Mother and Child

A sea otter mother with her pup float in the waters of Morro Bay Harbor as dawn rises over the city. Recent PostsPopular PostsFeatured Posts

Blogging through the holidays

A quick note on the blogging schedule for the rest of the year and into 2020. I've got something I think will be fun planned for the end of 2019 and...

Surf Scoter with a Clam

A Surf Scoter looks happy with a clam, which it's about to swallow whole and digest, shell and all. Recent PostsPopular PostsFeatured Posts

I woke up one morning to realize I had a personal style

There are very few guarantees in life, but if you're a photographer, I can guarantee this: you are going to hear variations of this a lot as you learn...

Ent’s Chair

Found deep in the forests of Olympic National Park, while hiking one day, we came across a chair built for the Ent that maintains and defends these...

How to drag Time Machine to its knees

I have, without intending to, found a way to drag Apple's Time Machine backup system to its knees. I thought it would be amusing to explain what I did,...

Black-crowned Night Heron

A Black-crowned Night Heron carrying nesting material, Palo Alto Baylands.Recent PostsPopular PostsFeatured Posts

Quick tip: MacOS Catalina, Lightroom, and LR/Mogriphy

Because my new Macbook Pro 16" requires Catalina, I made the jump to the new OS when I migrated. I know there has been a lot of grumbling about this...

Lessons from my Workshop: Bald Eagle before and after

It's hard to believe it, but it's been over two months since I headed to Washington and took the Photo Workshop/Retreat from Art Wolfe in Olympic...

Luminar 4 first look

Luminar 4 just shipped, and I have been intrigued by it for a while, wondering whether it could replace Lightroom as my primary image processing system...

Merced and San Luis NWR: first trip of the season

Last Saturday I made my first trip of the season out to the central valley refuges, checking in at both San Luis NWR and Merced NWR. It...

My Photography

My photography focuses on nature with my main interests being bird photography, landscapes and wildlife, especially Sea Otters and Elephant Seals. People often ask what kind of photography I do, and I struggle explaining, because my work doesn’t fit into an easily defined category, beyond, well, “Nature stuff”. The best way to describe what I do, is to answer “this is me“:

I am Giving Away my Photos (to the right causes)

For years I’ve had it on my web site that charitable organizations can license my photos for free for their use on request. To make it easier for organizations to use them, I am creating a distribution that can be downloaded in bulk and kept locally for use as convenient without having to go searching or asking for permission.

Bird/wildlife and landscape work are very different skill sets and require different gear to work, and often conflict with each other; there’s nothing quite like being out with a 500mm lens chasing a Sandhill Crane when the late afternoon sunlight explodes into the glorious magic sunset dance, and your wide angle gear is 30 minutes away locked in the car.

These days I shoot Fuji gear (see What’s in my Camera Bag for details), and I’m happy to answer questions about it if I can, or to talk incessantly about digital darkroom technique in Lightroom, so if I can be of help, please feel free to ask..

If you are a 501(c)(3) organization (or equivalent), you can apply to get a free set of these images. It will come with a free use non-exclusive license. Attribution is optional but appreciated. The license is perpetual; the only restriction is you cannot share these images outside of your organization.

I do a lot of nature photography and visit wildlife refuges and parks, and so this distribution is of interest primarily to environmental type organizations and to date my images have been licensed by organizations including Audubon and the Nature Conservancy. You can find out more here. Interested? Send an email to chuqui@mac.com and we’ll talk.

Image Portfolios

Landscapes of Merced National Wildlife Refuge

2019 Best Images of the Year

Birds of Merced National Wildlife Refuge

Elephant Seals of Piedras Blancas

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