White Dove of the Desert

A detail of the beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture on the “White Dove of the Desert” – Mission San Xavier del Bac – founded as a Catholic Mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. It is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona, built 1783 to 1797 by Ignacio Gaona and his native American O’Odham workforce. http://www.sanxaviermission.org/History.html Image […]

The Yin and the Yang of Life in the Desert

I like the latent tension in this photograph between the peaceful glow of the city lights and the painful needles on the saguaro cactus. It’s a sort of commentary on life in Tucson. Those of us who live here are ever-vigilant to not get poked; not get dehydrated; not get sun stroke; not get bitten by scorpions or […]

Motion Is Your Friend

This post is for the photo hobbyists I teach. Don’t be afraid to use motion to your advantage. Yes, we want to capture clear and stunning photos, but sometimes showing motion is the very thing that adds interest to a photo and makes it transcend a sterile documentation of an object. I could have photographed this […]

83 Years Ago – Construction Began in The Bay

Eighty-three years ago today (Jan. 5, 1933), construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge. Joseph Baermann Strauss was appointed Chief Engineer for the Golden Gate Bridge project. His original bridge design was for a cantilever-suspension hybrid, but by the time it went into production, that design changed to the full-suspension bridge we all know. When the […]

Once Upon a Time, A Cold One Was Waiting …

This must bring back some memories for some older folks. A-1 beer was a product of the Arizona Brewing company from 1933, when brothers Martin & Herman Fenster founded the company, until it was bought out in 1964. They used the eagle in their logo from 1942 until 1958 when Anheuser-Busch forced them to remove […]

New Parking Payment Options Via Go Tucson

Yesterday I spent mid-day on University Blvd. and Congress St. in 104 degrees photographing the new parking meters being put in by Park Tucson (formerly named Park Wise). The photographs are for a promotional campaign to get the word out that there are now numerous choices in paying the meter. In addition to the traditional […]

Groovy Dutch Messenger Bicycle

At a recent studio session, one of the ladies in a group I was photographing, arrived on the Dutch messenger bicycle shown here. My immediate reaction was to ask if I could photograph her bike, since I have a friend who would dig seeing it, since she also owns a Dutch messenger bike. I love the […]

Leading Lines to Strengthen An Otherwise Boring Subject

  As a commercial photographer, my assignments vary from day-to-day. Sometimes my subject matter is stunningly beautiful and other times it is mundane or rather uninteresting. What I have to think about on the days when my job is to photograph the mundane is how I can create the most interesting imagery, given the subject matter? […]

Twisted …

The colorful and charming columns on the front of the historic YMCA building in Tucson designed, along with the main building, in 1930 by architect Annie Graham Rockfellow, are reminiscent of the twisted columns on the Roman Baroque altars of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. These, of course, have a southwest flair with the lizards crawling on and peeking […]

Pea Soup Commute

I live in Tucson, Arizona. Fog doesn’t present itself here very often. On the rare occasion it does, it’s usually burnt off within fifteen or twenty minutes of sunrise, but today was different: different in the fog’s presence at all; different in the density; different in the length of time it stuck around. It was almost three hours […]

The Stuff We Learned in Grade School Came In Handy In Our Fifties …

Hopefully everyone knows to never look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse. We had about a 45% solar eclipse here this afternoon and decided to protect our eyesight and have some fun being able to see it. Did you ever make a pinhole camera in elementary school? We made a small, precise hole in […]

Save the Boobs; Save the Lives

We’re nearing the end of breast cancer awareness month. Get those mammograms scheduled, ladies. And men, don’t forget that breast cancer is NOT just a women’s issue; men get breast cancer too. Locals, put March 22, 2015 on your calendars for Tucson’s next Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – raising money for breast cancer […]

Leading Lines in Photo Composition

In my composition class, one of the things I teach my students is how the use of leading lines within an image can strengthen the composition and direct the viewer to the main subject. In this photo, incorporating the sidewalk pulls the viewer into the composition and creates a more three-dimensional space within a two-dimensional […]

Motorists: Please Stop Behind the Bike Boxes!

Tucson is implementing some new road markings to aid in keeping our cyclists safe while sharing the roads with automobiles. The lime green areas painted near intersections are called “bike boxes.” They are for bicyclists to use when stopping at an intersection, but not for cars to use. These boxes will allow the bicycles to […]

Harnessing the Power of the Sun

On Thursday I photographed the Avra Valley Solar Project dedication. This is a twenty-five megawatt solar photovoltaic facility about twenty miles west of Tucson, which will produce enough energy to power about 20,000 homes. NRG will sell this energy to Tucson Electric Power in a twenty-year purchase agreement, who will then pass this energy on to some of […]

Give Me Your Tin, Your Aluminum, Your Cardboard, Your P.E.T, Your HDPE …

Today marked the grand opening of the new 57,500 square foot, fully automated state-of-the-art RE Community Recycling facility on east Ajo Way in Tucson, Arizona. Rather than a ribbon cutting, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and dignitaries, pushed the “start” button to turn on the high-tech sorting machines in the facility. Eighty new green jobs for Tucson exist thanks to this […]

Gates Pass Ramada

The perfect spot to watch a fabulous southern Arizona sunset is Gates Pass in the Tucson Mountains. This photo taken at the tail end of a sunset, captures the ethereal quality the wispy clouds and piercing stars exhibited that night. I decided to include the ramada, which seemed to add to the somewhat Twilight Zone feeling […]

Happy 75th – Golden Gate Bridge

Eighty-three years ago today (August 15, 1929), Joseph Baermann Strauss was appointed Chief Engineer for the Golden Gate Bridge project. His original bridge design was for a cantilever-suspension hybrid, but by the time it went into production, that design changed to the full-suspension bridge we all know. When the bridge opened in 1937 it was the […]

Keep Our Small Businesses Going

In February of 2010, Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation Ray LaHood came to Tucson to present us with a check for $63 million dollars in federal stimulus money to fund our downtown modern streetcar project. On April 12, 2012 the Regional Transportation Authority broke ground on the 3.9 mile streetcar line that will link […]