Category: Photography

  • A panoramic of home amidst the pandemic

    A panoramic of home amidst the pandemic

    The pandemic has slowed and shrunk my life in pretty significant ways. It’s been months since I’ve left the county which is a stark contrast to my prior routine. One of the most profound effects of slowing down is that you see less, more. The resolution of the life around me has increased significantly. I […]

  • Three approaches to panoramas for the iPhone

    Three approaches to panoramas for the iPhone

    Starting off in print photography, I learned that the standard photograph here in the States is 4″ x 6″. Just about every film camera takes images in that aspect ratio. The prevalence of digital cameras and digital media changed all that. Photographers are less bound by fixed print sizes and thus can be significantly more […]

  • Speed shooting for photographers

    Speed shooting for photographers

    My employer has campuses all over the world. While on an extended trip to Sydney, I met up with a group of photographers there called the “Shutterbugs.” The Shutterbugs every so often explore the area around the office over lunch practicing their photography skills. When I came back to San Francisco, I wanted to start that […]

  • Bronte Pools: 5 tips for long exposure photography

    Bronte Pools: 5 tips for long exposure photography

    The photographer’s day really begins well before sunrise. The early morning hours are critical in getting great photos as the most color change happens the hours around sunrise and sunset. One of the Meetup groups, Not Only Black and White, had a sunrise shoot out at Bronte pools. The photographer’s day really begins well before […]

  • 5 tips from a newbie in the studio

    5 tips from a newbie in the studio

    One of the pleasant surprises here in Sydney is that it has a very vibrant culture of Meetup groups. I thought Meetup, being a New York corporation would have very limited presence here. The opposite couldn’t have been more true. I’ve found groups that do photography, PHP development, WordPress, and more. It’s been easy to […]

  • Australians love their fireworks

    Australians love their fireworks

    It was an exceptionally good sunset tonight seeing the warm colors across the sky from our balcony. I think I’ve seen more fireworks here in three weeks than I have the last 10 years living in the United States. Fireworks seem to be an every other day occurrence here in the land of Oz. I […]

  • Atlassian Photo Walk at 16mm

    Atlassian Photo Walk at 16mm

    Atlassian’s corporate headquarters is right in the heart of Sydney. It’s a beautiful location in the old Bank of New South Wales. As one could expect, we make extensive use of HipChat, our group chat platform. HipChat supports persistent rooms were groups of people can gather around a particular topic. Sydney has a group for […]

  • Ride On, Bob

    Ride On, Bob

    Today was one of the first days I felt really far from home. From California, it’s a chunk of flying to get home. From Australia, it’s literally halfway around the world. It takes 24 hours of continuous flying to get to home from here to see family. I got news today that my uncle had […]

  • Chinese New Year: Fireworks

    Chinese New Year: Fireworks

    Chinese New Year is a huge deal here. Celebrations are going on over the next two weeks including parades, food fairs, fireworks, and even coloring the Sydney Opera House with red light (as fleeting as it was). I’d never really photographed fireworks well before. Much like children, they are a fleeting art form that needs […]

  • Sydney Trains: under ground

    Sydney Trains: under ground

    It’s amazing sometimes how the cadence of your day can change so quickly. I was walking home across the Sydney Harbor Bridge and saw that the Sydney Opera House was lit in bright red for Chinese New Year. I came back to the house and grabbed my camera gear. I was ready for the first […]

  • Treasure Island: viewed with a wide angle and a telephoto lens

    Treasure Island: viewed with a wide angle and a telephoto lens

    Treasure Island speaks to me.  I love the view peering back into San Francisco from the island.  I stopped with a buddy of mine several years ago to show him the view.  He remarked, “this is the second most romantic view in the Bay Area!”  I wondered… what was the most romantic spot in the […]

  • Kings Canyon through HDR Photography

    Kings Canyon through HDR Photography

    I came over the pass at Grant Grove at about 4 o’clock.  Why is that significant?  I’m well within “crappy afternoon light” part of the day.  What is “crappy afternoon light?”  By no means is this a standard industry term, I just find photos taken in the late afternoon before the golden hour surrounding sunset […]

  • Spot Metering:  Dealing with Noise

    Spot Metering: Dealing with Noise

    Removing Noise with Adobe Lightroom One of the benefits of spot metering is that you can dial in the metering to a specific area of the photograph. Sometimes, when using spot metering there are large areas of the photograph that are dark. I found this to be true with concert photography. Since the light was […]

  • Understanding Exposure: Spot Metering

    Understanding Exposure: Spot Metering

    Moving up from a point-and-shoot camera to an SLR camera has opened up many amazing doors yet is teaching me the fundamentals of photography all over again. The SLR camera gets great results, but it takes more work to get a better photo than out of the typical point-and-shoot camera. It’s not so much that […]

  • Portrait Photography: My First Studio Shoot

    Portrait Photography: My First Studio Shoot

    I decided it was time to update to a full SLR camera. My camera has been great for the past seven years. It had a full manual mode which gave a lot of creative control to me. It was also small and easy to take along on the motorcycle. The lens was fairly flexible for […]

  • Adobe Creative Cloud?

    Adobe Creative Cloud?

    Many years ago I was very much against the idea of “renting” software.  When you buy a product, it’s nice to know that you have “purchased” something so that that item can continually return value for it’s useful life.  As software versions have become more and more blurry with the ease of updates, the fundamental […]

  • California’s Seven Federal Highways

    California’s Seven Federal Highways

    This is a blog post that’s taken 7 years to write. I started taking photos in 2005 for this one. In the United States we have two major sets of federally funded highway systems that connect cities across this land. Interstates – Most commonly known as the “superslab” amongst motorcycle riders. President Eisenhower championed the […]

  • Automate Everything

    Automate Everything

    I’m preparing a set of images for upload for a future blog post and started to make the edits in Photoshop but quickly became frustrated with the work required.  For each image I had to: Shrink the image from 4000×5000 down to 480×600 Increase the canvas to 640×520 Place a 20 pixel border on the […]

  • Panoramic Software

    Panoramic Software

    A number of years ago I did a post on panoramic photography back in 2007. Stiching software has come a long way in the past 5 years. It used to be that packages were free/easy and limited in features or expensive and complex. Free solutions that had lots of features were buggy and complex. It […]

  • Batch Scanning Photos the Fast Way

    Batch Scanning Photos the Fast Way

    Recently I had to take a set of slides exported out of PowerPoint and turn them into slides again. While the process was totally backwards, it generally worked for the purposes of the meeting.  When PowerPoint exports slides, it puts 6 slides on a page in PDF form.  So to get them back into slides,  […]