Bay area presentation tomorrow night in Walnut Creek

Posted September 17th, 2012 by
Categories: Newsworthy, Workshops

Picture: Hikers looking towards Half Dome and Tenaya Canyon from atop Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park, California

Image: Hikers looking towards Half Dome and Tenaya Canyon from atop Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park, California

For people who live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I want to share that I’ll be giving a presentation tomorrow night, Tuesday, Sept. 18th, at 7:00pm for the Walnut Creek Civic Arts, and will take place at the Walnut Creek Main Library

The presentation, called California, a State of Mind and a State of Place explores my thought process while documenting the state in seven back-to-back books on California, as well as offering tips to help improve your own photography. I hope you can join me. (If you live locally, it’d be greatly appreciated if you can share this with your friends. Thanks!)


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Gualala River Sunset

Posted August 27th, 2012 by
Categories: California, Coast, Photos, Sunset

Picture: Sunset over the mouth of the Gualala River, on the border between the Sonoma and Mendocino County coastlines, Gualala, California

Image: Sunset over the mouth of the Gualala River, on the border between the Sonoma and Mendocino County coastlines, Gualala, California

I’m sending this image out in tribute to my dad, who passed away 23 years ago this week. I know he loved this part of the coast, and I’m sure this photo would have made him smile. Needless to say, I miss him.

My wife picked a perfect place for our summer family vacation this year. We spent our birthdays (3 days apart) in the middle of California’s world-famous Banana Belt, enjoying a week with my mom and our kids. What do you mean you’ve never heard of California’s Banana Belt? It’s a small stretch of coastline that is often protected from the relentless summer fog bank that hangs over the north coast. Thanks to the landform known as Point Arena, the area to the south which includes Gualala and Sea Ranch are often gorgeous and sunny, while places just a few miles further north or south will be locked inside the blanket of cool, grey fog. We were lucky, as the skies in the town of Gualala turned sunny on the day of our arrival, and stayed clear and blue for the full week. All the while, we could see the fog bank hanging just a couple miles offshore. Because I’d been working so furiously on my book project this last year, I opted to do very little photography on this trip, keeping it as a family vacation. However, this scene was too good to pass up.


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NIKON -plus other- Equipment Sale

Posted August 10th, 2012 by
Categories: Fossil Beds

Picture: Photographer couple shooting the sunset together from the Marin Headlands, California

Image: Photographer couple shooting the sunset together from the Marin Headlands, California

I’m helping a friend part out her late husband’s camera gear. The equipment was owned and used by a professional outdoor adventure and wildlife photographer who passed away last year. I have tested the lenses and camera body, and visually examined all of the equipment. Before posting any of this equipment on E-Bay or Craigslist, or some other outside used equipment vendor, I wanted to give the people in my social circles a chance to see what’s here.

Shoot me a note through my contact form, and let me know if there’s an item or two of interest that you’d like to discuss.

Unfortunately, all equipment is and has to be sold ‘as is’ with no expressed or implied warranty or guarantee of any kind, or in any manner. However, that said, I’ll be happy to take time and give my best and honest assessment on any items or conditions.

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80-400mm AF-VR f/4.5-5.6D = Excellent – Asking $995.00
Comes with HB-24 Lens hood, ring mount, and soft case


17-35mm AF-S ED f/2.8 – Fair - Asking $725.00
Zoom ring quite stiff at end ranges, but still works. Est repair via Nikon $475.00
Also comes with hood & hard case

105mm AF Micro f/2.8 w/ HS-10 hood – Excellent – Asking $750.00


1.4x AF-I Teleconverter TC-14E – Excellent – Asking $125.00
Model Discontinued; used $100.00-$150.00

Nikon D200 Camera Body – Excellent – Asking $300.00
Inc. 2 batteries, charger, and manual

Nikon MC-20 Cable Release and Intervolometer – Excellent = $25.00

Nikon SC-17 Flash Extension Cord – Excellent = $20.00


Nikon SB-26 Flash – Excellent = $75.00

Nikon SB-28 Flash – Excellent = $100.00

(2) Nikon SS-SU4 remote flash mounts w/ soft case - Excellent = $100.00

Nikon MC-33 Cord Appears in good condition; assume it works fine = $25.00


Nikon Bellows PB5 – Good cond. w/ (1) very small dimpled fold. Asking – $250.00
Comes with Slide copying adapter PS-5

