Friday, December 9, 2011

A Moment of Truth...

Every artist has them... some more often, some less. I have been feeling antsy
for the last couple of days... could not quite figure out why. Yes, alot of changes
are taking place in my world, I have been feeling the need to take my
photography in new directions... then it happened. Thursday morning
December 8th, 2011 to be exact. I knew I was headed for the Temecula
Wine Country where I often go when feeling the urge to create new art,
When I was spoken to, by I presume, my God. My God/Guide said to me, 
" Let go of the need to create art for others...create Art for yourself,
in your Heart, of your Soul, with your Love" 
At that moment I realized a truth for me
that is really fundamental... The Heart, Soul, and Love within
the Art I create is passed along... infinitely! This is why I am an Artist!
This was a huge gift to be received by me... Allowing me to let go of any 
"preconceived" visions I have for what my Art should look like. 
It should look like it feels...

In my Heart, Of my Soul, With my Love...
Tomorrow I will share exactly how this does look, to an artist 
that is letting go of the preconceived, and allowing the
Spirit to guide...
to be continued!

~Stephen

www.theFineArtofPhotography.com                    WineCountryArt@gmail.com

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Holiday Home Tour... This Weekend!


I am an official photographer for the Temecula Valley Women's Club
annual Holiday Home Tour 2011... http://www.tvwc.com/ 
5 beautiful multi-million dollar homes decorated by
5 local designers... all for charity! If you have the time, 
this is an amazing event this weekend!  Enjoy...

~Stephen


Monday, October 17, 2011

Best in Class...




   
Let's hear it for the little guys!
"Best in Class"
Temecula Rod Run, Fall 2011

~Enjoy!  Stephen


Monday, September 5, 2011

Vineyard in Soft Light...

Today it rained on and off all day in Temecula... a nice relief!
I decided to take a Labor Day drive to the wine country, but was not expecting much
as I drove with my wipers on... but on I went. As the rain subsided to
slight drizzle, then swampy humid... I found a nice place to
park and wandered over to a small vineyard on De Portola Road.
I was surprised when I looked at the results of my
afternoon shoot, beautiful softness from the cloudy skies...
Enjoy!   ~Stephen



Monday, August 29, 2011

Monsoonal Thunderhead ~ Temecula Valley, California


I finally realized that to photograph this monster thundercloud, I had to go west, to Deluz,  about 5 miles west of Temecula, California. The temps in Temecula last Saturday reached nearly 110 degrees, and this monsoonal cloud brought plenty of trouble with it; A lightning caused wildfire in Anza, a downpour on a music festival in Idyllwild, and a tornado that touched down in Winchester, Ca. This was shot with a 16mm wide angle lens and still didnt get it all! For reference, the small dots on the hills in the foreground are avocado trees... click image to enlarge.

Enjoy!  SE

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Goalpost of Life...


Happiness is kicking one's self,
(or ones that you care for)...
 
through the goalpost of life!
 
Enjoy!  ~Stephen
 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Old Town Friday Night...


Last night in Old Town Temecula. Cafe Daniel, Old Towne Antique Faire, and 
the Temecula Community Theater in the background... Enjoy!
~Stephen

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Working From Home...

I almost hate to admit that this beautiful sunset pic 
was taken from my driveway... now this is
what you call "working from home"...

Enjoy!   ~Stephen




Sunday, July 3, 2011

Inspiration at Dusk...

Last evening, from my front yard, 
while waiting for the fireworks from the Pechanga Pow-Wow... 
Enjoy!  ~Stephen

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sun Pillar • Elk Grove, Ca

 
"Sun pillar" halo while driving to my sisters home near Sacramento, Ca. 
This sun pillar lasted until practically dark! Enjoy...
 
~Stephen
www.theFineArtofPhotography.com                      WineCountryArt@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Self Involved...

 
Every 20 years or so, God puts me somewhere and says 
"it's time for a self-portrait" Yesterday was that day, and that place...
Thank you God...
 
And thank you all for your continued support!
with gratitude, Stephen

www.theFineArtofPhotography.com                        WineCountryArt@gmail.com

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Spring Morning Near Pechanga

I took this picture yesterday morning near my house. 
The early fog burn-off helped create this nice pic... another beautiful day in Temecula!
~ enjoy,   Stephen 
www.theFineArtofPhotography.com               WineCountryArt@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dorland Mountain... (click photo to enlarge)

I took this pic today at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony
in Temecula, where I am volunteering on the organizing committee
for their inaugural photography contest.

Enjoy!  ~Stephen


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Springtime Vineyard...

One of my personal favorites...
The vines are pushing out in the beautiful
Temecula wine country.

Enjoy!    ~Stephen



Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Runoff


This afternoon I was returning from lunch when I saw this scene of Murrieta Creek 
and the Santa Rosa Plateau in the background... what a nice day! 
 
~enjoy!
 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Springtime Cottonwood


Today is kinda cloudy/rainy in Temecula, so I picked out a shot from last week. 
Cottonwoods are blooming... Enjoy!

~Stephen
www.theFineArtofPhotography.com                    WineCountryArt@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Our new porch...

Nikky and I have taken residence in this cute house near the Pechanga Reservation... 
she seems to like it!
 
Enjoy!   ~Stephen


Sunday, March 13, 2011

In Harmony...


                      Stephen Eldred Photography has moved...

My entire Wine Country and Temecula Valley Landscape collection is now available at:
Harmony Gifts • 28635 Old Town Front St. in Old Town Temecula.
(Next door to the Bank of Mexican Food!)
My new office is located at :

Luminosity Digital Graphics


26658 Jefferson Ave. Murrieta, Ca 92562
Where I will be available for commissions, commercial, editorial 
and graphic design assignments.
                                Thanks for your continued support!

Stephen Eldred      (951) 314-6710

www.theFineArtofPhotography.com                           WineCountryArt.com

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Living Sky"


My evening walk with Nikky included this beautiful sky,
the front edge of an approaching storm. The title
"Living Sky" came to me because of the skin or hide like
nature of the cloud formations...

~Enjoy!          Stephen

www.theFineArtofPhotography.com                         WineCountryArt@gmail.com
 



Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wild Berries, Southern California

Update: I have been told by one of my very knowledgeable
site watchers, that this is "Rhus ovata" commonly called Sugarbush.
Thanks Rebecca!
From a recent walk in the hills behind Temecula, California. It is my
understanding that these may be Toyon Berries...
Enjoy!



Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday, Old Town Temecula








Super Bowl Sunday!!!
71 degrees at 11 am in Old Town Temecula! Enjoy the big game everyone! Here is a pic I took of the new civic center, just this morning... enjoy!  ~Stephen


Friday, January 28, 2011

Mirrored Blossoms...

 Nikky and I were walking in Old Town Temecula when we came upon these blossoms, 
I like it with its mirrored image, hope you do to!  Blossoms and 73 degrees in January!
Enjoy!     ~Stephen
www.theFineArtofPhotography.com                   WineCountryArt@gmail.com

Saturday, January 1, 2011