Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rainbow Over San Luis Obispo

This shot was taken on my last trip to San Luis Obispo. It's a beautiful area but since the family that lived in the area moved away, I'll no longer have a reason to visit. I'll just have to enjoy the photos I've taken over the years, many of which I've posted on this blog.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Spooner's Cove

Here's another set of photos from Montaña de Oro State Park in central California, this time from a beach called Spooner's Cove.
It's a beautiful but rugged beach with great rock formations.
I was there on a stormy day and I thought that made it more dramatic.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hiking Socks

Here's a shot of Socks on a recent hike - we hiked five miles, climbing to a place on Pikes Peak known as The Crags. Socks and Laika both walked the whole way with me. They get so excited when they see me get my hiking gear ready!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Morrow Bay

Here's another Skywatch Friday shot taken at a stormy Morrow Bay.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Labor Day Lift Off

Every Labor Day weekend (that's the first weekend in September) my home town of Colorado Springs hosts a big balloon festival. This year I went to Saturday evening's balloon glow, and was treated to strange designs like this cool crab.
There are always lots of people here to view the glowing balloons.
It's always fun to look straight up.
And of course, a closeup of the flames is mandatory!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Mountain Reflections

Taken at The Crags trail last weekend, here's a still pool of water and some pretty reflections from it.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Big Balloon

Taken on Saturday evening, here's a balloon proudly showing off my city's Olympic City designation. The USA's Olympic Training Center is here, as well as the United States Olympic Committee Headquarters, and a future Olympic Museum.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Rugged California Beach

Happy Labor Day to my American readers! I love the central California coast and one of the best places to see it is the Montaña de Oro State Park.
This isn't the warm Southern California beach - it's rugged and inaccessible, except for the few roads in the area.
There are a lot of cliffs.
And on a stormy day like this I think it has a unique beauty.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Solar Eclipse

We went to Wyoming to see the total solar eclipse, and here's a montage of photos I took. I've always wanted to see a total solar eclipse, and it was absolutely fantastic. No photos can begin to convey the experience. 99% of totality isn't the same - if you can ever get out to see one it's worth the effort.
Here's the center one blown up. The dot on the lower left is the planet Mercury.

Monday, August 28, 2017

California Trees

A few months ago I was in central California and visited Montaña de Oro State Park on a stormy day. It's a truly beautiful place, and I'll start by showing you some interesting trees.
I loved their twisted trunks. I've got more photos from this park ready to post.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wyoming Dawn

We stayed in Wyoming Sunday night to witness Monday's eclipse - the state's population more than doubled for the big event (less than 600,000 people live in the state, which is bigger than the United Kingdom). The day dawned bright with barely a cloud to be seen. I'll post more next week...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Spruce Mountain

Here are some shots from a hike around Spruce Mountain a few weeks ago.
The terrain includes classic Western buttes.
Here's another view taken from higher up.
And finally a pretty view, fairly typical on the front range of Colorado.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Night Concert

Here's a photo I took with my cell phone at last Friday's concert at Red Rocks.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Fountains & Rocks

For this week's Our World Tuesday post, here are a couple of completely different parts of the world. I'll start with my last photos from Charleston, a couple of pretty fountains.
I liked the way this next one was lit from behind.
And finally, on Friday I was at one of Colorado's most famous venues, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, to see a rock concert. Here's a shot from my cell phone.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Charleston Streets

Here are more shots around the beautiful city of Charleston.
There are alleys and metal balconies.
Some of the streets are cobblestone.
There are even old-fashioned gas lamps.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Charleston - Custom House & Market

This post will highlight a couple of the most famous buildings in Charleston. First is the United States Customs House.
Completed in 1879, it's one of the city's most distinctive buildings.
I loved this tree in the side yard - there's nothing like this where I live.
The City Market is a bustling place with lots of vendors selling things to tourists, and definitely worth a look.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


It's the big brother of Socks and Laika, for Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters.
To answer Klara's question on my previous post, I got that circle of sky by carefully choosing a spot for the photo; the fisheye lens helps make the trees seem taller, and anything going directly towards the photo's center doesn't show the infamous fisheye curve. I do very little post-processing on any of my photos. Sometimes I'll crop a little or rotate the shot slightly if I didn't get my composition right when I took the photo, and perform some minor color correction, but that's it.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Black Forest Trees

For Skywatch Friday, here's a recent shot from a walk in a nearby park, taken with my ultra-wide fisheye lens to make them seem taller than they are.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Charleston Bridge

I always like photographing bridges, and so here's the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.
And of course I had to get it with a ship in the frame - two impressive human creations.
And simply because this seems to be a water-themed post, here's a shot of one of the many rivers in the area, I don't remember exactly which one.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Here's our second dog, Laika. We got her from a family which left the country and couldn't take her, and she's adapted very well to us. She's very sweet with people she knows and loves going for long hikes, as well as curling up on (or under) a blanket.
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