Oct 292012
The Nerve Center

My new office…
Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16, 1/80th, f4.5, ISO 1000

Welcome to the Nerve Center. Ok, so it’s just an Ikea-supplied desk, a few books, and my computer, but it’s a start. I painted over the sharks on the walls (sorry, Teddy), spent some time wandering the halls of Ikea, including the “Self-serve furniture” section, where you pull gigantic cardboard-wrapped objects off of industrial shelves, and wonder how the hell you’re supposed to get them to the checkout line, much less your car…  Then home to assemble the desk, find all the cables, and plug everything in.

And now here it is. There is a Drobo in the back there, which is my primary backup (Time Machine), a CalDigit drive which holds my working image libraries, and another backup drive, which is periodically updated (via Carbon Copy Cloner) with my image libraries.

It’s a whole new day! Now it’s time to go shoot some more!


Oct 152012

I went diving last weekend! Life is good. Spent some time with my buddy and photographer extraordinaire, Jason Bradley, looking at images, talking photography, and maybe drinking a little wine. He showed me (among other things), a beautiful image of an anemone, that just struck me… so I made it a goal for my dive day to try something similar. I find that a great way to expand my photographic repertoire. I’ll never get it exactly the same, but hopefully I have a little of myself in the image(s) I do make. My other photographic goal was to get some sea nettle shots. I really want a good nettle shot! They have eluded me so far.

I woke up Sunday morning, hit Starbucks for coffee and a space to set up my camera gear, and the down to K Dock to pick up the Beach Hopper II, where Captain Mary Jo Nelson and crewman Josh welcomed us. As usual, Mary Jo had baked us fresh cookies (ginger cookies – YUM!). Conditions suggested that we not venture out of the Bay… so we stayed in and had two great dives.

Red anemone

Up close and personal with an anemone at Stonehenge, in Monterey Bay. Nikon D7000, Tokina 10-17, 1/200th, f8.0

First dive
78 Ft, 46 minutes
Water temp: 57 degrees – positively warm!
Viz: 30 feet

Used my (newish) LP95 tank… love that tank. Anyone want to buy a used HP80? A little surgy, but not bad.



A sea nettle at Eric’s Pinnacle, Monterey Bay. Nikon D7000, Tokina 10-17, 1.200th, f7.1


Second dive
Eric’s Pinnacle
50 Ft, 40 minutes
Water temp: 59 degrees – Even warmer!
Viz: 30 feet

Less surge, lots of sea nettles and blue rockfish hovering around. But wait – is this Monterey? The water is this strange blue-ish color… Winter diving is coming, folks!

Jun 212012

Sometimes the best thing to get in sports is the “after” effects of a score. In a recent soccer tournament in South Lake Tahoe, Tom Nolan scored a beautiful goal. I followed him with the camera afterwards to catch this shot.

This will be my last post for the next 10 days. Hopefully, I will have some tiger shark posts when I get back from phase one of my summer vacation!

Tom Nolan scores...

Tom Nolan, Kaveh Toofah, and Eli Seigel celebrate Tom’s score in a tough tournament game.

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May 122012

Rocks off the shore near Whaler's Cove (D7000, 24-70mm at 28mm, 20sec f14, ISO 100)

I spent today wandering in Point Lobos Park, south of Monterey, with my friend Jason Bradley, looking for nice vistas to shoot… Composition was the order of the day. What is the point of this photograph? It’s rock and water. The idea, as Jason explained, is to identify why you are taking the picture, and simplify, until that’s all that’s left. (I’m paraphrasing, Jason. Put down the bottle!). Experimenting with long shutter speeds to get that creamy effect in the water, this is my favorite so far.

If you could look up, you’d see Monterey off in the distance.

Rocks and Water.  And in this case…. Time.


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May 122012

King of All He Surveys - Yellow-Headed Blackbird (D7000, 300mm +1.7TC, 1/1250 f4.8, ISO 200)

While up in Carson City for the Comstock Shootout recently (coming to the end of our soccer-parent career… sigh), the coach and I had Sunday morning free. He’s a birder and general outdoorsy sort of guy, so he suggested we head for Washoe Lake, just a few minutes north. Not having luck getting any of the boys up early enough to go (imagine that!), we headed out on our own.

Washoe Lake Wetlands is a watershed mitigation site, built to offset highway construction in the Washoe Valley. It is a pretty place to walk around, and is home to many birds. I’ve not had a lot of experience shooting birds, but because I heeded the advice of my friend Jason Bradley, I had my tripod and teleconverter with me (I use a monopod for shooting soccer). Birds are kind of skittish, and it is tough getting close. You have to move slowly, and as quietly as you can, and resign yourself to losing your subject in an instant.

I shot as wide open as I could, to have the background out of focus, and draw attention to my subject. I like the way this looks, the out-of-focus reeds make a nice background to the blackbird. This is about a 70% crop from the original image – you just can’t get close enough! This is why true bird shooters have 600mm lenses…



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Apr 072012

Hummer at feeder

Hummingbird catching a little snack

Hummingbird at feeder..

So, here it is, my first official post on my official blog. It seemed appropriate that it should be one of my first digital images. I shot this at a friend’s house, out on their deck, with my brand-new D70, and my trusty 80-200mm lens. I have been reorganizing my images and getting a better handle on what I have (and throwing out a LOT of dreck!). I was excited to discover this image tucked away on my hard drive, unlabeled and untagged, and forgotten…. It looks pretty good, even at 100% (and this is about an 85% crop, mainly to level it out). Comments are aways welcome!

Welcome to my little world!


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