Printing your images — Fine Art printing

Yes, it's another "you really need to print your images to become a better photographer" blog post. Not my first, not my last, but it's true, folks. What's different about this one is that instead of griping to myself that I need to start printing again, I replaced...

Chuq’s 2019 Kinda Big Year update (2 months in)

I'm trying to figure out how it got to be March, time is flying past for me this year. I thought it might be fun to do a quick update on my sort of big year challenges. The main page for these is here. The goals for this year: - Bird at least weekly - At least 15...

Fine art wildlife printing

So I've started a new project, where I'm going to take a few images and have them professionally printed and tweaked by a master printer and compare them to my own printing attempts, both as a way to understand how they would process the image based on my objectives...

Come bird with me! It’s time for Spring Birdathon!)

Hey, come bird with me! It's time for Santa Clara Valley Audubon's annual birdathon, which is one of the organizations biggest fundraising events. As chair of the birdathon committee again this year, I really want to see it do well, so I'm encouraging everyone to find...

Santa Clara Valley Audubon Merced NWR Outing, February 23

Once a year I lead a group out to Merced National Wildlife Refuge for Santa Clara Valley Audubon. Originally this trip was scheduled for January, but due to the government shutdown we had to move it later. Despite that, On February 23, seven birders joined me and we...

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...

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...

Sometimes experiments fail: attaching a laser sight to the camera

Last August Nikon announced their new 500mm lens, and a weird gadget that caught my eye: the Nikon DF-M1 Dot Sight. This attaches to your hot shoe and adds a laser dot focusing system to a camera, similar to those many hunters use on rifles. I was intrigued, curious...

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...

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...

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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