Month: December 2017

2017 in review

How to describe 2017? Complicated, I guess. In the fall of 2016 we made what we thought was an innocent change to my prescriptions, and all hell broke loose as a couple of drugs had a gang fight in my liver and landed me in the emergency room. Even though we stopped and reset to the old drugs again, it started a chain of challenges: I found myself with a medical gremlin that randomly popped up and which we couldn’t identify or treat, and that gremlin tended to land me in the emergency room. It randomly left me feeling...

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2017 Best of the Year: Otter Mother and Pup at Dawn

On my trip to Morro Bay in October, I tried to focus on my photography and get out of the bad habits I’d let myself fall into. While up for a dawn shoot, just as the sun tipped above the hills across the harbor, the light exploded on the water with a golden hue. I then noticed the otter mom and pup nearby and realized I could get this shot. I took a similar shot way back in 2009 and I’ve wanted to reproduce it for a number of years because the old shot has technical problems, but despite...

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2017 Best of the Year: The Solar Eclipse

Like many photographers, I spent the day of the Solar Eclipse with the camera. I decided not to travel into totality, but here at home we still got about 76% of the sun covered. My thought was to shoot the eclipse from start to finish and try to set up a composite that showed it’s progress over time. With a solar filter on the camera, I set up on my driveway and shot away. I’m quite happy with the end result, and I like how it showed how the sun and moon moved in relationship over time as well....

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My Favorite Youtube Channels 2017

I really fell into a rabbit hole with Youtube this year after not really paying much attention to it before. What I found was a great diversity of interesting voices and people and a place (unlike blogs where you really can’t compete anymore with the big sites for attention) where I still think an individual can stand out and make a difference. Here are a few of my favorites right now: Craft and Vision (David duChemin): David is a long-time NGO and humanitarian photographer who’s also been doing a lot more landscape and nature work in the last few years, and has had a long term interest in teaching photography in his books and workshops. His focus is on composition and technique as opposed to gear, and he’s written and talked about it extensively through his published books, his niche publishing house Craft and Vision, and his Vision is Better video podcast. I know that when I moved beyond my “rule of thirds” vision of photography and started thinking there was more to it than that, I ran into his work (specifically, Within the Frame) and I’ve been a huge fan of his writing ever since, and his writing has been transformative to my photography in ways I can never really hope to fully explain. He’s a former preacher and also a former stand-up comic, and both of those...

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