Thursday, April 30, 2009

Open Studio Open House this weekend in Sunnyvale

Landscape and Nature Photography Open House - Part of Silicon Valley Open Studios

My one big event of the year!! Saturday and Sunday. 11am - 5pm at our house in Sunnyvale. New Canvas Giclée Gallery Wrap Images

You are invited to come and relax with a glass of wine, let the kids play in the backyard, and check out some of my latest photography.

I am debuting my images from my national award winning trip to shoot in Yosemite. The new series is called "Water, Light and Textures" in Yosemite National Park.

I am also displaying these photographs with a new Giclée process printed on canvas with a gallery wrap. These gallery wraps allow me to print larger images and the colors are really vivid with a 3D texture to them.

When: This Saturday & Sunday, May 2nd and 3rd
Time: 11am to 5pm

This is part of Silicon Valley Open Studios with over 400 artists in the Bay Area showcasing their works. Get out and check out some artwork!

A portion of proceeds are donated to Sunnyvale Community Services.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Gearing up for my Photography Open House this weekend - Silicon Valley Open Studios 2009

I am gearing up for my photography open house this weekend, May 2nd and 3rd! It is at our house in Sunnyvale and we should have more than 30-40 images up. Many from my latest trip to Yosemite. Printing many of my new images from Yosemite on canvas. The colors are really vivid and seeing large prints is nice! I finalized on a few sizes. 16x24, 20x30, 28x42 and 38x58. Seeing a waterfall at 38x58 is amazing!! We now have a life size mural on the wall!

Please email me if you want directions or if you are able to join us! This is a kid-friendly event. Cheers, John

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Photo news today. Legal Music, Nikon D5000, TWIP podcast

Just a couple of interesting tidbits today

Scott Bourne over at has a great new blog on using 'legal' music. Check it out "Time to Make your Music Legal.

Nikon introduces the D5000. 12 Megapixel, LiveView, 720p video,swivel screen. Looks like a great new camera. I just hope the movies are compatible with the Mac and iMovie as the Creative HD Vado IS NOT!!! Image of the D5000 is copyright Nikon.

New TWIP Podcast #85 including an interview by Frederick Johnson with Jeff Jochum, CMO of SmugMug.

I guess I will be busy!

Friday, April 10, 2009

California Wildflower are blooming!

I never thought I would be excited about wildflowers! Photography has definitely opened up my horizons! Not only do I appreciate them, but I continue to learn and am eager to chase opportunities to see them. I like the vibrant colors. My ideal photo? Orange poppies and purple Lupines! I haven't found them yet.

We were up in Yosemite a few weeks ago and the poppies were absolutely amazing! Pure carpets of orange from the river to the surrounding peaks. Some of the locals have mentioned it was the best wildflower showing in 10 or 20 years. I stopped and got a few shots! I just printed this one as a 20x30 on canvas. It looks good!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

John Harrison Photography Open House - May 2nd and 3rd (wine tasting w/Coterie Cellars)

Just wanted to let followers know... I will be having my next Open House at our house in Sunnyvale on Saturday and Sunday, May 2nd and 3rd. This is in conjunction with the Silicon Valley Open Studios.

I will be debuting my new gallery wrap canvas images as well as new images from my latest travels to Yosemite and a few other locations. Drop me an email if you want to be included on the email with more details. The open house will be from 11am - 5pm both days.

Friends of ours are the owners of Coterie Cellars, a hot new winery here in Silicon Valley. They will be tasting some of their latest wines on the Sunday.

Carolina Tar Heels win NCAA basketball championship 2009 - Technology and Photography Impact

Having grown up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I was pretty excited to see the Tar Heels beat that other team! Reminds me of the days when Michael Jordan helped Carolina win the NCAA championship back in '83 when I was in Chapel Hill (Jordan DID play basketball before the Bulls and Nike endorsements unknown to some people). Back the we watched the game on cable and a 27" TV. Pretty low tech compared to today. (the image linked from the News and Observer site, Staff Photo by Chuck Liddy, Copyright, News and Observer).

It is interesting to note the video and photography technology changes of how we got to see the game. I watched it on my Sony 55" HDTV from an over the air broadcast HD signal, captured on my dual HD tuner DirectTV HD DVR (an HR-21 with over the air AM20 HD tuner for those who care). I started the show an hour after it started and was able to start and stop it whenever I wanted (I made sure not to answer the phone, surf the web to see facebook or twitter updates in case someone might 'share the good news' with me). I think another show was being recorded in the background. I skipped through most of half time except to see the new Star Trek movie preview that is coming out in May. My how times have changed!

A few notes from the photojournalism front... a friend posted on her facebook page the local paper's photographer did a couple of great captures of the after party. One is a panorama , the other is a time lapse video of the melee complete with bonfire. I also saw quite a few cell phone images tweeted about. Nothing like real time reporting. While watching the game, I was working on new photographs on my Mac Book Pro (which has more computing power than the supercomputer's in 1983 probably had).

Has technology changed the way you have viewed or captured a major event like the NCAA tournament? Drop comments here and share.