them.

Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, 1/500 sec, f7.1, ISO 100
All processing, and the black and white conversion done in Lightroom

Torrey Pines Gliderport

Torrey Pines Gliderport