Sekonic Digi Master Light Meter L-718 C-340 w/ soft case Excellent = $100.00

(2) Gara Gear soft lens travel cases and (1) folding soft filter wrap. Good
= $20 for 1, case or $30.00 for all three

REI Ultrapod 1 - Excellent = $10.00
REI Ultrapod 2 – Excellent = $15.00

Strobooframe off-camera flash Right Angle bracket (make offer)
Misc. curved off –camera bracket. (make offer)


Velbon Macro Slider – Excellent = $50.00

Dynalite Jackrabbit Pack Good to Excellent – Asking $200.00

FILTERS none have boxes, but almost all have cases.

< 70mm = $10.00 each
> 70mm = $25.00 each

52-55mm step-up ring Tiffen = $2.00

55mm 81A Tiffen
55mm 81B Tiffen
55mm Polarizer Tiffen
55mm #6 Yellow 1 Tiffen
58mm Haze -1 Tiffen (No Case)

72mm Haze-1 Tiffen (No Case)
72mm Warm Pro-Mist 3 Tiffen
72mm Circ Polarizer Tiffen
72mm Circ Polarizer (thin) Tiffen
72mm Enhancing Filter Tiffen
72mm Yellow #12 Tiffen
72mm SKY-1A Tiffen
72mm 81-A Tiffen
77mm E- Slim Red 090 5x B+W
77mm Haze-1 Tiffen (No Case)
77mm Circ. Polarizer Tiffen
77mm 81A Tiffen
77mm 81B Tiffen
77mm ND 0.3 Tiffen
77mm ND 0.6 Tiffen

Cokin P filters = $5.00 each

Gold – 047
Sepia Light – 045
Gradual G1 – 120
Gradual G2 – 121

(2) Underwater Kinetics Pelican-style Cases $50.00 / each.

Tamarac camera bag (1) slight cosmetic tear on top flap
Ext. Dimensions approx 14″ L x 10.5″ H x 6″ W

Yosemite Premier Photo Collection

Posted August 6th, 2012 by
Categories: Arizona, California, National Parks, Photos, Yosemite

Picture: Rainbow in Le Conte Falls on the Tuolumne River, Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, Yosemite National Park, California

Image: Storm cloud over Lake Tahoe at sunset, from South Lake Tahoe, California

It’s with great delight that I’d like to introduce a brand new ‘Premier Image Collection’ gallery of Yosemite National Park and the area around Tioga Pass. Click here to see the full gallery.

I’d hope to have several such galleries built just after my web site was re-designed last year. Unfortunately I got side-tracked by my current book project (which is about ready to go to press) and a few other things. So without any further adieu, please accept my invitation to check out this new gallery.

http://www.enlightphoto.com/webpages/Yosemite-Photos/Yosemite-Pictures _01.html

I’d love it if you let me know what you think, or if you find any errors or broken links. If you like the images, it would also mean a lot to me if you’d hit the Tweet, +1, or Share buttons located on the gallery or image page(s).

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The Gift of Music

Posted July 12th, 2012 by
Categories: ART, People, Photos

Picture: Scotty Barnhart playing at the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, California

Image: Scotty Barnhart playing at the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, California

For nearly a decade my music tastes had reached a plateau. Years ago I was only listening to the radio; I hadn’t yet gotten an iThingy or loaded my music into iTunes. I don’t know what broke the camel’s back, but at one point I felt my audible ambiance had stagnated. I resolved to actively start seeking out more ‘new-to-me’ music. About that time Pandora surfaced. I started finding new artists, and looking them up on YouTube, listening to playlists and making my own. Recently I discovered NPR’s 24/7 stream of their show, All Songs Considered. It’s a collection of all the songs they’ve featured over the last ten years. When listening in iTunes, it tells me who the artist is, so if something catches my attention, I can track more down elsewhere.

Just when I think my music collection, which has hundreds of CD’s copied into my HD and iTunes had reached a respectable size, I was ‘gifted’ a musical collection by my old college friend who was moving overseas. He wanted me to have access to, and keep a back-up copy of his music on a HD. I said, “Sure!” I really respect his musical tastes, and he had his own show on the college radio station. The one word I used to describe his tastes, which coincides with my own is ‘eclectic.’ I knew I’d be getting some good stuff, seeing his collection was over 200Gb & 35,000 files. I’ve already found some wonderful music, and I can’t wait to discover more.

