Santa Barbara Riders is open to all motorcycle enthusiasts! We normally meet at Cody's in Santa Barbara on Wednesdays at 6:30.
  • Random Shots and Random Thoughts

    Being an amateur photographer is tough. I love nothing more than trekking around inside or outside looking for light, composition, people, anything I think will make a good picture. I can go nuts when I'm driving down a highway and see something but can't stop, or the moment is lost when a cloud blocks the sun again. And what makes it even worse is I have thousands of photos and don't really know what to do with them all. But I will always get a rush from running around with my camera regardless. With my website I hope others will see some of these photos and maybe say, "Hey, that's pretty cool." That's enough reward.
  • Creating your Art

    For the past year I've tried to develop and advance my photography skills. I think I've improved a lot in not only what my eye sees but in how to improve the photo even more in the digital dark room. There's always a lot of discussion about how pure a photo should be, but art is art, and the old adage, beauty is in the eye of the beholder applies to photographs just like any other art form. Therefore, manipulation of a photograph only allows the photographer to create his of her idea of art in how he or she sees it. Whether it be punching up the saturation a bit too much for color or completely changing the photo to look like an old picture, there's nothing wrong with either of these expressions. The important thing is to capture something you really like and share it with others. You may never make enough money to cover the cost of your equipment but then who cares, you had fun taking the pictures anyway.
  • Get out there!

    When was the last time you got up an hour before sunrise, dressed in sweats and set up your tripod waiting to capture that morning light? Pictures don't take themselves. Where ever you go you should always be scouting for locations that could be promising when the sun rises or sets. Or when storms blow in will the foreground provide a perfect magnet to draw you in to the background of mountains or desert. Your eyes and mind should never stop wondering and wandering what if. In this digital age everyone can take a picture, most of them can be very good, but not everyone can take a photograph. Composition, exposure and having the photo say something takes a little work no matter what Photoshop can do.