Hello to Small-Discoveries

Hello Everyone!!

I can’t believe that I have been absent for so long on this blog. I would like to thank everyone that followed me for the last few years and kept checking to see if I had woken from my silence to publish a post. Please have a look at my new project:

small-discoveries.com

Thank you again for all the love, inspiration, and support.

All the best,

-Rachael Staudt

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San Francisco – Transitions

It feels to me that life is a sequence of constant little movements, all strung together. Whether one is out photographing, playing Tennis, or siting through a business meeting, there are constant readjustments that occur. Being able to see, with an inner presence what is coming towards you. The act of waiting, of listening, of feeling the presence of creativity. Inspiration comes in with the breeze, and there are many days that feel airless and heavy with the weight of practicality and productivity.

But other days are blowing gales as I fight to hold onto my camera.

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Petaluma – Blown

I love playing with contrast. In all parts of my life. What happens when you push light to the extreme, what happens when darkness overwhelms a space? I keep pushing the edges of an image, exploring  what is lying…lurking.. just below the surface of the expected. Come a bit closer, take in all of the highlights and places that shadow can hide. But then…don’t forget to push back, to see all the parts that unite the composition. Can I learn the dotes that connect to form a human being…all by the angle of their head?

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Petaluma – Car Show Extravaganza

Car Shows are always a great deal of fun, and a fabulous excuse for people to have a bit more tête-à-tête time with an open wardrobe and patient mirror.

The one I ended up at was unplanned and wonderfully spontaneous. Thank you Petaluma for having weekend events, practically on my doorstep.

All of the photographs were brilliant. I felt as if on the set of a 1950’s film, boasting dashing men, Red lipstick, and oh so shiny hunks of polished, yet prehistoric metal.

“Dolly’s”

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Gritty Gleaming Past

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Beach Blanket Bingo

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Mr. Shades

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Ma chère!

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What’s your tail, nightingale?

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San Francisco-Trends in Velvet and Optics

The sun lit up the most magnificent Red coat, as I sat drinking my afternoon tea. Like that of a thousand ruby gems all catching the glaring brilliance of sunlight. Saturated and Sated by the color I asked this beautiful woman for a photograph. Gayle was happy to share her fiery cloak-

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The above photographs illustrates a woman who loves to dress beautifully, for the pleasure of it. To find out more about her click on her name below:

 Gayle

Serious decisions can be made while staying quite warm.

On a brisk day in the Gardens, this young gentleman was not about to catch a chill-While he sorted through the tea menu and decided on which tea biscuits looked most ravishing.

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Lunch Break-I profess that I stole a moment from the plum ensconced gentleman. I loved his expression, and sense of purpose. Did I manage to catch that naked moment of surrender with my lens? Because I could feel it hover over us as I snapped away. Hoping to touch an instant, a tingle of it, as I sought out the features of his face-

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Sebastopol-Fun Filled Afternoon

I must confess my obsession with the Stache. The Moustache that is. If I were a man, I dare say I would have one. And I would try to cultivate it and maintain it in such a way that it would curl, loop, and do a little dance on command.

It would just happen to be my good fortune, but I  have a friend with a curl-tastic Stache.

The Stache

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The Stache and I stopped in for a bit of play time at Funk and Flash. Youth and cutting edge beauty was positioned behind the counter. She helped us and played dress up with us for a bit. We partook in frisky, amusement filled clothing touching and hat trying time. I tried taking a few different kinds of photographs of her-She had more than one angle to be observed from.

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Edge

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Play

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Seattle – Blurred Edges

I spent the weekend in Seattle visiting family and taking in the City. It was a blustery and cold weekend, but it was refreshing in a sense-And I had the chance to check out Chihuly’s Glass and Garden Instillation. While wondering about I took a few photographs. I have to admit that it was just one of those days-All of my shots were completely out of focus. But I played with them, attempting the “when life gives you lemons” story. It can be surprising what is possible when the edges of life and imagery blur. Accepting that every shot I take will not be perfect-That I will have to work with unexpected flaws, fills me with terror and delight.

In essence-This blog is dedicated to the joys of failing, and finding something else hidden within the absence of perfection.

Delicate Mood

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Patiently awaiting

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Emeryville – Afternoon Strolls

I took part of an afternoon to have a stroll through the Emeryville shopping district. I was captivated first in conversation, and then behind the lens by a young woman working in one of the shops. She had a really lovely sense of herself, and her weight in the world. A beautiful smile and inquisitive eyes. On my way out I spotted a young woman, looking absolutely stunning, a ray of sunlight against a chilly afternoon. At the moment I find myself writing less and seeing more-My images replace that of  voice, speaking of the travels and faces that most captivate and intrigue.

Repose

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The Moments that exist in-between

 

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Burst of Sunshine

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San Anselmo- Waiting for the Train at Midnight

How do you keep New Year’s Eve classy? One waits for the midnight train, dripping with jewels, tendrils of hair framing a striking face. Prepared with a jacket swung over a crisp shoulder, lingering, anticipating, waiting. Laughing and loving in the company of those closest to you. Embracing the moment, for all the beauty and heartbreak that it brings.

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Starlet

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Moxy

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Bond. James Bound-

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Anybody got a Match?-

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Here’s looking at you, Kid-

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I’ll have what she’s having-

Oakland-Holiday Bustle

I recently was working in the East Bay, and realized that I had not had the opportunity of yet to do a bit of street photography there. I decided to go and do a bit of holiday shopping along Piedmont Ave and see who else was out and about a week before Christmas. I was taken back at how many lovely backdrops I was able to stumble over while photographing people as they made their way up and down the street. Many people where heading home from work, grabbing a coffee and window shopping a bit.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and has a safe and enjoyable New Years Eve. I just want to thank all of my readers for an amazing year, and I look forward to what 2013 will bring. At the moment my intention is to put together a post that will highlight my favorite images from 2012. So stay tuned for that!

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Abuela

 

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Maintaining Coziness

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Sunburst

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Check Out this lovely store at: Folks’ Art

 

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Lovely details

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Thank you all again for the love and support in 2012. See you next all next Year!