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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Black and White Photography

One of the things I keep telling myself I need to do is spend time converting a selection of my images to black and white and explore them as monochrome pictures. I cut my teeth as a new photographer with Black and White, shooting primarily Tri-X, and doing my own...

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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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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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