All posts filed under: Photography

Prelude (I hope)

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California / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

December 28, 2019 — Sonoma Coast, this afternoon It has been said on this very blog, among other places, that the best photography happens in the worst weather. That’s where the drama is. Today was pleasant. Very pleasant. Not so dramatic, however. The weather prognosticators prognosticate drama for tomorrow. We shall see. (Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Merry / Happy Christmas / Holidays

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Landscape / Photo Log / Photography / Positivity / Switzerland

December 25, 2019 — Earth Every year, our holiday card features a shot from our travels and every year I use the same clip-art Santa hats and the same elements for an Easter egg or two — because what better time for an Easter egg than Christmas? And every year we come up with the most corny doggerel we can think up: When you go to the land of the Swiss There’s a view you […]

Dear Mother Nature,

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California / Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

I want to propose something. Here’s the background: Last week, as I was driving home from an appointment, I crested the pass above Fremont and got a view across the bay and beyond the Santa Cruz Mountains toward the west. It looked promising for some dramatic horizon seascapes. Because I always have my pocket camera with me, I drove straight to the coast. My expectations mounted during the nearly an hour-and-a-half drive, but when I […]

Happy Hunting Harrier Sequel: 6 Departure and Epilogue

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California / Nature / Photo Log / Photography / Wildlife

She flew off to try her luck further down the levee. We tracked her as far as we could see — far out of camera range — till she dove behind the next levee and disappeared. For a few minutes. Then she took off from the far side, rose over high the levee, kited, and dropped like a stone. A moment later she rose again, this time with her prey. That was her Thanksgiving dinner. […]

Happy Hunting Harrier Sequel: 1 Approach

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California / Photo Log / Photography / Wildlife

November 28, 2019 — Baylands, Sunnyvale, California On Thanksgiving morning — a year ago — she and I took a walk on the levees to see what we could see. I had The Beast (Nikon D500 with 200-500mm lens — all eight pounds of it) in case we saw birds. And we did. I posted it on my brand new blog. The past Thanksgiving we took the same walk with the same camera. And again, […]

The Solitary Search, With an Object Lesson

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California / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

November 27, 2019 — San Mateo County Coast It was a dark and stormy day; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the bluffs (for it is on the San Mateo County coast that our scene lies), attempting to remove his hat, but barely agitating the stubborn photographer who hand-held against all odds… Days later, through one of the […]

Curtain Call

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California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography

November 27, 2019 — San Mateo County Coast The storm was on its way out, heading east to make headlines. This was its last hurrah; clear sky was visible through the last squall. I’ve mentioned that many (most?) of my influences worked in paint, not pixels. Chief among them is JMW Turner. To me, his later work changed the world of art definitively — to me, he is the father of Impressionism. Toward the end […]