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Moss Landing Harbor August 17: Some days things just click

This is a trip from mid-august that I'm just catching up on image processing for. One reason: it was an extremely successful outing. I went down to Moss Landing to do some experimenting with the autofocus on the X-T2 and because the reports were that a few thousand...
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An early visit to the refuges

A couple of weeks ago I saw the first reports of sandhill cranes arriving at the refuges, so I decided to day trip out to Merced and see what I might find. This is about a month earlier than I typically visit the refuges for the first time, but I wanted to check out...
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Thoughts on building (or killing) a great online community

I’ve been chewing on what makes a great online community over the last few weeks and thinking about what I’ve done in the past that’s worked (and, of course, haven’t). A couple of things that have happened in communities I’m members of crystallized this for me, and so...
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I fell into a rabbit hole called Youtube, and that changed my thinking on blogs and podcasts.

It’s probably no secret to my readers here that I’ve gone through a — not sure what to call it — reinvention of my photography. I’ve had funks before, but not one this extended. It’s taken me some time to understand the roots of my dissatisfaction and figure out what...
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The Updated Home Office

I admit it. I’m… I’m… I’m a serial furniture re-arranger. There. I feel better. But it seems every few months the things that aren’t right about my office space start annoying me enough that I decide to dive in and fix them by moving stuff around. Which doesn’t really...
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Some recent Photography books I’ve read and how they’re changing my work

Books Discussed in this Article: Luong, Q.T.: Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks Wolfe, Art with Sheppard, Rob: Photographs from the Edge Rowell, Galen: Inner Game of Outdoor Photography duChemin, David: The Soul of the Camera...
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Our Diet Guidelines are wrong: notes on the PURE study

A new major and important dietary study has been released. It’s called PURE, and I think it’s going to be a big factor in reshaping how we think about our diets. This isn’t the first time I’ve written on the subject (a good piece on my views is here) and won’t be the...
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Understanding today through the past

That I’m choosing to (mostly) not talk about our current political situation online doesn’t mean I’m not interested or paying attention. I am, and in various ways it impacts me, but I’m doing what I feel I can offline to affect change rather than getting into...
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Occam’s Fireaxe #5: First Novels

I love finding a great first novel, and I love sharing those finds with others. When I was publishing OtherRealms, and later when I was reviewing books for Amazing Stories, I tried to make sure I covered as many authors as possible, so my policy was that at least 20%...
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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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An early visit to the refuges

A couple of weeks ago I saw the first reports of sandhill cranes arriving at the refuges, so I decided to day trip out to Merced and see what I might find. This is about a month earlier than I typically visit the refuges for the first time, but I wanted to check out...

Thoughts on building (or killing) a great online community

I’ve been chewing on what makes a great online community over the last few weeks and thinking about what I’ve done in the past that’s worked (and, of course, haven’t). A couple of things that have happened in communities I’m members of crystallized this for me, and so...

The Updated Home Office

I admit it. I’m… I’m… I’m a serial furniture re-arranger. There. I feel better. But it seems every few months the things that aren’t right about my office space start annoying me enough that I decide to dive in and fix them by moving stuff around. Which doesn’t really...

Our Diet Guidelines are wrong: notes on the PURE study

A new major and important dietary study has been released. It’s called PURE, and I think it’s going to be a big factor in reshaping how we think about our diets. This isn’t the first time I’ve written on the subject (a good piece on my views is here) and won’t be the...

Understanding today through the past

That I’m choosing to (mostly) not talk about our current political situation online doesn’t mean I’m not interested or paying attention. I am, and in various ways it impacts me, but I’m doing what I feel I can offline to affect change rather than getting into...

Occam’s Fireaxe #5: First Novels

I love finding a great first novel, and I love sharing those finds with others. When I was publishing OtherRealms, and later when I was reviewing books for Amazing Stories, I tried to make sure I covered as many authors as possible, so my policy was that at least 20%...

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...

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...

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...

Merced National Wildlife Refuge — a Slideshow

I’m trying something new with my photos, and I’ve published this slideshow video on YouTube. I’d love to know what you think. I’m trying something new here, which I think needs a bit of explanation. Which is going to require a digression....

Dawn at Merced National Wildlife Refuge

Dawn breaks at the Merced Refuge. The Geese see it before you do, and the sound of the morning chorus echoes through the fog. The sun vainly tries to lighten the sky, but for a while the tule fog beats it back, leaving it a faint cold smudge. Then the geese roar to...

You Can Actually Find my Reviews now!

When I did the recent redesign of the site, I did so knowing I wanted to do a lot more reviewing of things, but there was an unsolved problem: it's between difficult and impossible for a casual visitor to find a specific review given the way Wordpress displays...

I hated History in High School

Books in this article Alexander Hamilton A People's History of the United States Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong The First World War: A Complete History The Second World War: A Complete History I think I'm like most kids in...

New prints on the wall

My project to replace all of the prints on my wall has progressed nicely, and the feature wall in my office, which is what you see behind me when I have my webcam turned on, is done. I'm really happy with the results, although I had to redo a few images because, on...

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