Birthday fun around Joshua Tree

My wife, Amy, planned some fun stuff in and around Joshua Tree. We arrived at Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Art Museum in Joshua Tree after sunset to take some photos. After much shivering, we went to a cozy camper (found through Airbnb).

We returned to the Outdoor Desert Art Museum at sunrise, which was the first time I woke up before sunrise for the purpose of taking photos. Since it was below 40°F (4°C), my DSLR camera battery almost died, and we returned to the camper to recharge.

After grabbing a quick breakfast, the Integratron was next. We got the last tickets for the 11:30 time slot, and relaxed for an hour or so before “adult nap time”. The sound bath was fantastic! Highly recommended, and I’d love to revisit again.

Last, we saw Giant Rock in the middle of nowhere. It was an incredible trek. On the way out, we initially went in a circle. Amy drove us through what felt like an ATV course—and made it with my 2003 Corolla!

Navigating with GPS on a phone with a low cell signal caused the Waze connection to keep dropping, then recalibrate. I think a dedicated GPS device would be best.

Thank you so much, Amy. I had a blast, and look forward to another return really soon!

Leaving Zenfolio, so buy prints, please and thank you

After writing a list of pros and cons, I’m canceling my Zenfolio account on November 10th, 2014. If you’re interested, please browse through the albums on my Zenfolio site, Bryan Villarin Photography, which include:

  • Street photography (221 photos)
  • Fine art (293 photos)
  • Concert photography (107 photos)
  • Mostly portraits (150 photos)
  • Weddings (66 photos)

If you’d like to order prints from the first two albums, to be safe, please do that before November 6th. After that, I’ll take them offline until further notice.


For posterity, here’s my list for staying with Zenfolio, or canceling my account.


  • I spent time organizing the albums.
  • I have a dedicated domain (
  • I used images hosted from them on my blog. It would be a pain to download the originals, then reinsert into the post.


  • It hasn’t been updated since late 2010. No longer a worthwhile investment for me.
  • I’m not actively selling photos. If needed, I can manage rare print requests on my own without the $140/year overhead.
  • I’m not publishing new photos regularly.
  • I can more easily manage albums on a WordPress–based site. It was a bit unwieldy to add images to a gallery, but Media Library has improved. Now we can click a gallery and add more photos without having to add item IDs.

I’m considering downloading the originals with Zenfolio Downloader, even though I’m 99% sure I have the originals on my Drobo.

I’d hate to see broken images in posts using images hosted on Zenfolio, and I was also considering just marking the 233 (and possibly 14 more) items on this blog as a draft using Bulk Edit.1 But, I think I know a person who can help back fill images or something. :)

If I can download those albums into organized folders, it won’t take long to upload them into a gallery on a page.2 That could solve my question as to where to point the domain after I cancel my Zenfolio account. I can visualize this, folks. :star:

  1. I also have 27 items on I’m not sure why I keep it alive. 
  2. On the other hand, the export option I chose for the current images are too high for being displayed online, so I could stand to export smaller resolution images.