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Anatomy of a photo #15: Frosted Fence


This early morning picture of a frosted fence illustrates the affect that aperture can have on a photograph. The closer you focus to where you are standing, the shallower your depth of field will be. For this photo I had … Continue reading

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Using long lenses for portrait photography


When people think about “portrait” photography, it seems they instantly think of fast 50mm and 85mm lenses, perhaps going up or down a hair in focal length. No thanks, I’ve been there, done that, and don’t feel the need to … Continue reading

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Getting clarity by turning off your focus


One of the best camera tech tips I ever got was to turn off the focus capability of the shutter release button. I’ve been doing so for years now, and today, I suggest that you do the same. (Gasps of … Continue reading

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Where to find rainbows (and your best light)


If you are shooting pictures with natural light, try for the best light you can. It is quite simple to find, and through a similar process, you can also find rainbows when the conditions are right. Know where your brightest … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #71: Cauliflower fractals


New Plants and nature are rather amazing as they follow mathematical formulae, growing to patterns we don’t even realize until they are shoved under our noses, like in the case of a Romanesco Cauliflower. It is a series of tiny … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #69: Following the tracks of history


1930 saw the end of an era in western Marin and Sonoma counties, when the railroad running through this rural area was dismantled. Allowing timber and tourists alike to travel between Sausalito and the Russian River, little remains to hint … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #61: Raven tracks on sand dunes


Early in the morning, before the winds have had the chance to erase the tracks of the night and dawn, you can walk the loose sands of the world, reading those stories. Here raven tracks criss cross each other, meandering … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #54: Rainbow on the beach


In the picture above I was at Matapauri Bay in New Zealand, walking along a short trail that cut through two small hills near the beach. A sudden down pour  forced me to stow my camera (a.k.a. cellphone) in a … Continue reading

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Finding scale in New Zealand


So often when taking photographs, we see something amazing, raise our cameras, take the shot, and walk away very pleased with ourselves. Until we get home and review our pictures. We were so impressed with how much larger or smaller … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo (series) #50: Red-shouldered Hawk swallowing a snake head first


When a raptor eats a snake, or at least so my sources tell me, they often begin by positioning the snake so that they may eat it… head first. It makes sense really. The scales of a snake are designed … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #49: Green Heron at Hog Island Oysters


Sometimes we are involved doing one thing, when something different comes along and we completely change our focus. I’d been taking some pictures of a happening for the local paper, when I saw a bird I had never noticed before. … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #41: Silhouetted Willet walking on the beach


I took this picture towards the end of a very long day of driving and hiking around Point Reyes National Seashore. I had woken up that morning to hear on the radio that the air quality was exceptionally clear, and … Continue reading

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