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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...

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 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,...

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...

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...

Merced National Wildlife Refuge — a Slideshow

I’m trying something new with my photos, and I’ve published this slideshow video on YouTube. I’d love to know what you think. I’m trying something new here, which I think needs a bit of explanation. Which is going to require a digression. [youtube...

New prints on the wall

My project to replace all of the prints on my wall has progressed nicely, and the feature wall in my office, which is what you see behind me when I have my webcam turned on, is done. I'm really happy with the results, although I had to redo a few images because, on...

Another Rant about Printing your Images

I've written about this before but I wanted to rant about this a bit once again: if you aren't printing out your images, you are missing a great opportunity to make your images better. I've been intending to get around to updating the images on my wall for a few weeks...

Nesting Bald Eagles in the Bay Area

Much to pretty much everyone's surprise, a pair of bald eagles decided to nest in a tree in the front of an elementary school in Milpitas. This is unusual for a few reasons, because this species usually nests near water and they are generally not terribly happy at...

Quick Trip to Morro Bay (spoilers: Otter pictures!)

You can see all images from this trip on Flickr. I decided I was ready for a break so I took off and spent a couple of nights down in Morro Bay to unplug. It was also a chance to beta test how well I travel since I've changed to taking insulin (answer: everything...

Visiting the Central Valley Refuges

During the winter I head out into the central valley as many times as I can to visit the refuges while the winter migrants are living there. I’ve get requests on where to go and what to expect, so I’ve written up a few notes on these trips and what to expect for you....

2016: The Year in Review

2016 was a complex and crazy year for all of us. A lot of negatives and the year won’t be remembered well, whether it was the large number and importance of the people that left us to the election here in the states, which is likely to echo forward into future years...

My Best Photos of the Year for 2016

Welcome to my annual display of my best/favorite photos of the year. I've been doing this since 2007 and it's always interesting me to go back and take a look at how my interests and technique has changed over time. 2016 was a big transition for me. The first three...

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