Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Great Food and Fine Art Nature Photography Exhibit at Mike's Cafe in Menlo Park

I wanted to write a great recommendation for a restaurant in Menlo Park close to Palo Alto called Mike's Cafe. There are 3 locations - Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Portola Valley. If you happen to get down to Mike's Cafe in Menlo Park, I am exhibiting about 12 canvas/Giclée and framed images from Yosemite to Point Lobos throughout the restaurant from now through the end of September. My images can always be found on my website at John Harrison Photography.

Ellen stumbled on my work when my kids music teacher was at Mike's cafe. Ellen saw his bookmark, which just happended to be a postcard to my open house event, and conversations led to me exhibiting at Mike's Cafe! Note- this another good reason to leave your name and address on my guest book to get postcards to find out about open house events! Mike and Ellen Wallau are really fantastic folks and I am excited to be exhibiting there!

Ok, forget my artwork... the food is awesome!! Mary and I went there to celebrate our 10th anniversary there and it a great!! Everything has a home cooked taste about it. I have been back for lunch a few more times - the spaghetti is dangerously good ( you will have to ask the secret ingredients they put in there!), the "House Made Italian Sausage Lasagne with ricotta, provolone, parmesan, light cream marinara" is great. The "10 Spice Wild Salmon Salad" really is good and different. Too many choices! OK, this is making me REALLY hungry!

Please drop in, grab a bite, check out some artwork and say Hello!

Mikes Cafe image

Mike's Café 150 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025. (650) 327-6453. The owners are Mike and Ellen and are really great (especially since they selected me for their restaurant!)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Photographer Risking his life at Glacier Point in Yosemite

This was a portrait of John surveying a shot over Washburn Point in Yosemite near Glacier Point. Dangerously dangling over the edge ready to drop down 5000 feet, John survived to tell about this image.

Behind the scenes - never shown before footage!

Well, some top secret spy footage was recently discovered of the soon to be internationally acclaimed Nature photographer, John Harrison. Seen in his natural habitat, John can be seen using child labor (his daughter) as well as setting up some of his shots. This proves that John takes some of these images while on vacation (or just makes his daughter carry his camera).

It is rumored that John's father captured these and then leaked these to the media. We attempted to option a comment from him but our calls were not returned.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Envious of HD Video on the Canon 5DMark II - Aquarium Video!

This is from Jon Rawlinson and is done with the Canon 5D Mark II. I can't WAIT until Nikon adds HD video to the next version of its real cameras - Nikon D700X or Nikon D800. Nice music and looks great expanded in HD! Kudos to Jon. Here is a link to his website. Click on the title of the video to get it to expand and get the full HD experience.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Earthshots.org Photo of the Day! Summer Sunset from Glacier Point

While I was on vacation, I found out that I was the winner of the Photo of the Day on Earthshots.org! Lots of great images are posted there, and my Summer Sunset at Glacier Point that I shot this summer in Yosemite was a winner. I am excited to be included there. I am ready to head back....Yosemite anyone?!

Photo of the Day

Monday, July 20, 2009

Back from Bend and Sunriver Oregon! Tumalo Falls Waterfall.


Sorry for not posting for a while... I have been off on vacation with the family in Sunriver Oregon near Bend (Central Oregon). It was a great time off canoeing, biking, swimming, climbing on lava and obsidian glass, seeing some waterfalls and sneaking off for a few photo opportunities. If you haven't been, I highly recommend it.

Here is one capture from Tumalo Falls near Bend Oregon. Tumalo Falls is surprisingly NOT in Tumalo State Park, or in the city of Tumalo! It is 10 miles outside of Bend. I captured this long exposure tight on the base of the falls. Oregon definitely has LOTS of great waterfalls around!

More images will be posted later!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Making a Postcard Image Different - The Light

When you are working with the beauty of Yosemite it can be easy to take nice images anywhere. You are in an incredible place and everywhere you turn can be spectacular. There are a few things that makes each and every photograph different. When you take the image, the things that makes your image unique from Ansel Adams, or even Galen Rowell's, is the light. Everyday and every time you shoot the light is different.

I captured this image from a perfect postcard place - on top of Glacier Point. The one thing that captured me about this moment that I wanted to preserve was the way the light is captured in the clouds with the color coming alive! I had been watching the clouds form and change all day. A spectacular sunset appeared from under the clouds at the last moment bringing out a breathtaking sunset. You can see Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls off in the distance. The light on the trees in the foreground standing out. Half Dome looking majestic basked in a nice sunset. The snow on the mountain caps in the background. This is my unique post card moment - a place I want to be (and was!) on a Friday afternoon.

Other images from my Yosemite Summer trip can be seen here.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Back from another trip to Yosemite - Fern Springs Photo of the Day

I just got back from Yosemite last weekend (escaped before it REALLY got hot). I managed to escape from the crowds by staying out on the trails along Glacier Point. I spent one sunset on Sentinel Dome with only a handful of people up there.

One of the highlights of my trip was going to Fern Springs. This is one of Yosemite's smallest waterfalls. I, like many people, have passed by it one the way into Yosemite Valley. It is just over the Pohono Bridge on the right hand side. Just a little pool and spring fed waterfall. I used a wide-angle lens for this image of the falls. Just one of Yosemite's amazing waterfalls.