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December 10th, 2017 by grant

I got invited to Tom & Linda’s Christmas Party.

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October 30th, 2017 by grant

We visited Sonoma to celebrate a belated Birthday with Arlene & also pour some money into the local economy. We stuffed our faces at the Girl and the Fig.

 

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October 23rd, 2017 by grant

I volunteered to shoot Rafa latest local soccer game.

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October 9th, 2016 by grant

Arlene asked if I was interested in seeing the Blue Angels. I already had plans to photograph them but it was a chance to hangout with her.

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I shot approx 600 photos and most of them had motion blur. I’m getting old and losing my touch.

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October 2nd, 2016 by grant

We had the neighbors over for a small get together. After we ate I asked for portraits which is usually hit or miss… that is til Sandy had the great idea to take shots with Stinky. Everyone jumped at the chance.

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September 17th, 2016 by grant

Today we attended Connor’s 3 month old party at the Grand Palace Restaurant. We ate so much we succumb to a food coma. As it came time to go around for the photos at every table Connor was out cold too.

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Photo by Teddy Ta

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September 10th, 2016 by grant

Its been so long since we’ve all been together. We met at Umami Burger in Oakland.

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August 16th, 2016 by grant

Our neighbors Paul & Brenda were nice enough to invite us up to their cabin in June Lake again. This year they took us to Bodie State Historical Park.

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We also got to see Devil’s Postpile and short hike on over to Minaret Falls.

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One of my favorite spots Mono Lake.

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You could see the stars at night.

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We did have some down time so we were taught the finer points of a game called howzit hanging.

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July 14th, 2015 by grant

Our neighbors Paul & Brenda were gracious enough 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 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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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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December 23rd, 2014 by grant

Last Saturday we had the honor of witnessing the wedding of Teddy & Christine. The ceremony was held at the Chapel of Our Lady in the Presdio. I figured this would be a good test for A6000.

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October 25th, 2014 by grant

Paul & Brenda invited us to go wine tasting in Livermore. We have never been there so we jumped at the chance.

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Murrietta’s Well was our first stop.

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On to Wente. We had to get past Hank though (major dogmeat).

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Lunch was at Uncle Yu’s.

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And finally Tenuta Wines.

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October 13th, 2014 by grant

This past Saturday we witnessed the wedding of Mary Ann (Bunny) & Quan. The ceremony was at the Five Wounds Church. It was a full catholic mass… in Vietnamese. Not wanting to step on the hired photog toes I only shot a couple.

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Reception was held at the Dolce Hayes Mansion.

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October 10th, 2014 by grant

I haven’t shot a portrait in awhile so what better time than now! Luckily our neighbor Jennifer was willing and I asked her bring Dodger. I couldn’t have chosen a worse day. The wind prevented me from using any light modifiers on my speedlites. I was just about to send her a text message to cancel when she showed up. Ok we’re shooting bare flash and we’ll get some harsh shadows, no problem.

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Dodger was uninterested in the portrait process and it was difficult to get his attention. With most dogs I have an immediate bond. He couldn’t care less about me which was a blow to my dog ego.

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