Wandering 198

Last month, I rode my bike up and down Shattuck Avenue during the Sunday Street Berkeley event. The crowd was smaller compared to last years but I had fun nonetheless. I only wish this event happened more often and not just annually. I love seeing the kids outside playing- something of a rarity these days.

Sunday Streets. Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Sunday Streets. Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA/©Stella Kalaw

Sunday Streets. Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Sunday Streets. Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA/©Stella Kalaw

Sunday Streets. Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Sunday Streets. Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA/©Stella Kalaw

Wandering 176

There was a high school track and field meet at Cesar Chavez Park last Tuesday. The afternoon light was at that sweet spot so I hung around for a good hour or so to see if I can capture some interesting pictures.

Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley, CA/©Stella Kalaw

Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley, CA/©Stella Kalaw

Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley, CA/©Stella Kalaw

Landscape Study 28

We walked a few yards from the trailhead last Sunday and this magnificent scene appeared before us. I was in awe. What this Landscape Studies project has taught me so far is to appreciate where I am right now—to just be. I used to always plan and look to the future, forgetting to enjoy the present. A fleeting moment such as this serves as a strong reminder to stop, take a breath, and live in the now.

Jewel Lake Trail at Tilden Regional Park. Berkeley, CA./ ©Stella Kalaw

Jewel Lake Trail at Tilden Regional Park. Berkeley, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Landscape Study 22

Spring time is here! I look forward to being outdoors not only to stay fit but to also pick up on this series. The light is different in every season so even if I've been on this trail before, the beauty of the landscape still catches me by surprise.

Curran Trail. Tilden Park, Berkeley./ ©Stella Kalaw

Curran Trail. Tilden Park, Berkeley./ ©Stella Kalaw

Curran Trail. Tilden Park, Berkeley./ ©Stella Kalaw

Curran Trail. Tilden Park, Berkeley./ ©Stella Kalaw

Finally...Inspiration!

While walking with Erika at the park last week, I noticed the subtle light falling on the grass as the sun was setting at the horizon. I did not have my camera with me at that time so I went back a few days ago and took these pictures. I'm quite excited about them! I think there's something here that I can explore further.

>Cesar Chavez Park at Sunset 01. Berkeley, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Cesar Chavez Park at Sunset 01. Berkeley, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

>Cesar Chavez Park at Sunset 02. Berkeley, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Cesar Chavez Park at Sunset 02. Berkeley, CA/ ©Stella Kalaw

Latest project

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Last winter, I continued to work on this series Around Emeryville. So much patience is required for this project. Timing was always the challenge--the thickness of the fog had to be right and at the same time, it had to occur on my days off. I made sure my camera gear was always ready to be yanked out of the cabinet in case the stars aligned. The fog could last anywhere from three hours to as short as thirty minutes. I never knew whether there was enough time to work before the fog disappeared. Now that the season is over, I will have to wait until the end of this year to pursue this project again.

Trying out

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I saw my good friend, Doc T, last week. She was here attending a convention in town for a few days. She was kind enough to lend me her old Nikon SLR so that I could get used to all the buttons (I've always owned Canon cameras). I took it with me yesterday while visiting my favorite park in Berkeley and felt comfortable using it. We'll see where this goes.