Death Valley, revisited











I shot these four years ago this week. They were shot with my first DSLR, a Nikon D5000, and most (if not all) of these were shot on automatic as jpegs using the camera's two kit lenses (an 18-50 and 50-200mm). I had little idea what I was doing, the reason I recently re-processed a bunch of them. 


Kayaking Alamitos Bay, part 2








A few more pics from my recent paddle on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach. More pics here. Click above to see larger (and better) versions.

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--S.H.

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Kayaking Alamitos Bay












We took the kayaks down to Alamitos Bay in Long Beach earlier this week for a very nice afternoon of paddling around homes and -- most interesting to me -- some industry-adjacent wetlands. Weird juxtapositions = interesting photographs. 


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Henninger Flats







Shot these while hiking to/from Henninger Flats along the Mt. Wilson Toll Road above Altadena on Christmas Day. I think the second one is the most interesting of the bunch.


San Marino Barber Shop



We took the dog for a walk in San Marino couple weeks back and I snapped this photo in what passes for San Marino's business district.

I knew it was a boring photo when I took it, but I took it anyway -- knowing it was a photo that could be played with later to see what some heavy-handed processing would produce.

All my galleries here, including info on prints and licensing. Questions about anything photographic? Email me.

--S.H.

The above photo is ©Steve Hymon and may not be used elsewhere without my advanced written permission. 

B-2 Stealth, black and white



Annual Rose Bowl flyover, taken from my front yard.


Middle Gaylor Lake, wide-angle



Shot this last July. Barely gave it a second glance until last week when I was going through pics from last year. Bottom line: the pics I thought I liked, I now hate. And the stuff I ignored is now looking better and better. 


Goodbye old house




My holiday fun: helping my dad move from his suburban Cincinnati house to a condo in the far suburbs. The photos with this post were taken in the approximately three minutes I had between cleaning up the place and handing the keys to the new owners. 


Bridge, sky and plane




Took this one a couple weeks ago in the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena. I was trying to compose an interesting photo with the bridge and sky and noticed the plane approaching, so I tried a photo including it. 


Other interesting pics from 2014

The following may not be my best pics from 2014 -- see this post for those. Still, as we launch into a new year, I think it's important to go back and look at my previous year's work. Specifically, I like to check out and show some images that I still like months after taking them. 

These aren't photos that necessarily attract a lot of eyeballs. Some may even be self-indulgent. Mostly I think they're interesting, whether they succeed or come up short and hopefully show a little bit of my style. Thanks for looking! 


Bee, Huntington Gardens. Not a super sharp image of either the bee or the plant, but the backlight is nice and helps bring out the color. The sum of the photo is better than its parts. 


Tuolumne River, Yosemite National Park. A storm was blowing through during my hike and I was sheltered under trees and enjoying this view looking south toward Cathedral Peak and the river. I initially thought this photo had a little too much clutter but now I think it offers a pretty good summary of the Yosemite High Country.

Shadow Lake, John Muir Wilderness.
Shadow Lake, John Muir Wilderness, Eastern Sierra. This was taken near the lake's outlet looking toward Mt. Banner and Mt. Ritter, the peaks right of center. I think black and white helps accentuate a quiet, cloudy day in the backcountry.


A small cemetery south of Big Pine in California's Owens Valley. I wanted to emphasize the big, strange volcanic landscape and the utter remoteness of the graveyard. I framed the photo to include a touch of the fencing and barb wire that surrounds the place, a reminder that even the dead need protection in such wild country.

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Lake Powell, Arizona. Shot with the VSCO app on my iPhone5 during a flight in April. The colors, the wild landscape and the jet engine somehow work well together. The photo is a little bottom-heavy -- there isn't much going on at the top of the frame. I took the photo below later in the day as we worked our way east -- I think it was taken above Kansas. 

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Horse, Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Not much to this photograph, but I really like the colors, the rust and the way the light fades to black in the back of the stall. I've gone back-forth on cropping out the bridle visible on the left side of the frame but have decided to keep it in the frame for now. 

More pics after the jump!