Thanks Ugh and more Ugh

Posted April 4th, 2006 by
Categories: Rants and Raves

For starters, Happy April.

I spent the part of the weekend in the South Bay, where I was the featured presenter for an all day seminar hosted by the Yerba Buena Chapter of the Photographic Society of America. Thank you all for having me. It was great fun.

The seminar was on Sunday at 9:00 am, the morning after the time change. Ugh. Of course, I had to be there early to set up. More Ugh. It was my own fault, though. When I was asked which dates I was available, they gave me a choice of April 2nd or April 8th. I picked the 2nd. It never crossed my mind that would be the day when we lose an hours sleep. Triple Ugh. Oh well.

The seminar went great, and I loved presenting to the sold out audience. Many familiar faces, and many enthusiastic comments and questions. Check out your local chapter of the PSA. For locals, I’ll be judging this Thursday at the Contra Costa Camera Club (4/6).
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Common Cents Sense

Posted March 30th, 2006 by
Categories: Photo Business

Photographer, Producer, and Designer Mark Loundy has a wonderful industry resource that includes many “must read” articles in an almost-monthly mini industry e-zine called Return to Common Cents. I’ve also included a permanent link on my Photography > Resources page.

From his site:

Common Cents is an unapologetic, opinionated, and often sarcastic advocate for independent photographers. It will educate, agitate and inform.

There is no article for April, but this should give you plenty of time to catch up on all the excellent past articles. – Happy Reading.

The Work Remains

Posted March 29th, 2006 by
Categories: Fossil Beds

Photographer Bob Carlos Clarke has died. Pay tribute to a person you may not know by taking a moment to see some of his life’s work. His portfolio is HERE. Some images are adult in nature, and may not be appropriate for younger viewers.

Photo: The Wave, Arizona

Posted March 28th, 2006 by
Categories: Deserts, Outdoors, Photos

Picture: Striated Sandstone and blue sky, at “The Wave”, Paria Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

This is the classic spot that many photographers go to take the often-shot, rock reflected in puddle. You know the one, right? Well, Ok, maybe not by description, but you’d recognize it if you saw it. In fact, I’d show you my own version of it, except there wasn’t any water there. It’s a mild to moderate multi-mile hike. On my one trip, I was making the hike by myself, and was there in the late afternoon. For awhile, there was nobody else around; REAL solitude. I left the area just before sunset. By the time I got to my truck, it was dark. I was thankful that I was able to drive into Kanab, Utah for a late night meal. I don’t remember the name of the restaurant, but they were nice enough to allow me in five minutes after their official closing time. After dinner, I drove to Bryce Canyon to sleep and catch the sunrise.

To see more images from the area, visit my 2-page online Arizona Gallery.

Best PJ 2006

Posted March 28th, 2006 by
Categories: Newsworthy, Photos

The National Press Photographer Association (NPPA) has posted the 2006 Best of Photojournalism Winners. As with most news related image exhibitions, there are some very graphic images that are not appropriate for younger viewers. The very first image in the first category (PhotoJournalist of the Year) is an amazing shot of a helicopter crashing in Afghanistan.

Todd Heisler of the Rocky Mountain Times has a heartfelt look at the return of a Marine from Iraq, and of the dozen featured images, one image in particular made me go, “Wow”. Interestingly, that same photo I later saw in a different category, as the first place winner in the General News category.

Give yourself time to view all the categories. There are excellent images in all of them. I’ve added a link to the winners page on my Photography page.

Sold out

Posted March 27th, 2006 by
Categories: Photo Business

No, I don’t mean I sold out by selling my images on microstocks. But, keeping myself overly busy in the last couple weeks, I didn’t even get a chance to post here that I was doing a seminar in San Mateo on April 2nd. And now, it’s too late. I hear from the organizer that the all-day seminar I’ll be presenting for the Yerba Buena Chapter of the Photographic Society of America has already sold out. You can check out the PDF flyer if your curious on the site of the N4C. (Northern California Counsil of Camera Clubs.)

If you’d like to bring me and my seminar to your area, pass my name up the ladder at your local camera club, or other organization, or feel free to contact me directly.

High Eye in Sky

Posted March 27th, 2006 by
Categories: Space and Science

It’s not Big Brother, but it does offer some really cool views. NASA has a couple really excellent resources on the web filled with some wonderful photography taken from above; way way above. The first place to visit is NASA Earth Observatory . The mission statement on their site says they, “provide a freely-accessible publication on the Internet where the public can obtain new satellite imagery and scientific information about our home planet. The focus is on Earth’s climate and environmental change.” Now this is what I call a good use of my tax dollars! They also have an Image of the Day as part of their Newsroom. This weekend, they had a great hi-rez photo of where I want to take my camera this summer; Glacier National Park.

EarthIf you want to wander through the archives, check out the other area, NASA Visible Earth.

I’ve added links to both of these at the top of my Earth Sciences page.

Photo Courtesy of NASA Visible Earth

Photo: Wave at Sunset, Bean Hollow State Beach

Posted March 22nd, 2006 by
Categories: California, Coast, Photos, Sunset, Water

Picture: Crashing wave at sunset, Bean Hollow State Beach, San Mateo County, California coast.

Here’s another image that I posted over at NaturePhotographers.net. Taken a number of years ago, this is one of those images where previsualization played a strong role in my getting the shot.

Crashing wave at sunset on coastal rocks, Bean Hollow State Beach, San Mateo County coast, California

Bean Hollow State Beach is about 50 minutes south of San Francisco along Highway One. One of the nice natural features is a rocky ledge that runs along the water. At high tide, and with a little wind, you can see wave after wave breaking on these rocks. With each wave, there would be a huge curtain of spray. However, with almost mythic qualities, you can get the waves to stop breaking. Just…

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Thats-a Spicy a-Meatball

Posted March 21st, 2006 by
Categories: Space and Science

Jim Carrey says this famous Italian-iconesque quote in his movie, The Mask, after swallowing a bunch of dynamite that subsequently explodes inside his stomach, causing his belly to, um… rapidly expand.

This last week, MSNBC Space News has an article on the Big Bang Theory, and new findings regarding the Cosmic Background Radiation.

The article describes “new evidence supporting the theory that the infant universe expanded from subatomic to astronomical size in a fraction of a second after its birth.”

“During this growth spurt, a tiny region, likely no larger than a marble, grew in a trillionth of a second to become larger than the visible universe,” said WMAP researcher David Spergel, also from Princeton University. … “We find that density fluctuations on the 1 [billion] to 10 billion light-year scale are larger than density fluctuations on the 100 million light-year scale,” Spergel said. “That is just what inflation theory predicts.”

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Photo Tech Myths

Posted March 21st, 2006 by
Categories: Fossil Beds

For all those that love knowing the technology, one photographer has come up with a list of 10 common myths about photography. There are some really great items dealing with things like focal lengths, shutter speeds, and perspective. I’m sure many of these will likely be used by photo-tech-heads to win bar bets.