Whether it’s a different way home from the office or combining steps in a recipe, we all have our little shortcuts that we take hoping to save us some time. While processing your images, you can drive yourself crazy clicking around all over the place, but I’ve gathered some of my most used Adobe Lightroom shortcut keys in the image above to cut down on the time that you’ll be editing. Many of these are so intuitive that they’ll become second nature as you (more…)
After posting this image online and after entering it in a PPA-style print competition, I got a lot of questions about how I made this image. especially after telling folks that it’s a composite of HDR and strobist exposures.The image above is a combination of techniques and can seem complicated to put together, but just like anything else, when you break it down to its most basic parts and take it step by step, it becomes much simpler. Below, I’ll break No Way Home down to its basic building blocks to show you how (more…)
I’ve shot the Golden Gate Bridge many, many times during the early morning, day, and at night. But I knew that this time would be completely unlike any other before. It was the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary.
The plan was for the bridge to shut down by 9pm so that fireworks could start by 10 and I knew that getting a good spot could (more…)
I’d never seen San Jose City Hall in person before the night that I shot this image, but I was kind of weirded out and intrigued all at the same time. Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, I wasn’t exactly expecting traditional architecture (see San Francisco City Hall), but the glass dome of the rotunda quickly grabbed my attention while the (more…)
When I’m traveling (and most of the time when I’m not) my camera is always with me and I usually make it a point to shoot as much as I can. Luckily, hard drive space is (relatively) cheap, but (more…)
I’m super stoked to share this news with the world! In fact, I’ve been holding on to the first part of this for about a month and just haven’t had the time to sit down an hammer out an announcement.
At last month’s PPGBA (Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area) meeting and awards night, we got the results of the year end print competition. I was surprised and extremely honored to (more…)
I could almost hear the 7 Sisters laughing at us as we visited them for a shoot. I ran up to San Francisco one night with Tom and Paul to shoot this row of Victorian houses that has graced magazine covers, postcards and the opening credits to (more…)
I’m still waiting for that elusive shot: the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge completely covered in a thick blanket of fog with only the tops of the two towers peeking out. As many times as I’ve shot this bridge (many, many times!), the conditions have never been just right.
Last night I was at home when I realized that there was a full moon and I started thinking about (more…)
It’s that time of year again when the Milpitas Post puts out its reader’s choice Best of 2010 issue and I had the extreme honor and pleasure to get to work on it again. You can
I got the call from Azeneth letting me know that she and her husband, Willie, would be on their honeymoon in San Francisco and that she wanted to surprise her husband by hiring a photographer for portrait session as a wedding gift. Being from New York they didn’t know (more…)
Remember on a hot summer day you’d run through the sprinklers or maybe you had one of those toys that hooked up to the hose that was a fountain that had a bunch of hoses whipping about with water shooting out of the ends? The Vaillancourt Fountain at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco reminds me of (more…)
Call me a child of the Digital Age, but I’ve never really shot film unless you count Polaroid instant snaps or the faint recollection I have of Kodak 110 cartridges that I used to play with as a kid. The first time I ever bought a camera for myself was sometime around Y2K, was digital, and every other camera I’ve had has been since. Until now. (more…)
EDIT ADDED 4/26/2010: When I originally wrote this post a week ago I seemed to be suffering from really bad writer’s block. I have an emotional connection to this image and, in fact, I have an emotional connection to ALL of my images but sometimes I don’t (more…)
I got an assignment from the Milpitas Post recently asking me to get some shots of the sole winery in Milpitas, Big Dog Vineyards, for an upcoming story. With the spring-time on again/off again weather we have been having here in Northern California (more…)
I’ll admit I’m like a fiend the way I check my Google Analytics, most often multiple times per day (there’s an app for that!), but I’m really bad about looking at my Flickr stats. Every once in a while I’ll sift through them to see where traffic is coming from that doesn’t originate from Flickr and I’ll find some interesting stuff.
I guess this all really started when I (more…)