Sunday, January 4, 2015

Western Gull

Sea Gulls.  They're everywhere you'll find coastal salt water.  Common. Almost in your face common.  So common they're largely ignored.   In the 'seen one sea gull you've seen 'em all' category.  But I find them fascinating.  Highly efficient scavengers, but apparently meticulously clean.  One of those critters who hang out close to the edges of humanity. 

Here's a little collection of recent photos of the Oregon coast local gull, the Western Gull.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

On Crater Lake

 I recently spent one clear September day on the waters of Crater Lake.  A park service boat provides a counter-clockwise circuit of the lake, with a stop at Wizard Island.  I seized the option of remaining on the island when the boat departed, catching the next boat some 2 hours later, plenty of time for a hike to the top of Wizard Island where I savored my lunch and the amazing view.  Click on the Phantom Ship for a glimpse of what I saw inside the rim of Crater Lake.
The Phantom Ship

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Once upon a time . . .

I spent what could be considered my journeyman years as a very busy sports photographer, shooting university and regional sports on a year-round basis.  I would shoot and process as many as 2,000 shots during an event, often several events per week.  The 300 or so keepers - those photos I had cropped and adjusted to my satisfaction - were then uploaded as a gallery to an online sales site.  Way too much work for the return on investment in time and energy, and I ultimately burned out.

But it was great fun, and I took away a wealth of experience.  All that sports shooting, with total sideline or event access, taught me to be nimble - not only to anticipate the action or interest and be ready to compose accordingly, but also to be nimble with quick camera settings and adjustments as the action unfolded before me.

I also acquired a photo-journalistic approach to much of my work.  I found each gallery of sports photos, presented in the order taken, wound up telling the story of the event.  From warm-ups to final game celebration or disappointment, I appreciated the narrative aspect and often included photos that were anything but crisp and sharp but which otherwise conveyed an emotion or mood - photos which weren't necessarily marketable, but which contributed to the story.

So I present this gallery as a reminiscence - once upon a time I was a sports shooter.

[Still am, but I no longer do it full time.  I now shoot interesting or unique events and other selected commercial challenges, so feel free to contact me if you need an artistic eye for what you might consider a unique and/or challenging photo assignment]. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

California Surfing

Just for fun, here are some favorites from a weekend spent at the 2011 Rincon Classic.  This surfing competition is held each January at Rincon Point, on the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line.  I was in the area that year visiting friends, and happened to be there the weekend of the event, so was glad I brought along at least a mid-range telephoto lens.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bird Brain

They are nervous.

They are, without exception, extremely beautiful.  Where ever you go, there they are.  Not always obvious at first.

They are nervous.

But if you happen to be still for a while, or are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, or if you know where to look, if you know where they are, they show up.

Nervous.  Ever vigilant, often in near constant motion, especially the seasonal ones.  Especially those flitty little ones.

As a more or less retired sports shooter, I'm still drawn to the challenge of making portraits of moving objects.  Such as birds.  One, or a flock, suddenly appears.  Oh, look!  Grabbing the camera.  Quick settings adjustment.  Composing as they move.  Waiting for them to compose themselves.  Something startles them.  Maybe they'll return.  I wait.

So, though I'm not a birder, I do seem to take a lot of portraits of birds.  Especially when they show up unexpectedly.  ...or when I go looking for them... 

Western Scrub Jay - One of our locals

Friday, August 23, 2013


It's sunflower time in Oregon.  Each year I scatter a few seeds to see what shows up.  This year we have a  happy crop - a dozen or so vibrant plants mingled among the other residents of our small little garden area.  I'll post a collection of this year's photos in a month or two, but for now here are some favorites from years past.

Greeting the Dawn

Monday, August 12, 2013

Dick's Electron Microscope

I'm thinking it's a safe bet to say not everyone has a friend who has his or her own scanning electron microscope.

Early last year I got a call to come help Dick unload this machine he just acquired from someone over in Nevada.  Using a rented engine hoist we managed to lower and scoot the two main components into his garage, where he's been nurturing the thing back to working status.  He actually has it scanning stuff now, although he says he still has a lot of fussing left to do.

If I can only find something I need magnified 4,000 times...


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