Notebook
June 26th, 2015 by grant

Shot em with my Sony.

cormorant_flying_02 cormorant_flying_01

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
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.

spider_stack_2048

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
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

ozumo_01 ozumo_12

 

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
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.

skunk_butt_01

skunk_butt_02 skunk_butt_03

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.

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
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.

mcway_falls_03

mcway_falls_01 mcway_falls_02

mcway_falls_05 mcway_falls_04

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

holiday_inn_tub

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

sierra_mar_01 sierra_mar_02

sierra_mar_03 sierra_mar_07

sierra_mar_04 sierra_mar_05

sierra_mar_08 sierra_mar_09

sierra_mar_11

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
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.

farallon_03 farallon_07

farallon_04 farallon_05

farallon_06 farallon_02

farallon_grp_01

farallon_grp_02

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
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.

memorial_day_2015_28 memorial_day_2015_27

memorial_day_2015_24 memorial_day_2015_08

memorial_day_2015_02 memorial_day_2015_06 memorial_day_2015_21

memorial_day_2015_01 memorial_day_2015_05

memorial_day_2015_03 memorial_day_2015_04

memorial_day_2015_07 memorial_day_2015_10

memorial_day_2015_11 memorial_day_2015_12

memorial_day_2015_13 memorial_day_2015_14

memorial_day_2015_15 memorial_day_2015_16

memorial_day_2015_18 memorial_day_2015_17

memorial_day_2015_19 memorial_day_2015_20

memorial_day_2015_22 memorial_day_2015_23

memorial_day_2015_25 memorial_day_2015_26

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
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.

goose_gander_01

Radish Salad Octopus

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
May 17th, 2015 by grant

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

orchid_window

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
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.

IMG_2276_fix IMG_2268_fix

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.

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
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.

noah_nico_01

noah_nico_02 noah_nico_03

noah_nico_04 noah_nico_08

noah_nico_09 noah_nico_05

noah_nico_07 noah_nico_06

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
April 6th, 2015 by grant

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

easter_2015_02 easter_2015_01

easter_2015_04 easter_2015_03

easter_2015_06 easter_2015_05

easter_2015_07

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
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.

koa_apr_2015_09 koa_apr_2015_08

koa_apr_2015_10 koa_apr_2015_12

koa_apr_2015_01

koa_apr_2015_06 koa_apr_2015_02

koa_apr_2015_13 koa_apr_2015_14

koa_apr_2015_03 koa_apr_2015_07

koa_apr_2015_15 koa_apr_2015_16

koa_apr_2015_17 koa_apr_2015_18

A few portraits after her spa treatment.

koa_apr_2015_19 koa_apr_2015_20

koa_apr_2015_21 koa_apr_2015_22

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
March 29th, 2015 by grant

Sat out this morning coffee in one hand 7D2 in the other. Not a big fan of coots but they were very active. It must be mating season. So do they fly or walk on water?

coot_wars_01

coot_wars_05 coot_wars_04

coot_wars_03 coot_wars_02

coot_wars_06 coot_wars_07

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens
March 28th, 2015 by grant

Its so easy to shoot burds in our backyard. Cormorants are playful and very active. They are either diving for fish or spreading the wings in the sun.

comorant_01 comorant_02

comorant_03 comorant_04

My Sony A6000 can capture 10fps (frames per second) I’ll spare you all the poop shots but I knew he would do this, the bastard.

Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite PicLens