Archive for the 'Rants and Raves' Category

The Near-Death of a Local Photographic Icon

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Picture: Stars over the wreck of the Point Reyes, Inverness, Marin County, California (Click here to purchase a print or license for use in publications. – 151002b_BA2-0250) The Near-Death of a Local Photographic Icon or … Bad Photographers & Why We Can’t Have Nice Things. A few weeks ago, a local photographic icon known as […]

Photography Experience Not Required

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Picture: Photographer at work on the beach at Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California Begin < !-RANT-! > This one just left me shaking my head. Sure, there are probably times when you think the words “Photography Experience Not Required” might be completely applicable or acceptable. But how about in a job listing for […]

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 […]

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