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New Wallpapers for your computer

I've added four new images to my free wallpapers you can download for use on your computer. These are available from the Wallpaper area of my Smugmug Portfolio site, and you can download them in both 2560x1080 for 21:9 format superwide monitors and 1440x800 for 16:10...
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Morro Rock from Sweet Springs Nature Preserve: Reimagining an Image

My project to print new images for my wall continues. I'm quickly being reminded just how much ink printing 11x14s uses. I'm really happy with the results so far. And at times, I'm learning a lot, both about the process of taking raw images to print and how far my...
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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...
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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...
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Free Wallpapers for your desktop

I decided I wanted some new wallpapers for my system, so I created a set that I'm also sharign 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...
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New Wallpapers for your computer

I've added four new images to my free wallpapers you can download for use on your computer. These are available from the Wallpaper area of my Smugmug Portfolio site, and you can download them in both 2560x1080 for 21:9 format superwide monitors and 1440x800 for 16:10...

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...

Getting started in bird photography: Choose Your Weapons

I frequently get asked about about buying gear to get started in bird photography, primarily from people who have outgrown their point and shoots and are interested in upgrading. The reality is that you aren't going to go far in Bird Photography with a standard point...

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 sharign 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...

My Best Photos of the Year for 2016

Welcome to my annual display of my best/favorite photos of the year. I've been doing this since 2007 (you can see all of the sets here) and it's always interesting me to go back and take a look at how my interests and technique has changed over time. 2016 was a big...

Falling in love with Panoramas

I find I'm falling in love with the stitched Panorama image. To some degree this surprises me, but in retrospect, it shouldn't. So much of photography is about pushing a viewers focus in on a specific thing and excluding everything else, but as I've tried to document...

Nailed It

I needed to pick Laurie up from the airport, so I headed that way early and spent a couple of hours at the Radio Road Ponds in Redwood Shores, which are about 20 minutes from SFO. These ponds are about to be drained again, this time semi-permanently, as the water...

Good Enough Defeats Great

It’s been fascinating as an observer watching the disruption and transformation of the camera industry. As a photographer in the middle of it, it hasn’t always been fun. Around 2000 I bought a Canon Powershot pocket camera to take on vacation and the bug...

Hate your battery charger? Switch to USB.

I have long hated the battery chargers that come with most cameras. They're big, bulky, expensive to replace, usually quite slow, and their user interfaces are inconsistent and inscrutable -- does that flashing LED mean it's charging, or is it done charging? Or is...

First impressions of the Fuji X-T2

I took the X-T2 out for its first photos yesterday to a favorite spot for this kind of testing: the sewage settling ponds on Radio Road in Redwood Shores. This is a great place for this kind of work because I can guarantee both close and distant birds, birds in...

What’s in my Camera Bag

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 mirrorless cameras. Early...

2016 SFBBO Photo Contest

I've typically not submitted images to many contests -- something I'm working to raise in my priority list -- but I have over the last few years is the annual photo contest for the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, which is one of the organizations I've been...