Archive for the 'Rants and Raves' Category

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Picture: Rainbow over a forest after a storm, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Shasta County, California (Click here to purchase a print or license for use in publications. – ID# shas-2139) — For reasons I won’t go into right now, this is probably the most thankful Thanksgiving I’ve had in a long time. To that end, […]

Something wrong in Shangri La – Using photos to communicate

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Photo: The fresh green hills of Briones Regional Park in spring, looking toward Mount Diablo, Contra Costa County, California One of the things I always tell participants in my workshops, presentations, and especially when I’m doing professional image critiques or portfolio reviews, is something that is often lost or not truly recognized by many beginning […]

Bad, Flickr. Bad!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Picture: Fall colors in the White Mountains, New Hampshire

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

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

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 became my go-to rescue resource. Not […]

Warning: Gov’t Rights Grab – NPS Photo Contest

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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 book out […]

You know it’s a really bad sign when

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

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 keyword American […]

Triumph & Tragedy in Yosemite

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

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 day hike […]

Why have just one?

Monday, November 1st, 2010

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 asking for […]

Paranoia will destroy ya!

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

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 local camera […]

Feeling Burned by the Hypocrisy

Friday, April 16th, 2010

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 that reason. […]

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