Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Arts N Fashion Magazine

Wow, the year’s end is upon us.  Well, I have an assignment tonight in Beverly Hills – cool.  2014 will be a great year I know.  Here is something cool that happened in 2013 – got published in a publication not associated with my university – cool.  Enjoy.

Oh, I updated my website too.

Happy New Year!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Victorville’s Blue Dawn

I think I have said this before but the Victor Valley is a scenic place.  When you look around the place, you see how it could have easily been a vacation spot if it was approached that way years ago.  This blue dawn is another example of how amazing the views can be.

In this photo, I’m looking east north east, if you will.  It is a quarter past 6:00 am and you can see Apple Valley in the distance.  I think the layers of mountains are what really make the image.  Enjoy.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Kauai the Garden Island, 3 of 3

Here are the last of my “artistic” shots.  These photos were taken from the north to the south of the island.  Enjoy.

 I shot these from the tour bus as we drove by what use to be plantation workers homes.

 Waimea Canyon

 You can’t help to want to stay here.
 Wailua River

 I have to go back some day

Friday, August 23, 2013

A Time of Great Happiness

You have to live up here in the Victor Valley in order to appreciate the significance of this bridge opening up.  They have had it planned for years.  They have been working on it for over a year.  Today they had a big “whoop tee-do” celebrating its initial opening.  That’s what the pictures are about.  You still can’t get on the interstate from it but you can cross to the other side (La Mesa Road) from Nisqualli Road.  You’re not forced to endure the standstill on Bear Valley or try your luck on Palmdale Road.  To get to Wal-Mart or the mall will only take 5 minutes instead of 15 to 20 minutes depending on what time of day it is for the same distance.  That’s a lot of gas idling away as you sit and wait.  And the freeway entries and exits should be operational within 30 days.  Just in time for the fall quarter.  Enjoy.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Kauai the Garden Island, 1 of 3

We went to Kauai, Hawaii last month for our family vacation.  I showed off a lot of photos of the trip on my family blog, “Categorically-Exposed”.  But I pulled a few photos to put here that I did not show there.  I think these were some pretty cool shots – that is my normal voice for trying to say I think they have some artistic value.

A life time ago, I use to think that I would eventually “get away from it all” in Costa Rica.  You know, when my children are adults and out there doing their thing – I would go do mine.  Well, Costa Rica has been replaced with Kauai.  The great thing about this is that I do not have to leave the US.  The real great thing about this was that Kauai is an extraordinarily incredible place to be.  I am still smiling even after drowning my point and shoot camera and my cell phone.  I explained all of that on the other blog but just know that it was all worth it.  The mosquito bites were worth it too and I really do not like those things.  Enjoy.
 Hanalei Beach
 Around Hanalei

 Table setting at the luau
 Wai’oli Hui’ia Church
 North coast

In the “jungle”

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fire on Cajon Pass

On Saturday, August 17, I was approaching the pass on my way home to Victorville from Corona and could not figure out why I-15 was so heavy with traffic on a late Saturday afternoon.  I soon found out.  But I think I was in the twilight zone because the first weird thing was the temperature reading.
Not what the temp really was.
This was the first reason for the traffic.
Then the first fire.
Then the second fire.
Good thing I got through when I did.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A View of Iraq – Inside the gate at Al Asad in January 2004

Ok, I’m not done with showing some photos from Iraq.  Here are just a few shots of us after we got through the gate at Al Asad.  If you go back a couple of entries, you will see that I left off at arriving at the gate.  We were waiting for “rooms”, if you will – what temporary space we would occupy for the night before we were back on the road again heading for Rifle Base.  The theater commander had long since ordered a stop to night convoys ever since the IEDs had started in the latter half of 2003.  Oh, the armored cavalry regiment that was our final destination was the 3rd ACR – the name Rifle Base should have told me that (nickname “Brave Rifles”) but it’s been a while and I was never a part of that storied unit.  At this time, I was a part of the 11th Signal Brigade in the 86th Signal Battalion.  Which I have recently learned are no longer based out of Fort Huachuca, AZ.  They are now located at Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, respectively.  That blew my mind to learn that but that is another story.  Let us get back to Iraq.  My lieutenant (LT) and I were on this mission not only because the team we were recovering was a part of our platoon but because we were very familiar with where the various bases and outpost were in country at the time.  We had escorted quite a few convoys throughout the theater since being there.  Me even more so since I had been in the theater for 11 months by that time.  It had become my secondary mission there.  Rolling out the gate was always a serious matter.  A lot of soldiers and marines were blown up on those Iraqi roads.  So this mission, because it was very close to our last there in Iraq was a bit vexing because crap seems to always catch you just before you get the hell out of Dodge.  But that’s ancient history.  Have a look at the pictures and let me know what you think if you can.  Enjoy.
On our drive through Al Asad base.
 Another gate.
 My LT was walking back to his vehicle.  He was in the lead HMMWV, it is tan and just behind the larger truck with the shelter on it.  There are three green HMMWVs between us – the escorted from the 3rd Sig Bde.
 PFC Jackson and SPC Hall.
 A box of bottled water – you did not go anywhere without any.
The muzzle of my M16A2.  While we were out of the gate, it stayed resting across my chess with the pistol grip just to the right of my center mass – locked and loaded.  The barrel would be sticking out the window to my immediate left.  That was how I drove.  And I always drove if the mission permitted it.  Good times.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kinetic Ambiguity

Have you ever wondered how slot machines make you want to play them?  I know how.  I captured some machines reaching out to the souls of these people as they passed by and it got them.  It was the scariest thing I have ever seen.  Ok, that’s not true.  But I call this this project where this photo is from, “Kinetic Ambiguity”.  I also have more on my new web site, www.EdwardLanceMontgomeryPhotography.com, along with some other shots.  It’s a work in progress but an essential step in the right direction.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

43rd Annual Student Art Exhibition at CSUSB’s Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art

Hey, I never mentioned this before but I won something.  I won the Phantom Purchase Award last month at our 43rd Annual Student Art Exhibition that was held at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA), which is located on the California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) campus.  The exhibition will run until the end of July.  Last year I took a lot of pictures of the exhibition but I did not do that this year.  I did take these two photos a few days after the show opening.  This was the first time I have every won something in connection with my photography.  It feels good.

I shot this with medium format color slide film then had it processed like it was print film.  That is called “cross process”.  And I really like how that looks.  I am going to do a lot more.  The print itself I called “Window Pains” because I did not have a name for it.  But Window Pains is the name of the subset of my main project, “The Victor Valley Project”.  Enjoy.