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Susan Collage

This is different from my usual work, but at the time this is being posted, I'm in southern california for my sister's internment and final services. For the services, as the owner of the family photography archives since dad died, I put together a poster to be on...

Photo Friday: Sandhill Cranes Dancing

It's November, and to me, that means the opening of the winter season for the wildlife refuges here in California. The winter migrants are in progress of arriving, and by this time, most of the Sandhill Cranes are here as well as some of the geese and ducks that...

Fuji X-T3 and Capture One (found a bug)

I mentioned in my recent post on birding Coyote Valley with the X-T3 that I'd seen a couple of things, especially a possible halo on the tail of a hawk, and I wanted to try an alternative to Lightroom to see if it's a rendering artifact or a real aspect of the image....

First Impression: Fuji X-T3 and bird photography

(quick edit until I can fix it properly. the two birds below I ID as female brewer's blackbirds are in face female brown headed cowbirds. Apologies for the confusion). Friday I realized I'd basically not left the house in ten days and I was starting to go a bit stir...

New Video: Geese and Cranes (Refuges in Winter)

I'm taking a fresh try at my ongoing project of trying to show the special nature of the wildlife refuges, and so I have a new slideshow/video that I did as a bit of an experiment. I've long thought images simply couldn't bring the refuge to life in a way I wanted,...

Photo Friday: Firehole Spring

I've been meaning to reboot posting a weekly photo out of the portfolio and discuss the image and the story behind it. I'm starting with this image because it has been the most popular image I've published to date by a wide margin. This photo came out of a trip to...

Selfies

In a group I participate in, everyone was challenged to produce a selfie. My immediate response was typical -- I don't shoot people; I don't shoot portraits. I shoot landscapes and nature and birds and wildlife. I especially don't shoot selfies. But... this was a...

First experiences with the Fuji X-T3

In and around everything that's been going on, my Fuji X-T3 body arrived. Since I was about to head down to SoCal again, I unpacked it, powered it up and made sure it worked, added a memory card and set it to RAW+JPEG (because at the time Adobe hadn't released the...

Bandon Lighthouse print

As we've been slowly sorting out how we want the family room to look now that we have the new carpet in it, I've been thinking about the art to put up on the wall. There was an obvious space over the TV where just asking for a good-sized print. So, in the last week,...

Macro Photography experiments

I've been mucking around with getting the tabletop photography setup in the office the way I like it, and so I've been trying things and generally just experimenting. This is a fairly small space, and I found some of my early setups a bit awkward in trying to get set...

Gear Kit: What to carry when you go out and bird

I've been getting questions about what people should bring with them on a birding trip, and while I've written about this in the past, it makes sense to do an update and share what I'm carrying now, and to make some suggestions on options and alternatives for those...

When birding goes magical

On Sunday, April 8, five of us assembled at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve in South Santa Clara County for a Big Sit in support of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Birdathon event, which raises funds every year for the chapter activities. This preserve is fairly new...

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...

Thoughts on Jim Goldstein’s Best of 2017 project

I decided to once again look at all of the submissions to Jim Goldstein’s Best of the Year list to see what I could about trends in the images and in site design for displaying them. I’ve done this two times before, but not for a couple of years. You can take a look...

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...

My Favorite Youtube Channels 2017

I really fell into a rabbit hole with Youtube this year after not really paying much attention to it before. What I found was a great diversity of interesting voices and people and a place (unlike blogs where you really can’t compete anymore with the big sites for...

New Work: Colusa and Sacramento NWR; learning lessons

(You can see all of the photos from this trip on Flickr) With the new job starting -- today, as you read this -- I've been trying to compress some things I'd planned on doing into the time left before it starts, so it's been busy as I've tried to clear the decks for...

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