Seeking silence

There’s been so much going on that I’ll start with the most recent and work backwards. Life has been busy. New job, new adventures, new family things, new thoughts. I’ve found myself in a familiar place — so busy and so noisy that stillness and silence are prized commodities. Let’s just start with last night.

Southern sunsets

Late autumn and winter is when the sun is setting earlier and towards the south. The sky is usually far more interesting than summer months. This is a great combination in Santa Cruz since our part of the bay faces mostly south. I had some ideas involving the setting sun over the SS Palo Alto at Seacliff State Beach. What I didn’t plan on was the glorious sunset that followed. The photograph below is available for custom prints or at my SmugMug site

Moments after sundown at Seacliff State Beach, Aptos, California

The idea was to use my longest lens and force the setting in into a giant ball of fire. There was plenty of time to setup and enjoy. I called my friend Jon Kahn and asked if he’d like to join me. We sat quietly for a bit, talked about friends, family, work stuff, new camera stuff. Seriously this was the best part.

Where ya been Sean?

It’s been my habit to share photographs on Facebook, etc on a nearly daily basis. I don’t like Facebook. Not at all. For now I’ll spare you the details but let me say this — I hate being part of the problem. I have a lot of thoughts on this and they’re still forming. For the moment I want to sit Facebook out aside from the groups I run. I still kind of like Instagram but there are serious problems on that too. Deadly serious problems. This article by Don Giannatti hit me hard. He says “Never build your house on someone else’s land.” I encourage you to read it.