20180101: Happy Beginning of a New Year! Playing with memories.

OK, so a quick look at a photograph from old, to be printed out as an enlarged print and a second one to also be colorized.

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Here is the photograph taken by me with my camera. The starting point.

However what was not seen by my naked eyes,


20180101 halftone effect on print

Was the halftone effect, there for whatever reason. Enlargement was an issue to solve first.

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The images to print for the customer. Black & white version.

And the Colorized version.

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yeah, I underbid the job… but heck of a sales pitch item for me to use on the potential clients.

Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2018


Cee’s B&W Challenge: Fences & Gates

Been a little while since doing one of Cee’s B&W challenges, life is busy.

But always love to share, specially Black & White!

Some fences & gates & a window wrought iron work from San Juan de los Lagos, Jal MX.


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some living fences posts!

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20160715 Ricardo casa B-W-4983_FB

Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2017


Thanks as always to Cee!

CEEs black-white-banner


20171019: Churches of San Juan de los Lagos, poster

Yes, like any place there are many churches here, so I did a poster of some of them.20171018 San Juan Churches_AFB

Most of the tourists only see the main one, so these are a few of the others with a view less seen of the Main “Saint” Church in the center.

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20171015: Fiesta San Juan Poster… #1

OK, so I worked into the wee hours, got some sleep and was back at it a couple hours later.

Fiesta San Juan de los Lagos, Jal MX.

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Just the few of the photos, But the fast eye of the newspaper Photo editor in use here, & a little skill on the computer.

1pm local time Sunday, I was sell this poster on the streets… (meta data on the last frame shot was 10:05pm Saturday. Not too bad for a one man operation.)

With 1100 frames to review slower, I am sure I will use other photographs & maybe do another poster.

Copyright Vanderhoof photography 2017

See! It Happened this morning.


Got up this morning to see the harbor socked in with fog.

Lights looking ufo-ish in the fog. L.A. Port Fog Series 2015

Lights looking ufo-ish in the fog. L.A. Port Fog Series 2015

So I shortened my walk, grabbed some coffee, protein drinks and camera equipment.

Off to see what I would find. While it never got the really neat lighting effects I’ve seen. I did get to spend several hours in one area moving back and forth.

Different compositions, some color, some to be black & white conversions.


Cranes in the background, flowers for contrast. L.A. Port Fog Series 2015

Cranes in the background, flowers for contrast. L.A. Port Fog Series 2015

Train goes by as the cranes load boxes.

Train goes by as the cranes load boxes. L.A. Port Fog Series 2015

Cranes in the fog. L.A. Port Fog series 2015

Cranes in the fog. L.A. Port Fog series 2015

Park in the fog. L.A. Port Fog Series 2015

Park in the fog. L.A. Port Fog Series 2015

Sun through the fog. L.A. Port Fog Series 2015

Sun through the fog. L.A. Port Fog Series 2015

Anyway, there is this morning’s fog. Hope you like it. I was shooting f16+ with my tripod. (I didn’t carry water so I would not go over my weight restrictions.)

Either my Canon 16-35mm f2.8L or my Tamron 28-75mm f2.8. Canon 7D, ISO 100.

Creative shooting,



Fog Over the L.A. Port, a project!

sunrise over L.A. Harbor

L.A. Harbor from my balcony. Just another sunrise. 20150131

Good Morning Everyone!

As I said in the “Work Smarter, Not Harder…” post things are changing for me.

I’m on disability for a hernia surgery on Jan. 23rd. I have 6 weeks of doctor’s orders NOT to lift more than 10 lbs.

OK, so I’m a work-alcoholic…….

At MMP, I did what I had to do so that I did not have to get another job and learn their system AND THEN, get back to planning my future.

8 years ago I got out of prison for being an activist for my son’s Human Rights. End result, my son loves me, talks to me and respects me. We hugged and met face-to-face for the first time in almost 12 years a couple weeks ago.

So my life is changing for the BETTER!

I had $500, a 1997 Ford Ranger and a couple boxes of my past.

Today: I still got the truck. I got money in the bank, a little ETF stock, 3 years of research into any and all forms of photography business (the first few years I was just looking at businesses to see what would I Like to do), read 100’s of books on digital and film photography, seen dozens of videos, invested some $50,000 in pro and semi pro photography equipment/software/computer system, 100’s of hours learning software for digital photography, shot 43,000+ images, got a blog, got an e-commerce website (not launched yet, work in progress), lots of businesses contacts.

Plus I got ME!

I am creative, so I am creating.

Vanderhoof Photography is a bit of a dream from when I was 4 years old or so. My Dad had a person living with us that was a photographer. He opened his camera case and showed me his Hasselblad camera. OK, so I was 4, I still went WOW! and put my hands behind my back as I bent in close. Later, when I was 7 or 8, I decided to try to be a writer. I’m dyslexic, not bad, but some of comments from teachers about my spelling!! Guess I just like achallenge!

Been the starving artist most my life, everyone in my family kept saying “Get a job, you’ll never make any money as an artist.”

OK, so I fell for it. But on the side I always dreamed of being an artist creating.

Now, I’m DOING it.

I am an Activist, do not expect me to just show pretty pictures. I am editor of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter CAmera Committe. (volunteer)

Yes, I love to make people happy. But I also love make people THINK! I hope I can do this and You, the readers will make comments and ask questions as I take you on this journey in my new adventure. Together we can learn even more.

The Project! For years I have watched many different awesome lighting scenes over the L.A. Harbor, but could never go shoot it because I had to go to work.

Early morning fog 20150201

Early morning fog 20150201

blak-white of LA Port with fog

B/W of L.A Harbor fog in the morning 20150201


Now I get to go find the angles of light and shadow of these cranes and other objects of the skyline. I get up at 5am to go for my meditation walk. So I see these sunrises a lot and this shot is just a tease of potential I get to tap. These cranes stick up through the fog/low clouds and I will be sharing a lot of color and Black & White photos of these. Maybe you folks can put links to your fog photos in the comments and we can see how much Fun we can have.

Cargo cranes in L.A.Harbor. 2011

Cargo cranes in L.A.Harbor. 2011

It is the start of B/W L.A. Port Fog Series, I hope you all gain from it.

Happy creative shooting,

Peter V.