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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...
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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...
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New Work: When the Cranes Dance

Some days you get really lucky. On my most recent trip out to the refuges, I stopped by Merced and ran into a small group of Sandhill Cranes in one of the ponds fairly close to the road. They took no notice of me, so I stopped to watch. And then they danced. There's...
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New Work: Birds as Landscape

I've been trying to travel out to the refuges as often as I can recently. Laurie and I did that a couple of weeks ago and I realized that an area of San Luis NWR that I've been wanting to photograph in fall colors was at peak, and so I made plans to get back the next...
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why processing images for print is a smart thing to do — and a first look at Luminar 2018

When I got back from Morro Bay I posted a number of images from the trip including this one of a sea otter at dawn. it's an image similar to one I took back in 2009 that I've been trying to reproduce ever since so I could get a higher quality version of it -- and I...
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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...

2017 Best of the Year: Whimbrel eating a crawfish

While out at Moss Landing, I ran across this Whimbrel. It's not a common bird around here but you do see them out in the wetlands at times. This was was nice enough to walk along the edge of the harbor just below my shooting location, completely oblivious to myself...

2017 Best of the Year: Morro Bay Harbor at Sunset

On my October trip to Morro Bay I did a lot of shooting of the harbor area. This shot was late in the evening as we entered the blue hour, and I love how the moon was above the city as it settles down for the night. Buy the print: If you want your own copy of this,...

2017 Best of the Year: Sandhill Cranes Dancing

Some days you get really lucky. On my most recent trip out to the refuges, I stopped by Merced and ran into a small group of Sandhill Cranes in one of the ponds fairly close to the road. They took no notice of me, so I stopped to watch. And then they danced. There's...

New Work: Colusa and Sacramento NWR; learning lessons

With the new job starting -- today, as you read this -- I've been trying to compress some things I'd planned on doing into the time left before it starts, so it's been busy as I've tried to clear the decks for going back to work. That said, I decided to take a day...

New Work: catching up on the backlog

Catching up on my backlog of photos that needed processing, here are a few galleries of images from some short shoots I've done in the last six weeks or so. First, in November I made a few trips down to Coyote Valley. One big highlight: running into a Peregrine Falcon...