Can you use a 560mm lens as a landscape lens?

Just for fun, while I was out at my birding event this weekend, I noticed I could see the top of Mount Hamilton and the Lick Observatory very clearly from where I was. I had my bird camera set up on the tripod, so I aimed it at the Observatory and clicked off a few...

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Review: WD My Passport Wireless Pro

One of my goals for this year is to figure out how to stop taking a laptop on trips with me. Literally the only reason I carry one -- unless I'm doing my job while traveling -- is so I have something I can load the day's SD cards onto to review and back up. I simply...

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Grinding it out

About a week ago I took a quick trip down to Morro Bay, so I could spend some time at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal refuge, a place where the seals haul out on the beaches every winter to give birth, nurse their young and mate before returning to the seas. I've...

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The Elephant Seals of Piedras Blancas

I first visited the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal rookery in 2011, and have been photographing them ever since. I try to visit every year or two, usually in January at the peak of the activity. Why? I find them a fascinating and complex species with a lot of...

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I upgraded the site to WordPress 5 and…

As many of you know, I run this site on Wordpress. If you follow Wordpress at all, you're aware that a major release -- Wordpress 5.0 -- was recently released with major changes including a completely re-thought editing system. There's been a lot of worry and...

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The Consuming Fire, by John Scalzi

The Consuming Fire, by John Scalzi (Interdependency Book 2) I just finished a quick trip to Morro Bay, and on the last evening there, I decided to start John Scalzi's latest book, Consuming Fire. Sometime after that, I decided to finish it, which meant getting to...

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Twitter is Over (and more): 6FPS by Chuq (V1n8)

I just published the latest issue of my newsletter 6FPS. Please take a look at Twitter is Over (and more). Not subscribed yet? Here's what you missed: Stephen Hackett of RelayFM and 512Pixels reads the latest interview of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and comes to the...

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2019 Photography goals

I've been trying to figure out how to write about what I want to accomplish in 2019 with my photography, but I have a challenge: my primary goal in 2019 is to think less about accomplishing things with my photography, and actually do more photography instead. I've had...

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My Favorite 5’s for 2018

In past years I've done various "Best of" or "My Favorite" lists of things on different topics. In trying to sort out what I wanted to do this year, I decided the universe (and you readers) really didn't need five or six separate blog posts with lists of ten items...

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2018 in review: It was definitely a year

I've been wondering if I even want to write a summary of the last year, but I think there are a few items worthy of some introspection. But I'll be honest: mostly I'm just really happy that 2018 is over. I guess I won't go so far as to say it can die in a fire, but...

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2019 Birding goals

As we exit 2018 and move into 2019 I've been trying to decide what I want to accomplish in the next year. As my birding has moved more front and center in my interests in the last couple of years, it's now one of the activities I want to accomplish. In the last 18...

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2019 Goals and Priorities

I've been doing some thinking and planning about what I want to accomplish in the next year, which always is a battle plan that's good until maybe January 4 (5th if I'm lucky), but it's a useful tool for me to figure out where to focus my time. These aren't...

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