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Anatomy of a photo #24: Dog’s Eye


One of my favorite ways to take a picture of an animal (as long as I am close enough) is to zoom in on a particular characteristic, and them take the photograph with a shallow depth of field. That is … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #21: Great Blue Heron


I noticed I somehow missed entry #21, so I am heading back in my posting numbers a little. I was hiking in one of my local state parks (I won’t name which one, as it is nearly undiscovered, and I … Continue reading

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The Eureka Sand Dunes: An essay in photos


It used to be that my friends and I would head down to the Eureka Sand Dunes (found in the Death Valley National Park) every year for a few days to a week. Amazing place. Tallest sand dunes in California, … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #20: Portrait of a sheep


I was originally taking pictures of the sheep that are blurred out in the background, when this wooly lawn mower came munching by. I quickly changed my focus, realizing that this nearby sheep would also make a nice image, especially … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #19: Spider on a bedewed web


  I took this image early one morning (I feel like I start so many of these “Anatomy of a photos” with those same words) while I was out chasing that early light. The grass was still wet, and so … 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 and was surprised to find many people surfing. It is a rather unique spot, as the surfers head parallel to the shore, rather than just … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #17: Horizontal and vertical landscapes I


This one is a double photo. The lesson is simple. Sometimes it can be good to rotate your camera 90 degrees, because it can give the image a very different feel. Also, when doing landscapes, especially of valleys and such … 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 #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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Anatomy of a photo #13: Sunlit waves


This image highlights the importance of being willing to head out for pictures no matter what the weather… or even because of bad weather. I took this picture during a break in a storm at a nearby beach. The day … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #7: Oak silhouette


I have different areas that I’ve scouted out over the years, that I know are interesting places for pictures. These are areas that I will visit early, early in the morning, when the light is going through its changes, when … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #6: Lizard portrait


This picture was taken in a friends back yard. There was nothing special about the location, no miles of hiking, no hours of paddling. It was just right there, outside the door. Sometimes you don’t have to go very far … Continue reading

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