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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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Prints now available on FineArtAmerica

I've successfully set up the new print shop over on FineArtAmerica, so you can now buy prints and other gear including what I think is my new iPhone case. All of these images have been custom processed for printing and have been printed on my Epson p400 here before...
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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...

Three Photography Podcasts to try

In my digging around for podcasts to listen to, I did get a few recommended to me that I wanted to pass along to others who are looking for interesting content. Here are three podcasts that I think you might be interested in listening to. On Taking Pictures On Taking...

Prints now available on FineArtAmerica

I've successfully set up the new print shop over on FineArtAmerica, so you can now buy prints and other gear including what I think is my new iPhone case. All of these images have been custom processed for printing and have been printed on my Epson p400 here before...

Getting from here to Launch

I have hit that point in my project where my inner voice starts telling me I’ve done enough research and now I’m avoiding moving the project forward — and it’s right. I’m also at that point where the Imposter’s Syndrome kicks in hard core and making progress becomes...

Some final thoughts on the Morro Bay trip

(Note: All of the images from this trip are available for viewing over on my SmugMug site) A short trip, basically 2 and a half days of shooting. Some nice food, a comfortable room, an area I knew fairly well so I didn't have to spend a lot of time scouting, and a...

Morro Bay Day 2 (continued): I go walkies

(Note: All of the images from this trip are available for viewing over on my SmugMug site) I have to admit that the lack of sleep left me feeling a big groggy and not even a hefty dose of caffeine really fixed it, so my first full day in Morro Bay was one of grinding...

Morro Bay Day 2: Dawn Patrol

(Note: All of the images from this trip are available for viewing over on my SmugMug site) As usual, the first night on the road it took a long time to get to sleep and I didn't sleep particularly well. Also as usual, my brain gets into the "OH MY GOD CAN'T SLEEP...

Morro Bay Day 1: Rediscovering Landscape Photography

(Note: All of the images from this trip are available for viewing over on my SmugMug site) As I’ve talked about before, I’ve been struggling to get my photography on track, and while I’m pretty happy with my bird/wildlife work these days, my landscape work has...

Oh no! Adobe changed things on me!

While I was in Morro Bay, Adobe made a bunch of announcements about Lightroom and Photoshop, and I first heard about them when Twitter exploded. I’ve been digging into this to try to make sense of it and how it impacts me, and let me try to summarize what I think...

Feral Pigs at Coyote Lake

I made a quick trip out to Coyote Lake in Morgan Hill, mostly to scout it to see what shape it was in going into fall. It's one of the reservoirs that feed water to the Silicon Valley area and it's used for recreational boating as well as day tripping and camping, and...

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...