"Photography helps people to see." ~ Berenice Abbott

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Waiting…

“Time is an illusion.” 

~ Albert Einstein

 

 

 

Black and White, Monochrome, Street Photography, Portrait, City, Travel, Photography

Day Dreaming, Bangkok

 

 

 

Black and White, Monochrome, Street Photography, Portrait, City, Travel, Photography

I Don’t Have All Day, Sydney

 

 

 

“How did it get so late so soon?” 

~ Dr. Seuss

 

 

 

 

Black and White, Monochrome, Street Photography, Portrait, City, Travel, Photography

Looking, Buenos Aires

 

 

 

 

Black and White, Monochrome, Street Photography, Portrait, City, Travel, Photography

Waiting, San Francisco

 

 

 

“Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day

You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.”

~Pink Floyd

 

 

 

Black and White, Monochrome, Street Photography, Portrait, City, Travel, Photography

Shoppers, Sydney

 

 

 

 

Black and White, Monochrome, Street Photography, Portrait, City, Travel, Photography

Waiting and Longing, San Francisco

 

 

 

 

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” 

~ Aristotle

 

 

 

 

Black and White, Monochrome, Street Photography, Portrait, City, Travel, Photography

Roasting

 

 

 

 

Time

The Sonoma Coast

 

 

The drive from Bodega Bay to the Russian River was spectacular today and it’s one of my favorite stretches of the vibrant California Coast.

 

 

 

Sonoma, Bodega Bay, Nature, Landscape , Photography, Nikon, Ocean, Waves

Wave Break and Arch Rock

 

 

 

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

~Jacques Yves Cousteau

 

 

 

 

Sonoma, Bodega Bay, Nature, Landscape , Photography, Nikon, Ocean, Waves

Duncan’s Cove

 

 

 

Sonoma, Bodega Bay, Nature, Landscape , Photography, Nikon, Ocean, Waves

Seagulls and Clouds

 

 

 

“hark, now hear the sailors cry, 

smell the sea, and feel the sky 

let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…” 

~Van Morrison

 

 

 

Sonoma, Bodega Bay, Nature, Landscape , Photography, Nikon, Ocean, Waves

Bodega Headlands

 

 

 

Sonoma, Bodega Bay, Nature, Landscape , Photography, Nikon, Ocean, Waves

Windblown Grasses

 

 

 

Sonoma, Bodega Bay, Nature, Landscape , Photography, Nikon, Ocean, Waves

Morning Walk, Sonoma Coast State Park

 

 

 

 

Sonoma, Bodega Bay, Nature, Landscape , Photography, Nikon, Ocean, Waves

Ice Plant, California Coast

 

 

 

 

Sonoma, Bodega Bay, Nature, Landscape , Photography, Nikon, Ocean, Waves

Birds

 

 

 

“All my life I have lived and behaved very much like the sandpiper just running down the edges of different countries and continents, looking for something.” 

~ Elizabeth Bishop

 

 

 

 

Vibrant

Feeling Pretty, Pretty Good

 

 

 

 

When there’s a break from the rain during El Niño, I run to my favorite place along the bay. 

 

 

 

 

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”

~Omar Khayyam

 

 

 

 

 

San Francisco, Golden Gate, Landscape, Nikon, Photography,

Rainbow and Wave

 

 

 

 

“Someday we’ll find it
The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me.” 

~Kermit the Frog

 

 

 

San Francisco, Golden Gate, Landscape, Nikon, Photography, Monochrome, Black and White

Rainbow Connection

 

 

 

 

“A pessimist’s blood type is always B-negative.”

~Author Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

San Francisco, Golden Gate, Landscape, Nikon, Photography, Monochrome, Black and White

Wave

 

 

 

Optimism

 

In Remembrance: Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

Visiting the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Martin Luther King was assassinated, was an unforgettable and emotional experience. I sat stunned, watching the excellent documentary, The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306.

Seeing the photographs in the place where it happened enveloped me in this shameful moment.

His words ring as true today as they did in the fifties and sixties.

 

 

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” 

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

Lorraine Motel, Memphis

Lorraine Motel, Memphis

 

 

 

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” 

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” 

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letters

Favorite Fifteen of 2015

 

Choosing favorites. It’s a weighty proposition and I find that the yearly challenge of culling through thousands of images and deciding which ones make the cut is a creative, philosophical and enlightening exercise.

On the 4th anniversary of Jane’s Lens, I am grateful for my family, friends and fellow bloggers who have followed and supported my photography. Your interest in my work and your encouragement is appreciated every day. Thank you so much.

I hope you enjoy this year’s review and best wishes for a fantastic 2016!

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Capturing the full moon on the beach in Hawaii with my husband on his birthday is a highlight of the year. He is a great model and wonderfully supportive of my photography so this image means a lot to me.

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Blue Moon, Kailua, Hawaii

 

 

The convergence of the sun rising and full moon setting created a phenomenal morning of shooting the bridge. I especially like this image for its painterly qualities of soft light and subtle gradations of color. 

