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July 19th, 2015 by grant

This year’s reunion was here in San Francisco. Friday night was the dinner party at the Hilton by SFO.

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The family was so big I had to shoot a 2 photo pano. I had forgotten to bring an omnidirectional light modifier and only had a softbox. No stress there.

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Saturday was the picnic at Frontierland in Pacifica.

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July 14th, 2015 by grant

Our neighbors Paul & Brenda were gracious to invite us to their cabin at June Lake this past weekend.

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Silver Lake

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Sunday was church day in Lee Vining.

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While the others were at church, I shot some beat up old houses nearby.

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Then it was on to Mono Lake. A very unusual place. Highly recommended, just go there when the light is good.

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Back to the cabin for happy hour.

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They call this the Jesus rock (above). Can you see the profile?

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We also took a very relaxing trip on rafts into June Lake. I almost died as I tried to jump into the raft and went face 1st into the 3 ft deep stream. What do friends do when you have a life threatening experience, point & laugh or grab a photo? They did both.

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We stopped by Yosemite on the way back home. 1st stop Tuolumne Meadows.

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After a lovely lunch we headed up to Olmstead Point. We had a wonderful weekend.

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June 26th, 2015 by grant

Shot em with my Sony.

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June 25th, 2015 by grant

Found this spider playing in our shower. I have no idea the species but I figured I should shoot em.

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June 12th, 2015 by grant

Tonight we met Jim & Kelly at Ozumo in Oakland for the Japanese Beer month dinner. 6 courses and they were all wonderful. The dessert/beer combo was the big surprise.

Blue Fin Tuna Belly, Golden Caviar & Pickled Vegetable Tama No Megumi Tokyo Pale Ale

Echigo Koshihikari Rice Lager Salt Cured Mackerel, Momiji Oroshi, Fried Lemon & Passion Fuit Gelee

Kurobuta Pork, Green Tea Mustard & Crisy Quail Egg Ozeno Yukidoke IPA

Baeren Schwarz Dark Lager Sea Urchin, Snow Crab, Confit Garlic, Ginger & Inaniwa Udon Noodles

Flourless Chocolate Cake, Green Tea Ice Cream & Blueberry Compote Echigo Red Ale

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June 7th, 2015 by grant

Just as we were headed out the door for our evening walk Sandy quickly ran back in… I stuck my head out and saw a baby skunkbutt.

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I knew the trails it traveled so just stood there with my camera knowing it didn’t have any other way to get to the backyard. The risk paid off as I got the shots.

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June 6th, 2015 by grant

This year for Sandy’s Birthday we drove down to Big Sur. 1st stop McWay Falls, a very iconic spot but without beach access you can only shoot it from so many angles.

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It’s a shame not to use this jacuzzi tub, but both of us were thinking about how much water it would use.

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For Saturday lunch I got reservations at the Sierra Mar Restaurant. The food was amazing!

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June 1st, 2015 by grant

The last time I shot a couple of casual snap shots of the Farallon Quintet I really blew it. So tonight I had to redeem myself at the Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco.

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May 25th, 2015 by grant

This year I chose to shoot the Memorial Ceremony at the Mountain View Cemetery in Piedmont. The overcast day made for some flat photos, but in the true spirit of the day who cares. It was a touching event.

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May 24th, 2015 by grant

This past weekend we got quite a treat when we followed Jon up to Calistoga for a private concert at Jessica’s Barn. The concert was held in … a barn. The sound was not bad considering the venue. We also got to meet the Farallon Quintet. I had a flash issue which caused the group photos to be hidden from the view of anyone on this planet. Meanwhile as usual we meet the nicest folks when we tag along with Jon. Our host Michael Savage was kind enough to feed us dinner. He makes an incredible Cabernet by the way.

We spent the night in Santa Rosa and met up with Jon & Kathy for lunch at a lovely place in St Helena, the Goose and Gander. I had a great octopus dish and the dessert beet cake (no photo) was incredible.

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Radish Salad Octopus

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May 17th, 2015 by grant

This caught me eye, so I spent hours off and on trying to capture it.

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May 11th, 2015 by grant

This year we made the decision to make Tonkotsu Ramen for Mother’s Day. The broth was made during 2 prior weekends as the pork bones have to be boiled for 12hrs.

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I was so focused on the food I forgot to take any photos other than a Aunty portrait after lunch. I was shooting into the sun so I brought out the Alien Bees strobe with a 7ft umbrella, full power.

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April 19th, 2015 by grant

This morning I decided to attempt to shoot the Yuen (Noah & Nico) boys. I choose a deck behind Harbor Bay Sports Club. As always I have a plan of how these shoots will go, but the kids are have a different agenda. The sun was right in their faces which is a no-no but I thought I would challenge myself.

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April 6th, 2015 by grant

Easter at the Yuen’s this year. Unfortunately I didn’t take many photos.

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April 4th, 2015 by grant

We had to get Koa ready for Easter Sunday so a little dog polo and a mango scented bath was called for.

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A few portraits after her spa treatment.

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