Andalusian Shepherd


On the road to Ronda, Spain, 2002.

Continuing the series of candid portraits, this one a road, rather than a street photo, was shot using a Sony Cybershot camera, processed on an iPad Air 2, with the Snapseed app.

Sandias and Clouds

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It’s summertime and the skies are alive, making the drive to Albuquerque even more beautiful than usual.


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Sandias ((Watermelons) / iPhone 6 Plus / Snapseed

This is not a good photograph. I know that. But I like looking at it. Besides, I’m trying to make a point, here.

No one needs to see all those images you’ve taken just because “film” is essentially free, now, in this digital age.

But you don’t need to dump them all either. You may go through a bunch today and find a gem, something that you can really make something of.

Months later you might go through the same batch and find something totally different but as good or maybe even better.

Anyway, they all have the potential to stir your own memories, your emotions, and thereby add to the soup that is your creativity.

That’s the case with this one. I shot it with my iPhone through a dirty bus window on my way from Merida to Valladolid on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. The bus was moving, I had only a split second to grab a shot. No time to mess with settings. No time to think. I just shot it. I’m glad I did.

I’m also happy that I didn’t delete it. Instead, I cleaned it up the best I could, cropped it and tweaked it a bit in Snapseed and allowed my eye and my mind to wander around in it. I remembered the refreshing taste of a cool crisp watermelon on a hot day. I wondered about the people in the image and about their day, their lives. I spotted the bicycle lying on the ground and was reminded of my beloved boyhood bike from so many years ago. I wondered about the person casting a shadow in the left foreground

It takes me back. Back to a time and a place and feelings that might otherwise have slipped away.

No, it’s not a “good” photograph, but I’m glad I have it. I hope you can see past its faults and derive some little pleasure from it, too.




After breakfast this morning, I was sitting on the equipale sofa in the kitchen, checking my email on my iPad. I just glanced up, and there he was, our polychromed wooden Mexican burro centerpiece, peeking over a chair back.

My iPhone was in the office, charging. Oh, well. The best camera is the one you have with you, right? So, I switched to the native camera app on the iPad and fired away.

I'm glad I did. I like this one.



NOT A SELFIE! / Thea Swengel / iPad Air 2 / Snapseed

Honest, that's not a selfie. Thea took it in Albuqurque's 66 Diner, where we were having an early bite before heading to our hotel room for an early bedtime. I fly out tomorrow, on my way to Puerto Vallarta, where it's predicted to be 82 degrees tomorrow! I'm ready for that!

We had a nice day in Santa Fe, beginning with a nice, long visit with Ann. The day was beautiful (as long as we were looking out through windows.) this was the view from our bedroom this morning…

MORNING VISTA / iPhone6sPlus / Snapseed

There was a cold breeze blowing, though, by the time we got into town to meet our dear friends, Gari Smith and Kayce Verde for lunch and a nice long visit, followed by a bit of shopping and a leisurely drive to Albuquerque.

Time now to publish this post, charge my iPhone and iPad, check all my packing and get some shut-eye.

Hasta mañana.



COTTON CANDY / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

On my way home from a quick run to deliver a new painting to Barry Norris Studio for scanning, I glanced out my driver's side window and saw this delicate pink cloud. I pulled my iPhone from my shirt pocket, and as soon as I was stopped behind other cars at a stoplight, I glanced down, hit the home button and flicked the little camera button up with my thumb. The light changed and we started moving. The side of the highway was packed with buildings, trees, poles wires, and street lights, blocking my shot.

Then I spotted a long, empty stretch coming up with just a field of sage stretching away toward the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Hoping the view wouldn't be blocked by poles and wires, I kept my left hand on the steering wheel and my eyes on the road ahead. I held the camera with my right hand, reaching across to place the camera near the closed window, and fired off four quick shots as I passed the clearing.

The fourth shot was the best. All it needed was a slight rotation to level it, some spotting where there was a slight reflection, and the usual mild adjustments, all done in Snapseed on my iPad Air 2.

And there you have it.

Hasta mañana.



TAOS DECOR / iPad Air 2 / Noir

Another bit of iPad play. The start of a series? Maybe. I know that when the iPad is in my hands, and I look up, and there's something wanting to be photographed, I'm not going to simply ignore it.

A series will surely accumulate over time, but I'm not likely to devote a specific period of time to creating such a series to the exclusion of working with other cameras, especially my iPhone 6s Plus.

Tomorrow, I will show you how the iPad can come in handy for doing candid portraits.

And now, back to the world of books…

Hasta mañana.



COFFEE TABLE AND BRUSHES / iPad Air 2 / Leonardo / FrontView / Snapseed

Playing around with my iPad Air 2, I came up with this somewhat different view of one of my favorite subjects. These brushes are what's left of many recovered from a train wreck on the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe, west of Flagstaff, Arizona, back in the late sixties. I guess I'm going to have to get busy if I ever want to use them all up.



WOODEN HORSE / iPHONE 6+ / IPAD AIR 2 / PhotoForge 2

This amazing little wooden horse followed me home from Robert Cafazzo's and Holly Sievers' Two Graces Gallery just down the road in the Ranchos de Taos plaza.

I went out onto the portal to eat my lunch a couple of days ago, and here it was, where Thea had put it on the small metal table where I was sitting, soaking in the late autumn sun.

Out came my iPhone for a portrait. I sat him in front of the white wall and lowered the exposure to burn out the detail of the plaster. After transfering the image to my iPad, I brought back the darker details, sharpened it a bit and increased the vibrance slightly. Then I cropped it and here you have it.

The naive sophistication expressed in this crude yet brilliantly executed figure, whether originally intended as sculpture or toy delights me in much the same way many of the older Kachinas do.

Speaking of Kachinas, I've encountered a problem with the introduction of my book, KACHINAS. For some reason, the preview on is showing the inside images in black and white. Arghhh! I am working with the support people at Blurb and hope to have it fixed as soon as possible.

Hmmm, I see that midnight has snuck up on me (blame daylight saving) and will result in this post having the same date as tomrrow's. But really, my day runs from when I get up until I go to bed and isn't really all that related to what the clocks have to say. So as long as I post before every time I turn in for the night, I'm sticking to my promise of a post a day. And that's all I have to say about that, thank goodness.

More tomorrow…