Photographer’s Day Off

I’ve been on a long break as I recover from surgery. Sometimes I have a hard time going out for a fun time, feeling like I must bring my big camera and equipment and aim for perfection. Luckily I was able to just bring my little point and shoot to capture our puppy’s first day at the beach. We didn’t stay too long because it was windy and damp and chilly at the dog beach, but I got a few fun shots. One downfall of point and shoots is that you can’t see the screen very well in bright sunlight which means sometimes you just have to aim and shoot and hope you captured something worth keeping. Chill, our almost 6 month old puppy had a blast. I would have to call him fearless, fassst and a fan of trying to chase seagulls flying overhead. I didn’t get many shots of our other fur babies, but I had to shoot Jimi with a face covered with sand. He doesn’t care, he is such a ball chasing maniac!P1000992 4x3P1010001 4x3P1010003 3x4P1010010 4x3P1010011 compositeP1010012 4x3P1010016 4x3P1010018 4x3P1010023 4x3P1010025 4x3 On the way to Morro Bay the dogs were full of anticipation – on the way home they were blissful with memories of sand, sea and chasing balls and seagulls (only flying overhead.)                                                                                                                                    p.s.: Can you guess which photo I photoshopped?

Glimpses of Venice Beach

I finally had the opportunity to visit Venice Beach, Ca. Unfortunately my time was limited, so I was only there for about an hour. I wish there was some way to convey my experience besides the photos I took.

There is an energy that pervades the atmosphere. Music emanates from the storefronts. People eating, walking, talking, be-bopping, watching, entertaining, riding, dancing, playing, hanging out – this was just a slice of the energy of people converging in a space that invites us, all of us, to an experience of openness and freedom of expression.

It was a perfect summery late afternoon that invited me to join in. My favorite parts . . . walking along the boardwalk, making contact with a fellow free spirit and dancing our way down a ways to the music – and encountering a group apparently making a music video. I observed the gamut from Muscle Beach enthusiasts to art forms of various types.

And many thanks to my bff Cathrine for accompanying me and helping support me in my difficulties navigating from the parking area and back. Oh, and who has a building dedicated to the love of someone named Werner across from the parking area one block from the beach?! Simone, I hope your love story continues on.

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Glimpses of Venice Beach

Finding Your Gypsy Soul

I’m a photographer – but that doesn’t define me. What’s most important to me in life is relationships . . . with loved ones . . . with friends . . . with colleagues . . . and yes, even with clients. Whether long-standing or not, I love the connection that forms between people, that goes beneath the surface with genuine feelings of well-being towards one another.

So when one of my best friends goes through a battle with breast cancer, I celebrate when she emerges victorious, having fought with courage, dignity, positivity, and yes, even a great sense of humor. And then my creative nature steps in with a vision of how to show through my craft, her beautiful spirit. It kicked in when she shared a poem with me that she had come across that in a lot of ways exemplified where her journey has been leading her.

I thank you, Theresa, for trusting me even though you were unsure as I sort of pushed you along with my camera. Your heart and your sassiness won out over your insecurity and I hope the photos will be a reminder to you of how special you are!

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photo restoration

My latest restoration. If you have some photos that are of sentimental value and need restoration, you can give or send me the photos which I will then scan and work on and create a digital image file that you have prints made from, unless you want me to have the prints made for you. The image files will always be there if you need more prints made, and you can share them with others.

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Dapper Dappled Dude

My latest doggie subject, Paolo the dappled dachshund. Since it’s the holiday season, I’ve added some word overlays to some of the photos. You can click on each individual picture to see it enlarged. Also, if you visit my Donna Johnson Photography facebook page, you will find a great mini-session special going on.

Capturing Clouds in California

A cloudy day around here for a photographer is like a ufo sighting – we have to run out and see if we can capture a shot! So on 2-28-15 I took off on my trusty steed down Hwy. 41 E. Perfect time of year because the grasses are still green, and that doesn’t last long around here. A sky full of puffy clouds can turn a mundane country road view into something a bit magical.

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Cloudy day in San Luis Obispo County, Feb. 2015

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Cloudy Day in San Luis Obispo County, 2-2015