My first Children's Book: The Story of Elmer in Yosemite
I've just finished illustrating my first children's book, written by Richard Barna, about the legend of Elmer in Yosemite: http://elmerinyosemite.com/
The legend of "Elmer" in Yosemite Valley goes back all the way to the 1930's - and though many dispute the exact origin, the calls of "Elmer" around dinnertime can be heard even today in Yosemite campgrounds. Follow Elmer's journey - and ours as we promote our book at http://facebook.com/elmerstory
Local Art and Hand-drawn Maps
Local maps and artwork of cities and states are available as:
Postcards, Notecards, Glass Magnets, and Posters
Each map is drawn actual size and all attempts are made to create a map that both visitors and locals alike can enjoy, featuring iconic spots, local legends, and the overall lay of the land. If you are torn between sending it and keeping it for yourself, then I've done my job.
Follow the progress of each map on Tumblr - more cities and states coming very soon!
To purchase in person ask your local bookstore/ giftshop/ museum - I'm in a LOT of them already - or find me on etsy.
I need to get out more.. - is one of the best compliments I hear from someone who's moved by a photograph I've taken. My distant cousin Frederick Law Olmsted, as well as my father, California naturalist John Olmsted, both believed it, and so do I - that time spent in nature directly affects ones' health - and body, mind, and soul.
A camera found in a closet led to a slow education, but convinced my dad to gift me a Beseler Topcon camera kit, complete with Bond-like metal suitcase. My pictures got instantly better, having multiple and high quality lenses to play with, but the shutter wasn't up to my number of shots, and began to fail on a cross - country trip to Indiana to purchase an old Chrysler convertible.
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Fate smiled though, when by chance I popped in to a random camera shop in Scotts Valley Ca and the store owner recommended what is now my favorite camera of all time, the Canon F-1. Since then it's been game on.
25,000+ photos in heat and cold, sun and rain, it's been held above my head on the Yuba River, huddled with me under a crevice opposite Half Dome in Yosemite, stored in the trunk of said Chrysler on too many occasions, dangled over the edge of Havasu and Mooney Falls in Arizona, accompanied me to England and Wales, and, I hope, on many more adventures to come.
Questions about print sizes and mounting options? - Just ask!
I have been shooting and and editing video and Super 8mm since my late teenage years, and in 2006 shot my first feature film Dill, California on a 16mm Arriflex Camera that I bought on craigslist four days before. It was an amazing experience, and I have since made two documentaries, written six screenplays, and pitched television pilots to alcoholic producers.
Director of Photography on Convinced (2015), a feature documentary exploring 'Why would anyone become Catholic? Trailer on Vimeo
Press and Comments
Olmsted Film receives standing ovation ~
Alden Olmsted's film My Father, Who Art in Nature receives standing ovation at Wild and Scenic Film Festival https://lightcapfarm.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/alden-olmsted-receives-standing-ovation-for-my-father-who-art-in-nature/
Thank You so much! ~
I just wanted to let you know how much our boss LOVED the map that you created. She was so touched and could not stop staring at it, looking for the places she knows. Also, I cannot recall if I said this but when our team took a look at the map prior to giving it to our boss, we were all so impressed and thrilled. It looks awesome!
Thank you so much for working with me (us) to create that wonderfully personal, custom map! The map and my boss' reaction were better than we had hoped for.
- Rosemary K
I was born in a small town (cue opening music) in Northern California. While my Muir-inspired father John D. Olmsted was off stopping bulldozers and saving state parks - like Jug Handle Natural Reserve in Mendocino, and building wheelchair trails out of old mining ditches - like the Independence Trail in Nevada City - my history-major mother was teaching my brother and I about California history and driving the neighborhood after dark.. looking for me.