One of my images was included today in Friday Fotos for Arizona Highways Magazine's blog theme, "black and white". Thank you Arizona Highways Magazine for including my West Fork in Oak Creek Canyon photo! Congratulations to all of my photographer friends who were included, as well. It is always a great pleasure to be included with so many talented photographers!
The monsoon weather in Arizona is in full swing now. The clouds and light danced around the desert as weather conditions changed throughout the day and evening. These images were taken before sunset showing the many beams of light in the sky and the light that spread over Piestewa Peak and a portion of the McDowell Mountains today, August 2, 2014.
I pray to the sunbeam from the window -
It is pale, thin, straight.
Since morning I have been silent,
And my heart - is split.
The copper on my washstand
Has turned green.
But the sunbeam plays on it
How innocent it is, and simple,
In the evening calm,
But to me in this deserted temple
It's like a golden celebration
And a consolation.
It is a great honor to have been included again in Friday Fotos in the Arizona Highways Magazine's blog on July 18, 2014. The theme for this blog was "Great Escapes". I submitted the maximum of two images and both were chosen this week along with many other excellent photographers photos, some of whom I know personally or am familiar with as Facebook friends.
As always, the photos in my blog may be purchased through my website. Prints are available as art prints, canvas prints, metal prints, acrylic prints, framed prints and Greeting Cards.
Summer Sunrise on the Salt River
View this image on Arizona Highways Magazine's blog HERE
back at the way I became interested in photography has
made me realize how lucky I have been to have had two father's who
were influential in my upbringing. At age ten, I received my first
point and shoot film camera in 1960 from my father, Dave Ryan.
took some pictures with it while visiting Rome, Italy for a 6 month
stay with my step-father, JohnHuggler, a composer and jazz musician, who had received his first of two Guggenheim Grants. The
next camera was another point and shoot until I graduated in
1968 from Lexington High School in Lexington, Massachusetts.
father, Dave, was the first to recognize the value of photography,
having taken darkroom instruction from the prominent photo-journalist
of that time, W. Eugene
New York City.
my father, Dave, moved to Japan, he sent me my first good 35 mm camera, the
Asahi Pentax. It didn't have a light meter, so I purchased one and
started on my journey by
learning the basics of setting f. stops and shutter speed according
to the light meter's recommendations. From
those beginnings, I had the Asahi
Pentax, Chinon, a Canon A-1 and then the Nikon 8008s film
camera and a Bronica GS-1 medium format. In 2006, I got my
first digital camera and after having two other digital cameras, I traded John's old Nikon camera system for a Nikon D300.
father, John, became interested in photography, as well. He had the
opportunity to meet Ansel Adams during one of our summer vacations
driving through California. My mother, Mardean and my father, John,
were both very supportive of me pursuing photography and had given me several of Ansel Adam's photography books.
I moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona in 1977, I became more involved
with photography by contributing to the local newspaper, being
published in local magazine
publications and taking a photography darkroom class at
the community college. The
class led to a job at the local newspaper.
1997, I moved to Mesa, Arizona where I have become very active with
photography Meetup groups. I am out as often as possible taking
pictures of the subjects that interest me most. I enjoy many
subjects such as landscapes, desert flora, birds, abstracts in nature
and abstracts in architecture. Please visit my website to see the
variety of images that are for sale. The links are www.tam-ryan.artistwebsites.com and www.tamryan.com.
is a Father's Day tribute to both of my father's (and my mother, of
course) who have been
very influential in helping me develop my interest in photography.
It has been the passion of my life to learn more about photography and to pursue the next image
that inspires me.
"A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence." - Pam Brown
There is something very special about walking on the same ground where these Wild Horses roam along The Salt River in Arizona. Through the magical mists of time, these majestic wild horses have sparked our imaginations and have shown us the way to true freedom.
“Rain clouds come floating in, not to muddy my days ahead, but to make me calm, happy and hopeful.”
The stormy weather is here for a couple of months here in the Valley of the Sun. Phoenix and the outlying areas are experiencing sand storms, thunder and a nice show of lightning adorning the skies. I look forward to this time of year, despite the hotter temperatures. The clouds make for some very dramatic photography for sunsets and storms in the Arizona desert! It is a magical time of year when we photographers go storm chasing. Here are a few of my images of the monsoon weather and sunsets.
Storm clouds fill the sky, catching the last light of the setting sun..