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Moonset at Sunrise, Golden Gate Bridge

 

 

“Sometimes serendipity is just intention unmasked.”

~ Elizabeth Berg

 

 

 

I am constantly looking for the light and the following four images are moments that struck me as special for their intense qualities of shadows and light. 

 

It’s a beautiful blind.

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Window Light

 

 

I love the golden hour light here and also the man’s exaggerated shadow on the wall. Small and wonderful moments walking in SF. 

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Clinker Brick at Sunset, Russian Hill

 

 

I find it amazing what I encounter on my early morning run. 

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Morning Light and Trees, San Francisco

 

 

Frank Gehry’s masterpiece of architecture made even more dramatic with incoming storm clouds. 

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Guggenheim Bilboa and Clouds

 

 

 

New Year’s Day 2015 and a serene morning exploring Napa Valley with my husband. The mustard is about to bloom and the fog is creeping over the valley. Pulling all these elements in the landscape together in making this image was a thrill.  

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Early Morning Fog and Vineyard, Napa

 

 

 

Photographing the Bay Bridge on this night was especially fun since the Blood Moon had gotten a great deal of attention.  A wall of fog early on dashed our hopes until it suddenly cleared and the moon appeared. A large crowd of people waiting on the pier in anticipation made this a great San Francisco memory. 

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Bay Bridge and Blood Moon

 

 

 

A street photographer’s dream come true in Spain. This colorful jai alai court just got a little more interesting. 

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Jai Alai Lovers, San Sebastian

 

 

 

On another winter trip to Napa, I spotted this vineyard from a hill and loved the patterns of the trimmed rows of vines with the last of the red grape leaves. The tight close-up beautifully accentuated the colors and patterns of the vineyard. 

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Vineyard Patterns, Napa

 

 

I love macro photography and making studies of nature. This close-up of an unopened sunflower bud is full of colors, textures and promise. 

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Sunflower Bud

 

 

 

 

The beaches in Hawaii are lined with these incredible succulents. They are bright green with little purple flowers which are quite vibrant, however, it is when I visualized this image in monochrome that the composition really sang for me. 

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Beach Succulents, Kailua, Hawaii

 

 

 

I like the contrast of nature and man-made objects in this scene. These wires are all over San Francisco and when I started to embrace them in my photographs I began to appreciate their patterns against the sky. The birds were an added gift. 

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Birds Over Wires, San Francisco

 

 

 

 

My beloved Kiawah Island. We said goodbye last month after living there for fifteen years. I made this image in December and it epitomizes for me the many days I spent photographing this beautiful island.

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Daybreak and Tidal Pool, Kiawah Island

 

 

 

And finally, a memorable moment in Spain. Bar Nestor is one of the famous tapas bars in San Sebastian and this man ran the place with a joy that was infectious. A most memorable time with good friends, great food and the most friendly bartender in town.

Jane Lurie, Photography, Travel, Landscapes, Street Photography, Nature,

Pouring One, San Sebastian

Here are a some of my past years in review:

2014

2013

 

And, here’s to a year of growth, learning, creative exploration and adventures! 

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“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” 

~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

 

Weight

Santas in Sydney

 

 

Living in Sydney a couple of years ago meant experiencing our first holiday in the summer season. We found this scene one morning – the massive “Clause for a Cause” run along the harbor. An amazing gathering of Santas. 

 Aussies sure know how to have fun. 

 

 

 

 

Christmas, Sydney, Australia, Holiday, Santa, Travel, Photography, Red,

It’s A Wonderful Life

 

 

Christmas, Sydney, Australia, Holiday, Santa, Travel, Photography, Red,

So Many Santas, Sydney Opera House

 

 

 

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!… Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!”

~Dr. Seuss

 

 

Christmas, Sydney, Australia, Holiday, Santa, Travel, Photography, Red,

We Three Santas, Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas, Sydney, Australia, Holiday, Santa, Travel, Photography, Red,

Smiling Santas in Sydney

 

 

 

May your holidays be merry and bright! 

 

 

 

Gathering

San Francisco Textures

In the words of Monty Python,

“And now for something completely different.”

 

 

When I am looking for a new creative outlet, Topaz Texture Effects is a useful program for post-processing images. It’s fun to work through an image and with quite a bit of trial and error, arrive at a result that is appealing. 

 

 

 

 

San Francisco, California, Topaz Texture Effects, Architecture, Photography

Golden Gate Reflection

 

 

 

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

~ Pablo Picasso

 

 

 

San Francisco, California, Topaz Texture Effects, Architecture, Photography

Runner and Wave, Golden Gate Bridge

 

 

San Francisco, California, Topaz Texture Effects, Architecture, Photography

Transamerica

 

 

 

“Creativity takes courage” ~ Henri Matisse

 

 

 

San Francisco, California, Topaz Texture Effects, Architecture, Photography

Transamerica Blue

 

 

San Francisco, California, Topaz Texture Effects, Architecture, Photography

Morning, Palace of Fine Arts

 

 

 

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”  

~ Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

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