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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...

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...

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...

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...

Snow Geese, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

Ask any nature photographer about it, and they will tell you that one day, they wake up and look outside, and something about the air and the light tells them "fall is here". I had my "it's fall" moment this week, out doing some birdwatching with a group in Coyote...

Solar Eclipse Composite

I thought I would make this picture the latest Today's Photo image so I could talk a bit about how I created it. When I made the decision not to travel to an area where I could see totality, I started thinking about what I wanted to do to photograph (and watch) the...

Solar Eclipse 2017

Yesterday was the Solar Eclipse. Here in Silicon Valley we didn't get totality, but we did get about 75% coverage. I looked at traveling into totality, and decided the cost/hassle made staying home seem okay, so for this eclipse, I commuted out to my front driveway,...

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...

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I’m breaking things

  I'm revamping things for the launch of 6FPS, mostly redoing my photography sites and this front page; gor the next while, expect any links to Smugmug or Flickr to break while I sort this out. Apologies for the chaos.

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