Notebook
October 16th, 2015 by grant

I just love photographing the carnival lights.

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October 10th, 2015 by grant

Had to work in the area so I took my camera. Traffic was horrible and I didn’t stay to see the Blue Angels.

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September 12th, 2015 by grant

I checked out the open house at the Crucible. I couldn’t stay long, I was hoping for a fire show.

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August 8th, 2015 by grant

Been wanting to come here for quite awhile, so after my Canon Macro class (right across the street) we had a lovely dinner.

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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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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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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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Tea Smoked Duck Crispy Eggplant

And finally Tenuta Wines.

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October 23rd, 2014 by grant

Last time I was here was 2008. I brought a gigantic DSLR and tripod. This time I used a tiny G1X2 and a travel tripod.

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I did try a HDR software that came with the Canon RAW package.

October 13th, 2014 by grant

I’ve tried to shoot them a couple of times as they took off from the Oakland airport during their practice runs. Sunday after we got home from the wedding we made the last minute decision to ferry into the City to photograph the Blue Angels. Like an idiot I thought I would be the only one with this bright idea. The lines were so long and there was a serious delay in the ferry schedule. Just as we were pulling out of Oakland the show started. The outside seats were packed and with the roar of the Blue Angels, everyone rushed to the rails of the ferry and I was left behind a bunch of tall people using their ding dang camera phones!

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I didn’t get very good photos but it was an experience. We were not allowed to stay on the ferry to do a round trip so after exiting and walking to the end of what appeared to be a 300-person line we decided to walk from Pier 41 to Pier 1 and bus it back home. What I thought would be a couple hour trip turned into a 6 hour journey.

September 11th, 2014 by grant

As a civilian, I’ve always felt there isn’t much I could do to honor the 1st responders who rushed into the tragic situation of 9/11. Sandy gave me the idea to photograph our local fire department. It was my most ambitious project to date. I contacted the local fire department and made arrangements for a photo shoot last Saturday. Unfortunately there was a paramedic call just as we got there so that left only 3 firemen.

May I present to you Captain Matt Nielsen, Jeff & Stephen of Alameda Fire Station 4.

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It was challenging to light up a fire engine, it took 5 speedlites, which I’ve never done. Of course that ate up quite a bit of time.

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