Phantasy of a tree (exercise #10) #02


I photographed this image from the same tree than yesterday’s photo. It is a very old tree on the bike path in Merced, CA. I walked by this tree many times since it is on my exercise route and I just overlooked it.

Keep in mind: The purpose of constant photographic exercises is to train your eyes that you see things and images that we normally overlook!

Keep on shooting!

Phantasy of a tree (exercise #10)

One of the greatest gifts as a photographer is creativity and imagination. These gifts have to be combined with persistence and hard work.  I want you to continue to photograph just one tree of you choice and create images of great fantasy that the viewer does not recognise as a tree or part of a tree. Enjoy and have fun.


I found this old tree on my exercise walk which has lots of cracks and structure.

Photograph trees for a week – Exercise #09

Trees are a wonderful subject. You need to get out of the house, walk into the local park and observe them. They are different in the morning than in the afternoon. The light changes constantly. This exercise is good for your photographic eye and your overall health. Enjoy!


I photographed this tree at Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve right outside Oakland, CA. This little garden is a jewel for native California plants and well worth a visit.

Dolls – exercise #08


When I look at a portrait image I first look at the eyes and then I like to determine where the light is coming from. In this image the light is coming from the left. I wanted her ear on the right in the shadow because the ear tends to compete with the eyes for attention and they attentions needs to be on the face.

Enjoy and happy photographing!