California Sycamore, Spring – solar cyanotype

California Sycamore, Spring (#2224) 2023 copyright Douglas Stockdale - The first time I wrote about this California Sycamore, above, using the original digital photograph, I had cropped it tighter to create an 8 x 10" image on the 11 x 14" cotton rag. That image of this composition was also posted as a digital black &... Continue Reading →

Solar Cyanotypes – embracing unexpected outcomes

Sycamore, Fog, Spring copyright 2007/2023 Douglas Stockdale One of the things I am adapting with my solar cyanotype printing, perhaps common to most alternative photographic processes, is to embrace unexpected outcomes. As a scientist, this aspect of alternative photography has been the most vexing. Way back when learning the Zone system, it was always about... Continue Reading →

Earth Day – Every Day

Sycamore, Spring, Trabuco Arroyo, copyright 2023 Douglas Stockdale Earth Day is today! A great reminder to be aware of the environment and climate change. Nevertheless, as I state on my IG account and usually sign-off on my blog articles, we need to make every day an Earth Day, not just try to do be environmentally... Continue Reading →

California Sycamore – spring 2023

California Sycamore, Spring 2023 copyright Douglas Stockdale - At the moment I have a bunch of things going on; working on a new cyanotype printing process which I hope to discuss in early April (still need a few more sunny days for solar cyanotype printing), continuing my walks in the adjacent wilderness park (wonderful combination... Continue Reading →

Wet Spring & Budding Sycamore

Sycamore, Spring, Trabuco Arroyo 2023 copyright Douglas Stockdale - Another study of a 'lazy' Sycamore tree found in the adjacent Trabuco Arroyo, part of the O'Neill Wilderness park. I find these trees fascinating with the complex layering resulting from how the large limbs droop to the ground, which then extend further outward each spring. Also... Continue Reading →

Einstein’s Magic Glasses

Copyright Douglas Stockdale - Another series I am planning to continue working on in 2023 is a derivative of my Quantum Elements body of work that I started due to the isolation issues of the COVID-19 when I was in self-quarantine in 2020. As a result of a happy accident, I became intrigued to start... Continue Reading →

Happy Holidays for 2022!

Tis the Season to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and the very Best for the New Year! It does not get any more complex that. Which also means a bit of anxiety to create the annual holiday card, which being a bit old school that I print, trim and mail to family and friends. Yes,... Continue Reading →

Zen Meditation moment

Trabuco Creek, October copyright 2022 Douglas Stockdale – A little botanical zen composition that I saw during my morning walk today...nice moment to watch the water flow past this point. This was a follow-up canyon wilderness walk that I completed late last week. Post surgery and able to actually walk down into the adjacent O'Neill wilderness... Continue Reading →

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