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Bad, Flickr. Bad!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Pin It Picture: Fall colors in the White Mountains, New Hampshire

A shout-out to BorrowLenses; Nikon D800 and 200-400 f4

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Pin It Picture: Sunset through clouds at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge, San Joaquin Valley, California Several weeks ago I had to ship my (nearly) brand new Nikon D800 camera off to the Nikon Repair facility in Los Angeles. During those couple weeks I had a couple shoots scheduled, and BorrowLenses.com became my go-to rescue […]

Warning: Gov’t Rights Grab – NPS Photo Contest

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Pin It Picture: Rain storm clouds at sunrise over the still waters of Emerald Bay State Park, a National Natural Landmark in the South Lake Tahoe region, California Ack!! I can’t believe it’s been nearly four weeks since my last post, but I’ve been very busy with a couple assignments and trying to get my […]

You know it’s a really bad sign when

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Pin It Picture: USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii You all know the scene… someone banging their head against a brick wall or desk over and over again as a sign of frustration; yes, that was me this morning. That’s because a very established keywording vendor returned this image, but failed to include the […]

Triumph & Tragedy in Yosemite

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Pin It Picture: Hikers on the summit of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California A couple days ago I returned home from a six day trip to Yosemite and the Mono Lake area. The trip was a mixture of triumphs and tragedies. I left town fairly apprehensive. I originally planned to do a strenuous single […]

Why have just one?

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Pin It Picture: Wind Energy Turbines at Altamont Pass, California Why have just one when you can have twelve at twelve times the cost? Recently, I sent a request via US Mail to our Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for a certification used for getting paid by my overseas stock agents. I sent a single envelope […]

Paranoia will destroy ya!

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Pin It Picture: Car driving on suburban street in downtown Pleasant Hill, California. File this one under: Photography is not a crime, or “Are you by chance a little paranoid?” After all, it was the British rock group, The Kinks, who reminded us that paranoia is The Destroyer. Not long ago I stopped into a […]

Feeling Burned by the Hypocrisy

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Pin It Picture: Campfire Detail, Somewhere in Oregon Every year the Burning Man event is held in the Nevada desert. Every year I want to attend. Every year I read their policy and restrictions regarding photography taken on-site. Every year I think, “What a bunch of hypocrites.” Every year, I’ve chosen not to go for […]

Vultures & the Perils of Free Photos

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Pin It Picture: A California Condor at the Condor Ridge exhibit of the San Diego Wild Animal Park. Photo by Chuck Szmurlo. Now that I’m back from a week off with my family for Spring Break, I wanted to take a moment and respond to my last post, “Why I Like Free Photos.” From the […]

The Sky is Falling Deja Vu

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Pin It Picture: Dark storm clouds over Balanced Rock at sunset, Arches National Park, Utah Chicken Little said, “The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!” I just saw that stock photo industy guru, Jim Pickerell wrote in his newsletter, “Selling Stock”: “The stock photo industry is in turmoil. Never in more than 30 years […]






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