So what does this have to do with photography? On the surface; not much. On a deeper level, we can sometimes become stuck in a visual rut if the only other visual work we ‘see’ coincides with our own personal photography pursuits. If you’re only paying attention to landscape photos because that’s what you shoot; or birds, portraits, or street photography, watch out for your own form of incoming visual stagnation. My Advice, take the time to actively look at work being produced outside your own personal sphere. There’s a lot of great stuff being produced out there. Use your senses and indulge expanding your palette a bit.

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Coming out of the clouds

Posted June 22nd, 2012 by
Categories: California, Fossil Beds, Mountains, Photos, Weather

Picture: Rugged mountain peaks coming out of the clouds along McGee Creek, Eastern Sierra, California

Image: Rugged mountain peaks coming out of the clouds along McGee Creek, Eastern Sierra, California

You know that feeling you get when you say, “I feel like my head is coming out of the clouds;” – that’s the way I feel right now. It’s a good feeling. I can’t believe it’s almost July, as the last six months have felt lost in a fog of work and personal stuff. I’ve wrapped up a number of jobs that I’ve had over the spring, and most importantly, preparing to deliver the final edited corrections on my manuscript for my seventh book project. The editing of this project was way beyond the scope of time I originally anticipated, but I’m really happy with how the content has come together. You’ll be hearing more about the book in upcoming posts.

I remember my mom and wife asking repeatedly over the course of the book production period, “Do you see the light at the end of the tunnel yet?” Unfortunately, for much longer than I thought it would take, I had to answer, “No, not yet.” Over the last three or four weeks, I finally began feeling as if I’ve walked through the other end of the tunnel, and my head is returning to normal after being in a six-month fog.

Now it’s back to more sharing of my work, new travels, making new photos, starting new projects, and hiking new trails.

I believe the technical phrase is: “Whoo-Hoo!”


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What’s your creativity worth?

Posted May 24th, 2012 by
Categories: Fossil Beds

Picture: Empty cupboards in abandoned kitchen, Bodie State Historic Park, California

Image: Empty cupboards in abandoned kitchen, Bodie State Historic Park, California

(rant)

With a lot of stuff going on at the moment, I’ve been in a bit of a socially reclusive mode due to lack of time, but every once and awhile, something comes up that prompts me to raise my head up and speak. In this case, the quote of the day is, “Seriously???”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Value your work. If you don’t, no one else will. I have far more respect for photographers who choose to give work away, via a donation or with a creative commons license, than I do for photographers or other creatives that put such little monetary value on their work.

Heck, even I give my images away from time to time, when the spirit or cause moves me. Free is not the same as worthless. But accepting $0.50 an image sure makes it appear that your work is as close to worthless as you can get.

(/rant)

Wanting an iPhone photographer (mountain view)
Date: 2012-05-21, 6:57PM PDT
Reply to: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@comm.craigslist.org

I need someone who can take photographs of Bay Area businesses (storefronts, inside, restaurants etc.), interesting scenery, town and city landmarks etc for a travel information guide I am putting together.

These are not for high res printing so the resolution provided by good smartphones will be fine. You just need to be able to take a good shot, no reflections of you in the pic, get permission where needed etc.

Given that most people have cameras on their phones, I just thought it would be a good opportunity for you to make some money without too much effort.

University students – this would be perfect for you. I will pay 50 cents for every photo I can use. Payment will be made by Paypal for each photo I use.

10 photos = 5 bucks
100 photos = 50 bucks!!

All I need is your confirmation that you took the photo (and so you have the copyright) and that you grant a royal free license to use the pictures on my websites and publications.

Tell me about yourself, where you are based/can photograph. Example photos would be great.

Thanks!

David


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Good thing I don’t eat snakes…

Posted April 28th, 2012 by
Categories: Animals, California, Photos

Picture: California Mountain Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans elegans) in the rocks and grass, Table Mountain, near Oroville, California

Image: Snake in the rocks and grass, Table Mountain, near Oroville, California

First; Does anyone know (exactly) what type of Garter snake this is?

