Gear Testing at Moss Landing Harbor

I wanted to get out of the house for a bit and do some gear testing, so I headed down to Moss Landing Harbor for a few hours. It's generally a great place to watch and photograph otters and is about an hour away, and there's a parking area quite close to where the...
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What’s in my Camera Bag

(last update: August, 2017) I am a photographer that specializes in outdoor nature photography, especially birds, wildlife and landscapes. I've been shooting digital since 2005 and started as a Canon user, but starting in 2014 I started shifting my gear to the Fuji XT...
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Getting started in bird photography: Choose Your Weapons

(last update: August, 2017) I frequently get asked about about buying gear to get started in bird photography, primarily from people who have outgrown their point and shoots and are interested in upgrading. The reality is that you aren't going to go far in Bird...
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I bought an iMac

I bought an iMac. Last week, I pulled the trigger and bought myself an iMac. This has been in my long term plans for a while, and I finally decided it was time. I ended up getting the stock 27 inch model with the 2 Terabyte fusion drive. I added 16 gigs of Crucial RAM...
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Manon, a cat.

Yesterday was a tough day for us, because we had to put Manon to sleep. She was 18 years old, and she was a cat. Most specifically, she was a Calico, and if you talk to cat people, if cats in general are considered attitudinal, calicos are attitudinal cats. She...
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25 photos that define me

The other day I was having a conversations with some photographers and I suggested one way to track your progress and get some insight into your photography would be to sit down and select 25 images that you think define your photography. I thought it was an...
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Firehole Spring, Yellowstone National Park

Today's photo is from Yellowstone National Park from my 2014 visit. That trip was really about the wildlife, but this image has become one of my favorite and most popular images from that trip. Firehole spring is an area along Firehole Lake drive. It's really a small...
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I’m thinking of starting a photography podcast (please stop me)

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been mulling over this idea; I’m thinking of starting a podcast about photography. I would like all of you to stop me. Here’s my problem: I’m having trouble finding photography podcasts I want to listen to....
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It’s all about the eyes

I was having a chat with someone about photography the other day when I made the comment "It's all about the eyes", and while that's common wisdom with people photography, it's just as true with birds and wildlife. The eyes become an immediate and important focal...
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Mono Lake Tufa at Dawn

Today's image is of one of the Mono Lake tufas taken at dawn in 2014 during a photo workshop I took with photographer Michael Frye. I cannot recommend his workshops highly enough, both for the locations he takes you to and his tutoring and mentoring during the...
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Occam’s Fireaxe Podcast

 

Occam’s Fireaxe is a monthly podcast where I sit down and review two books for you in 30 minutes or less. Most of the books will be science fiction or fantasy, but I will occasionally sidetrack into history, biography or something off the wall that caught my eye. If you’re trying to find the next book to sit down and enjoy, Occam’s Fireaxe has my recommendations for you.