Category Archives: iPhoneography

10 on 10: June: The Cliff Hanger

And the cliff hanger is……me!   Now that I’ve begun to discover the beauty of Sunset Cliffs, it’s where I’ve been hangin’ in my free time!

 

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I’ve had my old favorite beaches before. It used to be Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.  Then it became La Jolla Shores for the Pier and long stretches of sand and then Windansea Beach for it’s rocky terrain that is easily accessible by foot with beautiful scenic vistas of turquoise waters.  Now, though not necessarily a beach, Sunset Cliffs is right up there with Windansea for me.  Well, just about.

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I love being able to have a birds eye view of the these beaches and the ocean.

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Because a client wanted to do a photo shoot here, I’ve taken the 15 minute drive to check it out at different times of the day.    Although I still haven’t been here at low tide, when I imagine you can walk through the caves (if you can find a safe way down the cliffs), I completely fell in love with this place, and I know I’ve only tipped the iceberg on what I will discover here.

It takes a bit of hiking on uneven ground to get onto some of these rocks.  I’m oftentimes a little bit scared when carrying gear, but I’m learning my way around and finding my footing.

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I had only been briefly before when I realized that if you choose to watch a sunset here, with only one street out, you can count on being stuck in traffic for a long time, so you might want to bring some audio books, snacks and water for the drive home.

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I went for it again yesterday…Sunset, that is, and although I was indeed stuck in traffic on the way home, it was totally worth it!

It’s almost Summer, so I imagine I’ll be working my way down the cliffs before too long and I’ll have many images of clients to share–so stay tuned!

This image below is not Sunset Cliffs, but I shot it from atop a cliff in La Jolla, so I was a total cliff hanger for this one too! :)

La Jolla, but from the cliffs (iPhone 6)

In the meantime, please follow around the 10 on 10 circle of fabulous and talented photographers starting with someone whose work I greatly admire, Bonnie Martin.  She will be linked to the next woman in the circle, and so on, so please do check them all out!

Enjoy the outdoors especially now that Summer is nearly here and I will see you soon!!

 

 

 

 

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10 on 10: April: Spring Brings New Life

Wow!  The 10th of this month really snuck up on me after a pretty tough last couple of weeks.   The good news is–it’s Spring!  And along with Spring comes new life.  New growth from the earth with so many bright colors, and new life in our home – with our new puppy, Bella.

I was in my hometown, Los Angeles, for a short time and an old high school friend introduced me to a hiking trail that was only a couple of miles from where I grew up.  Spring brought the vibrant green life to the hills with those gorgeous yellow mustard flowers everywhere!  Laurie and I arrived to gloomy gray skies, but after about 30 minutes of hiking these colorful trails, the sun broke through and scattered the light better than anyone could have painted it.   I didn’t bring my big camera, but my trusty iPhone 6 delivered again.  Here are some shots from that day….

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As the sun set, the sky changed colors and it was different in every direction you’d look.

I had fun editing the image below using Mextures.

 

And off the trail, near my Mom’s home, the cherry blossoms (I think they’re cherry blossoms) couldn’t be missed.

 

Back home in San Diego, even the sunset skies had their own touch of Spring.

And Spring flowers (lisianthus and lilac) filled our home with a beautiful fragrance on Easter Day.

This is a little bit of Bella.  She loves the park, where she can stop and smell (or eat) the flowers.  She’s a great reminder of the importance in rest and play and she is the biggest gift of life for us this Spring. We adore our sweet, gentle, loving Bella.

Please follow around our wonderful 10 on 10 blog circle of talented photographers, starting with Micah.

Enjoy these beautiful days of Spring and remember to frolic in the flowers!

 

 

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10 on 10: A New Year, A New Phone, and a Wiser Me

It’s good to be back to my blog for my first post of the year!

I’ve taken some time to get settled in, set some goals, and say goodbye to anything that wasn’t working for me in 2014.

