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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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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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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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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....
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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...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Fireworks!

As we usually do on July 4th when we're in town, we had a friend over for food and conversation, and once it got dark, wandered over to a friends place to watch the Santa Clara City Fireworks show from their driveway (with root beer floats!). I haven't done it for a...

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...

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...

Another Rant about Printing your Images

I've written about this before but I wanted to rant about this a bit once again: if you aren't printing out your images, you are missing a great opportunity to make your images better. I've been intending to get around to updating the images on my wall for a few weeks...

Google’s Nik Collection: RIP

If you go to the landing page for Google’s Nik Collection, it now has a banner announcing that development of the tools has ceased. They’re still available and still work, but if and when they break on some future update to Lightroom or the operating...

Nesting Bald Eagles in the Bay Area

Much to pretty much everyone's surprise, a pair of bald eagles decided to nest in a tree in the front of an elementary school in Milpitas. This is unusual for a few reasons, because this species usually nests near water and they are generally not terribly happy at...

Quick Trip to Morro Bay (spoilers: Otter pictures!)

I decided I was ready for a break so I took off and spent a couple of nights down in Morro Bay to unplug. It was also a chance to beta test how well I travel since I've changed to taking insulin (answer: everything worked fine, thanks, although I think I want to start...

Visiting the Central Valley Refuges

During the winter I head out into the central valley as many times as I can to visit the refuges while the winter migrants are living there. I’ve get requests on where to go and what to expect, so I’ve written up a few notes on these trips and what to...

2016: The Year in Review

2016 was a complex and crazy year for all of us. A lot of negatives and the year won’t be remembered well, whether it was the large number and importance of the people that left us to the election here in the states, which is likely to echo forward into future...

Free Wallpapers for your desktop

I decided I wanted some new wallpapers for my system, so I created a set that I'm also sharing with you. These are available in both 1440x800 and 2560x1080 sizes. There are currently a total of 18 different images. These should work on most monitors today. My favorite...