Cascade Creek — Take 2

When I posted the images from Cascade Creek the other day, I noted that I wasn't really happy with the result of Composition 3, but couldn't really define why. A friend of mine looked at it and suggested darkening and desaturating the greens, and I thought that was a...

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Yosemite Rediscovered: Cascade Creek

My last visit to Yosemite was 2016 when I attended Cocoaconf there. I've been trying to get back since, but schedules and timing have kept me away. As I started to schedule in other commitments this year, it was becoming obvious it might not happen, especially around...

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The Brief: Yosemite Rediscovered

When you read this, I'll be somewhat on the valley floor of Yosemite National Park, unplugged from Social Media, work and everything outside the park, taking in the scenery and maybe taking a few photos. It'll be my first visit since 2016, when I went up there for the...

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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...

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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...

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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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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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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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The 2018 Twelve Days of Photos: Hibiscus Macro

Welcome to my 2018 Twelve Days of Photos, where I look at one of the images I chose to include in my best of year selection and talk a bit about it. To see the entire list of images I chose and learn more about my year in photography, please check out my 2018 Best...

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2018 Best Photos of the Year

The time has come to reflect back on the past year, and it's traditional to reflect back on it, and for photographers, to look through the images of the last year and start selecting favorites for the annual showing-off of your best/favorite images. For me, I...

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Bird Photography on the Fly….

The last few months have been chaotic, to put it mildly, with multiple trips to SoCal to be with Susan during her illness and finally for her services -- all while trying to keep work on track as best I can, and the rest of life and what it tosses at you, such as our...

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