Sometimes you just need a play day, no serious photography, no pressure, no early or late hours. Just good old fashioned snapshots with a little creative interpretation thrown in. I had been looking for a great point and shoot I could throw in my purse and just have when easily available when I wanted to capture the moment. I finally found it with the Canon G7X MII, and stumbled on a photography playground with their creative modes. Continue reading
Photography renewed my love for the zoo. I used to think it was a kid’s thing that parents had to begrudgingly do as part of the qualification of being a good parent. Now I find myself jockeying with the kids for prime viewing spots (I do try to find a mutually agreeable arrangement, however sometimes it can be challenging when they are scrambling around my legs and monopod). Our recent trip to the San Diego Zoo was a complete bust for me (as you can see from my “before” shots). We had great overcast skies, but I couldn’t seem to find the zone. So I thought I would turn my creativity to the processing side of the equation. So here is my take on “zoo life”. Continue reading
Texturing an image is something that requires not only time, but heavy creative mental space. Its not easy to do, especially with hundreds of interesting textures, and a lot of “what-if” thoughts running through your mind. Continue reading
I can easily get distracted by the next new thing – a new set of Lightroom presets, a fun Photoshop action, a new plug-in…..that I forget about the great stuff I fell in love with before. As I started processing my Oxford photos, I rediscovered Flypaper’s recipes/presets for Google’s NIK product (and also managed to rationalize buying a couple of new sets of recipes). Continue reading
As you all know, one of the great joys of being a photography couple is seeing the world through each other’s eyes. Usually, Mary is tight and telephoto, and I am wide-angle. Here, we got crossed. Continue reading
If you’ve been following us here long enough, you know that I love my toys. I get excited about using different lenses, filters (yes Jack I still use my blue/gold filter), and gizmos (like a child’s prism). You can probably imagine how I felt, when I found myself only being able to take one camera and one lens for a week in Oxford, England. I was there for work, and had to limit my photography to the transition time to walk between buildings. So here is what I learned, when I pushed out of my comfort zone of nature photography…..one camera, one lens, and the street.
Mary and I spent the long July 4th weekend in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. We were looking for bears and flowers in Sequoia and we made our first trip through Kings Canyon to see the waterfalls. Here is what you might see. Continue reading
Mary and I went on a guided tour of graffiti/street art with Athen and Arden last month. We both walked around with our Fuji XT-2s and zoom lenses. As is the usual outcome, we came back with different points of view on what we saw. Not sure one is better than the other, but show the range of perspectives between us. Here is what we saw.
The last time we were in San Francisco, we had a great sunset, and the next day we did one of our favorite walks – through Chinatown, along the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Warf, up to Lombard Street and back through Little Italy. Here are some of our favorite photos. Continue reading
When Mary and I were in San Francisco in February, we went to see the Diane Arbus exhibit at the SF Museum of Modern Art south of Market. We enjoyed seeing the early works of Arbus, AND, I fell in love with Serra’s giant metal sculpture. I had my Sony RX 100 and it was plenty of camera for these photos. Here is what you might see.