A Photographer's Journal

Rita Spiegel is an Oceanside-based portrait and pet photographer. Photographs not only to document our lives, but also tell a story. They bring back memories at a glance. Click here to get back to the main website: www.RitaSpiegel.com or Rita@RitaSpiegel.com. I invite you to look through my portfolios and I hope you enjoy my images.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sold a Print and upcoming Gallery Show

What a weekend.  I had a wonderful time with my oldest (Happy Birthday) and dearest friend and her sweetie pie (Tori & Carlos) hubby. We had a great time trying out a new restaurant, Breakwater Brewing Co.  The location is great, just a few blocks from the beach, and the food ... wow.  If I could marry "Garlic Bread" I would.

From viewing the ocean, we traveled south to view my photographs of dogs surfing on the ocean.

We ended the day playing pool (sorry, the image will be available soon).  We didn't "really" win, but had lots of "practice" with certain shots. I wasn't happy on the next morning ... my legs hurt so much.  Since I was doing "squats" to get my images, I could barely stand the next morning (and now too).

Except for the sore muscles, my weekend went well and ended up great.  After taking sunset pictures today, I read my email and saw that an order was placed ... Yeah! Two weeks ago, I was taking photos on the Oceanside Pier and met a nice couple from Idaho. I gave them my card and today, the order was placed. Bird ... up close  Tomorrow, I'll process it and get it ready to send out. 

On Feb. 12 I'll be featured as one of the artists for Black and White, at Twin Oaks Gallery, from 6-8 pm.  I'll have 6 images on display and for sale. Too see more of my images, go to  search for Twin Oaks!

I'm excited about more things to come!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Sunset in January

I just finished walking Kharma and we are both enjoying a sunset. I am
often amazed at the images that tha iPhone produces.

More when I get to a real computer.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The surf is taking over!

Southern California needs the rain, but does it need to come in one week? Oh well ... if you can't beat the storm, run and dance in the rain.  That's about what I've been doing.  Since Monday (1/18) we've had four storms in a row and people (and dogs) are getting "cabin" fever.  I'm used to walking 45 minutes each day ... but I've barely gotten out.  Each time the sky clears, I rush my Kharma outside for a walk, since he's off his doggy schedule.

This morning the rain stopped and I was able to get out for 2 hours ... Kharma and I walked for walked at the park and then went to the beach. It was incredible how much the storm affected the beach.

We were by Oceanside Pier and much of the sand has torn away from the beach.  Several fire pits were taken by the surf. As you can see, more than 1/2 of the beach was taken.  There will be a lot of cleanup after this storm. It was windy and went it started to rain again, we headed back to the car. Once in the car, I drove the strand and it was also taken over by nature.  Very flooded and the same from the beach is also on the road too!

Now, we're back inside for a while.  I'm working on my photos, job hunting and my website.  I'm hoping the rain will stay away for a few hours ... to give me time to give Kharma a walk (after dinner).

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Back again ... after a cold and all the rain!

I've been sick since 12/23 and it is not fun.  I was in bed for New Years Eve. It's been a long since I stayed at home.  There is a not too much on TV.

Anyway, I am now feeling better and back into the fray (I'm not sure if that is correct), and back to photo taking and marketing my new Pet Photography Workshops.  I have more coming.  The next one is Feb. 6 ... Registration can be found at http://www.ritaspiegel.com/workshops

In addition to dog photography, I have been taking images of surfers and the sunset.  With all the rain, there is great shots.   We are in the middle of four storms hitting Southern California. After a day of rain, the sun gave us a great sunset.

Earlier this week, I was able to get a few images of surfers.  To see more, visit my website at Look! New Images