Category Archives: SLR

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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Birds in Flight: Part I


New I’ve recently had questions about photographing birds in flight. Today I will begin to address some of the techniques and tips for flight pictures, although to some degree it will be somewhat general, as there are so many different … Continue reading

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Descending into the Night: a video of Vaux’s Swifts


New Each fall huge numbers of Vaux’s Swifts pass down the West Coast of the United States during their southern migration. At night they will gather for the night in massive communal roosts. Before the advent of man and his … Continue reading

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Stanislaus National Park: A tour in Photos


New One of the more delightful backpacking trips I’ve been on in quite some time, was a trip I made with a friend of mine. We had a three day weekend ahead of us. We wanted that High Sierra feeling, … Continue reading

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Ardenwood Historic Park: A tour in photos


Ardenwood Historic Park is a family oriented, interactive park. It is part history, part petting zoo. It is educational and hands on… and oddly enough it is rather suburban. Nestled into the outskirts of Fremont, it is a mix of … Continue reading

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The Hazel-Atlas Sand Mines: A tour of photographs


New The heat of a summer’s day faded away with the noises of the outside world as I strode into this tunnel in time. I visited the Hazel-Atlas Sand Mines in the Black Diamond Regional Park, where they once gathered silicone to … Continue reading

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The Coyote Yawns: A short series of photographs


I came across this coyote one day while hiking in the hills of San Francisco’s Bay area. (The East Bay actually, near the historic Black Diamond Sand Mines out towards Antioch and Somersville.) It sat there long enough for me … Continue reading

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Chickadee in the spider’s web


One day while kayaking with a friend, I saw something I never imagined to see. A Chestnut-backed Chickadee with its wind stuck in a spider’s web. There were actually many spiderwebs around, and several chickadees, but only one that I … 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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The Alien Anemone: A brief essay of photos


New Anemones are one of the more otherworldly creatures I can imagine… which I suppose makes sense, as they are from another world, a more watery one of ocean and sea. Some varieties are more regular visitors to our terrestrial … Continue reading

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The Languid Sea Lion


New On an afternoon like this, in a year not so far ago, I was kayaking the waters of Tomales Bay, when I came across this Stellar Sea Lion, floating in a dream. I stopped paddling, and began to drift … Continue reading

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