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New and Updated Desktop Wallpapers

I've been planning to add some new wallpapers to the collection for a couple of months and never quite getting to it, but this recent shift in how I want my images to look and revamp of my processing workflow forced my hand, since these images are the ones shown on my...
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Old Images and New Tools

Everything old is new again One of my goals this year is to submit more images to more contests and see how they perform. The Nature Conservancy is one of the organizations I support, and it's time for their annual contest, so I decided to select some images and...
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Getting back on the horse

It’s April. That means the first quarter of 2018 is finished. Does that thought freak you out? Time is flying by, it seems to me. At the end of December I started my new job, I took on responsibility for the Birdathon committee for SCVAS, and things rapidly became a...
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William Neill, Photographer: A Retrospective

William Neill, Photographer Buy on Amazon I grew up visiting Yosemite National Park on a regular basis, and so that location is a favorite of mine, and as a landscape photographer, it's iconic scenery is of great interest to me. I've done my share of photography...
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When your definition of good changes

Now that the work on my new office is moving to contractors for a while, it’s letting me start thinking about photography again, and I’m starting to work on the Youtube channel again. One of the things I plan on doing for the channel on a regular basis is showing how...
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New and Updated Desktop Wallpapers

I've been planning to add some new wallpapers to the collection for a couple of months and never quite getting to it, but this recent shift in how I want my images to look and revamp of my processing workflow forced my hand, since these images are the ones shown on my...

Old Images and New Tools

Everything old is new again One of my goals this year is to submit more images to more contests and see how they perform. The Nature Conservancy is one of the organizations I support, and it's time for their annual contest, so I decided to select some images and...

Getting back on the horse

It’s April. That means the first quarter of 2018 is finished. Does that thought freak you out? Time is flying by, it seems to me. At the end of December I started my new job, I took on responsibility for the Birdathon committee for SCVAS, and things rapidly became a...

When your definition of good changes

Now that the work on my new office is moving to contractors for a while, it’s letting me start thinking about photography again, and I’m starting to work on the Youtube channel again. One of the things I plan on doing for the channel on a regular basis is showing how...

Digitizing the family photos

Today I'm showing off some photos from another long-running project of mine. When dad passed away, I was given the full family archive of photographs. Now, understand that my dad was a prolific photographer but more enthusiastic than, well, good, and organization...

Mom’s Christmas Cards

Over the holidays I spoke of a few secret projects, and now I get to tell you about one of them. When my mom retired, she took up painting and enjoyed it immensely. Being who she was, she decided to start hand painting the family Christmas cards every year, and to...

Thoughts on Jim Goldstein’s Best of 2017 project

I decided to once again look at all of the submissions to Jim Goldstein’s Best of the Year list to see what I could about trends in the images and in site design for displaying them. I’ve done this two times before, but not for a couple of years. You can take a look...

A regretful review of Bay Photo Labs

I’ve been using Bay Photo Labs for most of my lab printing for years and I’ve always been happy with them and their work. The one time they had a mistake in an order (I got someone else’s images and I hope they enjoyed mine) they reprinted and resent both orders right...

2017 Best Photos of the Year

2017 was a strange year for me photographically. I started out feeling like I was turning out crap, unmotivated, a bit burned out. I did very little photography early in the year and didn't really miss it. As we headed into fall, however, I started thinking about...

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...

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...

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...

2017 Best of the Year: Brown Pelican in Flight

I am a sucker for pelicans, I love to watch them soar literally inches above the water, and I never get tired of photographing them. One day when I was down in Moss Landing photographing the otters, I had a group of them fly through, and I was able to get this shot,...

2017 Photo of the Year: Otter Mom and Pup

I love sea otters and I love photographing them, I'm lucky to have two locations where it's fairly easy to get access to colonies of otters in Moss Landing Harbor and Morro Bay -- assuming they cooperate, of course. Both colonies are doing well and growing, so there...

2017 Best of the Year: Northern Harrier

One of the birds I've traditionally struggled to get good shots of is the Northern Harrier, so I've been working this year to try to fix that with some success. In this shot, a harrier is sitting on the ground, probably with a recent kill, and watching the world...

2017 Best of the Year: White-Faced Ibis

The White-Faced Ibis is a fairly common bird on the refuges. At first glance it seems like a fairly plain brown bird, but when the light hits just right you can see the iridescence in its feathers and the bird lights up with a subtle...

2017 Best of the Year: Morro Bay Harbor at night

On my October trip to Morro Bay I did a lot of shooting of the harbor area, since I love the area and I find the city a great subject. This shot was taken late into blue hour one evening after the light had left the sky and the town had lit up along the waterfront....

2017 Best of the Year: Sea Otter Spin Dry

As I've been photographing the otters this year, I've found myself attracted to catching special moments in their behaviors, especially grooming. Otters groom a lot, and it's important to their health: one aspect of grooming is removing the water from inside the fur...