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.”

Read the Full Article.

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.

Whats wrong with this photo

Posted March 21st, 2006 by
Categories: Rants and Raves

Ok, it’s Not MY photo. It’s on someone else’s blog. But then again, it’s not even HIS photo. Maybe I should be asking what’s wrong with this post, more than the photo. In 63 replies, no one has mentioned that he’s using a very obviously copyrighted photo belonging to the National Geographic Society (NGS). Not only that, but he’s copied it to his own server, rather that posting a text link to where he found it, or to the NGS itself. And now it’s helping him earn money with all of the page views and the Goggle Ad Words. Wouldn’t that make it a commercial use since a revenue stream now is involved? What share of the income from his blog goes back to the photographer? None, I’ll bet. I’ll even bet that the same holds true as to whether he ever queried National Geographic about it’s use. More like – “Hey, Look what I found. It was on the internet, so it must be free and OK for me to use however I want.” At least he left the NGS logo intact.

Let’s just hope that there aren’t any National Geographic Editors or Lawyers reading my blog. – Oh Wait – I haven’t swiped any of NGS’s property. Nevermind.

“Sheesh!” – At least he coulda’ included a link to NGS, right?

Chalk up another one of 10 billion brave-new-world examples of how people (don’t) think about the value of other peoples work in this global internet age. – Maybe I’d feel better about this all if he came an spent about 200 hours interning for me.

P.S. Edit 3/22/06 5:58pm : per a very reasonable request; I’m adding this postscript to say that the person who made the post I refer to in this topic has responded graciously, and made a greater effort to ammend the situation than many others would have done in similar circumstances. I’ve applauded his responsiveness on my site, and his, within the comments area.

Photo: Emerald Hills, East Bay Area, California

Posted March 17th, 2006 by
Categories: California, Photos, Spring, Trees

Here’s an appropriate image for St.Patrick’s Day; one that I just posted over on Nature Photographers.Net.

Picture: Emerald Green Hills in Spring, Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, California

Photo of green hills in spring

Everyone have a safe holiday – if you celebrate, please don’t drink & drive.

Pickles and Mustard

Posted March 17th, 2006 by
Categories: Rants and Raves

File this rant under “You know that civilization is in deep trouble when…”

A normal morning routine for me includes turning on the local news on here in the Bay Area. (KTVU) After grabbing some coffee and keeping an ear out for the weather, I usually start right in working. Sometimes I get so engrossed in work, that I forget I left the news on. But I always know when the news is over, because at 9:00 AM I hear the god-awful screaming and yelling of the Maury show. (I’m not even gonna bother giving a link.) This noise pollution forces me from whatever I’m doing to go back and turn the TV off.

So today, as usual I hear the screaming, yelling, and crying that tells me the Maury show started. As I came out to turn off the TV (and having missed the weather report), I noticed the little “announcement” in the lower left part of the screen that tells what the topic of that day’s show is about.

Today: “My Fear of Pickles and Mustard is Ruining My Life.”

I immediately knew two things: I couldn’t find the off button fast enough, and our society hit a new, even lower, intellectual low.