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I spent a lot of time by the ocean in the first ten days of this year — taking time for reflection, time with visiting friends, and time doing what makes my heart and soul soar with glee —  getting to the ocean to capture and share the beauty I see.    I began to love taking photos with my new iPhone 6,  which I used to take all the photos in this post.

I’ve been loving the freedom in only having to carry my phone–such a small device, while climbing rocks and hills, or running through the sand to get to the shot I see off in the distance.

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These days on the beach seemed to be more beautiful than any days I’d ever seen.  Sometimes the beauty made me feel my heart would explode!

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I’ve recently asked friends if they feel the elation and exuberance that I do while at the beach with perfect light, amazing clouds that diffuse and dapple the light onto the ocean, seagulls flying, pelicans soaring in the spray of the waves, colorful sunsets after the storms, etc.,  and for many the answer was no.  Sure, they liked it, but there was something else in their lives that made them feel the bliss that I do when I’m at the beach with my camera.   I’ve realized that I’m on the right path.   Living where I do definitely suits me and so does my work.

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So I’ll continue photographing families and women in nature, and I’ll continue creating  the seascapes that I love, and I’ll continue to run to the beach each time I sense that the sky will be lit up by the greatest brush strokes of God and Mother Nature, because the way that makes me feel is the way I want to feel every day of my life.

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Please follow around our circle of women photographers, starting with Kristina Rust.  Each post will lead you to the next of 5 or so women with different interests in photography that will inspire.

Oh, and since I’m such a little iPhone-aholic these days…please follow me on instagram here.

Also, these images are all available as prints and other products at my Twenty20 shop here.

Thanks so much for your visit!

Kim

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The August Break

I have been following Susannah Conway’s blog, and decided I would take part in The August Break 2014, that she does each year.  We are given a daily prompt and given a little guidance each day, but mostly, I post an image of what the prompt means to me.

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This has been great for me because I’ve actually taken the time to bring some ideas to fruition– those that I swept under the rug long ago.

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It’s also gotten me back on instagram where there is a beautiful community of photographers sharing their creations.

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Today is...about kissing this face as much as I possibly can!

Today is…about kissing this face as much as I possibly can!


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My man works many hours and my dog is not very active these days so working at home alone forces me to really get my creative juices flowing, with no one to pose for me. It’s been an adventure and I look forward to more creating throughout the month. If you’d like to follow me on instagram, I’m here!

This is for my 10 on 10 circle of fantastic photographer friends. Please follow around the circle, starting with Laura Bastien, and see what every one else has been up to this month!

Enjoy the rest of your Summer!

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10 on 10: March – A Little Bit of Me and iPhoneography

I recently came up against one of those creative road blocks, and for a week, couldn’t decide what I would do for this month’s 10 on 10. I thought about photographing my day, but my day consists of a lot of sitting at my computer — editing, and I didn’t think that would appeal to anyone. It certainly didn’t appeal to me.

I actually went to the beach one day and got sand, brought it home, and photographed shells. I thought I would pretty them up with textures, etc., but I wasn’t feeling it at all. I had already committed to 10 on 10, and now it was the 11th..yipes!

Then…I stumbled upon Susan Tuttle somehow. I think because I’d heard her name twice in one week, I figured I’d better look her up. I immediately fell in love her iPhone photos…the textures and effects she used–they were so artful! She offered an on-line class on iPhoneography, and it was half-price at the moment, so I jumped in. In one afternoon, I stuffed a lot of learning down my throat, and with little time to find things to shoot, I decided I’d follow her lead and photograph me. Nothing too exciting, but with blurring and lighting effects, I thought, why not?

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These are 10 images that I created off the cuff. I thank 10 on 10 and our circle of women for inspiring me to participate–to get out my camera (or iphone) and shoot, when I may get too trapped in my editing work, and encouraging me to simply create.

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The hardest part was taking photos hands free! I used a timer app, but still, I had to lean my phone up against things, stack up books so it would be high enough, and then it was a lot of trial and error…a lot!

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I look forward to creating much more iPhone art with the tools I now have and more that I’ve yet to learn. Please follow around our circle of women, starting with the lovely Suzanne O’Brien.

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