Category Archives: Anatomy of a photo

Anatomy of a photo #86: Coyote tongue


This is a continuation in my series of catching animals having a little slip of the tongue… or in some cases, like this one, a not so little slip. This is not about showing close up detailed images of animal … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #85: Bobcat tongue


I realized it had been a while since I had posted a photo of animals caught in the act of sticking out their tongues, something which seems to happen in a surprising amount of my photographs. These photographs are not … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #84: Faux Fringing a sheep


I remember well (although apparently not well enough) reading an article by Galen Rowell (yes, the other Galen) about how he was able to create a diffraction fringe around a fellow climber and his ice axe. It’s a fantastic photograph, … Continue reading

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Surfing under the Golden Gate Bridge: An Essay in Photos


I headed over to the south side of the Golden Gate Bridge early one morning, just to photograph this iconic bridge from an angle I haven’t experienced as often, and was surprised to find many people surfing. It is a … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #22: Bobcat stalking the shores of Tomales Bay


This image was in a recent photo essay that I posted, and due to its popularity, I am going to write a little about what went into capturing this image. First of all this photo was taken from my kayak. … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #18: Boat and mist


Early morning light is some of the best, but living out here on the edge of a continent, we sometimes have what we call “fog.” I’ve found that there are times when “fog” can create a late or second “magic … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #16: Morning lily pads


I made this image in my early days of digital photography, before I knew all the ins and outs of modern cameras. It didn’t really matter though, as many things such as exposure, compensating for bright light, focus, composition- all … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #9: Harbor Seal portrait


I captured this image the first time I took my dad kayaking. It was early one afternoon in Tomales Bay, when the winds were calm. While I have seen many seals on the bay, we were lucky on this day … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #13: Sunlit waves


This image highlights the importance of being willing to head out for pictures, even when the weather is crappy… or even because of bad weather. I took this picture during a break in a storm at a nearby beach. The … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #5: Bubble Jelly in Drake’s Estero


This is a picture I took while kayaking in Drake’s Estero, a body of water lying within the Point Reyes National Seashore, one of my local parks. This one was simple to take. I have a small, digital point and … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #3: Great Egret hunting in the fog


This image was made while kayaking early one morning on Drake’s Estero. When I saw this egret on the local oyster farm’s racks, I knew right away that I wanted a vertical orientation to the picture. The structure of the … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #4: Golden Gate at Sunrise


I often feel silly taking pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge… It’s been photographed so many times, by so many people (likely it is one of the most photographed object in the bay area), at so many different times of … Continue reading

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