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Weather and photography, the perfect marriage

Peggy Sue’s Cruise

So far, the weather has been nothing like last year.  Warm temperatures, scant rainfall and outdoor activities have reigned since pretty much the end of April.  So the unofficial start to summer (which officially lands on June 20) kicked off with Peggy Sue’s All American Cruise this past weekend in downtown Santa Rosa. -Kent Porter        

It’s all about the light

Had to get up before the sun today to photograph skiers heading to the Sierras for the day on a bus.  You can read about it in the Sunday Press Democrat.  Tacked on to the assignment was the Santa Rosa Farmers Market at the Vets building in SR, which invariably makes me hungry.  My wallet was on the far side of empty which made it easier to shoot without a burrito in my hand. The light was nice, so I… Read More »

Working with the light

Sometimes I’ll arrive at an assignment and the light will be perfect, sometimes the opposite.  Last week I covered a house fire near Healdsburg.  The light was fading fairly quickly and the front of the home was in shade.  The fire, devastating to the occupants of the home, stayed mostly at the rear of the structure as smoke traveled through the attic, creating what one firefighter called a very rare “smoke explosion” . Fortunately, I was able to work with… Read More »

More color

As much as one movie reviewer mentioned that this was the summer of “shrapnel’ for all the shoot em-up flicks out there, I would call it the Continuing Summer of Color for photography.  At least here in Sonoma County. The stars seem to be lining up for my trusty Canon camera.  Maybe it’s pure coincidence.  Maybe not. Maybe I’m just lucky. -Kent Porter

Kodachrome Summer Cont.

Like I mentioned before, The light seems to be better this year. And of course, I’m closer to a AARP card, which means that i’ve photographically matured. Whatever the reason, color seems to be a theme this year. -Kent Porter

Kodachrome Summer

Kodachrome You give us those nice bright colors You give us the greens of summers Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah! I got a Nikon camera I love to take a photograph So Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away -Paul Simon 1973 Once in awhile I get a stretch of assignments that bleed color.  Bright hues that hurt eyeballs.  Color is always present, but when it smacks you in the face, it’s a no-brainer. I… Read More »

Cameraoscopy, tsunami and two coyotes

Colon cancer. It’s really not a laughing matter.  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death due to cancer for men and women combined. Nearly 50,000 people die every year in the United States, according to About.com.  Colorectal cancer is the most common but most preventable cancer. Last Saturday, the Sonoma County Oncology Nursing Society hosted an event at Coddingtown by bringing in a 20 foot inflatable walk through colon.  The Prevent Cancer Super Colon is shipped to all… Read More »

The color of rain

Fall colors are vibrant in the sun. At times, overcast rainy days make the best fall pictures. There are no harsh shadows, the colors resembling a bright watercolor painting mixed with pastels. December 8, was one of those days. -Kent Porter

Light the Way part VI

Sometimes you get these assignments that make great pictures but space limitations in the newspaper dictate photo usage. In photography, never limit yourself when shooting. Shoot the picture first, edit later. Follow the light. It will guide you. -Kent Porter