15-03-19 Backstage At A Student Shoot (Playtime)

I helped a student from the “Lighting Techniques: An Overview” class taught by Robert Meyer, setup and work her first solo shoot today. She did a good job and so I got to shoot some backstage shots. This is one I liked a great deal and then I got to play with it in post production…


First we go Black and White

RSJohnson_150319_1185-2Then a 25% Blue Filter


Then a 50% Blue Filter


Then a 75% Blue Filter


And finally 100% Blue Filter (aka – San Francisco 1969)


9-30-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime – The Final Time

I couldn’t leave the theme without posting my favorite night shot of 2014. I believe I posted this just about two months ago so call it a flashback if you like.

Taken on August 10 at Blackfish Creek.


Here are my three previous efforts: The BeginingQue sera seraBrooklyn.

If you want to view every response to the challenge, they are Here.

Here are ten more of my choices:












1-7-14 One Way Or Another

If you live in many parts of the USA, you are cold today. I admit, it is very cold. I am shocked, however, at how many people seem surprised that there are times in the winter that the weather gets very cold. I always thought that was what winter was known for.

A few visions from the summer to remind you that this too shall pass.



6-22-13 Travel Theme: Ripples

Ailsa’s Travel theme this week is: Ripples. Right in my wheelhouse, right? Well, yes it is.

So,I decided to leave the river for the day and dig through the archives. I found these two pictures that I took on 9/2/08 at the last day of the Slow Food Exhibit in San Francisco.

I love the ripples made by the kite’s tail…


and the bird’s colors rippling the wings as the wings ripple the air…


List of other ideas will be below but of course, San Francisco and Ripple brought something else to mind that i thought I would share first…

Travel Theme: Ripples | Wind Against Current

Ripples- weekly travel theme | @vannilla


Travel theme: Ripples | Ain’t Mine No More

Weekly Travel Theme: Ripples | Lillie-Put

Ripples (Pic de Jour) | piran café

Travel theme: ripples | Zimmerbitch: age is just a (biggish) number

Travel Theme: Ripples | The World Is a Book…

Weekly travel theme: ripples | It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see – Thoreau

That’s all for now…

4-19-12 You Can’t Raise A Caine Back Up

Tonight Katherine and I went to Symphony Space for a showing of some of the best films from The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, a three day film Festival held annually in Nevada City, CA. This was a benefit for Riverkeeper. For me, the highlights  were “One Plastic Beach“, “The Majestic Plastic Bag” and “One Percent Of The Story” but all the films were worthwhile and only 70% or so were depressing.  One small example: Did you know that the Colorado River no longer flows into the Gulf Of California/ Sea of Cortez? It doesn’t, it just dies…

Levon Helm died today.  Amazing drummer and singer.  I regret to say that the last time I saw him live was at Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, when The Band, The Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead played an all day/night concert in ’73 and I frankly don’t remember that much of the day except the rain and the amazing feeling of being with 600,000 close friends.

In case you are not familiar with his work…



12-30-11 What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

I stand by the river and I know that it has been here yesterday and will be here tomorrow and that therefore, since I am part of its pattern today, I also belong to all its yesterdays and will be a part of all its tomorrows. This is a kind of earthly immortality, a kinship with rivers and hills and rocks, with all things and all creatures that have ever lived or ever will live or have their being on the earth. It is my assurance of an orderly continuity in the great design of the universe. — Virginia Eifert

Nature laughs at human design

Those of you who have been kind enough to follow the Quotidian Hudson through the year are aware that there is one shot I have returned to over and over throughout 2011, never managing to capture what I see in my mind.  (It’s not the vision I had). As my year of blogging ends I had to go back and try again. (No matter, try again, fail again, fail better).  I did not capture what I see but did, as has frequently happened, come up with a shot that pleased me a bit.  I am showing two versions of it. One straight from the camera and one manipulated in Lightroom. I would love your thoughts as to which you prefer and whether this is even a good shot.

Self-Portrait 1

Self Portrait 2

I hope everyone has a glorious New Year’s Eve.

As to the headline on the post? What can I say, I am an American of a certain age…(lyric by garcia, hunter, lesh, weir)