California Dreaming

One of my favorite places in the US is Northern California. Some of the best people I know live there and the dramatic natural beauty soothes the eye and the soul. I traveled to San Francisco, then on to Berkeley, through the Marin headlands and coastline, into the wine country and spent July 4th hanging over the Pacific Ocean in Bolinas.   All the gardens were at their early summer prime, dahlias the size of trees with a backdrop of blues skies and often surrounded by towering redwoods with great shafts of light pouring through. After weeks of rain in NY it was wonderful. The first event was Sean and Nishas wedding in a beautiful home and garden in Sebastopol with orange nasturtiums blooming and a Bocce ball court and with twinkling lights wrapped around the trees. A wonderful- unique- heartfelt ceremony with a mixture of traditions- Hindu -Christian and Jewish. There were beautifully written vows , a special rose ceremony and guests from Malaysia, Turkey, London, Germany, Peru. The party was filled with musicians and live music and with love. nisha c flowbnisha sean rose-b

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Shooting many of the images with my digital infrared camera-it is always one of my favorites.It adds to the magic and mystery of a  celebration. It needs extensive color calibration and work in the digital darkroom but then I feel most images do. I do all the things in the digital darkroom I used  to do in the traditional darkroom.