You want how many, how big? (pt. 2)

Posted October 20th, 2012 by
Categories: California, City Scenes, Panorama, Panoramic, Photo Business, Photos

Picture: Panorama looking out over the Mission District from Delores Park, San Francisco, California

Image: Panorama looking out over the Mission District from Delores Park, San Francisco, California
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I mentioned in my last blog post that I’d been working on a pretty big image. The 10×80′ panorama of redwood trees was the largest print ever made of one of my pictures in over two decades. Well, that record didn’t even last half a year.

Recently I received a call from a referred client who had one of the most demanding jobs I’ve ever encountered in my career. It wasn’t just what they were asking for, but more by how fast they needed the work done. So here’s what they needed:

3:00pm Wednesday the client calls needing a quote for (8) 10′ x 95′ (Feet) panoramic photos of (4) notable San Francisco neighborhoods; two each from Chinatown, the Mission District, North Beach, and Fisherman’s Wharf. (These were going to be used as photographic display banners for an event, to represent the actual parts of the city.)

BUT… they needed all the finished and sized images to their printer in San Francisco by noon on Friday.

From first call to deadline was about 45 hours. Fortunately, my experience of working with the other large panorama images gave me a good idea of what to expect. The only problem was that there’d be absolutely no room for error. (This is part of what defines a professional – you have to deliver.)

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You want it how BIG? (pt.1)

Posted October 11th, 2012 by
Categories: Digital, Newsworthy, Panorama, Photo Business, Photos, Trees

Picture: Redwood forest panorama, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Humboldt County, California

Image: Redwood forest panorama, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Humboldt County, California
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I may have previously mentioned in passing that I was working on a pretty big image.

Earlier this year I met with a design team working on a project for a new hotel. I was invited to bid on the project, which involved the creation of some very specific types of images to fit some very specific places. I listened to them discuss their needs, concerns, and requirements. One of their most important criteria was to be able to deliver finished image files at actual size at 300 dpi. (Dots per Inch) I was confident that I could deliver what was being asked, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I was a bit awed by the size of the photos they were asking for.

(1) 10′ x 80′ (Feet) image of a seamless redwood forest panoramic image to be printed in glass. This would become the opaque see-through walls of the 700 sq. ft. Grove Room.
(2) approx. 20′ x 45′ (Feet) murals that would represent what you would see sitting in a oak forest, looking straight up through the tree canopy.

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And that, as they say in Hollywood, is a wrap.

Posted September 25th, 2012 by
Categories: California, Coast, Fossil Beds, Newsworthy, Photos, Sunset, Travel

Picture: Sunset over Lands End as seen from Baker Beach in the Presidio, San Francisco, California

Image: Sunset over Lands End as seen from Baker Beach in the Presidio, San Francisco, California

Like watching the sunset over a distant shore; I’m delighted (and relieved) to say that the sun has finally set on my latest book project, Photographing California; Volume One – North. Two weeks ago today, the book finally went to press. That means all the corrections that could be made were made. Anything missed will be enshrined in print. And simply, there is no other work I can do before the cold hard book hits the warmth of human hands and bookshelves everywhere.

I guess my only job now will be to get the promotion game going to let people know about the book. All in due course, of course. The book should be available for purchase during the holidays.

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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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