Palomar mountain. North San Diego county. I was craving a shaded nature hike today, so I drove three hours southeast for the experience. Well worth it. The Doane Valley is a protected watershed in Palomar state park. The trees have remained undisturbed for over 150 years, since the area was settled. I came across a number of enormous, twisted, diseased, bizarre looking native hardwoods. Mostly oak. These beautiful, ugly, overgrown giants lay dormant. Some dead. Some dying. I wish I could mill them. #palomarmountain
Two of my most favorite B&W shots I made last semester for a class project. I really can’t wait for this semester to start! .
First photo is very Ansel Adams inspired. I tried to shoot at a low angle, but couldn’t quite get to low. Either way I believe I still capture how Intriguing nature is.
Second photo is very Robert Adams inspired. I try to show mans like involvement within nature. You see rocky terrain in the background along with clouds that consume the terrain. As you come into the fore and mid grounds you’ll start noticing the involvement.
Stealing a kiss before the reception 💋 I love thinking back to our wedding. There were so many wonderful moments with our family & friends. It was a backyard reception at sunset with lots of twinkle lights. We had a food truck, music, dancing, and I remember lots of laughing. ❤️ Thinking back to your wedding...what was your all time FAVORITE part?!
It’s time for a photography secret! Not really, but it is my favorite active pose for couples during a session and if you’ve never tried it... do it during your next session. ⠀⠀
You have the girl stand still in one spot. (To make it more fun she can close her eyes). The guy walks behind her a few feet and on the count of 3, he runs up behind her and grabs her and attack’s her with kisses & tickles.
Without fail, it alway gets a good laugh and the running adds some awesome motion. I call it the “surprise tickle fight.” 😂 ⠀⠀
Try it out and let me know how it goes! Or...if you already do it, how does it work for you and your couples??
Perfect representation of how we feel about going to Disneyland for the next couple days!
We’re super excited to take a little break from shoots and have some time to ourselves!
Plus we seriously love Disneyland during October because it’s decorated for Halloween and they bring out all the villain characters! ☠️😈
A few of my favorite SoCal oaks. Yep, on top of everything else I'm also down here exploring the oak woodlands while photographing and collecting acorns :) Pictured in the frame on the left (from left to right): Quercus wislizeni (interior live oak), Quercus X morehus (oracle oak), and Quercus kelloggii (CA black oak). Oracle oak is a relatively common oak hybrid (Q. wislizeni X Q. kelloggii) which exhibits transitional morphological traits of both parent species [which are clearly evident when looking at the nuts, cupules (acorn caps), and leaves pictured here]. All three taxa are in the Section Lobatae. Pictured in the upper right frame: Quercus palmeri (Palmer oak) Section Protobalanus. Note the cupule differential...and keep in mind that it can be much more extreme than this. The leaves on this species are NO JOKE and can do some serious damage to tender human flesh. Meaning: they are very rigid and sharp...more so than any other native CA oak species. From my experience they also have the thickest shells and take a fair amount of effort to crack. Pictured in the lower right frame: Quercus engelmannii (Engelmann oak) Section Quercus. This rare SoCal/Baja, MX endemic has a 4.2 CNPS (California Native Plant Society) ranking...which translates to: 4 - Limited distribution (Watch List) 2 - Fairly endangered in California. Its global ranking is listed as G3, which translates to: 21-80 occurrences or 3,000-10,000 individuals or 10,000-50,000 acres. Like many rare plants in SoCal it used to be much more common before there were freakin' 24,000,000 people living here! If you'd like to learn more about this fascinating topic, consider registering for my LAST oak/acorn workshop of the 2018 season coming up on November 24-25 at my teaching center in Mendocino County, CA. Click on our bio link below for more details. San Diego County, CA. November 2, 2018. -Tellur Fenner