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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?

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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.

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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.

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March 15th, 2015 by grant

Shot this last night during dinner at a dimly lit Shakewell in Oakland. ISo 3200 – 1/200 – f2.8

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March 15th, 2015 by grant

Noticed a sow bug on the ground while I was working in the yard… So I shot em.

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I can’t tell you how difficult this is. The front element of my lens (M-PE 65mm) is so close and every time it moves, I have to shift the tray then refocus. It’s a pain in the butt.

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March 15th, 2015 by grant

When we dined at Bodega Bay I had a great Lamb Shank dish. I liked it so much I did my best to duplicate it.

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I have to say it came out great I think I nailed it. Braised in a whole bottle if Zin and 2.5 hrs later.

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March 15th, 2015 by grant

This year I wanted to do something different for my birthday. I wanted to relive the living under one roof, rent-a-house (Half Moon Bay) in Italy type thing. Well that didn’t quite work out so we decided on lunch instead. Luckily Rick’s friend, Francisco owns Flavors in HMB so off we went. Food was excellent, received some lovely gifts but my birthday was upstaged by Cait & Matt’s announcement. I hope to shoot engagement fotos soon.

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Yes this is a composite so don’t look too closely.

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March 15th, 2015 by grant

I get most all my lenses used via Ebay and this Tamron 150-600mm is no exception. I’ve only had one opportunity to use it but shows promise. Of course when I use this on my 7D2 it has a 240-960mm equivalent.

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March 6th, 2015 by grant

This year for my birthday Sandy made reservations at the Bodega Bay Lodge. We could only stay 1 day but it was so relaxing. Their restaurant, the Duck Club was excellent. I had a superb lamb shank and Sandy had the sole in parchment paper, neither of which gave us diarrhea. The next morning we made a very slow drive down highway 1 through Point Reyes and Stinson Beach. What a wonderful way to spend a birthday.

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February 27th, 2015 by grant

Just on a whim I asked if I could shoot Sam. Bill quickly brought him over.

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February 22nd, 2015 by grant

Did our regular thing. Got Koa, lather rinse repeat, pick up her crap & shoot portraits.

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I wanted to get some grossly distorted wide angle shots, but she had other things on the agenda. She’s such a princess.

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February 19th, 2015 by grant

I’ve been sick all week and I’m going crazy with nothing to do…

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Got some bugs from the backyard an asked if I could shoot a few portraits of them. They graciously agreed. This is so hard to get sharp focus as my eyesight is horrible these days.

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February 14th, 2015 by grant

I have to give myself these projects in order to be a more rounded fotog. So last night I had Sandy fling some wine (backyard) in an attempt to create a heartshaped pattern in honor of V-Day. This is not original, I got the idea from Gavin Hoey via the Adorama channel on youtube. This is a 1 speedlite, 5 shot composite.

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And no it wasn’t actually wine.

Later in the evening we had Arlene over for a Hamachi Kama dinner.

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January 30th, 2015 by grant

Sylvia a family friend, asked me to photograph her glass art work. Thinking it would be a snap I quickly agreed. I found out the hard way that shooting glass is really difficult. Her work is beautiful so I wanted to do it justice. The wave sculpture below would not accept any side light as it would cast shadows in between the blue vertical stripes. In the end I used butterfly lighting.

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For the cityscape I setup side lighting to get a rim on the edges of the buildings to give it depth.

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I learned a lot and if there is a next time maybe it won’t take me 3 hrs. Sylvia generously gave me several sweet treats and a lovely glass platter as a reward. This is lit from below via an LED panel with a piece of diffusion plastic in between. Fill was then provided from above.

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January 28th, 2015 by grant

While she passed away back in November we finally put Grandma Maeda to rest. She made it to 102, which is incredible these days. Sadly it was probably the last time we will all get together.

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I did not feel right taking photos at the funeral, as it just feels too morbid. Afterwards we put Grandma next to Grandpa in a very informal ceremony.

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Afterwards we converged at Christy’s place for food & drinks.

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I did my best to shoot portraits of everyone but my G1X2 doesn’t have a viewfinder and the glare on the LCD was really strong. That coupled with the usually flawless ETTL flash system was not giving consistent results. Nothing is ever easy. That is Diamond Head in the background BTW.

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January 18th, 2015 by grant

Sandy wuz away for the weekend so I decided to give myself an assignment. Splash photography has always looked cool to me, but I’ve never tried it. I’ve recently bought a triggertrap remote so in theory it should be really easy… Ok it wouldn’t show video on my camera, doh! Gotta do it the old fashioned way. That meant synchronizing the drop & the manual shutter release. This was not as easy as it sounds. After what seemed like hundreds of attempts this is what I got (the last one is a composite). Did I mention it made quite a mess.

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If you are interested these were shot with a 7DII using a 180mm macro lens. Manual focus, 2 speedlites.

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