Photography, Cycling and the Internets




My youngest daughter was playing at the beach in Santa Barbara in her sun dress and I grabbed this photo.  Everything about her pose, expression, the long grasses, sand and hill behind her screamed for a vintage look.  I used Nik Silver Efex Pro to get the look I was going for.  Some have said I need to crop it, and I can see why from a composition perspective, but I’ll be leaving it just as it is since I like the environment.


Enjoying the Setting Sun

Enjoying the Setting Sun

A bit of daydreaming while riding a bicycle as the sun gets low in the horizon.  I love the lighting in this.



A few months ago, I rented some lights and messed around with learning how they work.  I took a few photos of my family.  Here is one I really liked that came out of my little experiment.  My daughter had been upset about something that little kids get upset about.  She had also just gotten out of the bath.  Needless to say, she wasn’t impressed by my setup.  The upside is an awesome photo! 🙂

USS Iowa – BB-61

BB-61, USS Iowa

I ended 2011 with another trip to the USS Iowa.  This time I was able to get on board!  The ship is finally getting restored and prepped for its voyage to Southern California.  In the meantime, they are letting people check out the foredeck.  I took the opportunity to push the 10-22mm lens.  Close quarters, huge structures lots of people make for a challenging shooting environment.  On a positive note, the morning clouds & sun were extremely cooperative. This shot is one of my favorites of the day.   I’ll post a few more and I plan to visit again in a couple weeks.  Maybe there will be additional areas we can look at.  I’d love to capture more of the ship before it’s fully restored.

Happy New Year everyone!  This year, I want to at least get an image a week posted.   Despite shooting well over 25k images last year, I only managed to post a couple.  This year should be better. 🙂

w00t! Fifth Place!

If everyone remembers, I asked a while back about some images that I should enter into the Fotoclave, a photography competition of 3 Northern California camera club councils.  I was able to get 4 acceptances and I won fifth-place in the Digital Photojournalism category with Terror of Happy Hollow – San Jose, CA. The Fotoclave competition includes 3 different Northern California Camera Club Councils, representing about 23 photo clubs.  Each council was allowed to submit 20 images per category.   There were many, many incredible photographs in the competition and I don’t envy the judges that have to make the decisions on winners.  I am very excited that one of my images was able to stand alongside of the others.  Additionally, thanks to my family for making the photograph possible. 🙂

Terror of Happy Hollow

Terror of Happy Hollow - San Jose, CA

Family Portrait

Family Portrait

While hanging out at the beach, I took a few photos of my lovely wife.  I noticed that my reflection in her sunglasses was rather interesting with the blue sky and other features clearly visible.  I called the kids over and had each one wave to create his “family portrait”.   I think this will make a great print since there is quite a bit of detail in the reflection.

Maui Madness

Boogie Boarding in Maui

Okay, to come clean, work wasn’t the only reason I haven’t been posting. 🙂  Earlier this month we took a week-long vacation to Maui to enjoy the nice warm weather, water and relax.  Photography on a family vacation isn’t the easiest thing to get out and do, but I did manage to get a few decent images from the trip.  We’ll start with my daughter having a blast on the boogie board at Ulua State Beach.  In the background you can see the West Maui Mountains.  The vacation was a blast and the family had a great time.

I love this shot since it just freezes the excitement perfectly and has a decent amount of location orientation included.

The Look

The Look

I’m not sure if you can get much more sassy than this.

Beach Day with Grams

Beach Day with Grams

What to do with summer?  The beach!  And to do that with Grams, even better!  Some craziness and fun.  Gotta love the hat, too!


After the games were played in the street, it was necessary to clean up all the broken eggs and other mess.  What better way to do that than with a fire hose?