It’s a good thing I don’t eat snakes. I almost stepped on this little guy yesterday afternoon while wandering around on Table Mountain near Oroville, California. Despite my thumping around on the ground behind the snake, setting my camera and tripod down, the snake didn’t move at all. I actually had to bend over and look close for a moment to see if it was alive. Then the tongue flicked; yup, alive. I took numerous handheld shots while bending right over the back of the snake. The poor thing was acting totally oblivious to me, and although I was standing downwind in a light breeze, I was making no effort to minimize my own movements; and still no reaction by the snake. Finally I decided, maybe I could try a different composition. The instant I moved into a position upwind of the snake, a quick tongue flick and suddenly the reptile was in full alert and moving. One quick pause, another tongue flick, and down into the burrow it went. Again, I say it’s a good thing I don’t eat snakes. I was above and behind, within a forearm’s reach for a couple solid minutes. If I was a hawk, owl, coyote, or bobcat, methinks dinner would have just been served on a silver platter.


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Warning: Gov’t Rights Grab – NPS Photo Contest

Posted April 23rd, 2012 by
Categories: California, Newsworthy, Photo Contests, Photos, Rants and Raves

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

Image: Rain storm clouds at sunrise over the still waters of Emerald Bay State Park, 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 the door. However, I saw something today that I thought was important enough to raise a flag of caution. It seems the National Park Service, a division of the Department of the Interior, is holding a photo contest to help promote its National Natural Landmarks. I noticed in last year’s winners selection of images a shot taken by someone from my old neighboring hometown of Lafayette of spring poppeis on Mount Diablo. Curiousity, the devilish feline side of me wanted to find out just what kind of rights this contest was asking for. Shocking, but true; if you enter the contest, your entry becomes the property of the NPS to use or sell. What do you get in return? Perhaps a small token prize if you’re in the top three, and (10) copies of the calendar if your image is used. (Hooo-Rah!)

The ‘offending’ terms:

Submission of an entry shall constitute the grant of a non-exclusive, royalty free license to the National Park Service, and its’ sublicensees, to reproduce, display, prepare derivative works, distribute to the public by sale or other transfer, and to utilize the photograph submitted for any governmental purpose, including but not limited to publication on the World Wide Web, interpretive publications, and commercial uses.

So if the National Park Service sells one of your entry images that wasn’t even selected for use for $1,000.00, you’ve just given the government a thousand dollars, and you won’t likely even receive a notice of the use or sale, much less a handshake or a “Thanks you.”

I’m happy to support the National Park Service, primarily through my purchase of an Annual Pass, but I’m not sure I want to just hand them over any of my images on a silver platter.


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Modernglyphics

Posted March 28th, 2012 by
Categories: ART, City Scenes, Fossil Beds

Picture: Graffiti and reflection in standing water inside an abandoned building, Berkeley, California

Image: Graffiti reflection in standing water inside an abandoned building, Berkeley, California

While I continue to be very busy, I at least wanted to poke my head above water to let you know about something I recently had the fun opportunity to document. I spent a day on my own, wandering around an old 3-story abandoned building in Berkeley, documenting all the profuse graffiti which appeared on nearly every reachable surface. It turns out that the person who hired me is a patron of the arts, and hated to see some of the more impressive graffiti art fade into oblivion as the building was being readied for renovation. My job was to capture some of those more artistic presentations. While much graffiti we see in our daily lives is mere tagging by juveniles or gang members, some of the work in this building was definitely worthy of the title “Art.” I was honored to be asked to document these modernglyphics, and to preserve the work as Art.

I’ve photographed graffiti tourists have left in national parks, including carvings in sandstone next to Native American Pictographs. All of these, from Egyptian heiroglyphics, to gang tags in public restrooms, to tourists leaving “The Smith Family was here – 2006″ in the Grand Canyon, all stem from the same inner desire; to leave some permanent remembrance of our own transient existence; something that says, “I was here.”

I suppose my rhetorical question after seeing all these variations would be, “at what point does something cross the line between being graffiti or visual pollution, to something of historical significance worth saving?” Let’s say you’re in Utah, when you spy a rock carved with the initials “RLP was here ’70.” What would you automatically think; “Dumb kids,” right? Would it make a difference if that rock graffiti was made by Robert LeRoy Parker back in 1870; a.k.a. a 14 year-old Butch Cassidy?


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